Dear Heloise: I would like to share a hint that I stumbled upon. I have lots of old nondenominated stamps, which I bought whenever the postage rates changed. Since they don't have the value printed on them, I lost track of their face value.

The USPS.com Web site can help. Just go to the site and select "Buy Stamps and Shop," then click on "FAQs." Next choose Question 3: "Using older nondenominated stamps for postage." There is a link to click on where you will see pictures of the old stamps and can find their face value. — Kathryn, Houston

Great information. Thanks for helping me find that I had several dollars' worth of stamps that I didn't know their worth. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I have read your column for many years and have had some of my own ideas printed in it.

I just finished reading a newspaper that my mother-in-law gave me, which contained one of your columns. It was about sucking up mosquitoes using the vacuum. I have done this for years and for all kinds of bugs, but after they are picked up in the vacuum, they can and do crawl out again. So I take a can of bug spray and spray a short burst into the vacuum bag. That usually does it! — Sondra Barnett, via e-mail

Dear Heloise: I am 78 years old and do all my own housework. Because I clean house, some of the bending and stooping will sometimes stir up my arthritis, so I keep a folding campstool in the house and use it to sit on as I am dusting or polishing furniture and cabinets. This sure does keep my joints happy! — E.B.N., Texarkana, Texas

One step further would be to get a rolling stool. Just scoot around, using your feet, until all the lower work is done! — Heloise


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