Dear Heloise: I used to create a weekly shopping list by jotting down things that I needed. If I was out of something or nearly out, I would add it to the list. Inevitably, I would forget things that I hadn't noticed needed replacing. I had to go back to the store or else wait another week.
Here's what I do now: I made a computerized, alphabetical list of all the products that I regularly use. Using a small font, I print out the list. Then, I go down the list and cross out the things that I do not need. If I'm not sure, I go check my inventory. This way, I don't miss something that I hadn't thought of. I take the list to the store and buy the items that are not crossed out.I can add items to my list at any time. Of course, I'm free to buy items not on the list, but this method assures me that all the basics are covered. Fred Kopp, Washington, Pa.
Heloise Central thinks your shopping-list hint is brilliant! Heloise
Dear Heloise: I was making stuffed peppers, which were varied in size and shape. As I was looking for a pan to bake them in that was tall enough to hold them upright, I found my Bundt pan! It holds up the odd-shaped peppers in its indentions and is definitely deep enough to pour the tomato sauce into without it running over. Karen Shuck, Rapid City, S.D
Dear Heloise: For picnicking or snacking away from home, I put a rubber band around the new packages that are taken on picnics so that they can be closed after they are opened.
Also, I lost my mother suddenly when she was involved in an automobile accident. I was living outside of the United States, and although I knew she was under the care of several doctors, I didn't know who they were. She kept a calendar especially for doctor appointments, and luckily my brother and his wife were living close by and knew of the doctors.My suggestion is that an appointment calendar be kept separate from other calendars, with the business cards of doctors, clinics, hospitals and other important people and/or numbers attached. Jan O'Dell, Front Royal, Va.
Jan, my sympathy for your loss, I know how painful it can be. I have had a spiral-bound notebook for 10 years with cards from all physicians and notes about visits (I take it with me!). Heloise
Dear Heloise: I was making stuffed peppers, which were varied in size and shape. As I was looking for a pan to bake them in that was tall enough to hold them upright, I found my Bundt pan! It holds up the odd-shaped peppers in its indentions and is definitely deep enough to pour the tomato sauce into without it running over. Karen Shuck, Rapid City, S.D.
Dear Heloise: I use the foam/velvet pieces that come in boxes of costume jewelry as erasers for dry-erase boards. They are convenient, small and, best of all, free! If the grandkids lose them, oh well, and when they get dirty, I throw them away and grab another. Chris Barnes, Cozad, Neb.<
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