Dear Heloise: I just read your hint about using a rental car, and I remembered something. When I rented a car several months ago, I was told to keep my receipt in the glove compartment in case of an accident or something.
I found two previous renters' receipts in there with their full name, address, phone number and Social Security number! When I checked the car back in, I took all of the receipts and destroyed them so the information did not fall into the wrong person's hands. It would have been so easy to steal someone's identity! Please remind your readers to make sure they take their receipts when they return the car. Jan, via-e-mail
Jan, you were very considerate to destroy the receipts with the personal information on them. Give yourself a pat on the back, because a lot of people wouldn't have bothered. I say "thank you" for those you helped. Heloise
Dear Readers: Here are some handy uses for egg cartons that we came up with at Heloise Central. Hopefully, one of them will be handy for you:
• Put small parts in one when assembling an item.
• Separate and store earrings in one.
• Use as packing material when moving or sending a package.
• Keep golf balls organized.
• Organize buttons or pins. Heloise
Dear Heloise: How many times have you gotten to the grocery store just to realize that the great list of items you need is still on the counter at home?
Try this: After making the list, call your cell phone and read the list of items into a message. At the store, you can retrieve the message and remember everything you need.
This is also a great way to record reminders when you're out and don't have a pencil and paper. Just record reminders and then retrieve them when you get home. Michael Jones, San Diego
Dear Heloise: My husband washed out an empty laundry-detergent container. He removed the inner spout and then filled it with sand to keep in my car trunk. If I get stuck in snow or on ice, I simply pour some of the sand around each tire. This works greatnot to mention a little extra weight over the axle. Eileen, via e-mailDear Heloise: I have a Sound Off: the loud, pounding music in grocery and department stores. What happened to easy-listening music, which makes shopping more calming and inviting? I get tired of the noise and the inappropriate, even offensive, music that is being played. Kathleen Martin, Reading, Pa.
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