Dear Heloise: I was renewing a magazine subscription and using the prepaid envelope. I noted that I could see through the envelope that contained my personal information and credit-card number.
In these days of identity theft, we all must be very careful of personal data. With that in mind, why don't magazines and other agencies that provide prepaid envelopes use security-lined envelopes? Identity theft causes great injury and costs thousands of dollars for everyone involved. Each and every step we all take might help in some small way.
I did wrap my renewal form in another piece of paper so that my information could not be seen. Jan Weede, Manvel, Texas
Dear Heloise: I have a few great hints for using plastic grocery bags. Check with your local elementary school about donating some. Our students use them for a wide variety of things, like:
• Wet/soiled clothing.
• Desk clean-out day.
• Sick bags for parents transporting a child home.
• Wet shoes or boots. Kathleen Edwards, via-mail
Dear Heloise: I saw in one of your columns where a couple sent the same cards back and forth. I have a similar story: I sent my boss a Christmas thank-you note on a reprinted card. A couple of days later, he brought the same thank-you card back (my note cut off) with no envelope. My co-worker and best friend got a chuckle out of that and have sent that same card back and forth to each other. We have "recorrected" (with typewriter correction fluid) it so much that it's getting a little thick! Becky from Washington
Dear Heloise: I have a hint that I hope might help others. When washing clothes, my washer and dryer are in the garage, and it's kind of hard to tell when the clothes are done because I can't hear the washing machine or the dryer when it stops. So, I got an idea to use an old baby monitor. I don't even need to have the volume up in the house because it has lights on it to indicate when there is noise in the garage. That way, if I want, I can do other things in the house and take a peek at the monitor every once in a while. And before I know it, all my clothes are done before the end of the day. Rose, via e-mailDear Heloise: I read your column every day in the Virginian Review. My pet peeve is bed linens in a bag. To my amazement, when I opened the package with comforter, sheets and shams included, the comforter was 100 by 86 inches, while the flat sheet was 108 by 102 inches. What is one to do with the extra that is hanging out from under the comforter? It looked terrible, and I'm returning it! A Loyal Reader in Clifton Forge, Va.
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