Dear Heloise: Recently, I was asked if I knew anyone who had an older-model printer — the kind with the sprocket holes on the side. The person had a box of paper to give away to someone with that sort of printer.

We have been using boxes of continuous-feed paper on our modern laser printer. We tear off the holes on the side, tear the pages apart and put them into the feeder tray. Because so many people do not realize the pages are still usable, we pick the paper up at yard sales and save money that way as well.

Separating the sheets and removing the edges gives us something to do with our hands while watching television. —Joan Hershberger, El Dorado, Ark.

Joan, this is a great way to get more for your money. If others have some of this paper in storage, now they know how to use it! Also, it can be donated to a school or volunteer organization to use as notepaper or other paper. —Heloise

Dear Readers: Here are a few handy ways to use a potato masher:

• Crush fruit for jam or jelly.

• Chop hard-boiled eggs for egg salad.

• Use to mix up meatloaf.

• Crush crackers.

• Crumble ground beef.


Dear Heloise: For an address book, I bought the plastic pages that fit in a notebook for business cards. I used old business cards and wrote a person's name and telephone number on the back. Or you can cut plain paper to fit. It is easy and cheap to update.

I use the clear hobby cases for my sewing thread. I sew a lot, so I have a lot of colors to store. With this system, I can see at a glance the colors in the boxes. I have eight boxes of thread stacked on my accessory shelf and use the hobby cases for trims, seam bindings, etc.

When going on a bus trip, send your luggage by parcel post or mail. It saves having to handle it when you change buses. All you need is a small carry-on. I learned the hard way. —Christal Helman, Lisbon, Ohio

Dear Heloise: Here is my recycling hint: If one receives dry cleaning and does not use the wire hangers, especially the ones with foam on top, give them back to the dry cleaner! —Donna, via e-mail

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