Dear Heloise: I recently had a new prescription filled at the same pharmacy that I have used for years. I was hurting both physically and emotionally from a new diagnosis, and I did not remember them telling me that I needed to take two tablets instead of just the one that my doctor had prescribed. The medicine the pharmacy had in stock required two to equal the amount of the one I needed. They did write this on the label, but for some reason all my mind could grasp was to take one tablet daily per doctor's orders.

Thanks in part to your hint and a caring pharmacy staff, I now am taking the right dosage. — Jane M. Gregory, Pittsboro, Miss.

Jane, so glad it worked! For readers who missed the hint, it was about checking medication dosage and reading the package label for new meds there at the pharmacy before leaving. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I use the clips from bags of bread to put at the end of a roll of tape. Just stick it on the end and you never have to look for the end of the roll. — Mary Neal, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Dear Heloise: I'm new to fishing at 55 years of age — better to start late than never. Even though I know very little about fishing, I do know it's important to have your license with you at all times while fishing. I put my license in a plastic bag that can be sealed with a sealing machine and then tape it to the inside top of my tackle box. It's always there, always readable, and there will be no scrambling in case a wildlife officer wants to see it. — Susie, via e-mail

Dear Heloise: Thanks to the lady who sent the hint to put subscriptions on index cards. I bought cards with the wire spiral on top and entered all my information. It works great, especially when all those reminders come and it's not time for a renewal.

I also have a hint for cleaning dryer lint screens. I take an old brush (shoe or clothes) and, after removing the lint, give the screen a light brushing. Removes the excess that you don't get by hand. — Bettye Jackson, Oxford, Miss.

Dear Heloise: When I have an important number to remember (usually four digits), I put it in my phone book with a prefix number in front of it so no one can tell it is not just another phone number. My daughter has programmed her PIN number into her phone in the same way. — R.D., Billings, Mont.

Dear Heloise: I have a hint for storing plastic bags, grocery bags, newspaper bags, etc. I use the 12-pack soda-can refrigerator boxes. They already have an opening at one end and can stack nicely in a closet or other storage space. — Amanda Cogan, Arlington, Va.


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