HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - HELOISE Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com

DEAR READ­ERS: Today’s Sound Off is about stores that hound us to open a credit card ac­count:

DEAR HELOISE: I hate it when I go shop­ping and the sales­peo­ple pester me about open­ing an ac­count with them. I don’t want credit card debt. In fact, I don’t want any debt, be­cause we’re look­ing to buy our first home. When I say ‘No, thank you,’ they per­sist with, ‘What! Do you mean to tell me you don’t want to save 20 per­cent on today’s pur­chase?’ It seems like ev­ery­where I go, some­one is try­ing to pres­sure me into sign­ing up for a credit card. I wish sales­peo­ple would get the hint — ask once, then leave me alone!

— Bran­don K., Cal­i­for­nia Many stores give the sales force quo­tas re­quir­ing them to open up a cer­tain num­ber of ac­counts or in time lose their jobs. Just ig­nore their pleas.

DEAR READ­ERS: Here are uses for pop­corn tins:

■ Paint the tin a color you like and la­bel it for stor­age of small tools in the garage.

■ Re­use the tin the fol­low­ing year for a large or awk­ward-shaped gift.

■ Store dry pet food in one and keep the lid on it. Keeps out in­sects.

■ Wrap in pretty con­tact pa­per or wrap­ping pa­per and use to store sewing, knit­ting or craft­ing sup­plies.

DEAR HELOISE: What do all the celebri­ties do with their red-car­pet cloth­ing?

— Ines M., Brat­tle­boro, Vt. DEAR READER: Those gowns, the jew­elry and even the evening purses usu­ally are do­nated by de­sign­ers and are re­turned the next day. Some stars pur­chase some­thing if they re­ally feel they have to have it, but when they de­cide to clean out their clos­ets, many items are do­nated to char­i­ties to be auc­tioned. How­ever, there are stores in and around Hol­ly­wood that spe­cial­ize in cloth­ing worn by celebri­ties. You can find them on­line.

DEAR HELOISE: You reach thou­sands of read­ers so please re­mind them to re­cy­cle all of their pa­per, hard plas­tic, wood and glass. Find the col­lec­tion cen­ters in your area if you don’t have reg­u­lar col­lec­tion on a weekly ba­sis. Take old clothes that still have good use to a char­ity cen­ter or to any place that helps the home­less and poor. Churches of­ten have cloth­ing drives. The old say­ing “One man’s junk is an­other man’s trea­sure” is so very true. — Dr. James T., Day­tona Beach, Fla.

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