Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - 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

DEAR HELOISE: Sum­mer­time is of­ten mov­ing sea­son. My hus­band’s com­pany is re­lo­cat­ing us across the coun­try. These are my fa­vorite hints when hir­ing a mov­ing com­pany:

I picked three to in­ter­view. That’s enough to get an idea of what com­pa­nies are of­fer­ing, rates, how the in­dus­try works, etc.

So that I would be on the same wave­length as my movers, I had to un­der­stand if they were go­ing to help me un­pack, what heavy ob­jects they would lift and if they would dis­as­sem­ble and as­sem­ble items.

Once I had cho­sen the com­pany, I had them come out and look at ev­ery­thing that needed to be moved. They have a tool on their web­site for this, but noth­ing beats an ex­pe­ri­enced mover’s as­sess­ment.

Ques­tions are key, es­pe­cially about in­sur­ance: Is my prop­erty cov­ered if it is dam­aged? Are your work­ers bonded? (“Bonded” means my things will be cov­ered in the highly un­likely event of van­dal­ism or theft.)

Mov­ing is one of the most stress­ful events in a fam­ily’s life, but ask­ing the right ques­tions and hir­ing the right team will help tremen­dously.

— He­len L. in New York

DEAR HELOISE: I have a mag­netic pa­per pad on my fridge along with a pen. When I make my shop­ping list, I write it down, but I start at the bot­tom of the pa­per and write go­ing up.

This way, I just tear off the part of the list that I need, and con­serve the rest of that long page for the next items. Why waste pa­per?

— Rusti S. in Hous­ton

DEAR HELOISE: My par­ents were fru­gal and big savers. One hint they shared with me: Plan ahead. I’m shop­ping now and look­ing around for sales and dis­counts on gifts for the hol­i­day sea­son.

— He­len B. in Mon­tana

DEAR HELOISE: I wish peo­ple would re­al­ize that there are some who have al­ler­gies. One of mine is to per­fume. I was at a restau­rant, and pretty soon my throat was burn­ing. A tiny bit of per­fume is not of­fen­sive. — Martha S., Beard­stown, Ill.

DEAR HELOISE: My fam­ily taught me this at the din­ner ta­ble: When some­one says, “Please pass the salt,” pass the salt and the pep­per. They are not to be di­vorced. I thought this was cute.

— El­lie S. in Ari­zona

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