HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COMICS | SUDOKU | CROSSWORD | PUZZLE - 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 READ­ERS: With sum­mer wind­ing down, it may be time for a quick day-trip to a theme park. Here are some money-sav­ing hints:

Jump on the park’s web­site, or search the su­per­mar­kets or fast-food restau­rants close by, for dis­count coupons and deals.

Scope out the lay­out of the park to save time.

Week­ends typ­i­cally are more crowded, and more costly. Bring your own sun­screen, pon­chos and um­brel­las. These will be su­per-ex­pen­sive in­side the park.

Pack a wash­cloth in­side a plas­tic zip­pered bag. Soak it in wa­ter at the park and use it to cool off.

Snacks and meals can cut into your bud­get at the park. See if you can bring in re­fresh­ments.

DEAR HELOISE: When­ever we buy slacks or shorts, they come with a hanger with clips. So we snap off the clips and use them as “chip clips.”

Now we never run out of clips when we need to seal an open bag of chips.

— Lynda M., via email DEAR READER: You also can try those clips on bags of pasta, ce­real, rice and bread.

DEAR HELOISE: I have a touch of arthri­tis, and I’ve lost my sense of smell. The fol­low­ing hints serve me well:

So that I don’t overdo per­fume, I cut the scent strips from magazines and use them. Peo­ple tell me there is a pleas­ant scent sur­round­ing me.

For open­ing cans, if the can has a pull tab, I put a dull knife in the hole, lever­age the knife against the side of the can and the top will lift off cleanly.

To pick up pa­pers, I put one foot on each end of the pa­per and draw my feet to­gether. The pa­per buck­les in the mid­dle, and then it is easy to pick up. —Edna M., New­bury Park, Calif.

DEAR READ­ERS: Many high-end cos­metic and makeup lines have a se­condary line that is sold at drug­stores. Both lines may even be man­u­fac­tured in the same fac­tory, and with the same tech­nol­ogy and qual­ity in­gre­di­ents.

The dif­fer­ence? Pack­ag­ing, advertising and price. Check them out to save money.

DEAR HELOISE: I was read­ing about shower gel ver­sus body wash. I’d like to add another tip: I use body wash in my shower. My hus­band uses bar soap in his. He gets more soap scum than I do.

— Mary T., via email

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