HINTS FROM HELOISE

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DEAR HELOISE:

In your col­umn, ask the peo­ple who de­liver pack­ages to please ring the doorbell when they leave the pack­ages on the porch.

There has been much pub­lic­ity about pack­ages be­ing stolen from porches, so one would think the de­liv­erer would ring the bell in case some­one is at home to pick up the pack­age right away. It is quicker to knock (which we don’t hear un­less we’re near the door) or just leave the pack­age.

To help stem pack­age theft, pack­age de­liv­ery peo­ple should ring the doorbell.

— Sally H., Salem, Ore.

GOOD SAFETY HINT: thank you for writ­ing in!

— Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: My hus­band and I were mov­ing a TV from one room to an­other, and he was con­cerned about how to hook up the tele­vi­sion af­ter re­mov­ing all of the cords.

I sug­gested that he take a pic­ture with his phone of the proper place­ment of cords, and it helped him hook the tele­vi­sion back up in the new room. This strat­egy also would work for com­puter cords.

— Cyndi R., Colorado Springs, Colo.

DEAR HELOISE: My pet peeve is tele­phon­ing busi­nesses. When­ever I call any busi­ness these days, start­ing with “Press 1 for English,” I’m forced to lis­ten to nu­mer­ous au­to­mated prompts as to why I am call­ing. I must go through this rou­tine be­fore I can even­tu­ally ac­cess a real per­son, who then will ask you all of the pre­vi­ously re­quested ques­tions again!

— Jean M., Tor­ring­ton, Conn. DEAR HELOISE: When I know that a weather-re­lated power out­age is pos­si­ble, I turn the tem­per­a­ture of my re­frig­er­a­tor and its freezer com­part­ment to the cold­est set­ting un­til the threat has passed.

— Mary H., Ar­ling­ton, Va. DEAR HELOISE: My wash­ing ma­chine sits in a drain pan, and my dryer sits be­side it. There is a space of an inch and a half be­tween the two ap­pli­ances.

To pre­vent things from fall­ing be­tween the two, I put a strip of duct tape over the space. Voila! No more mess on the floor.

— Judy C., Paragould, Ark. DEAR HELOISE: How of­ten do you have to ask oth­ers in the house if they have read the pa­per or a mag­a­zine? My hus­band came up with this sys­tem: When he has read some­thing, he just ini­tials it.

If he wants it back be­cause there is an ar­ti­cle he wants to save, he prints “save” on it. That way, I know to give it back to him. Oth­er­wise, when I see his ini­tials, I know I can toss it af­ter I read it. I do the same if I read the pa­per or mag­a­zine first. Saves a lot of time and ques­tions.

— C.L., The Vil­lages, Fla. SEND A MONEY-SAV­ING or time­sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, TX 782795000, or you can fax it to 1-210HELOISE or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can’t an­swer your let­ter per­son­ally but will use the best hints re­ceived in my col­umn.

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