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Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE -

Dear Heloise: Tell the lady whose hus­band doesn’t like us­ing coupons (he feels it makes them look poor or cheap) to use self-check­out. No one will know they use coupons. How­ever, I agree that us­ing coupons is noth­ing but smart. Some man­u­fac­tur­ers may put out coupons in­stead of low­er­ing prices and cer­tainly ex­pect cus­tomers to use them.

— Mary, via e-mail

Travel hint

Dear Heloise: When­ever I pre­pare for my re­turn trip home, I al­ways wipe down the soles of my shoes with dis­pos­able anti-bac­te­rial wipes be­fore plac­ing them in a plas­tic bag and pack­ing them back in my suit­case. This pre­vents any dirt and germs from get­ting on my other items.

— Deb­bie in New Hamp­shire

Pay­roll fraud

Dear Heloise: There is a new scam that is oc­cur­ring with in­creas­ing fre­quency. The hu­man re­sources de­part­ment of a business re­ceives an email from an em­ployee re­quest­ing a change in their au­to­matic de­posit at work. The prob­lem is that the em­ployee did not send the re­quest; a scam­mer did. The money is fun­neled to the scam­mer’s ac­count at an­other bank. If your pay­check doesn’t show up in your bank ac­count, call your HR de­part­ment to find out why.

— Kathy F. in Penn­syl­va­nia

Naughty cats

Dear Heloise: My two old tom­cats sprayed my bot­tom kitchen cab­i­nets (like male cats do) to mark their ter­ri­tory. How do I get rid of the smell? I’ve used soap and wa­ter, but still there is a small trace of odor. Help.

— Janet D., Ex­eter,

Rhode Is­land Janet, the soap and wa­ter was a good idea, but if it’s the smell you’re af­ter, you would be bet­ter off by mix­ing a solution of 50% white vine­gar with 50% wa­ter and about four drops of liq­uid de­ter­gent. This is an easy and sim­ple method of elim­i­nat­ing odors. You’ll find more hints like this in my pam­phlet Heloise’s Fantab­u­lous Vine­gar Hints and More. To re­ceive a copy, send $5, along with a stamped (70 cents), self-ad­dressed, long en­ve­lope, to: Heloise/Vine­gar, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can order it on­line at www. Heloise.com. FYI: To help elim­i­nate cook­ing odors, add some cin­na­mon to a pan of wa­ter and vine­gar on the stove and boil it.— Heloise

A hot one

Dear Heloise: When the di­rec­tions say to “pre­heat” the oven at the be­gin­ning of a recipe has al­ways both­ered me. Most ovens take about five min­utes max to get to the right tem­per­a­ture, while mak­ing the dough or bat­ter takes much longer. It seems to be a waste of en­ergy to have the oven on for so long.

For in­stance, when I bake cook­ies, I do not turn the oven on un­til the dough is ready to form into cook­ies on the pan. I offer this as an en­ergy-sav­ing mea­sure.

— Ruth E., Terre Haute, In­di­ana

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