Dear Heloise: When opening computer software and hardware, etc., I place everything from the box in either a quart or gallon zipper-type plastic bag, including CDs, user guides, sales receipts, rebate forms, connecting cords, etc.
Once the product is installed and working successfully, I write the serial and model numbers on the inside cover of the user guide, complete the rebate form, photocopy everything I am sending to the company for the rebate and place everything in the bag.
If I have a problem with the product, don't receive my rebate or need to reinstall the product for any reason, I have all of the tools needed in one handy location. Patricia B., National City, Calif.
Dear Heloise: I work in a supermarket and have learned that if you ever lose anything, don't give up -- be sure to go back to the store where you think you might have left the item.
We have found cash (including $100 bills), credit cards, jewelry, wallets -- one time even a lunch bag full of money (no name or address on it).
Most people think, "Oh, someone would never turn in cash or valuables; they would just keep it." Well, let me tell you people, customers and employees do turn things in all the time at our store. There are honest people in the world! D.J., Tuckerton, N.J.
I believe that! One of my assistants left her purse in a shopping cart in a parking lot. She dashed back and looked in the area where she had left the cart and purse -- it was gone!
Even though she thought no one would take it back into the store, someone did! When she went to the customer-service desk, there it was. Someone just turned it in. It had credit cards, cash, etc., and not a thing was touched. You are right -- there are lots of honest people in this world, and they deserve a big thank-you, plus recognition. Heloise
Dear Heloise: While on chemotherapy, my husband's hands have become perpetually cold. He could usually warm them up by sticking them under his arms.
One day, after coming in from shoveling, he couldn't get them warm. Not having a hot-water bottle, I had to come up with something to help him. I did! I took a small (20 ounces), plastic pop bottle and filled it with warm water.
He wrapped his hands around the bottle, and in a few minutes they were warm! J.B., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dear Heloise: I just started to organize tools to clean windows and got this bright idea about what to do with dirty paper towels.
Instead of collecting a pile and then discarding it in a kitchen receptacle, I took a plastic grocery bag and clipped it to the waistband of my slacks with a spring-action clothespin. Now I have the bag at hand for depositing the used paper towels, saving time and steps, and getting the job done sooner. Judy Jakub, via e-mail
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