DEAR READERS: Do you have paper money that has seen better days, or have you found some hidden away? There is a way to replace those torn bills or ones that are in a deteriorated condition, and the U.S. Treasury Department has a few guidelines:If you have at least half a bill, try taking it to your bank or credit union, which should be able to replace it.
No matter what condition the paper money is in, try not to disturb it. However the currency was found is how it should be sent for replacement. If you found it flat, do not roll it. If it was rolled, do not try to straighten it.
For a replacement, mail the money to Bureau of Engraving & Printing, MCD/ OFM, Room 344A, P.O. Box 37048, Washington, D.C. 20013.
Insure the package for the amount of the money you are sending, and mail it via registered mail with a return receipt requested. Allow at least eight weeks for your request to be processed, but it can take much longer (six to 24 months).
For more information, call (866) 575-2361 or (202) 874-2141.
P.S.: You can deliver it in person to the bureau.
DEAR HELOISE: I was visiting my sister and wanted to touch up my nails before we headed out to dinner. She pointed to her coat closet, where she had a hanging shoe bag (one with many clear pockets). The bag was filled with nail polish, files, clippers and remover! It was so perfectly organized, I couldn’t believe it. It took no time to find what I was looking for. I definitely will be putting one in my house when I return!
- Margret H. in Colorado
DEAR HELOISE: One evening, I put half a dental-cleaning tablet in my hand to put in a dental cup. I also had taken out a vitamin tablet that I take at night. I mistakenly put the dental tablet in my mouth. I didn’t worry, as I thought if the tablet is for the partial in my mouth, it should be safe. Wrong!
During the night, I had terrible stomach cramps and nausea. When I researched swallowing dental-cleaning tablets, I found that they are highly toxic! So readers, especially those with elderly parents or relatives in nursing homes, be warned. I have switched to using baking soda and water to soak my partial.
- Louise K., Portage, Ind. 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 Heloise@Heloise.com
Style, Pages 32 on 08/20/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS