DEAR READERS: Can you believe that kids are heading back to school? Before spending money on supplies and clothing, consider these helpful hints:
Shop at home first! Recycle barely used school supplies from last year.
Watch sales ads for the best deals.
Buy in bulk. Paper, pens and pencils will be needed all year. Buy the larger amounts, when on sale, and keep them to use the whole school year.
Stick to the list that your teacher or school provides.
Have your child take a lunch instead of buying one every day.
Shop in the clothes closet before heading to the mall. Different-age children in the same house can swap clothes, or even best friends can have a clothing exchange.
DEAR HELOISE: Thin plastic, known as “film plastic” (Heloise here: the thin plastic wrapping you find on DVDs, cases of water/soda or on electronics), is everywhere. I’m an avid recycler and save up quite a bit before taking it to be recycled at my grocery store. My hint?Use a large mesh bag with a drawstring (like the ones for onions) to store the plastic. I have to take it in only every few months. It’s so convenient that my family recycles much more plastic than we would otherwise.
- Marion N., Ventura, Calif.
DEAR READER: Plastic film is the very thin plastic wrapping that is less than 10 mil thick. Most places that take plastic grocery bags accept this, too. Just make sure the film is clean and dry, and check with your retailer/recycling center before starting to save it.
DEAR HELOISE: When giving a gift, especially at a wedding where you leave the gifts on the table, be sure to put the card inside the box. This way, it won’t get lost, and if cash or a check is inside, it will be sure to be found. Also, I always put my address sticker on the outside of the envelope. Why should they need to look it up for a thank you note?
- L.H., San Clemente, Calif.
DEAR HELOISE: When going out to eat, I take antibacterial hand wipes. I wipe off the table, and they are good to wipe your hands off with, too. They also are easy to carry in my pockets.
- P.H., Great Bend, Kan. 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 08/27/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS