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HELPFUL HINTS

By HELOISE

This article was published January 4, 2013 at 1:20 a.m.

— DEAR READERS: As cell phones become more and more popular, many people are forgoing landlines. But in the event of an emergency, if cell phone towers go out or there is no power to charge your phone, what will you do? Research reveals that you can get basic plain-Jane phone service for $20 or so a month.

It’s a good backup, and it saves minutes (on your cell bill) for local calls.

DEAR HELOISE: I recently found a cell phone, the second time this has happened. Both were locked, and there was no way to find the owner. My hint is to put an alternate phone number on the inside of the battery cover. I dropped them off at the cellular provider indicated on the front of the phone.

  • Dawn B. in Wisconsin

DEAR READERS: Some phones may not have a battery “cover,” but this is a valuable hint. If your phone doesn’t have a removable battery, place a note between the phone and the cover.

DEAR HELOISE: Do you have a way to eliminate pet stains on carpet?

  • L.S. in Texas

DEAR READER: First, you need to get to the area as soon as possible. If it’s fresh, you need to blot up as much liquid as you can, using paper towels. Then mix a solution of 1 teaspoon mild dish washing detergent and a cup of warm water. Dab the stain, working from the outside in. Be sure to not soak the area. Rinse with clean water and blot dry.

Next, mix a solution of 1/3 cup white vinegar and 2/3 cup water, and dab the area. Vinegar will help remove the odor and any detergent that is left behind. Have other cleaning problems you need help with?To make a simple vinegar based cleaner for windows and mirrors, mix 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of water.

DEAR HELOISE: When I was traveling as an airline captain, I often would have layovers at vacation spots. When I wanted photos of famous landmarks, I often would first look at a postcard selection and find the “professional’s” viewpoint. By taking my photo from the same vantage point used in the postcard, my photos often turned out better.

  • Jim in Omaha, Neb.

DEAR HELOISE: Save the bags that come inside cereal boxes. I use the bags to flour chicken or fish. Saves on wax paper!

  • Dewey in New Hampshire

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail Heloise@Heloise.com

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