LITTLE ROCK DEAR HELOISE: I have an idea that may help people when mailing packages. The great boxes you get through purchases (coffeepots, etc.) are free and relatively easy to turn inside out.
If they are glued, use a knife and carefully open the seam. If they are put together by tabs and no glue, just reassemble using packing tape.
The inside of the boxes are blank, so there are no advertisements or UPCs to block out. Just address and mail. No wrapping necessary.
- Joan in Niles, Ohio
DEAR READERS: Are you aware that your computer stores information, small text files called “cookies,” from websites you visit? Cookies and the browser cache (the history of websites you have visited) can be useful by speeding up the process when revisiting a website. The site loads faster, and you don’t need to re-enter your information, but it also can slow down your computer. Here is one way to delete those temporary files if you want:
Open an Internet window. On your upper task bar, there will be an option for “Tools.” Click on it, then select “Internet Options.” A window should pop up with an option to delete temporary files, cookies, etc.
Some systems have an option to “Delete Browsing History” or “Clear Recent History” on the Tools menu.
When you delete these cookies, it will delete your saved login and password information from these sites, so you will have to re-enter them the next time.
DEAR READERS: Traveling with kids can be a struggle, but coloring kits can keep most kids occupied for a while. Paper, pencils and crayons are simple and fun; however, it’s no fun when a stray marker or pen slips between the seats. How about making a coloring kit that the kids can’t lose pieces of? You’ll need:
A small cookie sheet
Markers, crayons or colored pencils
A notebook or coloring book
Magnetic tape (you can find this at most home-improvement or craft stores)
Cut a few pieces of magnetic tape, and glue one to each crayon or marker. Cut a larger strip to glue to the back of the notebook/coloring book. Attach to your cookie sheet, and voila! No matter how the kids sit, they will stay attached.
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
MovieStyle, Pages 36 on 03/08/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS