DEAR HELOISE: I do not have a computer at home, but I use the one in the library. We cannot print coupons from it. The few we receive in our daily paper are for pet food and cosmetics. Is there any other way to obtain food coupons?
- Pat N., via email
DEAR READER: Pat, yes there is, and while online at the library, you can contact the manufacturers of your favorite products by emailing them. Just a comment (with the name of the product) can bring oodles of coupons to you. Look for the “contact us” link (typically at the bottom of the page), and leave your name and mailing address. You may get coupons without even asking or by taking a short survey.
The other hint is to call the manufacturers of items you use the most. Many products have a toll-free number, and you can ask for coupons to be sent to you via postal mail. Also check your grocery store. Most have a coupon area or display board for customers.
DEAR READERS: Birds are wonderful pets to have, but did you know that they should be kept out of the kitchen or breakfast nook all the time? A kitchen can be a dangerous place for our feathered friends, as they have sensitive respiratory systems.
Cooking can create smoke and grease, which causes difficulty in a bird’s breathing. Always ventilate the kitchen by opening a window or turning on the exhaust fan while cooking, which is good for you, too!
Cookware can overheat and send toxic fumes into the air - not good for the bird!
So, what is the best location for your bird and its cage? Try placing your bird in a den or living room - somewhere in the house where you spend some time each day. Or, take the bird into the kitchen when not cooking. Two cages would work perfectly.
Be aware that additional stresses to birds are temperature changes and numerous people walking past where the bird’s cage is. Do not use hair spray, perfumes and room fresheners in rooms with birds.
DEAR HELOISE: I just made meatloaf in a muffin-tin pan. I have several neighbors who either live alone or whose kids are no longer at home, so I was able to give my neighbors each a serving of meatloaf and have some meatloaf muffin for my husband and me.
- Susan in California 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 10/01/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS