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DEAR HELOISE: I recently read a hint about including a picture of a handwritten note in the "Picture File" of your cellphone so that an honest person can find that information and return your phone. Here's what I suggest:

  1. Create a document with "This phone belongs to ..." and other information a finder might need to know.

  2. Take a picture of this document with your cellphone.

  3. Now go to your phone settings and then go to "Wallpaper."

  4. Click on "Choose a New Wallpaper," and choose the picture you've just taken.

  5. Set that picture to appear on your locked screen.

Should you lose your phone, anyone who finds it won't have any access to your files, only to the information on your locked screen.

-- Linda S., Agoura, Calif.

DEAR HELOISE: My husband and I drink a very small amount of orange juice (1-2 ounces). It seems to help with acid reflux or heartburn.

We were planning a trip and didn't want to carry large container, but wanted some to have in the hotel room at night. I knew orange-flavored drinks came in smaller containers, and one day I came across small containers of real orange juice in the cooler section of the store.

They are kid-size and easy to keep cold in the ice bucket. They also have a small opening for a straw so they don't spill easily. This allowed us to have OJ at night without having to lug a large jug.

-- Sandy S., Texas

DEAR HELOISE: Last year, I noticed my 12-year-old daughter ironing her shirt before school. I realized she didn't have the iron plugged in. I asked her why and her reply was, "The tag says to use a cool iron."

-- J.F., Frankton, Ind.

DEAR HELOISE: I work in an office and kept my paper clips in a small container on my desk. My mom sews and has a dish with a magnet inside so her metal pins stick to it. I got the idea of using one for my paper clips. It works way better and my clips are easier to retrieve.

-- Emily T., Austin, Texas

DEAR HELOISE: To keep canned goods rotating in my pantry, we write the month and year of expiration on the top of the cans. It is easier to see than any expiration date that may already be on the can!

-- R.P., Cedar Hill, Texas

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

MovieStyle on 09/30/2016

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