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DEAR HELOISE: Before anyone moves their entire household, there are some things they should do but often forget about. Since moving from one residence to another is so hectic, here are a few hints to help the movers:

  1. First, make a list of what needs to be done.

  2. Call the moving company early and make all necessary arrangements with them.

  3. Contact all family and friends with your new address, as well as the utility companies.

  4. This is also a good time to get rid of things you don't need rather than paying to transport them to the new place.

  5. Pack all of your toiletries and items you use daily in one box and label it.

  6. Check again with your service providers to make certain all utilities will be turned on at your new home.

  7. Transport pets and all pet supplies in your car. Use pet carries, as these offer safety and protection for pets who might otherwise escape and run off.

-- Samuel G., Atlanta

DEAR HELOISE: Another scam is making a comeback. A scammer calls someone and asks if they have filled out the census form. First, the Census Bureau will not call you, so that is your first hint that this is a scam.

They'll claim they never got it and will offer to fill one out for you over the phone. Under no circumstance should you ever give out your Social Security number, bank account numbers or your mother's maiden name. The Census Bureau does not ask for this information. Don't trust emails that supposedly come from the Census Bureau. They don't send emails. And don't trust caller ID, because scammers know how to fake those.

-- Richard W.,

Washington

DEAR HELOISE: Our granddaughter had a brilliant idea when low on funds. For our birthday, she made tickets ... one for one dinner meal, one for cutting our grass, one for picking up groceries for us ... the tickets went on and on. For senior citizens and people who live alone, I think this is a wonderful idea, such as one free outing or one hour of sitting and talking. Giving of yourself is more important than "stuff" you don't need.

-- Carlyn H.,

Prattville, Ala.

DEAR HELOISE: I add my raisins to my oatmeal before I cook it (microwave or stovetop). Raisins are much plumper.

-- Mary, via email

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

Heloise@Heloise.com

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