Dear Heloise: I recently bought a book at a used bookstore and found a credit-card receipt in it that was used to buy the book in 1993.
Please warn readers to put their receipts in their wallet or purse, not in the books they just bought. I put the one I found through my shredder as soon as I got home -- someone else might not have! -- Nancy Johnson, Mesquite, Texas
You are sooooo right! One needs to keep track of credit-card receipts.
One of my assistants found a printed receipt in a credit-card-option gas pump. Unfortunately, at this gas station the card owner's name and account number were printed on the receipt. She immediately tore it into tiny pieces and threw it away. And, as you said, others might not have. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: In response to the letter from Judy Mead about sports trophies, I would like to add to your response of possible recipients (organizations for people with disabilities, grade schools, nursing homes -- H).
My daughter won many trophies for cross-country and track running events. Her most prized trophy was one her coach "recycled." It had been given to him in his running years. The trophy was much better made than the ones the coach could afford to buy new. All that was necessary was changing the plaque to the appropriate wording.
Now my daughter is a cross-country and track coach and has followed the example her coach set by awarding some of those old trophies to her athletes.
My suggestion is to find a local high school that participates in your sport and ask to talk to the coach. -- Carolynn Baker, San Diego
This is the best recycling hint I've heard in a long time -- glad you wrote. -- Heloise
PREPAID PHONE CARD
Dear Heloise: After I buy a prepaid phone card (and I buy mostly 500- to 1,000-minute ones), I copy all the numbers from the new card into my organizer in my wallet.
This way, I can leave my card at home. No chance of losing it for someone else to use! -- Peggy Janiszewski, Lansing, Ohio
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