Dear Heloise: Here are some general automotive hints that I've found very useful:
1. Keep a couple of rectangular laundry baskets in the trunk (or rear of a sport utility vehicle or van). Putting sacks of groceries in the baskets keeps the bags upright and prevents fruits, vegetables and cans of food from rolling around. They are also useful for transporting things to a party: gifts, food, etc.
2. Unload your wallet -- keep all grocery, video-store and library cards somewhere in the front of your car. They are at hand when you need them, and you can keep your wallet free for more valuable items.
3. As I spend a lot of time commuting in my car, I keep a dish towel close to the driver's seat; it is useful to cover my clothes when I eat a piece of juicy fruit, drink water, etc.
4. Most public libraries have an extensive selection of audiotape books, and these really help to make long journeys pass more quickly, apart from providing enjoyment and instruction. -- Susan J. Pope, Freehold, N.J.
Thanks for some great auto hints. No. 3 is a favorite in our family, especially when spills happen. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: You recently had some hints on return address labels.
I keep some in my wallet, and when I fill out an entry form at stores for contests or when I return items and have to fill out forms, I merely use my address labels. -- S. Swift, Stafford, Va.
Just be sure to read the entry form first. Some are required to be handwritten, and if you use a label, your entry might be voided. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Want a special treat on top of your ice cream? Just heat a little jelly and serve toasty warm over the ice cream. -- Jill Hempleton, Minneapolis
Dear Heloise: Don't throw away the wrapper after removing a bar of soap. Place it inside your shoe cabinet or a shoe box.
It's a cheap way of filling the air with a nice smell. -- A Reader
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