Dear Heloise: While on a Metro in Paris, I became aware that the zipper on the purse I had belted around my waist was half-open. I knew I had closed it when we left the hotel and realized that a young girl next to me had been trying to open it.
At the next stop, she and her companion pushed their way through the crowd and ran through the station. Two plainclothes policemen came to the door and told us to get off. They wanted to know whether she had taken anything. They told us to be careful and took off after the girls.
I had no money, credit cards or other valuables in my purse -- they were in my pockets. Now I keep my hand on the zipper in crowded subways. -- M.F. from Louisiana
Wow! You were lucky. You were smart to "spread the risk" by not carrying your credit cards in your purse. Your story is a good reminder, especially when traveling on vacation, to be extra cautious. -- Hugs, Heloise
Here are three great hints from Edith Aissen of San Antonio:
If the eraser on the pencil hardens and no longer erases, a few swipes with an emery board will freshen it and make it functional again.
As groceries are brought into the kitchen, they are dated with a marker before being put away.
When storing them, the newest dates go to the back, so older items are always used first. Include frozen foods in the marking routine, as well as cleaning items.
PACKING LIQUID ITEMS
When traveling, a safety precaution would be to confine liquid items (fingernail-care products, perfume, mouthwash, etc.) to zippered plastic bags. If they break or are not properly closed, the contents will stay in the bag.
Note from Heloise: I love this hint!
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