Dear Heloise: After renewing my magazine subscriptions a few times (double renewing), I now paste the address labels on an index card to ascertain the date of the last issue. The expiration date is on the label.
This is especially helpful because the magazine companies have now decided to try to get consumers to renew six to eight months before the actual expiration. -- Lydia F. Gullo, Staten Island, N.Y.
This is a good way to keep track of subscriptions, or you could start a file on your computer. You could make cards for your auto and medical insurance, as well as prescriptions, too. -- Heloise
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Or fax it to 210-HELOISE
TEST YOUR HINT IQ
Have you ever gone to enjoy a candy bar you have hidden away and found that it looks white? Do you think it is still safe to eat?
Chocoholics are probably holding their breath on this one. OK, the answer is A -- yes. The white color is caused by the cocoa butter in the chocolate blooming, or rising to the top. The chocolate is still edible.
FYI: If you are lucky enough to receive a lot of chocolate during the holidays, you can put some into a freezer-safe container and put it into the freezer to enjoy later. -- Heloise
PACK OF CLOTHESPINS
Dear Heloise: I bought a pack of clothespins to use for clips to keep chip bags closed.
They work great and cost less, and you have plenty. -- A Mandeville, La., Reader
Dear Heloise: My pet peeve is cans that can't be opened with a can opener. I have two (different) name-brand can openers, fairly new, that open some cans but only poke holes in and don't turn other cans. -- Carol, Huntington, W.Va.
I know what you mean! One of my favorite hints is to open both ends of a can of tomato paste or a cream soup so that it will slide right out. Well, now some of the cans can't be opened on both ends because of the rounded bottom.
Manufacturers, are you listening? -- Heloise
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