HELOISE: Try for a pre-paid vacation
Dear Heloise: When I have a vacation coming up, here's how I save money. Whenever I have a little extra money, I purchase a prepaid gift or credit card, one from a major company that can be used almost anywhere, and I stash it someplace safe.
When I am packing, I pull out all of the gift cards I have saved. Not only is it safer because it doesn't have any of my information on it, it also helps me limit the amount of money I spend. (I do bring my actual credit card with me for emergencies.) -- Lee in San Antonio
Love it! A great way to "painlessly" save for vacation. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I recently got married and moved into my husband's home. For the first time in all my years, I found holes in my T-shirts. After my husband pulled a suit out of another closet, it finally dawned on me that it is moths. Can you please help me get rid of the moth problem? -- Denise, via email
Your best bet is to try to remove everything and clean it, or at least examine the items for moths or larvae. Take them outside and shake them out. Wash the clothes that you can with the hottest water safe for the fabric. Dry-clean the rest, if you can. Vacuum the closet, and scrub the walls and floor if possible. If storing items in the closet, place them in plastic storage boxes to give added protection.
An inexpensive way is to buy cedar chips. Place in an old pair of pantyhose and tie off the end. You can make it however large or small you need, depending on the size of the space. You can place in closets, drawers, etc. Hope these hints help rid you of your moth problem. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have arthritis, which means it is difficult for me to turn the key in the lock on my front door. A wonderful lady at a home-improvement store helped me. She made me a new key with a square, extra-large base for my fingers. It is great. It's cute, and I now have a painless way to open my front door. -- Maria in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Dear Heloise: I was having a hard time with my bed skirt always shifting, especially when I made the bed or flipped the mattress. To eliminate this problem, I found a super-easy solution. I took four safety pins and pinned each corner to the fabric covering of the box spring. Now I have no problem. -- Candace in Virginia
Dear Heloise: I use an extra contact-lens case as a pillbox. I separate the medication into the two different compartments. It is easy to write on and label if needed, and small enough to fit in my pocket. The best part is that it didn't cost much. -- A Reader in Virginia