Hints From Heloise


Oct. 29, 2014



The drive to data destruction

Dear readers: If you have an old COMPUTER that you are ready to get rid of, don't forget to delete all personal data first. Check the manual (or go online) to learn how to do this. However, this may not be safe enough, since the data can remain "hidden" and still be there if someone wants to find it.

The best hint? Destroy the hard drive completely! Take a hammer and smash to your heart's content, or drive over it with a large, heavy truck! - Heloise


Pack hangers

Dear Heloise: We travel a lot, and there never seems to be enough hangers in the rooms, especially if two of us are traveling. I now pack a handful of hangers. Takes up little space, but saves my clothes.
- Lydia S., Newark N.J.


Wedding checks

Dear Heloise: I got married this summer and came across a dilemma with some gifts. Most checks were made out to my new last name. It takes a while to get a legal name change, and many women don't take their husband's name these days, leaving these checks in limbo.

To avoid this problem, I suggest that wedding gift-givers write out checks to the bride with her maiden name, to the groom, or just opt for cash instead. - Emily T. in Ohio

Congratulations on your new marriage! This may cause a hiccup for some. If you want to use your existing account (with your maiden name), inform the financial institution. Some may request documentation, so have a copy of your wedding certificate handy.

A wedding can be a very special time, stress and all! If you're planning one (or helping out) and need some Heloise hints to save money, or to pick your dress, you can request my Heloise's Bridal Gown Hints and More pamphlet. Just send $5, and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Bridal, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Please remember, it's YOUR wedding, not the rest of the world's. - Heloise


Magazine expiration

Dear Heloise: I get frustrated trying to figure out my magazine subscriptions. I was being billed or renewed before I even got the full subscription. I learned to read the label to see when the subscription expires.
- A Reader in California

Good advice. Take a look at the label, and you usually can figure out an expiration date. Look for an abbreviation for a month, such as "Oct.," or numbers, "10/15/15." If not, call and ask! - Heloise


Manual must

Dear readers: Manuals come with almost everything today! Before you shove that manual (especially for a big-ticket item) away, make a photo copy of the receipt. Most times, the ink can fade or smudge over time. - Heloise

*Send a great hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio,  Texas 78279-5000 or email to heloise@Heloise.com.









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