DEAR HELOISE: Save the BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION coupons on the products you buy, and drop off the Box Tops to any school participating in the program.
Each Box Top is worth 10 cents, and schools can use the money for anything they need — computers, books, playground equipment. Start a collection in your office, church or anywhere.
— Lee Ann, via email
Wonderful! And here’s the exciting update: You don’t need to clip the Box Tops anymore — just download the Box Tops app to your phone. When you scan your receipt, its trailblazing technology will find the participating items you’ve purchased and INSTANTLY add those Box Tops to your school’s ledger online!
You can still send in the Box Tops to the school, but the paper Box Tops will eventually be phased out.
P.S. Each Box Top is still worth 10 cents, which may not sound like much, but the program has raised over $900 million since 1996!
Lemme outta here ...
DEAR HELOISE: When you go into a new store, theater, restaurant, stadium, etc., look around for an alternate exit from the way you came in. In times like these, you never know when you may have to get out of a building quickly.
Don’t hesitate to ask a manager to make sure.
— A Reader, via email
Tabling the issue
DEAR HELOISE: One of my favorite holiday traditions is the holiday signatures tablecloth. Your readers might find this odd, but I have each guest at Thanksgiving and Christmas write a poem, a drawing or at least their signature on my holiday tablecloth. It’s a good-quality cloth, but not an antique family heirloom.
The signatures, pictures and poems create such warm memories; it’s nostalgic to look back and see who’s signed it — some are no longer with us.
— Mary K. in Indiana
Safety hints for ladies
DEAR HELOISE: These small hints for ladies will save big headaches by preventing easy theft:
1. Always lock your vehicle, and place your keys and cellphone in your pocket.
2. Choose a shopping cart with a working child safety latch, and weave it through the handles of your purse.
3. Keep your purse closed (zipped, buttoned, etc.) at all times.
— Illa P., Omaha, Neb.
Safety is always No. 1! Also, carry the bare minimum of what you need. If your bag does get snatched, it won’t be a huge loss.