Posted: September 14, 2012 at 1:59 a.m.
LITTLE ROCK DEAR READERS: Smart phones and tablet computers are almost appendages to many people today. Most people have a limited data plan, and it can be easy to “runover,” which really adds up to big bucks!
Here is what uses the most data on your smart phones and tablets:Streaming movies through an Internet based company.
Streaming music through an Internet-radio application.
Games, especially ones that require an Internet connection or that run ads.
Uploading photos, etc., to social-media sites.
If you want to do these things, wait until you are able to connect to a wireless network. Many places offer free wireless, like restaurants and coffee shops.
If you are continually going over your allotted data, consider limiting your use of the above applications, or change your data plan.
DEAR HELOISE: Whenever I get something in a large cardboard box, I save the box and make it into something fun for my daughter. I have made the boxes into mailboxes for her to practice writing letters and mailing them.
I made one into a car, and we had a “drive-in” movie night in the living room. I decorated it and stapled paper plates to the side to look like tires. We made popcorn, and she sat in her “car” and watched a movie.
- Allie in Pennsylvania
DEAR HELOISE: Now that we’re retired, we travel more often. I’ve learned two helpful tips:
Before loading the car, move the seats back as far as possible. Passengers can then adjust the seats for legroom comfort and reclining during the trip.
Some motels and hotels have night lights, but most don’t. Even when I take my own, there’s often no electrical outlet in the toilet area. I take battery-powered tea lights, and they provide a nice glow. There’s no need to turn on a bright light.
- Paula in Colorado Springs, Colo.
DEAR HELOISE: I love to travel, and my daughter purchased a traveling hair dryer and curling iron for me. I discovered that I love to use them at home. The size is perfect for me. Holding the small-size products is so much easier.
- Gloria, via e-mail
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail
MovieStyle, Pages 36 on 09/14/2012