Posted: January 15, 2013 at 2:39 a.m.
LITTLE ROCK DEAR HELOISE: I purchased several movie DVDs that were labeled “closed caption,” but I found that the “cc” didn’t work. I returned them. I even purchased a new DVD player, thinking that was the problem. But it wasn’t.
Makes me wonder if manufacturers check to determine if the closed captioning works before putting it on the package. This is a big problem that needs to be addressed.
- A Reader, Omaha, Neb.
DEAR READER: When you put the DVD in, a menu should appear on screen. Look for “options,” “settings,” “features,” etc. Closed captioning usually is an option that you have to select.
DEAR HELOISE: When I get to the store, I always wish I had model numbers of things like the humidifier (to buy filters) or the size of the air-conditioning filters. I started putting the information into my cell phone under “contacts,” and the model number or measurements in the phone-number section. Now I always have the information I need.
- Marcia, via e-mail
DEAR HELOISE: Upon returning from a trip and unpacking, I toss a couple of dryer sheets into each piece of luggage before closing and putting away. When opened for another trip, it’s fresh and clean-smelling.
- Jean Milici, Connecticut
DEAR HELOISE: When my monthly bills arrive, I pay them by phone or computer, but there’s always an envelope included with each bill. I use the envelopes for grocery lists. I write my list on the outside and place coupons inside. If I have a coupon, I put a check mark beside the item.
- Anne Zimmerman, Omaha, Neb.
DEAR HELOISE: I was packing a box and want to share a hint. I pack the box by stuffing newspaper around and at the top of the items. When everything is sealed, I turn the package upside down and address that side. That way, if the address side is up, soft newsprint is on bottom for a little extra cushion.
- Tom Hammond, Costa Mesa, Calif.
DEAR HELOISE: To help keep pillows clean, always put two cases back on them. When one case gets dirty, take it off, then wash the second one when needed and put two cases back on. Works for me.
- Faye in Dallas
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 Heloise@Heloise.com
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