Posted: May 4, 2013 at 2:36 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: A friend recently had a death in her family. Many relatives and friends left Mass cards and remembrance cards at the funeral home. Unfortunately, most of the cards had only the person’s name. My friend said she had to spend several hours looking up names and addresses on her computer.My hint is, please, friends and relatives, put your address on the cards. They are supposed to be acknowledged with a thank-you note. It’s just a simple thing, but it’s more helpful than you can imagine.

  • A Friend of the Family, via e-mail

DEAR READER: Your hint will help a lot of people. Also, please put a last name down. You’d be amazed how many Tom and Sues or Bill and Janes there are.

DEAR HELOISE: My daughter isn’t very fond of having to tie her tennis shoes. Seems she is always in a hurry. So instead of purchasing costly locking-type shoestrings, which make tie shoes into slip-ons, I recently purchased a handful of “cord locks” on the Internet.

They are very inexpensive - a few cents each. These things will look familiar, and they are so easy to use. Just lace the shoe as usual, and slide a cord lock on the ends of both sides of the laces. From there, tie a small knot at the end of the laces, and use the cord lock to slide the laces tighter or looser. It works great and is a great way to make all tie tennis shoes into “slip-ons”!

  • Susan in Ohio

DEAR HELOISE: My hearing aids have a vent hole, which accumulates wax from wearing. The tool that I was given to clear it out is a thin, plastic, wirelike device that never has been sufficient.

One day, I bought some brushes sold for cleaning braces in a person’s mouth. The small, round brush is the perfect length and width to clear out the vent hole. They usually are made of a soft plastic, are washable and are inexpensive.

  • A.S. in San Antonio

DEAR HELOISE: My co-worker just asked me if I have one of those itty-bitty screwdrivers for eyeglass frames. I checked, but all I had was a seam ripper. She tried it out of desperation, and lo and behold, it worked!

  • Sharon D. in New Orleans

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

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