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DEAR HELOISE: How do "Juniors" clothes differ from "Misses" in the department store?

-- Suzanne H., Tennessee

DEAR READER: Juniors clothes typically are designed for maturing young ladies who have outgrown the girls department.

Juniors clothes are sized with odd numbers (3, 5, 7, etc.), while misses clothes have even sizes. Juniors garments also are cut straighter than misses clothes -- teen girls can tend to have smaller hips and be less "curvy," and juniors tops and dresses aren't as broad in the shoulders or bust.

Juniors clothes are trendier, and age-appropriate for teen girls not in the professional workforce; the collections might have cutouts, message-printed T-shirts and more "fun" designs.

DEAR HELOISE: As I go down the road, there are people who won't turn their headlights on until it's really dark, even in snow and fog!

Anytime I have a passenger sitting beside me, he or she should act like a co-pilot in an airplane and should observe everything at all times.

Pedestrians should at all times -- when walking or running -- FACE the oncoming traffic.

-- Merlin F., Iowa

DEAR HELOISE: I love baking soda! I noticed that the insides of my coffee cups were looking dingy, so I made a paste of baking soda and water, and scrubbed gently with a paper towel. After a rinse, the mugs are bright again.

-- Harriet B., Ohio

DEAR HELOISE: I read your laundry advice for college students. I've discovered something better than sorting laundry. I use "color grabbing" laundry sheets. I toss everything into one load: whites, blacks, reds, underwear, towels, shirts -- you name it!

I cut the grabbers in half and reuse them. You'll know when it's time to replace with a new sheet. It will turn a dingy gray. My husband hasn't had pink underwear in years.

-- Ruth, via email

DEAR HELOISE: I changed hairstylists, and the drive is longer, so I was finding myself running late. I decided to "pay for my sin" and give her $1 per minute I was late for my appointment. Several times I gave her $2-$5 extra.

My stylist got a kick out of it and appreciated my effort to be on time.

-- A Reader, via fax

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

Weekend on 12/07/2017

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