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DEAR HELOISE: Tell the lady whose husband doesn't like using coupons (he feels it makes them look poor or cheap) to use self-checkout. No one will know they use coupons. However, I agree that using coupons is nothing but smart. Some manufacturers may put out coupons instead of lowering prices and certainly expect customers to use them.

-- Mary, via e-mail

DEAR HELOISE: Whenever I prepare for my return trip home, I always wipe down the soles of my shoes with disposable anti-bacterial wipes before placing them in a plastic bag and packing them back in my suitcase. This prevents any dirt and germs from getting on my other items.

-- Debbie

in New Hampshire

DEAR HELOISE: There is a new scam that is occurring with increasing frequency. The human resources department of a business receives an email from an employee requesting a change in their automatic deposit at work. The problem is that the employee did not send the request; a scammer did. The money is funneled to the scammer's account at another bank. If your paycheck doesn't show up in your bank account, call your HR department to find out why.

-- Kathy F. in Pennsylvania

DEAR HELOISE: My two old tomcats sprayed my bottom kitchen cabinets (like male cats do) to mark their territory. How do I get rid of the smell? I've used soap and water, but still there is a small trace of odor. Help!

-- Janet D., Exeter, R.I.

DEAR READER: The soap and water was a good idea, but if it's the smell you're after, you would be better off by mixing a solution of 50% white vinegar with 50% water and about four drops of liquid detergent. This is an easy and simple method of eliminating odors.

DEAR HELOISE: I have access to double-yolk eggs. How do I use them when a recipe calls for three eggs?

-- A Reader, via e-mail

DEAR READER: Count the double-yolk eggs as a single egg. The extra yolk will contain a little bit of additional fat but will make your recipe taste richer.

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

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MovieStyle on 02/14/2020

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