DEAR HELOISE: We do a lot of traveling between southern Texas and Ohio. We always check the coupon books at the rest areas, as they have some great money-savers on all types of motels. Only once have we had them refuse to honor a coupon, and it usually is a better discount than other companies.
Bob S., Galion, Ohio
DEAR BOB: With summer just about to jump up and lots of us on the road, this is a money-saving hint I like. There usually is a plethora of information and help at the state rest stops, especially the ones just as you come into the state.
My husband, David, and I always stop, stretch our legs (our dogs Chammy and Henry, too), get some fresh air and I clean out the truck. The state folks there are happy to make suggestions, answer your questions and usually welcome you to the state. If you have just zipped by, take 10 minutes and you will be very happy you did.
Safe and fun travels, Heloise
DEAR HELOISE: Our family goes to multiple cemeteries. I really can see the deterioration of some of the older stones – the words and inscriptions are being lost. Do you have suggestions for the continued preservation of this important information?
Dennise R., Springfield, Mo.
DEAR DENNISE: First, do no harm. A lot depends on the age of the headstone and the type of material it is made from: granite, marble, limestone or bronze. How has it been treated? What weather conditions is it subject to?
If you clean, use only water and a cloth, doing one small area at a time. Rinse frequently. Do not use household cleaners. Check with employees at the cemetery to see what they suggest. Get as much info as you can, and contact a historical society in your area. They should be able to steer you in the right direction.
DEAR HELOISE: My son and I rent movies from the library. You get to keep them longer, and it’s free. The library prints out a receipt that states when the movie (or book) is due back. I slip the paper into the plastic DVD case cover. No late fees.
Marvin, a single dad in Texas
DEAR HELOISE: A friend was visiting with her 6-year-old son. He fell and needed an ice pack. I looked in the freezer and saw my wine chiller, a flexible ice tube that slips over a wine bottle. I wrapped his arm in a kitchen towel and slid the wine chiller over the arm. Instant child-size ice pack that stayed in place.
Suzanne, via email
DEAR HELOISE: My sons are young men now, but whenever I go through a fast-food restaurant, I purchase the kids meal. I save the toys and put them out with candy for Halloween. The children love them.
Sandra S., via email
Send a money-saving hint to Heloise P.O. Box 795000 San Antonio, TX 78279-5000.