Carry a price check scanner to verify prices at stores

Dear Heloise: My husband and I read your column every day in The Advocate paper in Baton Rouge, La., and love your hints. We’ve noticed that stores don’t update their computers regularly to reflect the CORRECT PRICE.

Because of this, my husband uses a “price check scanner” to verify the prices of items we purchase regularly. If the price on the shelf is lower than the scanned price, I take a picture of the item and the price marker with my phone and show it to the cashier when we check out. It saves the cashiers from having to go check the shelf price and hold everyone up at the checkout. — Ann G., via email

This seems like a lot of work, but it is a great hint for moving customers through the grocery line faster. — Heloise

Dear Readers: When traveling, here are a few good reasons why you should consider packing small, inflatable children’s floatation devices:

1. Cover with a pillowcase, blow up, and it can be used as a pillow in flight.

2. Can be used to raise children up higher in their seats or chairs.

3. Use to support your feet, arms, legs or neck on long flights.

4. Inflate and use in suitcases to secure souvenirs for transport.

5. Use to support electronic devices on a plane’s tray table.

Just keep them deflated and packed away until you have a need for them. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: Here’s a hint for reusing tissue paper: I reuse tissue paper from gifts and gift bags by ironing them a few times.

Once they don’t look nice, I fold them in half and cut a slit right down the middle. Then I pack them away in my suitcase to use when traveling.

They make great paper potty covers, which seem to be lacking at many restroom stops. They’ve come in handy many times during my travels. — Gloria L. in Georgia

The only other hint I’d add is to be sure to discard it in the trash. Don’t send it down the toilet. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: You know those little plastic containers that pencil lead comes in? Well, it seems like there’s not much use for them, but I have one hint for repurposing them:

I use those little plastic containers to store my sewing-machine needles. I place one size in each little container and then label each with the size of the needle. They are the perfect size for these needles. — Frances H., via email

Dear Readers: When traveling with babies, toddlers and/or young children, carrying diaper bags is a given.

But on trips, consider putting necessities like diapers, wipes, food and even toys in a plastic basket on the floorboard in front of the baby carrier. It will be easier to get to those items than if they were zipped inside a diaper bag. Happy travels! — Heloise