Pet food lids work well on evaporated milk containers

HINTS FROM HELOISE

Dear Readers: Today’s sound off is about evaporated-milk containers. A reader wrote: “We usually keep an open can of evaporated milk in the refrigerator for coffee, cooking, etc.

“I don’t understand why the manufacturers don’t offer this milk in a container that you can close or seal to avoid spillage and picking up odors from the refrigerator.

“So until the manufacturers wake up, we just snap on a clean pet-food lid!” — Paul in Bella Vista, Ark.

Paul, thanks for your Sound Off, and your solution! I’ll bet others who also use this milk and have this same problem will try your hint. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: In sorting all my clothes, I’ve removed dozens of shoulder pads. I know they can be used as potholders, but what else? — Jean A., Alexandria, Va.

Here are some other uses for shoulder pads:

¯ Washable makeup-remover pads.

¯ Scales for a homemade fish costume, or quilt a blanket with them.

¯ Eye patches at Halloween.

¯ Light-bulb removers.

— Heloise

Dear Readers: Many of you were sympathetic with Yssa’s frustrations about grocery shopping (10/3/16), and voiced your own frustrations as well.

In theory, it’s easy to say, “Let’s be realistic” or “Who has time to plan ahead” or my favorite, “Find a different time to shop, either late at night or early in the morning, when the shelves are stocked and the shoppers are few,” but the bottom line is this: Grocery shopping can be a frustrating experience.

Other issues mentioned include the following:

¯ Don’t let your kids

go wild pushing the shopping cart.

¯ Pushing the basket down the left side of the aisle impedes traffic flow.

¯ If you must talk on your phone, get out of the shopping aisle, especially if the call has nothing to do with shopping.

¯ When checking out, don’t wait until the checker has totaled your order before looking for your “payment plan.”

¯ If the sign says, “Twenty items or less,” that means no more than 20 items!

Don’t shoot the messenger! This list is compiled from my readers, who took the time to share their thoughts and frustrations about grocery shopping. — Heloise