Reducing your water bill can be fairly easy

HINTS FROM HELOISE

Dear Readers: Water conversion is important all year long, especially in many parts of the country, such as Texas and California. Here are some hints to save water around the house and on your water bill:

¯ Take shorter showers. This is a biggie!

¯ Brushing your teeth? Cut the water off during it.

¯ Toilets and pipes must be leak-free.

¯ Don’t run the water over dishes. Fill the sink instead.

¯ Limit small loads of laundry and dishes — wash only when the machine is full.

Small changes in your daily habits can add up to big savings. Take note of your water bill now, and look at it again in a few months. — Heloise

Dear Readers: Here’s a feline flashback photo from 2010 from Sharon L. in San Antonio. Her cat, Mr. Kitty, is getting a drink from the tub!

To see Mr. Kitty and our other Pet Pals, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week.” — Heloise

Dear Heloise: Always wanting to be prepared in the event of a power outage, here is an easy way to light a room.

Stand a small flashlight in a glass so the flashlight stands upright, and set it in the middle of the room. Voila. Light! Make sure you are stocked up with fresh batteries. — Dennis D. in Cleveland

Dear Heloise: To have a profitable garage sale:

¯ Make clear and readable signs in large letters.

¯ Arrange your things artfully and in clusters of like items, so people will be inspired!

¯ This is the time to get rid of items you no longer want, so price them to sell. Mark as many items as possible for a dollar or less, because it all adds up.

¯ Schedule the sale around the first of the month. This is a time when many people get paid and have extra cash on hand.

The point of the sale is to get rid of clutter; making money is a bonus. — Tag Sale Queen, via email

Yep, you are right! Mark the items so they will sell! — Heloise

Dear Readers: Do you pay attention to the “SELL-BY” date on boxes of dry goods on the grocery-store shelves? You should, but know what you are looking at.

The sell-by date is the date by which the grocer needs to pull the item off the shelf. If you find an item that has not been pulled, notify store personnel. The item is not spoiled; it is just not at its peak for freshness and appearance. — Heloise