Hints from Heloise Dead end for the mail?
Dear Heloise: I wonder how MAIL TO A DECEASED PERSON gets handled by the post office. Does someone have to notify the post office? Do they then stamp all first-class mail “deceased, return to sender,” and how long does junk mail keep coming to a dead person? — G. Lee, Lady Lake, Fla.
According to the U.S. Postal Service (www.usps.com), a relative of the deceased person who shares the same address can open the mail and deal with it as necessary.
To forward a letter to an appointed executor (an executor must go to the post office and confirm that he or she is authorized to manage the deceased’s business), mark through the address neatly, print “Forward to:” and print the executor’s address legibly.
As for junk mail, the Data & Marketing Association has a “Deceased Do Not Contact” (DDNC) list. Register the deceased’s name at www.DMAchoice.org. Within 90 days, the superfluous advertising should lessen. — Heloise
YOU TURN ME INSIDE OUT
Dear Heloise: I do internet shopping and find a lot of merchandise is shipped in sturdy plastic bags.
I save a few assorted sizes for reuse. I turn them inside out, hiding all shipping labels, and use them for shipping anything unbreakable. A few staples and wide tape, and they are ready to send.
I read your hints in The Villages Daily Sun. — Lu S. in Florida.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
Dear Heloise: My husband sells personal products for homebound people. The question he asks a family member when they walk into his store: “What can I show you that you don’t want to talk about?” This helps the family with their new situation. — Ginny R., Lexington, Ky.
Dear Heloise: Why is it that seniors are so often referred to as “senior citizens”? After all, we do not refer to a baby as a “baby citizen,” nor a child as a “child citizen,” nor an adult as an “adult citizen.”
Now that I am a senior, I find the term even more distasteful. Am I the only one? — Sandy A., Elizabethtown, Ky.
Dear Heloise: I installed an instant hot water circulating device, with the timer set to waking hours, and I have hot water right away with no waste. The timer makes sure it stays economical! It’s cheap, and my brother installed it for me.
Love your column and the great contributors! — Terri, via email
NOTHING EVER CHANGES
Dear Heloise: For more than a quarter-century, I have shopped at the same grocery store, and I was always having trouble remembering where I had parked my car when I came out with my groceries.
My solution is to always park in the same row — designated by letter — in the parking lot, even if it’s pretty far down. Now I have no trouble finding my car! — Laura M. in San Antonio
Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.