Heloise: Sparkling send-off for newlyweds


I attended an evening wedding. The couple was given a marvelous send-off. Instead of birdseed being tossed, everyone lined up with sparklers! The effect was gorgeous against the night sky. Of course, for safety's sake there were pails of water around to extinguish the sparklers. A fun and creative "spark" to a new life together. - Sharon in Texas


Another use for newspaper sleeves is to stuff them with confetti-size shredded paper (or plastic packing peanuts), tie the top and use as cushioning when mailing a package or when packing to move. You adjust the amount of fill according to your needs. There is no mess when unpacking, and the shredded paper can then go to the recycler. - Lynn in Indiana


We used to never get to the store with our coupons, so we adopted an incentive system for our children. We split the coupon savings 50-50 with our children for any coupons we use. They must clip and save the coupons, and bring them along to the grocery store. The benefits include our money savings and our children making money, learning to be responsible, looking for a value, being occupied while at the store and saving money for their own use. - Kent and Gay in Missouri


I have found wide rubber bands very useful (the kind you find wrapped around broccoli stalks). One or two will make an excellent nonslip grab ring for a jar that is difficult to open; just stretch them around the edge of the lid and twist it.

You also can use rubber bands as bookmarks; a long, thin one wrapped around pages from top to bottom doesn't leave a mark and can't drop out. - Judy G. in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada


When I get a new garment with extra buttons, before wearing, I stitch the buttons onto an inner seam. When I lose a button, I have a replacement right in the garment. Also, when I pass on the garment, the new owner has the buttons. - W.U. from Florida


A reader wrote to you about not knowing what to do with old photographs of people she didn't know. My solution is to mount an old photo on the front of brightly colored note card, write an original caption and make my own cards. People I sent these to have seemed to enjoy them, and they are one-of-a-kind. - W.P.R., via e-mail