COL How to get groceries in 20 minutes

Dear Heloise: I am a recently married 20-something, and in order to save my husband and myself as much money as possible, I am an avid user of coupons. I have a small, purse-sized wallet with dividers in which I store the coupons by category. I have arranged the categories according to the order in which I encounter the products in the grocery store.

Additionally, I go through the sale papers and find items for which I have coupons, then I make my list (and hold my coupons) in the order in which I will encounter the items in the stores. This saves a lot of time searching around for products or coupons; I am generally in and out of the grocery store in about 20 minutes. -- Marilyn Cunningham, Bowie, Md.

Dear Heloise: To keep your cakes from sticking in the bottom of the pan, always grease the pan with shortening (NOT OIL) and sprinkle with plain flour. -- Katherine H. Reogas, Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Dear Heloise: We receive adhesive-backed, pre-printed address labels in the mail. Send them to family and friends to stick in their address books.

If anyone should move, you can put the new label over the old label. I've done this a few times, and everyone says, "What a wonderful idea!" -- Brenda Kazda, Middletown, Ohio.


Heloise shares household tips from readers. Send a money- or time-saving hint to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to

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