More uses for coffee containers

By Heloise Cruse

King Features Syndicate

DEAR READERS: We recently asked readers what their favorite uses were for plastic coffee containers. Here are a few replies:

• Alejandro Soto of San Antonio says: "I use plastic coffee cans to store paint. The built-in grips make them easy to handle while painting. The snap-on lids seal well and are easier to open and close than metal paint cans. Fill them no more than halfway for easier handling."

• Herb, via e-mail, says: "Here is my use for a plastic coffee can that I think is very practical. I carry one with a roll of toilet paper in it in case of an emergency, without a restroom in sight."


Heloise Central found that they are handy for birdseed. The container is easy to grasp when filling a feeder. — Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: I love to do jigsaw puzzles, but it is hard to find a place to do the larger ones. I bought a large poster board and work the puzzle on that. I can move it off the table to wherever I want to do it, and I can slide it under the bed to get it out of sight, if need be. — Mary, via e-mail

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or e-mail it to

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