Power drain calls for new refrain

Dear Heloise: I often MISPLACE MY MOBILE PHONE and can’t find it, since I habitually turn it off to prevent battery drain. To solve this problem, while I am at home I turn off location, notifications and mobile data. I also turn off emails, and use my home computer to check them.

These things are turned on when needed, and I now keep the phone in my car – where there’s a charger, by the way!

– Carol J., Portland, Ore.

Carol, this all sounds fine and dandy, but I wouldn’t recommend leaving your phone in the car. You don’t want to give thieves even the slightest reason for breaking into your car.

– Heloise

Follow-up: Cruise story

Dear Readers: Talk about hidden charges! Here’s a follow-up story sent in by a reader, via email, who’d planned and planned well but didn’t plan for this! She wrote: “My children and I just got back from a cruise. Internet charge was 75 cents per minute, just like you said. My son carefully timed three two-minute calls, hung up and then turned off his phone.

“When he got his internet bill, it was almost $400! We had not been told that you have to ‘log out.’ His time continued to run. He protested, and they halved the bill, but that was almost $200 for six minutes on his phone. Let this be a heads-up to people cruising the internet on cruises!”

– Heloise

More recipes

Dear Heloise: I just ordered your pamphlet for soups, and I can’t wait to try some of them. Some are easy enough to make, which, knowing me, once I have a recipe memorized it will be my easy “go-to” recipe when I’m planning and shopping for family meals. But soups can go only so far! Do you have any other food or dish pamphlets that I can order? If they’re anything like the soup one, I know I will use the recipes. On a side note, the pamphlet is colorful, which makes it easy to locate and much easier to store instead of bulky recipe books, which I have plenty of!

– Margaret R., Arlington, Texas

I have a pamphlet titled Heloise’s Main Dishes and More, which has a variety of dishes, from meats and potatoes to sauces and dressings.

To get a copy, send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (68 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Main Dishes, P.O. Box 795001. San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.

You also can order on my website, www.Heloise.com. Many are my mother’s favorite tried-and-true recipes, which have stood the test of time.

– Heloise

Make it a pleasant experience

Dear Readers: When traveling with children, please do them justice by taking along age-appropriate activities, puzzles, books and games to occupy their time. Nothing upsets a child faster than being bored while traveling. By planning ahead, you, your children and your fellow passengers will be glad you did!

– Heloise