Dear Heloise: I remove most boxes from my freezer. If your freezer is like mine, most of the boxes aren’t full. It’s easier to store single items than a half-empty box of ice cream bars, for example.

— Roy R., via email

One thing to be aware of? There can be important info printed on the box: the ingredients list, recipes, the Nutrition Facts panel, and the contact number and address for the company.

You can cut off the panel of the box and band it together with the items.

— Heloise

Drink carriers

Dear Readers: The cardboard drink carriers (with a handle) you get from the takeout window? Don’t throw them away. Here are some uses for them:

⁕ Organize hairbrushes, hair spray, and other hair things on a dresser.

⁕  Combine crayons, and art supplies for toddlers.

⁕ Hold a remote and random items in the den.

⁕ Use to carry gardening tools once the weather warms up.

If you must discard it, put it in the recycle bin or tear it up for the compost pile.

— Heloise

Floss boss

Dear Heloise: Before I floss, I run a bead of toothpaste down the floss. The fluoride gets in on the sides of my teeth.

 — Ben R. in Pennsylvania

Experts agree that flossing is critical to good oral health. Do you brush first and then floss? You should, because there will be “leftover” toothpaste in your mouth that can go to work in between teeth.

Your “bead method” is a good one too, Ben. Ask your dentist and hygienist what they recommend.

— Heloise

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 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.

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