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Multilevel marketing or just a pyramid scheme?

Dear Heloise: When I travel, I usually take along two DIGITAL CAMERAS. One is in my purse, but the other one is usually stored in a new plastic soap container (the square type we used to use at camp to hold our soap). It holds my small digital camera and keeps it dry and safe. — Lillian G., Blair, Neb.

PILL BOTTLES

Dear Heloise: I have arthritis and have trouble opening pill bottles. What can I do? — Edith S., Hanson, Mass.

Edith, all you have to do is tell the pharmacist that you do not want childproof caps. But remember, if you are going to have young children in your home, make sure to safely store your medication. — Heloise

PYRAMID SCHEMES AND DIRECT SALES

Dear Heloise: We’ve all known someone who wants us to become part of a multilevel marketing opportunity. Although there are legitimate direct sales companies that use multilevel marketing, there also are con artists who want you to invest in what may well be a pyramid scheme disguised as direct selling. Many use high-pressure tactics to entice people to invest. They talk about potential earnings, which are often exaggerated, based on the sale of products. You may be pressured to buy products, which you are assured will keep you in good standing.

When you are offered this type of business opportunity, be careful. Wait a few days while you consider it, and do a little investigating. Try Fraud.org to see what it has to say about this business opportunity, or to file a complaint. — Frederick K., Washington, D.C.

AMPLIFY THE VOLUME

Dear Heloise: If you want to increase the volume of your cellphone, put it in a ceramic bowl. You’ll be amazed how well this works. — Jordan W., Speedway, Ind.

LIGHT THE CANDLE

Dear Heloise: I set the table, and when I went to light the votive candles, which were at the bottom of long, tapered candleholders, I found I didn’t have matches with long, wooden stems. So, I lit the end of a piece of uncooked spaghetti, then lit the candles without burning my hands. — Sandy C. in St. Louis

SENIOR DISCOUNTS

Dear Heloise: At first I was embarrassed to ask if a movie theater, hotel, car rental, etc., offered senior discounts. Unfortunately, most places don’t tell you about senior discounts, but companies offer them to increase business/profits, so please tell your readers to ask for senior discounts if they’re over 55 years old. — Sam H., Madison, Wis.

LOOK! A BOOK!

Dear Heloise: I send my young nieces a book instead of a card for their birthday. It’s about the same price, and they love a cute story to read instead of a disposable card. — Melody T. in Illinois

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Hints from Heloise run occasionally in Lifestyles. Readers may send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE, or email: Heloise@Heloise.com. Letters won’t be answered personally.

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