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Hints from Heloise: Don't let others see your PIN

Dear Heloise: This is in response to your article appearing in The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper concerning the use of automated teller machines.

While using ATMs, shield the keypad with the hand you are not using to enter your access code. I stood behind a lady in the grocery store, and I was not really that close to her, but we all know the layout of the keypad. When she was finished entering her access code, I could have repeated it back to her. Someone behind or alongside you could get the code that way, snatch your purse in the parking lot and have a field day with your accounts, as many cards and accounts carry the same access code. —A Reader, via e-mail

You're right — you should shield the keypad, and you might want to tilt the little pad up so that you can see the numbers but no one else can. You can never be sure. —Heloise

FYI: Do you have lots of sample perfume vials? Use them to scent your bath water. Just one vial added to bath water with a capful of bath or mineral oil will give you a relaxing, great-scented bath. Enjoy. —Heloise

Dear Heloise:It seems that I spilled a drop of permanent hair dye on the toilet lid while dyeing a friend's hair. It won't come off! I tried to remove it immediately, but I'm afraid it is stubborn. I've used everything from household cleaner to nail-polish remover. What can I do? —A reader, via e-mail

Well, since you've already used several cleaning products on the spot, I think it's probably safe to assume that the spot is there to stay. Hair color is a permanent dye!

If it is really bothersome, you can paint over it or even replace the seat and lid. You might be surprised how reasonably priced they are. —Heloise

Dear Heloise:I read the hints on putting a computer desk together. When I put mine together, I sorted all the hardware and put it in separate margarine tubs by size. This made it easy to pick out what I needed. You could also use egg cartons. —Gene A. Thomas, Newport, Pa.

Dear Heloise: Here's my recipe for the easiest deviled eggs in the world. Put the yolks in a bowl, mash a little bit with a fork and add enough tartar sauce to moisten the yolks. They should be lumpy. Spoon into the white "wells" and sprinkle a little paprika on top. Every time I serve these, they get raves. —Ruth Y. in Mesa, Ariz.


Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column. © King Features Syndicate Inc.