Heloise: The end of one- stop shopping?

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about shopping, and multiple letters came in about this:

A reader in Columbus, Ohio, wrote, “To get the most value for my shopping dollars, I have to shop at several grocery stores.”

A Texas reader wrote: “Whenever I shop, I make a list and then shop at three different stores to get everything on the list. One large chain store is my favorite, but it doesn’t carry everything I need, so I complete the list at the other two stores. I think I’m going to try online shopping very soon.”

But then Rosemary Q.W., via email, said, “If everyone continues to shop online, eventually we will have no local stores, which equals empty storefronts and more unemployment.”

So, what’s your take? Which reader can you identify with? Send me your thoughts. — Heloise



Dear Readers: Trick-or-treat night is here. The following hints are for all those who are out this evening:

* Consider bright, less-frightening costumes. Little ones can get scared easily, and this is supposed to be fun for them, too.

* Consider not wearing a mask while walking. With limited vision, you could stumble, seriously injuring yourself or others.

* Don’t run. Take your time. You’ll get your treats soon enough.

* Limit accessories. You will last longer without having to carry extra stuff.

* If the front-porch light is off, move on. They aren’t participating.

* Try to stay with others and not “treat” on your own. There is strength in numbers.

* When finished, go through your treats and discard anything questionable. When in doubt, throw it out!

— Heloise