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Dear Readers: Do you make your credit card payments online? Take a minute to browse the company’s site. You’ll find hints to help you save money and get your finances in shape.

Subjects can include preventing fraud and learning how to improve your credit score. Be a smarter consumer. Education is the key to saving money! — Heloise

Punch pad

Dear Heloise: A reader wrote about her 10-year-old son who loses his house keys. We have the same problem with our sons, we installed “electronic keypad door locks,” and can be found at hardware and home-improvement stores.

These are battery-operated locks that use a four-digit code to unlock the door. They are fantastic, and the batteries last for years. They also come with conventional keys. When our sons come to visit, they know the code and don’t need a key. — Rudy and Pauline B. in New Hampshire

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail: