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Use dry marker to jot special date on bathroom mirror

I'm So Clever
What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

I'm So Clever
I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: Whenever I have an appointment or other special date, I take a dry-erase marker and write it on my bathroom mirror to remember. It’s easy to erase. Candy Lee, Charlotte

Easy trick for produce bags

Ever been in the produce section trying to open the plastic produce bag in the supermaket? Some people lick their fingers to help open the bag. To avoid contact with germs from the grocery cart, just go over to the produce area where they spray the items every few minutes to wet your fingers. Marty Reep, Charlotte

Plastic bags make great booties

If you’re working outside and have your dirty yard shoes on and need to go inside for water, phone, etc., keep your shoes on and place a plastic grocery bag over each one. Tie the handles around your ankles, go about your business, then remove the bags when you’re done. Mitzie Black, Charlotte

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Send your clever tip, address and phone to or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. Each week the best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” T-shirt.

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