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Thyme to date the spice jars

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: Ever wondered how old the spices in your kitchen are? There are no dates on the tins or bottles. In fact, I may have moved from house to house with the same cinnamon and paprika. When I come home from the grocery store with a new one, I now write the date on it with a permanent pen. Tricia Robertson, Tega Cay

This trick takes the cake

I transport a lot of baked goods, especially tiered decorated cakes, to events and church. To make certain they don’t get smashed, I roll out ribbed shelf liner in the hatch of my SUV. The bottom of the plate adheres to the liner, and I have always arrived at my destination with everything intact. Cassandra Evans, Gastonia

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Send your clever tip, address and phone to clever@charlotteobserver.com 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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