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Plastic coffee can makes a great clothespin holder

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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: Some people still hang their washing outside in the fresh air and sunshine. So what do you do when the clothespin bag breaks? I took a used plastic coffee can and drilled 2 small holes about 2 inches apart and inserted the bag wires from the holder from the inside out (so you don’t snag your fingers when reaching for a clothespin). My wife has had this one for about two years and still looks like new. Jack Neumeyer, Albemarle

Emery board sharpens pins

I was having trouble getting a safety pin through my blouse. So I sharpened the pin on an emery board and it worked. You could try this on needles, too. Carolyn Gill, Rock Hill

Slow down, hungry dog

My small dog, Pebbles, has a voracious appetite and eats so fast she swallows her dry food whole. After finding no help at pet stores, I thought of an ice tray. I spread her food in the tray, which makes her work for it. She has to get her little tongue down in each individual compartment – it slows her down perfectly. Del Nunn, Indian Land

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