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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: I wanted to draw back my curtains on our French door but I didn’t want to drill into the steel frame. So I came up with the perfect solution! I got a stick-on hook (the kind that can be removed easily), put it on sideways, and turned it into a tie-back.

Ruth Pluchinsky, Mint Hill

Turn that glove inside out

When my right-hand kitchen glove wears out long before my left (about 99 percent of the time) I only replace the right glove with a new one, leaving me with a spare left one.

When the right one wears out AGAIN, I use the new left glove for my left hand, and flip the old left hand one inside out and make it a right-hand glove. I would buy twice as many glove sets without using this technique. Less plastic in the world is another benefit. Karen Webster, Concord

Win a Clever T-shirt

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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