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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: As soon as I get home from being out, I remove my 2 rings, watch, gold bracelet and hoop earrings. I have a larger ring where I put them. You have everything in one place and it’s less likely that you will lose or misplace your valuable items. Ana Maria Martinez, Indian Trail

Quick-and-easy decorating

I made cute pillows from $4 lined placemats from Target. Just opened the side seam and stuffed with fiberfill and stitched. Debbie Hix, Huntersville

DIY weather strip repair

The weather stripping on my back door had a “smooshed in” place at the very bottom, creating a little space.

I didn’t want to go to the expense of replacing the stripping on the entire door, so I stuck a little dab of Play-Doh up in it. That filled out the area and now no air – or bugs – coming through. Rachel Davis, Mooresville

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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