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Cash in on warranties with this handy tip

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 something breaks or quits working, I always wonder how long I’ve had it and whether it’s under warranty. So now, whenever I buy something, I take a Sharpie and write the date of purchase, length of warranty in an inconspicuous space. Example: “3/7/13 1yr Walmart.” I also staple receipts to the warranty/product info and keep in a folder. I have gotten everything from ballpoint pens to briefcases replaced under warranties when they went kaput too soon. S.P. Williams, Shelby

Organize those earrings

Here’s a great way to keep earrings organized. Snip the bottom part of a wire hanger and bend the ends to fit into the slots in a medicine cabinet. Fold a ribbon or piece of fabric over wire for stud earrings. Jackie Koerner, Charlotte

Hotdog! Bun tags come in handy

Those plastic tabs that come with some buns and breads are perfect for slipping on charging cords to help keep them labeled. Hazel McCrone, 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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