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Use hook to hold sunglasses in car

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: My 2012 Mercedes E350 did not have a convenient place to store my sunglasses for easy retrieval, and I don’t like digging around in the center console while driving. So I purchased a small removable hook and placed it low on the left side of the console on the driver’s side. It lets me hook my sunglasses within easy reach. Lisa LeBlanc, Fort Mill

Rubber band keeps apple fresh

For back-to-school season: If you cut an apple into triangles, then place it back together in its original shape and put a rubber band around it snugly, it will not turn brown for about 9 hours. Londa Goolsby, Matthews

New use for snap bracelets

I have seen rolled gift wrap holders in catalogs for $3-4 each. You snap them around rolls of gift wrap to keep them rolled up. They are just the same as the snap bracelets my daughter liked when she was little. They are at many dollar stores, much cheaper. Teresa Bangle, Albemarle

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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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