Save Money in this Sunday's paper

I’m so clever


Soda can pull tab creates more closet space

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: Remove the pull tab from a soda can and slide it over the hook of a hanger. Then you can hang a second hanger from the other hole in the tab. This gives you twice the hanger space using half the closet space.

Sibyl Philo, Kannapolis

Brighten old glassware

Recently I bought some browned goblets in a thrift shop. Someone told me that peanut butter had come in them in the 1930s. No amount of hot water and soap and even vinegar could bring them to life. So, I soaked them for a couple of days in a bucket filled with a triple dose of OxiClean. They rose from the bath looking like new.

Avis O. Gachet, Hickory

Store gift wrap rolls

My canvas-nylon fold-up camp chair is worn out, but the bag it came in is great. I’ve filled it with rolls of gift wrap and it stands tall in my closet corner. Sally Williamson, Rock Hill

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.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more

Quick Job Search
Salary Databases