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Use sticky note to eliminate drilling mess

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 use a sticky note to catch drilling debris to keep it from making a mess on the floor. Terrie Hagler, Matthews

Furniture pad makes great pin cushion

At the suggestion of our vet, our dog Pepper receives a daily dose of fish oil. I use a corsage pin to puncture a capsule that I then squeeze over her food. To keep the pin handy, I attached a one-inch adhesive felt furniture pad to the side of the bottle. Voila – a mini-pincushion! Charlotte Hendrix, Fort Mill, S.C.

Catch cold water for the plants

I keep an empty gallon milk jug under my kitchen sink and use it to catch water while I’m waiting for it to heat up. Then I use it to water the houseplants.

Janet Farr, Mooresville

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