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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.

Got a Clever tip for Halloween decorating, costume creation or party favor? Send it in and you could win a $20 Kiwi Crate decorating kit, plus the collector’s edition T-shirt. We’ll publish some of the best tips in the “I’m So Clever” Halloween edition.

School daze made easier

I make “bundles” of clothes for after-school sports that I prepare on Sunday night for the week. Each night before school, I just grab a bundle and take it to school for practice the next day. It makes school mornings easier!

Brigitte Nauck, seventh grade, Providence Day, Charlotte

Trick keeps rolls toasty

I love my little toaster oven and use it often. Across the top there is a warning: “caution hot surface.” I use that surface as a warming tray. While a dish is being cooked inside the oven, I put aluminum foil over the top (careful not to cover the exhaust vents) and use it to warm dinner rolls, pastries or other items.

Pat Simpson, Monroe

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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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