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Getting every last drop from the tube …

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: Mostly used tubes of toothpaste, skin cream, etc. can be completely used by cutting off part of the lower tube and sealing the remaining contents by folding a flap and securing with a spring-type clip. Simply scrape the amount of toothpaste needed with a toothbrush and re-seal. Use any type of small scraper, such as a Popsicle stick, for other contents.


Classic tomato paste move

I use small amounts of tomato paste in some of my favorite recipes. So whenever I buy a can, I freeze in portions of 1 to 2 tablespoons on a cookie sheet. After they are frozen I put them in a baggie and use them as needed. CLAIRE HUDAK, CHARLOTTE

Save that parsley

When I buy parsley and can’t use it all, I put the leftovers in a glass and let it dry in the refrigerator until brittle, then stir the dried leaves, remove the stems. That gives me dried parsley for other uses.


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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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