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Pants hanger doubles as a recipe holder

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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.

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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 grandson is the clever one here. I came home one day and found this hanging over my very limited counter space for baking or cooking: This plastic pants hanger holds a recipe or small cookbook for viewing while using the counter for prepping.

Carol Topham, Davidson

Spice container makes nifty toothpick holder

We used to have toothpicks all over the console in the cars; but none after repurposing spice shaker jars. The cinnamon jars are especially suited in that they add a nice flavor and aroma. We now have one in each of the cars and in the sun room where we often eat. Jim Dean, Matthews

Keep clothing shades straight

All navys and blacks are not the same shades. And many people have two sets of sweat suits of the same color. Take a permanent marker and draw a circle or square around the brand name on the label of the matching shirts and pants. Squares for one shade, circles for another, etc. You get the idea. Lana Davidson, Taylorsville

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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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