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Reuse apple containers for Christmas ornament storage

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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.

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 love to use the plastic containers for apples from Costco to store my Christmas ornaments. They’re a good size and very sturdy. That way, I don’t have to even wrap delicate, precious ornaments. They stack well for storage until the next holiday rolls around. Recycling is important to me, so I love these containers. Pat Gatlin, Charlotte

Old shower curtain becomes new tarp

When I change out my fabric shower curtain, I keep the old ones to use when I trim bushes or gather leaves. The fabric shower curtain is light weight, water repellent and slick. Leaves will not stick to the fabric and slide right off for easy clean-up. Susan Spencer, Vale

Line up opening on travel mug

To keep your eyes on the road while searching for the opening in the top of a travel mug, attach a small raised object to the mug where your thumb usually rests. On mine, I put a small piece of flexible magnet with a sticky back. Line up the lid opening with the magnet. When you reach for the mug, put your thumb on the magnet; the opening in the lid will be lined up perfectly. Pat Simpson, Monroe

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