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Convert TV cabinet to good-lookin’ storage unit

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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: When you no longer need a TV cabinet because you have a flatscreen, here’s a suggestion for your old cabinet: Insert some new shelves inside to convert it to a linen closet and storage for sweaters, purses, etc. Hooks on the doors are great for necklaces.

Marge Livsey, Morganton

Change those home printer settings

We all know how much printing ink costs. To conserve ink on general printing jobs at home, once you have your document up, click on the printer icon and select “Properties.” Then select “draft,” then print.

To conserve ink on basic Word documents, highlight the entire text, go to the “font color” icon at the top of the screen and select a lighter shade of black, then print your document. ( Editor’s note: If you print something off the Web, home color printers will often pick up the color. Some newer models allow you to go into “settings” and convert the job to black and white.) Ernie McLaney, Charlotte

Clever update: The winner of the Handy Camel Bag Clip giveaway was Howard “Bunker” Hill, of Matthews.

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