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How to stop losing socks in the laundry

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: I had had it with my washing machine eating my socks, so I put all my socks for the load in a zippered laundry bag which also goes straight into the dryer. No more lost socks! Kris Solow, Charlotte

Be prepared for power outage

I keep a flameless candle in each room of my house, and when the electricity goes out I do not have to go looking for my flashlight in the dark. Putting one in front of the bathroom mirror lights the whole room. In the living area it also serves as a decorative piece with greenery around the base. Betty Prudden, Indian Trail

Easy fix for missing bulbs

When I was unable to find replacement bulbs for the ones missing from my 40-year-old ceramic Christmas tree, I simply used glass or plastic beads and glued them on the hole. The bead fit perfectly.

Juanita Little, Denver

New Prize: “I’m So Clever” book.

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” book. You can order a copy at for just $5.99, plus shipping. Also available at Park Road Books, Blackhawk Hardware and the General Store in Belmont.

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