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Amazon: Top 10 Discounted or FREE eBooks

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Here are a few more discounted (under $5 each!) or FREE Kindle downloads you can snag on Amazon! Just click on the links below to download the following highly rated eBooks for your Kindle. Also, be sure to check out the Amazon Kindle Daily Deals for even more discounted and free eBooks…and there are lots!

Discounted eBooks (Under $5):

The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) $2.62 (regularly $3.99!)

Please do not read this book. There is a furry blue monster at the end of it! Beware!

The Anne Stories: 12 Books, 142 Short Stories $0.99 (regularly $1.99!)

This exciting collection has these great features – The complete text of eight great books featuring Anne “with an e” Shirley, Three additional novels from Lucy Maud Montgomery, One complete book of poetry by Montgomery, “The Watchman and Other Poems”, 142 wonderful short stories written by Montgomery, Links to download the unabridged audiobooks of all 11 novels for FREE, and more!

Charlie the Ranch Dog $1.99 (regularly $16.99!)

Meet Charlie. He’s a ranch dog. Breakfast is his life, especially when bacon is involved. Charlie has dangly ears, floppy skin, and big fat paws. And he loves living in the country. That’s because he works like a dog…fixing fences, gardening, and helping his family out on the range. Yep, it’s all work, all the time for Charlie the ranch dog. In fact, he’s probably working right now… Zzzzzzz…. A ranch dog’s work is never done! Come along as Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, introduces us to her beloved short-legged pioneer dog named Charlie.

Goodnight Little Monster $1.99 (regularly $9.99!)

Little Monster needs to get ready for bed. That means howling at the moon, scrubbing his scales, getting into his creepy PJs, and enjoying a nice snack before bed: worm juice and baked beetle bread. And, of course, Little Monster’s mother is nearby to tuck Little Monster into bed and turn on his night-light—because even little monsters can be afraid of the dark. Bonnie Leick’s soft, child-friendly illustrations rendered in watercolor bring a new and quiet twist to the evening’s bedtime ritual. Sweet dreams, Little Monster!

The Paper Bag Princess $1.89 (regularly $6.99!)

In this bestselling modern classic, Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald—who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance.

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Enter to Win FREE International Delight Creamer & Cold Stone Ice Cream Cake for Dad (100 Winners)

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Starting today through June 7th, head on over to the International Delight Facebook page, “like” them, and click on the “Win for Dad!” tab to enter to win a Father’s Day prize package! There will be 100 lucky winners who will each score coupons for five FREE quarts of International Delight creamer, a Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Cake (awarded as a $20 gift card), AND a card for Dad. Winners will be chosen at random on or around June 11th.

*Be sure to come back & enter daily for increased chances of winning!

Good Luck! :D

(Thanks, Freebie Shark!)

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Reading Eggs: Online Reading Games and Activities to Help Kids Learn to Read (Ages 3-13)

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If you have been looking for a program to help your kiddos learn to read and/or to improve their reading skills, you may want to check out Reading Eggs. By combining books with online reading games and activities, the goal of Reading Eggs is to make reading easy and fun for kids of all ages.

And for a limited time, you can head over here and sign up for a FREE 14 day trial of Reading Eggs – just enter your email address and choose a password (no credit card is required!). Be sure that you click on the Activation Link that will be sent via email and you will then have access to a FREE trial of all three of their programs – Reading Eggs (ages 3-7 years), Reading Eggspress (ages 7-13 years) and Mathseeds (ages 3-6 years).

Reading Eggs is a highly innovative online literacy program designed to make learning to read a fun, motivational and educational experience for everyone involved. It supports each child’s learning by offering individual, one-on-one lessons that allow children to progress at their own rate. At Reading Eggs, learning to read is enjoyable as well as rewarding. With interactive animations, fun games, great songs, an arcade and writing centre, Reading Eggs is a great place to learn to read! Children are highly motivated to return again and again.

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Giveaway!

Giveaway: 2 Readers Each Win Olly Murs’ Prize Package Including $50 Walmart Card ($100+ Value)

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Calling all Olly Murs fans! To celebrate the release of his new album, you can head over here to watch Olly Murs perform live and dish on fame, One Direction, girls, and the making of his third album, “Right Place Right Time” (plus, be sure to snag “Right Place Right Time” online and in Walmart stores nationwide!). If you’re not familiar with Olly Murs, he is an English singer-songwriter and musician who has a big radio hit right now with “Troublemaker” featuring Flo Rida.

Thanks to Walmart Risers & T-Mobile, 2 lucky Hip2Save readers will each win an Olly Murs’ Prize Package valued at over $100 which includes the following items:

* Olly Murs “Right Place Right Time” CD
* Autographed Olly Murs Walmart Risers poster
* $50 Walmart gift card

If you are interested in entering this giveaway, sponsored by Walmart Risers & T-Mobile, please click on the giveaway button below

If you are reading this giveaway post via RSS feed or via email, please click here to enter. Please do NOT email me to enter this giveaway; an email is not an acceptable entry. Also note that comments left on this post will NOT be counted as giveaway entries.

This giveaway will end on Monday, June 3rd, at 11:59PM EST, and the randomly selected winners will be announced later in the week.

(Thanks, Walmart Risers & T-Mobile!)

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FREE Sample of Schiff Move Free Ultra Omega (Facebook)

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Hurry on over to the Schiff Move Free Facebook page, “like” them, and click on the “Move Free Sample” tab to request a FREE Move Free Ultra Omega sample – while supplies last!

*Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. While supplies last. Available to U.S. Residents only. Limit one sample per household. You must be 18 or older to receive this sample.

(Thanks, I Crave Freebies & Free Stuff Times!)

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Guest Post: 10 Tips for Buying Grass Fed Beef From Your Local Farmer

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Guest Post by Bethany Spohr from All Natural Savings

Tips on How to Buy Beef from a Local Farmer:

Search the internet
It was difficult to even find a farmer locally to purchase from.  I turned to Craigslist, searched “beef/cow” in my area and came across a local farm that sold by the 1/4, 1/2 and full.  You can use Google and there should be local farms or forums with information on where to buy.

Prepare to travel
Unless you live in a rural area, you may have to drive a bit to pick up the beef.  We drive about an hour away, but we purchase 1/4 to 1/2 each time, which lasts us 6-12 months, so we figure the drive is worth the amount we save on the beef.

Decide the amount of beef you need
Grass fed cows tend to be smaller than grain fed cows, so keep that in mind when deciding if you want a 1/4, 1/2 or full.  A 1/4 cow net us about 120 lbs hanging weight, so about 96 pounds of meat.  I figure about 1/4 pound per serving, so that would yield about 384 servings of beef.

Calculate price per pound
Farmers will quote you the hanging weight price, usually anywhere from $2.80 to $6 per pound.  You will generally yield 80% of that, making the true price range $3.50 to $7.50 per pound.  Many farms also charge a “kill” fee, ranging from $15-$100.

Tour the farm
You’ll want to be sure that the animals are truly grass-fed.  Most farmers will allow you to come out and tour the farm.  This is a good way to check on the health of the animals as well as the farm conditions.

Pick your cut
You can choose how thick the steaks are cut, how many steaks per package, the size of the roasts, the amount of pounds per package of ground beef and if you want hamburger patties made.  Be prepared – they will ask if you would like the liver or the tongue, which we always opt out of!  When we bought a 1/2, we were able to make a special request for prime rib at no charge.  You also may be able to request filets.  If there are certain cuts of steak/roasts you don’t need,  you can have them grind it into ground beef.

Buy a deep freezer
A deep freezer will help your meat last longer and will provide enough room for the beef.  We were able to purchase a freezer from Lowe’s on sale for $150 and it has worked great for us.  If you have an extra refrigerator/freezer, the top freezer portion should fit a 1/4 cow, but if you buy any larger, you’ll want a deep freezer.

Request no fillers
You’ll likely talk directly to the butcher in the process. Be sure that he does not add any fillers to the ground beef.

Go lean 
If you prefer your meat lean, you can request this directly from the butcher at no extra charge.  The steaks and roasts will have a little less fat since grass-fed cows are less fatty than grain fed.

Marinate
Grass fed beef is a touch gamier tasting than grain fed.  We always marinate our steaks and roasts overnight in red wine vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil and garlic sea salt.  We add a little garlic sea salt to the ground beef and patties and they taste great!

What are your tips on buying grass-fed beef from a local farmer?

(A BIG thanks to Bethany Spohr at All Natural Savings for all these awesome tips!)

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Safeway & Affiliates: FREE Balance Bar Dark Chocolate eCoupon (Just for U Members)

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If you have a Safeway or affiliate store nearby and are a Just for U member (it’s FREE!), you may want to log into your account and see if you received a eCoupon offer for a FREE Balance Bar Dark Chocolate 1.58 oz bar – valid through 6/4.

To find this offer, just look in the Personalized Deals or Coupon Center section (you may need to click on each page in order to find it). Let us know if you also received this offer in your account!

(Thanks, Jennifer!)

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BuyCostumes: $8 or Less Costume & Accessory Sale (Last Day!)

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Just a reminder – this sale end today!

BuyCostumes.com is having a Costume & Accessory Sale and offering up items for $8 or less! Many of these costumes have a retail value of $50 to even $100+… so these definitely seem like some *HOT* prices!

Keep in mind that shipping starts at $5.99 for orders of 5lbs and goes up from there based on the weight of your order. However, at these low prices, I would suggest ordering a few costumes or accessories! Also, keep in mind that promo codes do not apply to these greatly discounted costumes.

*Come back and let us know what bargains you find!

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New $1/1 Kit Kat Minis Coupon = As Low As Only 25¢ Per Bag at Kmart After Reward Card

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Calling all Kit Kat fans! Head on over to the Walmart site and share the Kit Kat offer with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to score a high value $1/1 King Size bag of Kit Kat Minis OR 8 oz Pouch of Kit Kat Minis. If you don’t share the offer, you’ll still be able to print a coupon valid for $0.25/1 King Size bag of Kit Kat Minis OR 8 oz Pouch of Kit Kat Minis (you should be able to print both coupons).

If you have a Kmart nearby, you can use this coupon to score a great deal on the Kit Kat pouches! Through June 1st, whenever you purchase 4 select Hershey’s Minis, Pieces, or Drops stand-up pouches 8.5-10 oz at Kmart on sale 2/$5, you’ll score a FREE $5 Kmart Award Card! The Award card will be redeemable starting 6/2-6/15 and there is a limit of 5 award cards per transaction. Check out this scenario…

Buy 4 Kit Kat Minis 8 oz bags 2/$5
Total = $10
Use 4 $1/1 Kit Kat coupons found here (share with friends – will need access to 2 computers)
Or the $0.25/1 Kit Kat coupons found here (without sharing)
Pay as low as $6
Get back $5 Kmart Award Card
Final cost only $1 for all 4 bags!

On a side note, I contacted my local Kmart and they confirmed that the Kit Kat Minis 8 oz bags are included in this sale, even though the ad states pouches 8.5-10 oz. If you have any issues, I encourage you to contact your local store.

(Thanks, Printable Coupons and Deals!)

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FREE NO-AD Sunscreen Sample – 1st 2,500 (Facebook) Expired

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Hurry on over to the NO-AD Sunscreem Facebook page, “like” them and then click on the Free Sample tab to snag a FREE 0.5 oz. sample of NO-AD Sunscreen! Hurry as this freebie is only available to the first 2,500!

(Thanks, Family Savings!)

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