Using Box Tops to Help Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma (Easy and Free Way to Help!)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 3:26 pm.
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Earlier today, I posted about some of the different ways to help victims of the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma (you can view that post here). Several of you suggested an easy (and free!) way to help out from afar using Box Tops for Education and their current Facebook promotion (check out this post for all the details).
Here’s what to do if you want use Box Tops to help…
* Head on over to the Box Tops for Education Facebook page, and “like” them
* Click on the “Summer Countdown” tab
* And then keep spreading the word!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 2:49 pm.
Looking for a creative graduation gift?! Check out this clever idea that was sent to me by reader, Jodi…
Do you have any clever (and affordable!) graduation gift ideas?
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 2:04 pm.
In this new video, I will share with you several different ways to calculate toilet paper price points. I will also reveal the qualities that I look for when I purchase toilet paper for my family and I will let you in on a little secret – my favorite brand of toilet paper.
* Go here to watch the video.
Basic Toilet Paper Price Point Formula
* 25¢ per roll
* this formula does not account for 1-ply versus 2-ply versus 3-ply; however, I just double the price per roll for 2-ply (i.e. 50¢ per roll) and triple the price per roll for 3-ply (75¢ per roll)
Alternate Toilet Paper Price Point Formula
* Calculate the total square footage of the entire package (typically this is displayed in the bottom corner on the packaging). In my example above, the total square feet is 107.2.
* Move the decimal over 2 places to the left
* The amount that you are left with is the most that you should pay for this package
–> $1.07 or less
How about you?! How do you compare toilet paper prices?! How do you calculate price points?!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 10:29 am.
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As most of you already know, Oklahoma City was hit by multiple tornadoes and severe storms yesterday. In addition to killing 24 people, over 120 people have been left wounded and many homes have been completely destroyed. I have received quite a few emails from Hip2Save readers who were directly or indirectly affected by these tornadoes and are asking that we all ban together to provide assistance to those in need.
(Photo Credit: AP)
What can you do?
* Make a donation to the American Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
* Make a donation to the Salvation Army by visiting SalvationArmyUSA.org, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or texting the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
* Make a monetary donation to the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief. If you live locally, donations, such as bottled water, work gloves, boots, flashlights, batteries and non-perishable food (NO CLOTHES at this time) can be taken to News 9 at 7401 N Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK.
Now it’s you turn… what suggestions do you have?
And to all of you in Oklahoma that have been affected, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 12:44 pm.
If you are looking for ways to entertain your kiddos this summer, you may want to check out these free Summer reading programs! What a fun way to keep their minds sharp plus, they can earn rewards along the way!
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
Starting May 16-August 26th, families are invited invited to read each book with them at their FREE weekly story time. Kids will receive a prize after they finish reading all the books on their list! Contact your local store for more details.
Barnes & Noble
To reward your children in Grades 1-6 for reading during the summer, Barnes & Noble is offering up a Summer Reading Program that rewards kids with a FREE book after they have read 8 books of their choice. To participate, your kiddos will need to:
Half Price Books
Children 14 and under can earn $5 in Half Price Books Back to School Bucks when they join the Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program! They will need to read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July, or have a grown up read to them. Download the reading log found here to record your child’s progress. Then turn it in to receive $5 in Half Price Books Back-to-School Bucks. The $5 discount card can then be applied to the pre-tax amount for a future purchase valid until 8/28/13. Limit one coupon per person, per visit. Go here for more details.
Each time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row, they will earn 10 FREE tokens at Chuck. E. Cheese! Head on over here to print the form. Valid through 12/31/13 at participating locations. Food purchase required for redemption. Limit 1 of any free token offer per child per day.
TD Bank Summer Reading Program
If you have a TD Bank near you, your kids can earn $10 to be deposited into their new or existing TD Bank Young Saver Account when they read 10 books. Participating kids need to:
1. Read 10 books this summer.
2. Print out the Summer Reading Form
3. Write down the names of the books they’ve read
4. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
5. Watch $10 be deposited into a new or existing Young Saver Account
Valid through September 30, 2013. Must be 18 years of age or younger to participate. Bring form of ID for child for new account opening. Go here for more details.
Do you know of any other free or cheap activities for kids this summer? If so, share them with us in the comments below!
(Thanks, Family Savings!)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 7:28 pm.
As I mentioned last week, this week has been a HUGE week for my family! We’ll be officially selling our home tomorrow morning (we will be signing the papers at the title company and handing over our keys to the new owners!). Although we are happy to be moving into our new home and ready to start making new memories as a family, there is something so sad about leaving a place that you have called home – even if just for a year or so. So this has been my low for the week – saying goodbye to our “old” home.
Now my high for this week is the adorable and heartfelt letter written by my precious daughter, Piper, for Mother’s Day! It made my day!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 10:39 am.
Just a reminder! Ever wish you had a daily dose of inspiration… something to motivate you, get ya thinking, and encourage you to take charge of your finances?! Well, the gals over at Daily Worth have created just that. Sign up for Daily Worth and they’ll send you a FREE daily email about personal finance for women. Plus, they have contests & sweepstakes from time to time where you can enter to win lots of great prizes!
As a reminder, the Daily Worth daily email delivers practical tips, empowering ideas, and the occasional kick in the pants (I definitely need that on a daily basis! ). Their tips cover self worth, net worth, saving, spending, earning, investing, taxes, entrepreneurship, financial feminism, and much more!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 12:39 pm.
If you were able to eat a healthy breakfast this morning or make a nourishing dinner for your family last night, you are very fortunate as 1 out of every 6 Americans struggles with hunger. But here’s your chance to help! Tomorrow, May 11th, the National Association of Letter Carriers is calling everyone to help “Stamp Out Hunger” with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Stamp Out Hunger is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and will help feed millions of families in all 50 states!
This is a perfect time for you to go through your stockpile and donate as many non-perishable and unexpired food items as possible to support this cause! SO…grab your cans of soup, non-glass bottles of Juice, canned fruits and veggies, bags of pasta, cake & brownie mixes, etc. and place all these items in a bag. Then be sure to leave them at your mailbox this Saturday, May 11th as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Your letter carrier will pick up your items and deliver them to local food banks or pantries.
Let’s help make it a success by clearing off our shelves for those in need…I guarantee that you will be able to re-stock those shelves at little to no cost with all the great deals we’re sure to score in the next few months. Are you with me?!
(Thanks, Theresa and Family Savings!)
Walt Disney World’s FREE Fall Dining = Save $400-$900 (September Only) + Hip Tips to Maximize the Value of Disney FREE Dining
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 9:04 am.
Guest Post by Julie Harrington-Travel Planner
If you have ever stayed at a Walt Disney Resort and/or contemplated making reservations at one of these resorts, you may have discovered that on occasion, Walt Disney offers up a very special and limited-time promotion called FREE Dining. The FREE Dining promotion allows you and your room-mates to eat completely free with the purchase of select packages on select dates.
To take advantage of this FREE Dining, purchase a non-discounted Walt Disney World Resort and Ticket Package at select hotels during the following dates: September 2, 2013 – September 25, 2013. Your arrival date must fall within this date range above to qualify for FREE Dining.
* Select Disney Value Resorts will offer the FREE Quick Service Dining Plan and Select Disney Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts will offer a FREE Disney Dining Plan. Excludes campsites, 3 bedroom Villas and Art of Animation – Little Mermaid Rooms. Excludes gratuity and alcoholic beverages.
Hip Tips to Maximize the Value of Disney FREE Dining
If you are lucky enough to score FREE Dining at Walt Disney World, then let’s make sure you are maximizing the value of the Disney Dining Plan. Here are some tips to get you a bigger bang for your dining credits.
When using a table service credit at a sit down pre fix menu restaurant, order the most expensive meal on the menu (obviously, be sure it is also something you would like to eat ). The best part of the dining plan is not having to worry about what you are ordering since all entrees on the menu are included when using the Disney Dining Plan.
Split quick service meals. Portion sizes at Disney are rather large so two children can easily share an adult entree at a counter service restaurant. This means you only have to use one of your credits for a meal, leaving you with another credit to use at another time. Sometimes even two adults can share a counter service meal.
Enjoy a light breakfast or lunch? Your daily snack credits can easily be used to purchase a snack that will satisfy you as a meal. For example: Egg Roll in Adventureland, French Onion Soup at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom, Cheese Pesto Sticks at Landscape of Flavors. To spot snack items that qualify for the Dining Plan, just look for the special logo on the menu.
Upgrade your dining plan to the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan to have more dining credits to use for Dinner Shows, Signature Dining Experiences or a meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table. All require 2 table service credits each.
All quick service meal credits give you an entree, dessert and drink. If you are utilizing your resort refillable mug at your resort, then grab the large bottle of water for your drink with your dining plan credit and bring it to the park with you. Then there will be no need to worry about buying a bottle of water while in the park.
If you’re feeling full after your quick service entree and won’t be eating your dessert right away, bring it back to your resort and put it in the fridge to have when you are wanting a snack later. You can also do this for your table service meals (just ask the dining staff).
If you want to do more dining than what is included in your Dining Plan, you may have to pay out of pocket for a meal or two. I recommend that the meal you pay out of pocket for is a breakfast and preferably a quick service breakfast. Always make sure your dining credits are being used for your most expensive meals.
Does your child have a “must see” character that they want some one on one time with? Character dining is a great way to make sure you get that special moment for your child. Character dining at Disney World can be expensive. However, table service meal credits on the Disney Dining Plans allow you to dine with the characters for 1 table service meal (excluding Cinderella’s Royal Table).
Is your family filled with big eaters & picky eaters?! Consider dining at one of the buffets or family style buffets to give everyone in the family what they want. Your big eaters will have full access to as much food as they would like at the same meal credit that your picky eaters have. And your picky eaters can just grab what they enjoy and pass on the other items.
Having the Disney Dining Plan allows you to book certain dining that typically needs payment in full at the time of reservation, using just a credit card to hold the reservation. This can give you the extra time to save for the cost of the meal.
One of the most priceless values that the Disney Dining Plan offers you is convenience. Your vacation, including your meals, is budgeted ahead of time. There is no need to sit down at a meal and stress over what to order for fear of exceeding your family’s vacation budget.
Remember that even though you are getting FREE Dining, it is not always the best option for your family. To make sure you are getting the best deal for your vacation, use a Disney Travel Specialist who knows the in’s and out’s of Disney discounts.
(A BIG thanks to Julie Harrington-Travel Planner with Mousetales Travel for all these awesome tips! If you need help planning an upcoming Disney vacation, you can contact Julie via email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Facebook.)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 5:53 pm.
As I mentioned in my High and Low post from last week, this is a BIG week for me and my family! We are in the process of moving a few streets over to a home that has more space. And although we are only moving a few blocks, it is still not a fun process (but the end result will definitely be worth the stress!).
So, my low is simply the fact that my days and nights have been all-consumed with packing, unpacking, organizing, cleaning, re-organizing etc. (Thank goodness for my sidekicks who have been helping like crazy on Hip2Save!). If I never have to open another box, that will be fine by me!
However, my high has been my amazing mother, Susan. She arrived this morning (she lives about an hour from Boise) and is here to help me for the rest of this week. Besides the fact that she is offering up an extra pair of hands to help with the packing and unpacking, she also brings along an amazing sense of humor and an upbeat spirit (both of which I really need, especially today!). Aren’t moms just wonderful?!