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StarKist Tuna Class Action Settlement: Request Up to $25 Check or $50 Worth of Free Starkist Products

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Did you purchase at least one Starkist Chunk Light in Water or Oil 5oz OR Solid White in Water or Oil in the United States between Feb. 19th, 2009 and Oct. 31st, 2014? If so, you qualify for up to a $25 check or $50 worth of FREE Starkist products via the StarKist Tuna Class Action Settlement.

To submit your claim, head here and complete the form no later than November 20th, 2015. You can also request that a copy of the claim form be mailed to you by calling 1-888- 643-6376. You may choose to receive either a cash refund or a voucher for free products. Click here for more information.

** No proof of purchase is necessary to obtain settlement benefits. However, the Claim Form must be signed by you under penalty of perjury (either by hand or, if you submit it online, electronically), affirming that you are a qualified member of the Settlement Class and that the information provided therein is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. **


Are you wondering what this lawsuit is about? According to the StarKist tuna class action lawsuit, which was filed in February 2013 by plaintiff Patrick Hendricks, federal law requires 5-ounce cans to contain an average of 2.84 to 3.23 ounces of tuna. However, Hendricks alleges that 5-ounce cans of StarKist tuna only contain an average of 2.81 to 3.11 ounces of tuna.

Hendricks claims he would not have purchased the StarKist tuna products if he had known they did not contain an adequate amount of tuna for a 5-ounce can. He filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and a Class of consumers who purchased the allegedly under-filled cans of StarKist tuna.

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Do YOU have Expired Coupons?! Send Them to US Military Members Stationed Overseas!

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Anyone have a binder, drawer or countertop full of expired manufacturer’s coupons?!

Before you toss them in the trash, consider sending them to U.S. military families stationed overseas! Did you know that U.S. military families stationed overseas are able to use coupons on base for up to SIX MONTHS after the manufacturer’s expiration date?!

In fact, check out this email that Hip2Save reader, Diane, sent over…

Hi Collin! I’ve seen you post many times about being able to send expired coupons to military families overseas. I’ve never participated because I didn’t really know how to do it! Well now I’m over in Korea and see that there is no way to get inserts here and I am desperate for coupons! I saw this Facebook group on one of the local pages and of course had to join! It’s been great getting coupons from the US and I’m so thankful for everyone using their own money to send out coupons! I wanted to raise awareness of how to actually send coupons overseas. This is a Facebook group that connects US couponers to overseas families so they can send them coupons! They are a little short on US senders so it would be great if you could put the word out on how to do it! Thank you!

Here are a few other sites to check out:

* Military Family Coupon Project
* Overseas Coupon Program
* Expired Coupons for Overseas Military (Facebook)
* Support Our Troops – Troopons
* Coupons for Military Families

Do you have any other sites to recommend or tips to offer regarding mailing expired coupons to military families?!

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Homemade Hair Detangler Spray (Only 2 Ingredients)

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If you experience tears and battles when brushing/combing your kiddo’s hair, try this easy (and super cheap!) DIY hair detangler spray that uses items you probably already have at home!

DIY Hair Detangler Spray

1 part conditioner
2 parts hot water

In a small water bottle/spray bottle, mix one part conditioner and two parts hot water (not boiling water). For example, I mixed about 4 oz. conditioner and 8 oz. hot water in the 12 oz. spray bottle pictured in this post.

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My daughter has long hair and a sensitive head (not the easiest combination! ;) ), so we have to use detangler spray to avoid tears. I love that I can make my own detangler and customize it with a conditioner that I prefer- and, it really does work!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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10 Tips to SAVE on School Supplies

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10 Tips to SAVE on School Supplies by Hip2Save.com

Written by Hip2Save and originally published as a Guest Post on The Schoola Blog

With Back to School just weeks away, now is the time to snag some great deals on school supplies! Here are TEN tips to limit your out of pocket expenses and to maximize your savings…

Check Your Office/Closet/Pantry
You may be surprised to find that you can cross quite a few items off your school supply list simply by looking through your office drawers, pantry etc.

Shop Early for the Best Deals
The office supply stores like Staples and Office Depot/OfficeMax start rolling out their Back to School sales in early July. Check Hip2Save.com every week for all the best deals at these stores and be sure to shop the sales earlier in the week (preferably Sunday or Monday) as popular items tend to sell out quickly.

Price Match Whenever Possible
Staples, OfficeDepot/OfficeMax, Walmart and Target all offer a Price Match Guarantee Policy. If you find a lower price on a new identical item, just show the cashier the lower price when you buy the item and they’ll match the price. This can save you quite a bit of time and money since you’re not driving from store to store every week.

In fact, Staples is offering up a Back to School 110% Price Match Guarantee through September 19th, 2015. This means that Staples will price match items sold and shipped by Amazon.com or any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand. Not only will you receive a price match but you will receive an additional 10% off the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price.

Keep it Simple
Although your kiddos may navigate towards the glitter scissors or the Disney-themed folders, the most budget-friendly supplies are typically those without all the bells and whistles. However, you can easily add some pizazz to standard supplies – as one example, dress up a clear pencil case with temporary tattoos!

Purchase Items with Warranties
If you are in the market for a new backpack or heavy-duty binder, look for items that offer warranties. For example, Jansport Backpacks have a Lifetime Guarantee – if your pack ever breaks down, simply return it to their warranty center and they will either fix it, replace it or refund it! And Mead offers a one-year Five Star Notebook Guarantee.

Be Social
If you plan to purchase certain brands of items (like Crayola, Mead or BIC), be sure to follow their social media pages for access to possible coupons, special offers and more.

Find a Shopping Buddy
Shopping with another parent (or a few other parents) allows you to buy items in bulk that may be greatly discounted – like a case of 10 reams of paper at Staples or a 100 pack of pens at Costco – and then split the cost amongst all of you.

Buying in Bulk is Not Always Better
Pay attention to the price per item/unit. As an example, see the different packages of Elmer’s glue sticks pictured above – a 6 count package of glue sticks sells for $1.97 (33¢ each), a 2 count package of glue sticks for 50¢ (25¢ each), and single jumbo glue sticks 4/$1 (25¢ each for jumbo size). Clearly, the single glue stick is the best deal but many shoppers assume the bigger 6-count package is a better buy!

Shop Your Local Dollar Store
Dollar Stores offer a wide variety of arts & crafts (crayons, paints, glue, poster board) and school supplies throughout the year. Keep in mind that some of the items sold at dollar stores are not the greatest quality and so they may not last as long as name-brand items sold elsewhere.

Check your Calendar
If you are lucky enough to live in an area that offers Tax Free Shopping Days, plan your Back to School shopping during these days! Depending on your state, you may be able to avoid paying tax on clothing, computers, school supplies and books!


Looking to save on clothes for Back To School? Be sure to check out Schoola.com where you’ll find a wide variety of gently-used clothing for boys, girls, juniors and women. In addition, Schoola offers all new members a FREE $15 credit whenever you sign up for a new account through this link AND you can also earn a FREE $10 credit for simply creating a custom collection (takes 2 minutes or less)!

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Hip2Save’s School Supply Price Points (+ Free Printable Spreadsheet)

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School Supply Price Lists

With Back to School season upon us, you may be wondering about the best/stock-up prices for school related items!? Look no further! I have compiled a list of the absolute lowest price for popular items and the typical sale prices for items.

As an example, the price point for a 24 count box of Crayola Crayons is 25¢. In other words, I would stock up on Crayola Crayons whenever I find them priced at 25¢ or less. Since Back to School sales are already starting up again in full swing, you should have an opportunity to snag these crayons at this price or less if you just wait patiently over the next few weeks. And this same theory applies to all the school supplies on my list!


To view HIP’s School Supply Price Points, just click on this link or on the image above to print or save the PDF file to your computer! I would encourage you to consider printing it out and placing it in your Coupon Binder for reference when you are at the store. Or, if you’d rather, you can go here and save the Price Points document to your computer and edit/change the prices based on your personal shopping experiences!

DISCLAIMER: Note that several of the items on my list have the lowest price as FREE. Keep in mind that to get this FREE price, you may be required to make a minimum purchase (as is often the case at Staples) and/or to sign up for a Rewards Program or submit a rebate. Also note that these items may only be “free” once or twice per year – for this reason, I have given you a range.

If you disagree with my Price Points and/or have items to add, please share in the comments below!

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43 P&G Beauty Brands To Merge w/ Coty Inc

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Earlier this week, Procter & Gamble announced that it plans to merge 43 P&G Beauty Brands with Coty Inc. – including brands like Clairol, Natural Instincts, Nice & Easy, Max Factor and Covergirl. P&G made this decision so they can focus energy and resources on best-selling brands like Tide, Gillette and Pampers. Check out the Press Release here for more information.

Do you think this announcement means more or less coupons for these brands in the future?

(Thanks, Carol!)

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2015 Tax Free Shopping Days – Save on Back to School Shopping (Select States Only)

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If you live in AL, AK, CT, GA, IA, LA, MD, MO, NM, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX or VA, head over HERE to find out when your state is offering up a 2015 State Sales Tax Holiday/Tax Free Weekend– some start as soon as July 31st! With Back to School sales upon us, your tax-free shopping weekend is a great time to make all those purchases.

(Thanks, Family Savings!)

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Ways to Save on Printer Ink (Plus, Share Your Tips!)

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If you’re looking for ways to save on printer ink (from printing all those awesome coupons ;-) ), here’s a few helpful tips for ya…

Inkjet Versus Laser Printer:

Many of you have stated that the longest lasting, most reliable, and most affordable (in the long run) printers are laser printers! Although laser printers may cost more initially, they tend to be faster, use less ink, and are much cheaper on a month to month basis (i.e. cost of inkjet cartridges versus laser toner cartridges).

Helping You Find the BEST Printer:

* Top 5 Printers
* Guide to Top 10 Printers in 2015

Continuous Flow System:

Already have an inkjet printer? Then you may want to consider a Continuous Flow System. This system will help you save big bucks on printer ink as it eliminates the need for replacement ink cartridges. For more information on this economical system, click here.

Best Places to Purchase Ink:

* 123InkJets.com
* 4inkjets.com
* Amazon.com
* CarrotInk.com
* Clickinks.com
* CompAndSave.com
* Databazaar.com
* Ebay.com
* Inkgrabber.com
* SuperMediaStore.com
* TomatoInk.com

Readers Tips on How to Save Money on Ink and Paper:

I bought a Brother Laser when it was on sale at one of the office stores. I used the black tape trick (YouTube video shows you how) and have had printer for over 2 years and just now replaced the toner it came with. This is with my major coupon printing and my husband printing college work. I also do the Office Max rewards program and get the cases of paper for pennies after rewards every time it is offered.

I set it to “Toner Save Print Mode” right away. Also, I “tricked” my toner after I got a warning message to replace it and got additional months of life. I am unable to “tape” my toners as it doesn’t have a window to cover. Instead, it has a slow rotating gear on the side of the cartridge and this gear can be easily reset by turning it backwards manually. There are tons of videos on youtube, explaining it.

One tip that I have is that I enable a Print Preview for each document. It makes the printing process longer, but I can tell if a coupon is printing at the top, middle, or bottom of the page. That way I can use half sheets if a coupon is printing from the top.

For the one-page ads with a single coupon on the page, I cut my paper into 4’ sections. That way the coupon prints at the top and then stops. Of course, sometimes you get a coupon that prints at the bottom. I try to only use the cut paper on coupons that I know will print at the top. If I am printing a coupon and I see that there is an ad below it, once the coupon prints, I hit STOP on my printer.

The trick to making your ink last longer is to set your printer to print in grayscale, black ink only, and to print in Fast Draft mode. I have my cartridges refilled at Walgreens. Before I take a cartridge to the store, however, I use a little rubbing alcohol on the ports of the cartridge to prevent dry ink from clogging the ports (where the ink is inserted). Works like a charm.

For anyone out there who has toner cartridges, when the printer states that the toner is low, take the cartridge out and look for a little “window” on the side. Cover it with a piece of black electrical tape, and you’ll get MANY more pages of ink out of it. The window lets light in and tells the owner to buy a new cartridge but, in reality, there is still plenty of toner in the cartridge.

What are some ways you save on printer ink? Please Share!

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Amusement Advantage Mystery Shopping = Possible FREE Entrance to Amusement Parks + More

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Check out the email I received from Hip2Save reader Emily –

Yesterday a coworker was telling me about a program where she is a mystery shopper for amusement parks and gets in free or reimbursed for her costs – it’s called Amusement Advantage. I signed up yesterday and hope to try and fulfill some soon. I personally haven’t done it before, but she has done a few and said you don’t make too much extra money but she enjoyed being able to take her family to places for free. There are lots of options to do so it looks like a good deal. Maybe something worth checking out!

Head on over here to see where Amusement Advantage is currently or expected to be completing shops in the future (they add new locations frequently and notify all shoppers in their system).

**Interested? Head on over here to sign up and for more details (keep in mind that the application process may take 15-30 minutes to complete)!

(Thanks, Emily!)

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New Video: Home Decor Tips & Hip2Save House Tour (Part 2)

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I’m excited to release Part two of my House Tour video! :) In this video, you’ll get to see how I created a Nerf gun wall, how I organize my pantry and more! Did you miss part one of my House Tour video? Click HERE to watch.

The main questions I usually receive when posting these house tour videos is regarding paint colors. With that said, here is a list of the main colors I have used in my home. I hope this is helpful.

Basement Color – Lazy Gray SW 6254 – Sherwin-Williams
Kids Bathroom Color – Exciting Orange SW 6647 – Sherwin-Williams
Master Bathroom Color – Cascade Green SW 0066 – Sherwin-Williams
Main Floor/Living Room/Kitchen – Dovetail SW 7018 – Sherwin-Williams AND Network Gray SW 7073 – Sherwin-Williams

(Prior to living in the home I’m in now, I lived in a very tiny house and actually did a video HERE on that home and shared some great space saving tips.)

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