This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 2:20 pm.
I thought it might be fun once again to create a place for all of you to share your small and/or home-based businesses (i.e. Etsy, Avon, Scentsy, etc.) with other readers and/or to offer Hip2Save readers a special discount on products that you sell. I have posted something similar in past years and it has always been quite a hit!
OK, so have at it and feel free to share your small business with the Hip2Save community! :)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 5:40 pm.
Have I mentioned before that shopping trips don’t always go smoothly for me? Well, I am gonna mention it again -
Shopping trips do NOT always go smoothly for me! ;)
Want Proof? Well, today at Target, my HIP couponing self got up to the register (happy as can be, I mean how can you not be happy when you
know think your total is about to drop so drastically?! :D ). I started with my first transaction which included a couple of gift card promos. One of them being the Suave deal mentioned in the post here. The cashier scans my $3 off Suave purchase of $10 or more Target store coupon found here and it beeps. I get a very confused look on my face, as I was positive that the Suave products purchased were over $10. I politely explain this to the cashier who in turn explains to me that I can’t use this coupon since I’m getting a gift card on the items. I then try to again politely explain to her that you can use coupons on gift card promos and then she in turn explains that I can’t and then I in turn explain that I can and then…. LOL! Enough said. I am sure you get the picture. The manager eventually came out and explained that the coupon had been giving them issues all day and at this point, they were not accepting it on Suave products that work with the gift card promo. I weighed my options. I mean I could continue my debate or I could leave Target… and leaving Target sounded very nice at that point.
I decided that my time and energy would be best used elsewhere. I stopped my debate, proceeded with my two transactions, and ended up purchasing the Suave. Now I know that I could have opted to not purchase the Suave products, but I just think I was at that point. If that makes sense, and it may not because often times I even confuse myself! ;)
Did you have issues using the Suave coupon at Target? How did you handle the situation? AND even if you didn’t experience this exact issue, I’d love to hear what you would do in a situation like this.
My hubby’s advice about these things is always the same, “Well, don’t purchase a latte today and the difference in what you would have spent is basically what you would have saved with that coupon.” Now that doesn’t necessarily make me feel better, but it does remind me to not focus on the “little” bumps in my day because lots of them are truly teeny tiny hiccups and for some reason, I can make the hiccups feel like huge mountains with snowy peaks. And then when I make them feel like snowy mountains, I do want to go buy a latte because you need caffeine to climb a mountain, right? ;) OK, I totally confused ya, didn’t I?
What would you do? Let us know!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 11:20 am.
If you’ve wondered about the best/stock-up prices for school related items, then 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!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 9:48 am.
Are you and your kiddos spending lots of time in the water this summer? If so, watch this video where I show you how easy and affordable it is to make Swimmer’s Ear Drops. If you and/or your kiddos are regular swimmers, then you may already be familiar with Swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear is an infection in the outer ear canal often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming (which creates a moist environment where bacteria love to grow and cause an infection!).
So why use Swimmer’s Ear drops?! They help dry out your ear canal which prevents bacterial growth. But buying Swimmer’s Ear Drops at your local store can be annoyingly expensive (and we go through lots of bottles in my household as my kids are in the water almost every day during the summer!). So check out my video for the surprising Swimmer’s Ear Drops recipe (just 2 ingredients that you likely already have on hand!) and find out how much money you’ll save!
IMPORTANT: If your child has ear tubes, please consult with your Ear Nose and Throat Doctor before placing these drops in their ears.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 11:43 am.
Are you planning for an upcoming move across town or across the country? If so, check out these 12 tips to get you and your family packing and moving like a pro! My family has moved five times in the last 8 years, and so today I’m sharing some of my favorite tips with you.
TIP #1: Have a yard sale or garage sale and get rid of unused or unwanted items. This is my favorite way to purge items that I no longer need. And at the end, I donate the things that don’t sell. The less items you have to move, the easier and less expensive the move will be! I have to keep telling myself this as I tend to hold onto my kids’ stuff. :)
Tip #2: Assign a different color duct tape to each room so the boxes are easier to identify. Throughout this last move, I really focused on being more organized – the colored duct tape can be a great timesaver during the unloading process as you can quickly identify into which room each box should be placed.
Tip #3: Pack a clear “First Day Essentials” bin filled with the things you’ll need most as soon as you arrive at your new home. As an example, I filled this bin with trash bags, box cutters, scissors, disinfectant wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, paper cups, disposable silverware, hand soap and dish soap. I also fit my Keurig and K cups in here for coffee the first morning (coffee is an essential for me :) ). I made sure to place this bin in in my car so there was no chance of it getting lost amongst the boxes.
Tip #4: Use plastic wrap or paper and tape to wrap silverware trays. This keeps all your flatware together and makes unpacking a breeze!
Tip #5: Use large Ziploc bags to keep kitchen and bathroom drawer things together. It’s so much easier to unpack when all the small drawer items are together!
Tip #6: Pack spices in a large slow cooker or pot to save space. This tip can really be applied towards any large item like baskets, trash cans, etc. Fill up their empty space with smaller items.
Tip #7: Use cardboard dish pack partitions to pack breakables. They are perfect to insert inside moving boxes and protect glass cups and dishes from breaking. Find these at your local U-Haul, Staples.com. or even sometimes on Craigslist.
Tip #8: If you already have items organized in bins like these toys, just use plastic wrap to secure them before packing. Then you don’t have to reorganize when you unpack.
Tip #11: Get to know stretch wrap – it is by far one of my favorite packing tools! Stretch Wrap is a giant plastic wrap that allows you to group things together like garden tools, or a stack of smaller boxes. Of course, you can also use it to wrap blankets over your furniture.
Tip #12: Buy and re-sell boxes and packing material on Craigslist. There are many places to buy new boxes like U-Haul, and Home Depot. Before you purchase new boxes, I encourage you to try collecting as many boxes as you can by asking friends to save boxes and asking stores if they have excess boxes that they need to dispose of. Then try looking on websites like Craigslist for free or inexpensive moving boxes and material. Don’t forget to break down and resell boxes and packing materials after your move.
Do you have any favorite moving tips or ideas that have been helpful to you? Share with us in the comments!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 at 12:08 pm.
If you or a family member has life threatening allergies, you likely have one or more EpiPens in your home, car, purse etc. Even with insurance, EpiPens can be quite expensive as Co-Pays can often be as much as $100+. Check out a few helpful emails I’ve received from Hip2Save readers with tips on how to save…
If you or a loved one would be benefit from this offer, just head over here and complete the form to receive your Co-Pay Card. Then just bring along the card along with a valid prescription for EpiPen (epinephrine) 2-Pak or EpiPen Jr (epinephrine) 2-Pak when you head to the pharmacy. Note that there is a maximum benefit of $100 per EpiPen 2-Pak; this offer may be used on up to three EpiPen 2-Paks per prescription. This offer can be used an unlimited number of times until the offer expires on 12/31/2014. Patients with questions should call 1-855-859-2971.
*Keep in mind that if you applied for this program last year, you may need to re-register as those cards expired on 12/31.
Check out some of these other great tips that readers left on the previous post to help save on all kinds of prescription medications…
Do you have any other tips related to saving on prescription drugs? If so, please share in the comments below!
(Thanks, Darby & Heather!)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 11:08 am.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 12:46 pm.
Did you submit for the recent mail-in rebate that offered up a FREE $20 Visa Gift Card with the purchase of 3 select allergy products? If you did, you may have received an email stating that McNeil Consumer Healthcare simply ran out of Visa Gift Cards and would be offering you $50 in valuable coupons instead.
So how did YOU receive this news?
Did you shrug your shoulders and think to yourself: “Oh well! You win some, you lose some!” Did you pick up the phone and contact the company and/or send an email? Or are you like one Hip2Save reader who emailed me and stated “I personally will be returning every unopened package of Zyrtec in my home and switching to another brand.”
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 at 3:46 pm.
Heads up – there will be NO coupon inserts in the newspaper tomorrow, May 25th. This is a great excuse to spend the day with people you love and put coupon clipping on the back burner.
(My sis and I… and Piper with her cousin, Hudson)
On a side note, I went with family this weekend up to Stanley, Idaho (about 3 hours from Boise). I absolutely LOVE living in the state of Idaho. Seriously… breathtaking views and such friendly people! :) I have also been enjoying the time I’ve gotten to spend with each of my kiddos this weekend. They are growing up so fast and it’s so much fun to smile and laugh with them… and really just be present in those special little moments life throws our way.
Oh and I’m also proud of all of us adults for running a 10K race AND the kiddos for running a shorter race in these beautiful mountains I get to call home…
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 1:44 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!
Book IT! by Pizza Hut Summer Reading Program
Starting June 1st-August 15th, each time your child reads 5 books, they can enter to win prizes. There is a total of 50 prize packages consisting of a tote bag, Pizza Hut gift card, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books and More! Go here for more information.
Book IT! by Pizza Hut for Homeschooling Families
Through September 1st, head on over here and fill out the form to request free BOOK IT! materials for the 2014-15 Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. Even sweeter, I’ve heard that the BOOK IT! Materials may include coupons for FREE Personal Pan pizzas as they have in previous years – which would be a nice bonus! :)
Sylvan Book Adventure
Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline and then come back to take a quiz on what they’ve read. Prizes can be earned for their reading success. Head over here to register and learn more.
Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
Starting May 15-July 17th, 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 8 books on their list! Contact your local store or go here 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 8/27/14. 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 12/31/14 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 June 1st through August 31st, 2014. 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! :D