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Tips Needed for Planning an Event on a Budget

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Check out this email I received from a reader -

I’m making a birthday party for my son, on a small budget. I will have about 20 adults and 20 kids, so I was wondering if the Hip2Save community would advise in the best value for the money to feed all those people. Is it pizza, prepared food trays, homemade food, catering? In the past I tried to do it myself,  but it seems about the same as buying. Any ideas, good tips?

Feel free to share your suggestions in the Comments section…thanks!

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Truvia Natural Sweetener Settlement: Request up to $45 Check or $90 Worth of Free Truvia Products

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Did you purchase at least one Truvia Natural Sweetener product in the United States between July 1, 2008 and July 24, 2014? If so, you qualify for up to a $45 check or $90 worth of FREE Truvia Natural Sweetener Products via the Truvia Natural Sweetener Settlement.

To submit your claim, head here and complete the form no later than December 5, 2014. You can also request that a copy of the claim form be mailed to you by calling 1-888-512-0492 or request the form by e-mail at mail@TruviaSweetenerLawsuit.com. 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 these lawsuits are about? The two lawsuits challenge the labeling and marketing of Cargill’s Truvia Natural Sweetener products. Plaintiffs allege that they purchased Truvia Natural Sweetener products and were misled by statements on the labels describing the Truvia Consumer Products and their ingredients—including stevia leaf extract and erythritol—as “natural.” Plaintiffs allege that the Truvia Natural Sweetener products they purchased were not “natural” because they contained ingredients that were “highly processed” and/or derived from genetically modified organisms (“GMOs”) and that the descriptions of the products, and of the ingredients of which these products were made, were inaccurate or misleading.

(Thanks, Growing up on Coupons!)

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Select AT&T Mobile Customers: Submit for Refund for Unauthorized Third-Party Charges

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If you are a current or past AT&T Mobile customer (AT&T customers after January 1, 2009 are eligible) and you believe that you may have been charged by AT&T for unauthorized third-party charges (like subscriptions for ringtones and text message subscriptions for horoscopes, celebrity gossip, and flirting tips), then you may be entitled to a refund.

To submit your claim, head here and complete the form no later than May 1, 2015. To request a refund, you will need either the AT&T billing account number or mobile phone number for the affected account. If you are unsure if you are eligible for a refund, contact the FTC’s refund contractor at 1-877-819-9692 for more information.

Are you wondering what these lawsuits are about? In its complaint against AT&T, the FTC alleges that AT&T billed its customers for hundreds of millions of dollars in charges originated by other companies, usually in amounts of $9.99 per month, for subscriptions for ringtones and text messages containing love tips, horoscopes, and “fun facts.” Click here for more information.

(Thanks, Jennifer!)

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Red Bull Energy Drink Settlement: Request $10 Check or $15 Worth of Free Red Bull Products

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UPDATE: Access to the online Red Bull settlement claim form is down at this time. Please call 877-495-1568 and request the form be sent to you by mail.

Did you purchase at least one Red Bull product in the United States between January 1, 2002 and October 3, 2014? If so, you qualify for a $10 check or $15 worth of FREE Red Bull Products via the Energy Drink Settlement.

To submit your claim, head here and complete the form no later than March 2, 2015. You may choose to receive one of the following two benefit options: cash reimbursement of $10 OR $15 worth of Red Bull products shipped to your home. 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 these lawsuits are about? This settlement addresses two consumer class action lawsuits alleging that Red Bull’s Marketing and labelling misrepresents both the functionality and safety of Red Bull beverages. Plaintiffs made claims against Red Bull for breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment, and violations of various states’ consumer protection statutes.

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Reader Tip: Check the Lifetime Warranty First

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Check out this tip from Hip2Save reader, Nora…

I just recently found out that all Delta faucet products have a lifetime warranty. Recently my kitchen faucet started dripping and before my husband headed off to Home Depot we called Delta to ask what part we needed for the problem we were having. A very nice lady that answered my call informed me that they’ll mail any parts I need free of charge and if replacement parts are unable to fix the problem, they’ll send a brand new one free of charge and this applies to any of their products.

If you do not have the serial number of the product you’re having a problem with, they’ll send you an email and have you reply to it with a photo of the faucet and they’ll keep that on file if any additional parts are needed in the future. Please note that they did state that parts are sent out to anyone free of charge, but for them to replace the item you do have to be the original homeowner.

I figured I’d share this wealth of information with you to share with your other readers that may not know about this warranty on all Delta products. I’ve spent money over the years after becoming a homeowner on parts and even replaced a few faucets that had broke, because I didn’t know about this. I sure wish someone told me a long time ago, I could have saved quite a bit of money!

Have you ever taken advantage of a Lifetime Warranty offer from a company? Please share!

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Sam’s Club: Free Diaper Genie Pail Update

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Heads-up all you Sam’s Club members who requested the FREE Diaper Genie Pail sample posted back in July here and here! If you have been checking your doorstep and patiently waiting for this awesome freebie to arrive, check out the email pictured below that many Hip2Save readers received this morning (thanks to everyone who emailed me with the details! :) )…

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eBay: Possible $15 Off Next Purchase (Check Inbox)

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Check out the reader email I received from Jennifer:

If you’re an Ebay user, check your email! Ebay is sending out apology emails for the issues their website experienced last Wednesday (9/3). Attached to that email is a code for $15 off your next purchase!

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Anyone else get this email?! :)

(Thanks for the heads up on this, Jennifer and June!)

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Home Depot: Data Breach Affecting 2,200+ Locations (= FREE Identity Theft Protection)

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Due to Home Depot’s Data Breach (read more about it here), you may qualify for FREE Identity Theft Protection from All Clear ID for the next 12 months (if you used a payment card at a Home Depot store after April 1, 2014). Head here for more information.

(Thanks, Carol & Free Stuff Times!)

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Facebook Rummage Sales: Tips to Buy & Sell

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Buying & Selling on Facebook Rummage Sales

If you’re like me and love a good rummage sale, thrift store, or simply want to purge and sell things that you don’t need, consider joining your local community rummage sale group on Facebook. “Swip-Swap” groups, as they are often called, are becoming a popular and easy way to buy and sell unwanted new and used items through social media.  As a person who has sold and bought many items on Ebay, Craigslist, and Instagram and at yard sales, thrift stores, and seasonal kids consignment sales, Facebook Rummage Sales are my new favorite thing!

PROS of Facebook Rummage Sales:

  • Responses are immediate and real time. As soon as you list an item, people will soon be asking questions or commenting “take” on your post.
  • You can sell things as you come across them instead of building a pile in the garage for a garage sale.
  • If you are looking for something specific, you just ask the group (Note: ISO means In Search Of)
  • There’s no shipping involved – this is the part I find most convenient!
  • There’s no need to drag all your stuff outside in your driveway.
  • No need to spend hours at a time tagging things for consignment sales or garage sales.
  • Less “creepy” than Craigslist because there is a face associated with the posting (Side Note: Obviously, you will need to observe basic internet selling and buying rules like not meeting anyone alone at night etc.)
  • You will likely meet folks with similar interests/hobbies in your neighborhood/community.
  • Most groups are monitored by an admin or person who started the group. My group currently has 12,000 members so if someone does something inappropriate or rude and gets complaints, they get kicked off.

Basic Steps and Tips to get you started:

1. First, you’ll need to find local online rummage sale groups for your area by searching on Facebook or Google. Many are titled “Your town or community name Swip-Swap” or “Swap & Sell”. Send a request to be added to the group.

2. Once you have been added to the group, you’ll be able to see items for sale on your Facebook newsfeed. You’ll also be able to take photos and list items to the group’s page. Some groups have special rules so make sure to read them. For example, my Group does not allow you to bid on the items listed in the comments – you have to private message the individual through Facebook.

3.  Learn the lingo or language used in most groups. Here are a few examples:

facebook Lingo for Swip Swap

4.  Add a well lit, clear photo of the item you’d like to sell along with a brief description of item, price, and your general location. Below is a good example from my group.

swip swap example 2
5. Be sure to answer all questions in a timely manner. If someone comments “take”, then send a private message to the person to make arrangements on pick up or meeting up at a public place. For items priced under $10, some people choose to do porch pick up which means the seller leaves the item out by the front door in a bag along with a pencil case or something small for the buyer to leave the money.

On a personal note, I spent last weekend going through our garage and identifying miscellaneous furniture and household items that I no longer needed AND I made a quick $150 just by posting these items to my Facebook rummage sale group!

Do you belong to a Facebook rummage sale group? What has your experience been like?

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!

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New Video: How to Score LOADS of Freebies During Your Birthday Month…

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Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 10.43.52 AMSo… I am excited to let you all know that I finally have a new video available! Now this is not a deal shopping video (but I promise to be back in action with those soon!). This video is all about Birthday freebies! :D My birthday was on August 20th and I celebrated by going with a friend and my kiddos to score some yummy birthday freebies…

Did you know that you can score TONS of freebies during your Birthday month? It’s crazy! Be sure to check out our EXTENSIVE list of Birthday freebies and coupons HERE. Sign up for all of your favorite restaurants, retail stores etc AND you’ll be able to celebrate the Hip2Save way – just like I did in the video below… enjoy!

*If you can’t see the video, click HERE.

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