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No Coupon Inserts in the 5/24 Sunday Newspaper

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Heads up – there will be NO coupon inserts in the newspaper tomorrow, May 24th. This is a great excuse to spend the day with people you love and do something that you truly enjoy. I hope that you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! :)

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: Donate Your Non-Perishable Food Items (Saturday, May 9th)

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Did you eat a healthy breakfast this morning? If so, you are very fortunate as one out of every six Americans struggles with hunger. But here’s your chance to help! :) On Saturday, May 9th, 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 9th 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.

(Thanks, Family Savings!)

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea: “Mani Thanks” Manicure Jar with Free Printable Gift Tag

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Manicure Jar Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea & Printable Hip2Save

Give thanks to the teachers in your life with a fun manicure jar. Use this free printable gift tag to put together this cute and easy gift for Teacher Appreciation Day or for an end of the school year gift.

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Click HERE to print free “Mani Thanks” teacher gift tag

To use this gift tag, first print on cardstock paper, cut shape out, and punch a hole at the top. Fill a jar or container with items like nail polish, nail files, nail stickers, etc. and tie on gift tag with a ribbon. Give to your favorite teacher or teaching staff! :)


Looking for another gift idea? Check out how to easily Gift a Redbox Code or Gift a Gift Card to Target, Amazon, Starbucks and more. Or consider creating an Easy Pencil Vase,

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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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea: Gift a Redbox Code (Free Printable Card)

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 If you’re looking for a unique and easy gift for Teacher Appreciation Week, check out these fun and free printables that make it super easy to gift Redbox promo codes! Consider making a small gift box and including your teacher’s favorite treats or simply attach the free printable card to a bag of microwave popcorn. What a fun and affordable way to gift a movie night!

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Click HERE to print Redbox Teacher Appreciation Card

To use this printable card, first print on cardstock paper and then head over to Redbox.com and scroll down to purchase a promo card bundle (or instead, you could gift a code that you may have received via email/text if you are a Redbox subscriber). Print a copy of the Redbox code(s) and stick the copy in with your treats or simply add the code to the bottom of the printable card in the space provided.

Redbox gives you the option to purchase different quantities starting at 5 DVD rental promo codes for $7.50 or 10 DVD rentals for $15. Promo codes can then be redeemed at any Redbox kiosk.
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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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Sign up Now for Birthday Freebies and Deals

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HUGE list of Birthday Freebies & Coupons - Hip2Save

Are you celebrating a birthday soon?! Or do you have a family member or friend who will be celebrating in the weeks or months to come?! Then don’t forget to head over here and browse through the extensive list of Birthday Freebies and Deals (and send this list to all your friends!).

In fact, Hip2Save reader, Kelly, recently sent me this email and picture below….

I always hold on to a birthday card I received from the previous year and place all of the printed birthday offers in the card for this year. That way when I go shopping around my birthday, I remember to look in my birthday card for fun gifts to redeem. Recently, I went to the mall to treat myself to all of the Birthday freebie deals you posted. I was shocked at how much I was able to get for FREE! Hope all of the Hip2savers get to enjoy their birthdays this year!

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Hipsters to the Rescue: What Are Your Frugal & Hip Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas?

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Can you believe that the 2014-2015 school year is nearing an end and Summer break is right around the corner!?! As you may already know, during the week of May 4th-8th, 2015 many schools will be honoring their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

If you’re looking for creative but frugal gifts to show your appreciation, consider making an Easy Pencil Vase or personalized and fun gift card holders for all your favorite teachers. Then just insert flowers (store-bought or freshly picked from your garden) or attach a gift card…an easy and much appreciated way to say thanks to all the wonderful teachers in your life! :)

Also, here are a few other Teacher gift ideas I’ve received from Hip2Save readers over the years…

*For an end-of-year gift, change the note to say “Thank You for a reMARK(ER)able school year!”…and you have a cute but practical gift idea! (Thanks, Tera!)

*Use an empty spaghetti sauce jar with clearance jelly beans. Make a label and card to hang on the jar. The label could say “No beans about it (teacher’s name) RULES”. A cute (and inexpensive) thank you for teachers! (Thanks, Trudy!)

*Pick up an inexpensive movie and put a pack of popcorn and a $1 box of Movie Theater candy with it. Walmart and Target both have $5 movies and this makes a great teachers gift! (Thanks, Suzie!)

To get ya thinkin’, you may want to start off by printing these cute Thank You Notes and personalize them for each of your kiddos teachers. If you have any other creative, affordable, or meaningful teacher gift ideas, be sure to share them in the comment section below! And, if you’re a teacher, what gifts do YOU personally enjoy receiving?

To all of you teachers out there…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You are so valued and appreciated! :)

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Hipsters to the Rescue: How Do YOU Save on Mother’s Day Deliveries for Flowers, Gift Baskets, + More?!

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve received a few emails from readers lately asking for ways to save on delivery gift ideas for Mother’s Day (or other special occasions) that won’t break the bank. Check out this email I received from reader Cassandra…

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I was wondering if you were going to be posting any good deals/delivery ideas for moms? I wanted to get my order in early so they didn’t try to charge me $30 for shipping :( , but have no idea where to go. I was hoping you could make a post with ideas or a post asking other Hip2Savers their favorite ideas.

SO, if you have any money-saving tips, please share in the comments below!

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Trek Recalls Nearly 1 Million Bikes…

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Do you own a Trek bicycle? Just a heads up that Trek is recalling nearly one million bikes

The issue is a quick release lever on the bike’s front wheel that can interfere with the disk brakes. The problem can cause the wheel to stop turning or break away from the bike frame. The bikes are model years 2000 to 2015 and were made in China and Taiwan. Trek says it will replace the lever for free and provide a $20 coupon for bike accessories made by Bontrager.

* GO HERE for more information on this recall.

(Thanks, Ben!)

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Massive Blue Bell Recall Of ALL Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Sherbet AND Frozen Snacks

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If you have have any Blue Bell ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and/or frozen snacks in your home, note that Blue Bell Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling ALL of these products as they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
If you have purchased these items, Blue Bell is urging you to return them to the place of purchase for a FULL refund. For more information, you can call 1-866-608-3940 or check out the Press Release here.

(Thanks, Ben!)

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How Coupons Saved My Life…

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I am sharing a video with you today… a very personal video. A video I filmed back in 2012. A video I wasn’t ready to release.

It’s now 2015 and I am ready. Ready to share my story. My story about addiction, depression, and how those little things called coupons have done so much more than save me money.

*Please keep in mind that this video may not be suitable for children.

If you can’t see the video, click here.

If you are currently suffering from drug addictions, food addictions and/or depression, I strongly encourage you to reach out to a friend or family member, doctor, counselor or pastor and seek help.

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