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Hipsters to the Rescue: April Fool’s Jokes Needed

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If you have been following Hip2Save for any length of time, you likely know how much I love April Fool’s Day. It is literally one of my most favorite days since it’s typically filled with lots of laughs, smiles and just pure fun… it makes me feel like a kid again! :D I’ve posted this a few times now on Hip2Save asking for YOUR April Fool’s Day ideas and it’s always been a big hit!

SO, get to sharing! Feel free to share any fun April Fool’s pranks, jokes or tips that you may have (and as always, please keep them family friendly). Enjoy!

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Job Opportunity: Sales Professionals Needed to Host In-Store Sampling Events (Pays $11/Hour)

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If you’re looking to earn some extra money and enjoy engaging with people, take note of this job opportunity! Tallgrass Talent Group is currently looking to hire Sales Professionals to run in-store sampling events in grocery stores across the country.

Representing major brands from top marketers (many of the same big names you see advertised on TV), Tallgrass Talent Group helps marketers launch new products, introducing those brands to customers across the U.S. in national retailers and major regional grocery chains.

Most of these jobs consist of 5 to 6-hour shifts typically on the weekends and the pay starts at around $11/hour. And some Tallgrass Talent teammates qualify for the Spirits Channel–intercepting shoppers and presenting the latest wine & spirits. Note that these assignments require more certification and often pay more per hour.

Click here to apply (note that a photo is required as some assignments entail promotional modeling where reflecting a brand image is part of the assignment; your social security number will also be required as this is an employment position).

On the fence? Here are a few comments left by Hip2Save readers on a previous post:

I applied last time you posted this and had my first event Tazo Pumpkin spice latte at Super Target it was great!!! loved it !!! And it’s not a scam – I have received my first paycheck for the Super Target training online..they do ask for a lot of info just like any other job..Thanks Collin!

I have been hired a month ago going to start next week at Target…This is a legit company. In fact, I have 2 dates set up with them. You can chose what jobs you want and you can chose the locations that are the closest to your home. You do have to work on the weekends. I have been a demonstrator for 13 yrs. This is a lot of fun, you have to like to talk and SELL.

This is a legitimate company. I started working with them a couple months ago and love it! As a single mom with a full time job and a daughter that just started college this is a fun and easy way to make extra money!

Click here for more information and to apply.

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30 Things to Hide in Easter Eggs Besides Candy

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30 Non Candy Egg Filler Ideas Hip2Save

Do you get tired of filling all those Easter Eggs with candy? I know I do so here are some other items you can use to fill those Easter Eggs.

30 Things to Hide in Easter Eggs Besides Candy

* Chuck E. Cheese coins
* Hair Bands/Hair Bows
* Play-doh Eggs (purchase at stores like Target and Walmart)
* Crayons
* Seeds to grow flowers in the Spring

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* Erasers
* Stickers
* Chapstick
* Mini Nail Polish
* LEGOS
* Earrings/Rings/Bracelets
* Coupons for “fun” things to do together
* Little plastic dinosaurs and/or chicks

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* Goldfish
* Fruit snacks and yogurt covered raisins
* Tattoos/Stickers
* Bouncy Balls
* Balloons
* Mini Glow Sticks
* Small container of Bubbles

Small toys, cars, and glow sticks for Easter Eggs Hip2Save
* Money/Lottery Tickets
* Plastic Army Men
* Hot Wheels/Matchbox Cars
* Squinkies
* Silly Putty

Bubbles, Earings, and bows as Easter Egg Filler Hip2Save
* Mini Carrots
* Puzzle Pieces
* Fun shoelaces
* Rainbow Loom loops
* Directions to the prize egg

Do you have any additional ideas to add?

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RECALL on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (6.5 Million Boxes Have Possibly Been Affected)

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If you’ve purchased Kraft macaroni & cheese recently, Kraft Foods is recalling 6.5 million boxes of macaroni & cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal. If you have recently purchased Kraft macaroni and cheese (the single box, 3-pack, 4-pack or even 5-pack), be sure to call Kraft Foods Customer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9AM and 6PM EST for a full refund (OR return the product to the store that it was purchased from).

To find out if your boxes of macaroni and cheese have possibly been affected, see if the “best when used by” dates are September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015 with the code “C2″ directly below the date on each individual box. Go HERE or HERE for more information.

(Thanks, Freebies for a Cause, Ben & Elena!)

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What are YOUR Grocery Price Points? (Plus, NEWLY Updated Hip2Save Printable Price Points Spreadsheet!)

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Have you ever wondered if you’re paying too much for your groceries or if you’re really getting the best deal? Or have you wondered exactly what you should be paying for items such as meat, fresh produce, diapers, or other grocery items?

Well if you’re new around here, you may not be aware that I have created a spreadsheet with “Hip” prices for some of the most common grocery, food, household, and other items. AND, since I first posted this spreadsheet back in 2012, I recently updated the spreadsheet to better reflect today’s prices! :)

To get an idea of national average prices, I sent four of my sidekicks (from 4 different states) to Walmart to get the most inexpensive prices for the most common grocery, food, household, and other items. Keep in mind you’ll see two columns in the spreadsheet with the average Walmart prices from those 4 states AND my rock bottom stock up prices…the price you’ll pay after sales and coupons.

Just click on this link or on the image below to print or save the PDF file to your computer! 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 region!

Keep in mind that these prices will vary greatly based on your region, but should be a general indicator of good prices for most areas. This would be a great document to print, put in plastic sleeves, and place in your coupon binder so you can glance at it while shopping. :)

Also, you can find several helpful spreadsheets at all times on the right-hand sidebar of the Hip2Save home page. Enjoy!

* Now it’s your turn… what are your personal price points for grocery items? How do you save on items, such as meat, produce, and other grocery products that are hard to find coupons for?

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Top TEN Baby Shower Games

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Top 10 Baby Shower Games Hip2Save Cover

Hosting a Baby Shower? Check out my top TEN Baby Shower Games complete with FREE Bingo Card Printables…

Find the Safety Pins
Place twenty Safety pins in a bowl of dry rice. Blindfold the person and have them try to find them (it’s much hard than it looks or sounds!)
Price is Right Baby Shower Game - Hip2Save

Baby-Themed Price is Right:
Pick ten items ranging from diaper cream to formula to diapers and have guests guess the current prices of each item. The guest who gets the closest to the right price wins a prize!

How to play Baby Shower Bingo - Hip2Save

Baby Shower Gift Bingo
This is the perfect game to play when the mom-to-be is opening gifts! Give each guest a bingo card that features items commonly found as gifts at a baby shower – bottles, pacifiers, diapers, gift cards, etc. As the mommy-of-honor opens gifts, guests mark off those items on their bingo cards until someone gets five in a row. Head HERE to print 12 FREE Baby Shower Bingo Cards.

Don’t Say “Baby” Game
Give every guest a safety pin or sticker. If the guest is caught saying the word “baby”, the pin/sticker is taken by the person who calls them on it. At the end of the shower, the person with the most pins/stickers wins a small gift.

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Guess the Bab​y Game
Ask each guest to bring their own baby photo and then put each photo up on wall. Guests then have to correctly match baby photos to guest.

Create the Baby Game
Divide guest into several groups and give each group a printed picture of mom and dad (preferably 8×10 size of their face). Each group must work together to cut out different facial features of mom and dad and glue them together to form a picture of what the baby will look like.
Guess the Melted Candy Bar Baby Shower Game - Hip2Save
​What’s in the Diaper Game? ​
Purchase different chocolate candies (Snickers, Hershey’s, Reese’s, etc) and melt each variety inside a different diaper. Then pass the diapers around and have the guests guess which “candy” is in which diaper. It’s so funny and gets lots of laughs!

Mom-to-Be Memory Game
Place a bunch of different baby items on a tray and have the mom-to-be walk around the room asking each of the guests to look closely at the tray. Then have the mom-to-be to be leave the room and ask all the guests questions about mom-to-be and nothing about items on the tray. Suggested questions are “was she wearing earrings? were her nails painted?”

Diaper Messages Baby Shower Activity - Hip2Save

Write a Diaper Message
Have each guest write a cute/funny/encouraging message to the parents-to-be on the fold of a diaper so when the parents change the baby in the months to come, they get to read a nice message.

Bring Diapers and Enter to Win
Ask each guest in advance to bring an unwrapped package of diapers for a chance to win a special prize (like a $20 gift card to Starbucks) – with this incentive, the mom-to-be usually ends up with a HUGE supply of diapers!

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Save Up to $100 on EpiPen 2-Pak (Valid for up to THREE 2-Paks Every Time You Fill Prescription)

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If you or a family member has life threatening allergies, did you know you can save as much as $100 on your next EpiPen purchase?! Just head over HERE, complete the form to receive a Co-Pay Card, bring along the card (or show it on your smartphone) along with a valid prescription for an EpiPen 2-Pak or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak when you head to the pharmacy and you’ll snag as much as $100 off the cost!

And this offer may be used on up to three EpiPen 2-Paks per prescription through December 31, 2015. (Thanks, Tori!)


Do you have any other tips related to saving on prescription drugs? If so, please share in the comments below!

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Walgreens Clearance Finds ($0.99 Huggies Pull-Ups, 90% Off Valentine’s Day Candy Items & More!)

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So Ma and I hit up Walgreens today to check out the 90% off Valentine’s Day clearance! Not only did we find great buys in the V-Day clearance section, but we also spotted *HOT* clearance bargains throughout the store. AND Ma even walked out with a freebie… :)

You see the cute V-Day headband on her head… well, she liked it so much that she kept it on while shopping. When we were getting ready to head to checkout, a cashier walked over to her with a pair of scissors and told her she wanted to take off the tag. My grandmother asked why and the cashier let us know that she purchased the headband for her because she could tell that “Ma” sure liked it! I thought that was incredibly sweet and I know Ma was very touched – it sure brightened both of our days. Random acts of kindness are so AWESOME!

Now back to the deals… so we were able to purchase all of the above for under $12 (which includes 2 jumbo packages of Pull-Ups!). Keep in mind that clearance can vary greatly, but I still think it’s worth sharing the clearance I scored so that you can keep your eyes peeled for these items. My favorite find was the Pull-Ups on clearance for just $2.99! Crazy, right?! I snagged a couple of packages for my sister. Plus, they ended up being just $0.99 each as I had $2/1 coupons! WooHoo! :)

I was also excited about the Valentine’s Day clearance I picked up as I’ll be using it to fill my kiddos Easter baskets on the cheap! Here are the clearance bargains I spotted:

Indiana Original Kettlecorn, 4oz bag only $0.69 (Reg. $2.59)

Roberts Smart Puffs 4.5oz only $0.89 (Reg. $3.29!)

Chex Mix Popped White Cheddar 7.5 oz bags $0.99 (Reg. $3.99!)
Use the $0.50/2 General Mills Chex Mix Regular, Muddy Buddies, Popped, Xtreme, Chips, Bugles, Gardetto’s Snack Mix or Green Giant Veggie Snacks coupon found in the 1/4, 1/25 or 2/22 SS
Final cost only $0.74 per bag!

Mars M&M’s MEGA 1.48 oz bags only $0.29

AND, these are the items I scored from the V-Day Clearance section:
M&M Filled Hearts only $0.23
Snickers Mini Filled Hearts only $0.17
Flashing Heart Filled Jelly Beans only $0.20
Love Monster Poop V-Day Candy Dispenser $0.30 (Reg. $2.99!)

Johnson’s Baby Wash Cloths 14ct only $1.74 (Reg. $6.99!)
Use the $1.50/2 Johnson’s or Desitin Product coupon found in the 1/4 SS or here
Final cost $0.99 each!

Pull-Ups Jumbo Packs, Girls 2T-3T only $2.99 (Reg. $11.99!)
(it’s the packaging with Minnie Mouse and other Disney Characters)
Use the $2/1 Pull-Ups Training Pants coupon found here, here (must share) or here
Final cost ONLY $0.99!
* What a crazy *HOT* deal! I hope lots of you are able to spot this amazing clearance bargain!

Irish Spring Gear Body Wash (fresh scent) only $2.29 (Reg. $4.49!)
Use the $2/1 Irish Spring Signature for Men Body Wash or Bar Soap or Irish Spring Gear Body Wash coupon found HERE
Final cost as low as $0.29!

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NINE Tips To Get Your Garage Organized

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Ready to tackle some garage organization? Take note of these easy real life tips and strategies to keep your garage space functional and organized. My family tends to accumulate a lot of “stuff” including camping & sporting equipment, tools, bikes, holiday décor items, boxes of photos, deep freezers, and all the other things that come along with an active family. It’s a miracle I can park one car in a tight two car garage but here’s how I made it work…

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1. Host a Yard Sale
PURGE! Get rid of unused and unwanted items through donation or hold a garage sale. The less you have, the easier it is to organize. :)

Hanging Garage Organizing System Hip2Save

2. Install hanging overhead racks for bins and larger items.
This is a great way to utilize wall and ceiling space and to get as many bins off the floor as possible (I placed all my camping and holiday bins on these racks since I do not need to access the items regularly). I recently installed 7 of these adjustable overhead garage storage systems –  it’s amazing how much more floor space is now available.

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3. Purchase Overhead Storage Hangers
Use these hangers (found at your local home improvement store) to easily hang bikes, cords, scooters, and tools and to get them off the ground.

Adjustable garage shelving Hip2Save4. Invest in Shelving
Either build your own shelves or buy easy to assemble shelving for bins, boxes and larger items. Try these adjustable shelving units that can be placed vertically or side by side to create a workbench like I did above.

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5. Use Labels
Label bins and boxes to easily identify contents and to help kids know where to put things back.

Pegboard for Tool Organization Hip2Save

6. Add Pegboard(s)
Pegboards and pegboard accessories from the hardware store offer great ways to easily organize hand tools and smaller garage items.

Hanging broom & tool organizing Hip2Save

7. Get Tools off the Ground
Get brooms, mops, and lawn tools off the ground with a hanging organizing system like this one.

Wall Mounted Hooks for hanging latters and tools Hip2Save

8. Hang ladders
Hang ladders and larger tools with convenient heavy duty wall mounted hangers. I like this inexpensive Everbilt 4 in. Handy Hook from Home Depot.

Scrapwood Organizer above garage door Hip2Save

9. Utilize Space Above Garage Doors
My husband built a simple overhead organizer to hold extra scrap wood and wood flooring.

Do you have any garage organization tips or ideas? Share with us in the comments!

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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Do YOU Have Missing Money?

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Have you ever heard of MissingMoney.com? Established in 1999, MissingMoney.com is a national database that enables you to perform searches for lost assets required by law to be turned over to the states – like money due from past employers, utility companies, stocks, mutual funds etc. What does this mean in plain English… you can search for money owed to YOU!

Steps to search for YOUR Missing Money:

*Click here, enter your name and state and click on “go.”

*If you find a match, you must complete a claim form. Most states and provinces require a specific form to be completed which asks pertinent information about the property and proof of ownership, such as copies of checkbook, passbook, bonds, etc.

*Follow the instructions to complete the specified form and supply any necessary documentation and identification.

*The claim form and ID are then mailed to the state for review. The state will respond to you directly after they have reviewed your submission and verified that you are the rightful owner.

*Most states send you an acknowledgment letter after receiving your claim. Claims processing time frames vary between states and provinces and property to property based upon claim activity. Click here to view the list of participating states in MissingMoney.

Check out comments left by Hip2Savers on previous posts…

I had $60 waiting from state income taxes from somewhere I lived about 6 years ago!

My husband had $101 in missing money earlier this year we got through the Missing Money site!

I do this at least once a year and last year – I got over $600 from my old home insurance. It’s definitely worth the ten seconds it takes to check.

Just checked and I have an old paycheck from the fabric store I worked at when I was 16 years old :) says it’s over $100!!!

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