Did you hear about the upcoming United States Postal Service changes? Starting January 22nd, 2017, the price of First-Class Forever Mail Stamps will increase from 47¢ per stamp to 49¢ per stamp. All other letters and postcard rates will remain the same. Go here for more details.
(Thanks, Freebies for a Cause!)
Have you heard the news?
If you have any Yankee Candles in your home, you may be interested to know that Yankee Candle just issued a voluntary recall affecting approximately 31,000 candles from their Luminous Collection as the glass jars may get too hot when lit and crack, causing a potential for injury.
If you or someone in your household purchased a Luminous Collection candle, you are encouraged to return it to your nearest Yankee Candle company-owned retail location to receive a full refund plus one Free candle of your choice for your inconvenience. Go here for more details.
If you have any additional questions, contact the Yankee Candle customer service at 877-803-6890 Monday-Friday 8AM-11PM and Saturday & Sunday 9AM-9PM EST.
(Thanks, Freebies for a Cause!)
The Dollar Store can be a gold mine when it comes to holiday items! You probably know that gift bags and such are a steal, but I never thought to shop for Christmas decorations there before. Some of these ideas may require a little crafting, but they’re all super easy and turn out adorable. Plus, scoring Christmas decorations on the cheap leaves more money in the budget for gifting!
I LOVE giving handmade gifts during the holidays, but it seems like the supplies always cost way more than I had intended, and I need to start them in July to get them done in time. Well, I think these gifts are super easy, really frugal, AND very cute – so just about anyone can tackle them!
Every year I pin about 100 fun Christmas decorating ideas, and follow through with making maybe one of them… am I the only one?! 😉 BUT I recently found some fun ideas that anyone can find time to make!
Looking for inexpensive and fun stocking stuffer ideas?! Check out these 30 Unique & Frugal Ideas…
*Deck of cards
*Small accessories- bracelets, earrings, hair bows,
*Personal Grooming- Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush
*Small accessories- bracelets, earrings, hair bows
*Meaningful Christmas Tree Ornaments
*Gift cards, movie tickets
*Nail Polish/Nail Stickers
*Personal Grooming- Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush
*Lip Gloss and Lip Balm
*Cars or Small Toys
*Rainbow Loom Bands
*Coupons for late bedtime or treat
*Gift cards- Coffee, Movies, ToysRUs
Check out this email I received from reader, Summer –
I know a lot of us have White Elephant Parties to go to this holiday season. What do you usually bring that is unique and fun for a $10 White Elephant gift?
If you’re not familiar with a White Elephant gift exchange, here’s the description from Wikipedia:
A white elephant gift exchange is a popular holiday party game found primarily in North America. Generally, white elephant parties need a minimum of six participants. With a larger group, game play may be more protracted. White elephant parties have been known to result in playful rivalries between players trying to get sought after gifts. The goal of a white elephant party is usually to entertain rather than to gain.
With that said, do you have any rockin’ gift ideas? Either funny ones (love those!) or gifts that you know others will want to steal. Please share with us in the comments below! Thanks!
Here are just a few ideas:
- BigMouth Inc The Original Toilet Mug
- Bag of Unicorn Farts (Cotton Candy)
- Unisex Cat Pizza Galaxy Christmas Sweatshirt
- Yodelling Bacon
- Nebula Galaxy Space Unicorn Pillowcase
- Pickle Lip Balm
- Kitten Shape 10-Ice Cube Tray Mold
- Winter Beard Beanie
- Christmas Toilet Paper
- Chewed Gum Refrigerator Magnets
We all know that you can score some incredible deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but you may not have thought about using holiday deals to purchase donations. The holidays are a great time to give back, and in that spirit #GivingTuesday was born.
What is #GivingTuesday exactly?
It’s a national movement during the holidays dedicated to charitable giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping. The goal of #GivingTuesday is to encourage people everywhere including retailers, charities, online organizations, community centers, individuals and families to come together with one common purpose — to help others, give more, give smarter, and celebrate the great American spirit of generosity through charitable contributions and volunteerism.
Find a local charity
Many of your small, local charities don’t have as many corporate donors as the larger ones do, so they need and appreciate the donations (monetary, goods, or volunteer time) much more. Charity Navigator is a great tool for finding reputable, highly-rated organizations. (Side-note: very small charities are not rated on Charity Navigator, but don’t rule them out. Ask for recommendations from friends and neighbors.)
Identify their highest priority needs
Following charities on social media or checking their website are great ways to see their most urgent needs, but you can easily shoot them a quick email to get a list, too. Of course, any donations will always be appreciated, but it’s nice to have a goal when you head out deal-hunting.
Shelters always needs things like clothing, coats, boots, blankets, pillows, eyeglasses, and hygiene items, including diapers and feminine hygiene products. Children’s hospitals are a great place to donate things like coloring books, DVDs, toys, gift cards, and art supplies. Canned goods and other non-perishable items are on sale during the holidays, and are great for food pantries. You can also check your local school district for Title 1 schools in your area, and donate items like coats, hats, gloves, boots, backpacks, school supplies, gift cards, and other items.
Look around for items you already have
It’s nice to find great deals, but you probably have many donatable items around your home already. Coats your kids have outgrown, shampoo and other items from your stockpile, old bedding sets, etc., are all needed somewhere. Also consider pulling from your gift closet. Signing up for samples throughout the year is a super easy and frugal way to donate.
Follow the sales
Check out this post on sale cycles to see the best items to score big on each month. It’s a great way to shop smart throughout the year, and avoid buying something last minute and spending too much. Also, follow all of our deals HERE.
Donate pet food
Animal shelters are always in need of cat and dog food donations, and it’s not always something we remember, but with couponing, this can be a great way to be frugal while giving back.
Donations are great, but volunteering is FREE!
Some organizations really rely on volunteers, so if you can’t seem to pull off donating, volunteering is just as good, if not better! There are a million different ways to volunteer your time, and no shortage of organizations that desperately need it.
I also can’t put enough emphasis on how rewarding volunteering can be, especially for kids. The experience is invaluable, eye-opening, and incredibly humbling. Who couldn’t use a little of that this time of year?
Some great ways to get kids involved:
See if you can find somewhere to volunteer that allows children (check age restrictions!). If volunteering in person is not an option, organize a donation drive. Identify an organization that might be relevant to your child, and discuss the importance of donations to that particular charity.
Every year we have a hot chocolate party for my kids and their friends, but we’ve turned it into a donation drive, as well. This year we’re asking for donations of diapers for the local homeless shelter. I’m just going to make a couple pots of hot chocolate in my slow cookers, and ask our guests to bring fun toppings (like whipped cream, candy canes, marshmallows, etc.). It’s SO much fun, and costs nearly nothing, AND we get to help out the local homeless shelter. Win-win, right?!
I’m pretty new to the team, so most of you don’t know this, but I’m the Vice President of a small non-profit organization in Salt Lake City, UT. We focus on volunteering and holding donation drives for various local organizations and communities, so I’m very familiar with, and passionate about giving back. The picture above is from when we served dinner at a local homeless shelter.
If you’re short on time or money, simply find a way to pay it forward
Paying for someone’s coffee, leaving a dollar on the toy aisle at the dollar store, donate blood, leave encouraging post-it notes in library books and other random places, compliment a stranger, hold the door open, smile at someone…
You never know how a few kind words can change someone’s day…
Written by Danielle for Hip2Save. Danielle is a proud mom to 5 amazing kids in Utah, who lives for coffee and baking. She’s dedicated to balancing her own interests and passions, while encouraging her children to follow their own paths in life.
Although I do not normally condone bragging, this is one of those rare times where I am asking you to please BRAG, BRAG, BRAG! I’ve received many emails from readers who were very excited to share the awesome deals and bargains they snagged at Black Friday sales both online and in-store. On the flip side, I have received many emails from readers who are searching for the best deals and looking for tips and tricks. So… this is where you come into play!
If you have a great deal or bargain that you’ve snagged today, please share it below. If you are looking for a specific item or deal, please mention it below and hopefully, another Hip2Save reader will come to the rescue! Let’s help each other out… that’s what Hip2Save is all about!
Sometimes, we can get caught up in the hustle & bustle of snagging great deals and forget to thank the people who help to make the great deals possible. For this reason, I love this email and picture sent over to me by Hip2Save reader, Jennifer…
Hi, Collin! I think most people know working in retail can be grueling and sometimes thankless work, especially on the biggest shopping day of the year. This year, I decided to put together goody bags to give to the cashiers at the places I’m shopping this Black Friday. In them, I’m including candy (that I got with coupons from Hip2Save!), stickers and a small thank you note.
I thought I’d pass on the idea to my favorite coupon blogger since I’m sure we Hip2Savers will be out and taking advantage of the BF deals you post. It’s an opportunity to give a little kindness to start the holiday season off on the right foot!
Today, Sabra Dipping Company announced that it is voluntarily recalling hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over possible Listeria contamination. This recall applies to hummus with a “Best Before” date up through January 23, 2017. Head here for more information.
Please note, no other Sabra products are affected. In particular, Sabra products not included in the recall are: Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.
(Thanks, Coupon Pro!)
Waggin’ Train Lamb Jerky Recipe Dog Treats 11oz $9.99
Use the 50% off Purina Waggin’ Train Lamb Jerky Recipe Dog Treats Cartwheel Offer – will deduct $5
Plus, use the $4/1 Waggin’ Train Treats for Dogs coupon found here
Final Cost $0.99!
In addition, we have a $10 off $40 Purina pet care purchase coupon available this week! Find this coupon on the Cartwheel app OR by texting PETS10 to 827438. This coupon includes pet food, cat litter and treats!
Get $40 worth of Purina items for FREE with This Deal:
Buy 4 Waggin’ Train Lamb Jerky Recipe Dog Treats 11oz $9.99 each
Buy 2 cans of Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct wet dog food $1.25 each
Total = $42.46
Scan the $10 off $40 Purina pet care purchase coupon found on the Cartwheel app or by texting PETS10 to 827438
Use the 50% off Purina Waggin’ Train Lamb Jerky Recipe Dog Treats Cartwheel Offer – will deduct $20
Plus, use four $4/1 Waggin’ Train Treats for Dogs coupons found here
Plus, use the Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Purina ONE SmartBlend True Instinct Wet Dog Food coupon found here
Final Cost FREE!
(Thanks, Totally Target!)
Today only, Amazon is offering up to 50% off select Melissa & Doug Toys AND many of the available items are priced the lowest they have ever been. Get free shipping on a $49 order, a $25 Book order OR snag free 2-day shipping on ANY size order with Amazon Prime (you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial here).
Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Wooden Cookie Play Food Set
Only $9.99 (was $15.98)
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Magnetic Responsibility Chart With 90 Magnets
Only $9.99 (was $17.25)
Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game
Only $8.49 (reg. $16.99)
Melissa & Doug Solid Wood Table and 2 Chairs Set – Light Finish Furniture for Playroom
Only $64.99 shipped (reg. $129.99)
Plus, select toys are on sale Buy 2 and Get 1 FREE and you can combine this offer with the 50% off sale for screamin’ deals! Please note – to identify which toys qualify for the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE offer, scroll down the page to the “Special Offers and Product Promotions” section (as shown above) and you will see that they are clearly identified.
Buy 2 & Get 1 FREE Deal Scenario Buy Melissa & Doug Farm Friends Hand Puppets Set of 4 $9.99 (reg. $19.99)
Buy Melissa & Doug Wooden Sandwich-Making Set $9.99 (was $13.99)
Buy Melissa & Doug Pizza Party Wooden Play Food Set With 54 Toppings $9.99 (was $15.29)
Total After B2G1 Free Sale = $19.98
Final Cost $19.98 – only $6.66 per item!
Here are just a few of the deals I spotted…
Women’s KENZIE Sassy Sailor Apron $24.95
Only $9.98 shipped with promo code SHOPNOW
Women’s Gray GOLDIE Designer Apron $29.95 (reg. $49.95)
Only $11.98 shipped with promo code SHOPNOW
Women’s Apron Original Sultry Lace $34.95
Only $13.98 shipped with promo code SHOPNOW
Men’s Red Pinstripe Apron $19.95
Only $7.98 shipped with promo code SHOPNOW
Also, today only or while supplies last, you can score this Men’s HANGRY? Apron in Black for only $10.99 shipped (regularly $24.95), no promo code needed and it is not eligible for any other discounts.