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What Are Your Thanksgiving “Buy it Now” Prices?

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Nov 19, 2015 @ 6:39 PM MST
What Are Your Thanksgiving “Buy it Now” Prices?

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Hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year? I recently received the following email from reader, Shannon, and thought it would be great for Hip2Save readers to share what your price-points are for holiday items, such as turkeys, canned pumpkin, pies, and more!

“I am wondering if you would consider doing a post on buying a turkey for Thanksgiving. I don’t know what store has the best deals or if there might be upcoming sales next week to wait for. Thanks!”

So once again, I am asking all of you to help out reader, Shannon (and me!), by providing your “Buy It Now” prices in your area for some popular holiday items. If you’ve recently found a great deal on a holiday food item, feel free to leave a comment below listing the store where you purchased the item, the purchase price, and any other helpful information. Thank so much! :)

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Spread the Word about Your Business…

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Nov 17, 2015 @ 7:20 PM MST
Spread the Word about Your Business…

Spread Word about Business

With the holidays upon us, 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 this quite a few times now on Hip2Save 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!

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Welcome to the New Hip2Save Site…

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Nov 12, 2015 @ 11:30 PM MST
Welcome to the New Hip2Save Site…

Grab your coffee and check out the new site...

So let me start off by saying that I know change is hard. Very hard. I haven’t changed the Hip2Save site since 2009. Yes, 2009, when I moved from Blogger to WordPress. That is a crazy long time to not update or change a website.

So it’s time. Grab your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and check out the new site…

I sure hope you like the new site as much as I do! I understand that it may take a bit to get comfortable with the new look so please take some time to get familiar with the site and feel free to leave a comment below with any feedback you have. We hope that you find the site to be more user-friendly, easier to navigate, totally responsive on all of your devices, and that it makes you feel excited to part of this amazing Hip2Save Community!

HIp2Save logo

Here are just a few of the new features:

TWO Ways to View the Site – Yes, we now have TWO different options to view posts on the site! We have the view that you all are familiar with (just like on the old site) – you can just scroll down and continue scrolling to see all of the current deals that have been posted. OR, switch to the grid-view and view 12 deals all at once in small blocks (this is a great option if you’re in a time crunch and want to quickly see the latest deals). You’ll see the image of the deal on these blocks as well as the deal description. If interested in a deal, just click on the block to view the full post. And the best part about both views is that you can easily toggle between the two options!

Navigation Menu – Be sure to check out our new Navigation Menu at the top of the site! This is where you’ll find most everything you’re looking for. Search our online deals (you can even search by category like photo deals, toy deals, and more), search store deals, check out our latest Restaurant deals, and latest freebies and coupons. Plus, easily access free printables available in the “Tips” section, and don’t forget to browse the yummy recipes and frugal DIY ideas.

Our Navigation Menu Follows You – Yes, the navigation menu will now follow you down the site as you browse all the deals so you will no longer have to scroll back up when you decide that you’d like to check out a different section of the site.

Easily View Store Deals – You now can easily view the weekly store match-ups and store guides for each of the popular stores on Hip2Save including Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid. Just click on the store name in the navigation menu, and you will be taken to the current deals for that store. In addition, you’ll see buttons at the top of each page that link to the current store match-ups and the store guide which contains the store’s coupon policy and more information regarding how to shop at each specific store.

HIP List – Although this is not a new feature, I just wanted to mention it as you can now easily toggle between the HIP list, the grid-view, and the normal full-deal site view. If you’re new or not familiar with the HIP list, it’s a nice feature that allows you to save posts to check out at a later time. Have you ever had moments when you’re either out of time or out of printer ink, or both, and you really want to keep track of a “HIP” deal and/or print a valuable coupon in the next day or two? This is where the HIP list comes into play! :)

If you discover that something is not working right, please feel free to leave a comment. We value your opinion. 

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Tom’s of Maine Class Action Settlement: Request Up to $28 Check (No Receipts Required)

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Nov 10, 2015 @ 3:12 PM MST
Tom’s of Maine Class Action Settlement: Request Up to $28 Check (No Receipts Required)


Did you purchase select Tom’s of Maine All Natural Products (toothpaste, deodorant/antiperspirant, soap, sunscreen, diaper cream, body wash, shampoo, hand/body lotion, lip gloss/shimmer, lip balm, mouthwash or any other personal or oral care products) between March 25th, 2009 and September 23rd, 2015? If so, and you do not have receipts, you may qualify for up to a $28 check via the Tom’s of Maine Products Settlement ($4 per qualifying item).

To submit your claim, head here and complete the form no later than May 7th, 2016. You can also print the claim form here and mail it to Tom’s of Maine Settlement, c/o Dahl Administration, P.O. Box 3614 Minneapolis, MN 55403-0614 OR fax the form to 1-952-955-4589.

Are you wondering what this lawsuit is about? This settlement resolves a false advertisement class action lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that the company mislabeled certain beauty and personal care products as natural when they allegedly contained chemical products. Tom’s of Maine does not admit to any wrongdoing but has agreed to this class action settlement to avoid the cost and risk of going to trial.

And, just a reminder that you have until November 20th to submit your claim for the StarKist Tuna Class Action Settlement or until January 19th to submit for the Kashi Class Action Settlement.

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EIGHT Tips to Save on American Girl Items

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Nov 10, 2015 @ 12:44 PM MST
EIGHT Tips to Save on American Girl Items

8 Tips to Save on American Girl Items by

If you have an American Girl fan in your household and are looking for ways to save on the expensive brand, here are a few tips to make note of…

1.) Consider Buying Knock-Off

Our Generation Dolls

Before buying an American Girl doll which retails for $115 or more, check out the knock-off brand dolls on the market that are very similar and may work just fine if your child does not insist on American Girl. You can snag Our Generation dolls for just $19.99-$24.99 at Target, Dollie and Me dolls for around $24.99 at Kohl’s during a sale, What a Doll dolls for $24.99-$29.99 at Kmart, or Journey Girls for $39.99 from ToysRUs…a much cheaper option!

2.) Purchase Preemie Baby or 18″ Doll Clothing

Preemie clothing

If you own an American Girl doll and are looking for new accessories or clothing, consider buying preemie baby clothing at stores like Carter’s, Kohl’s, Walmart or Target (or online at as it should fit your American Girl doll perfectly. Or purchase any knock-off brand clothing for any 18″ doll and it will cost less and should also fit any American Girl doll. As an example, you can buy 21-piece clothing sets at Walmart for just $35 whereas an American Girl 4-piece outfit may range from $24-$64 each.

3.) Purchase Discounted Retail Gift Cards at Costco

American Girl Gift Card discounts

If you’re planning a trip to an American Girl store, look for discounted American Girl Store gift cards at Costco before stepping foot in-store! You may be able to find a FOUR pack of $25 American Girl Gift Cards for ONLY $79.99 – that is a whopping 20% savings! Note that these gift cards will not be available at every Costco, but be sure to snatch them up if you do spot them.

4.) Look for Used Dolls First (+ American Girl Doll Hospital)

American Girl Doll Hospital

Be sure to look on eBay or Craigslist FIRST for a used American Girl Doll before whopping out the cash for a new one. If you’re able to find a pre-loved doll, the American Girl Store has a Doll Hospital so if your doll has an “injury”, you can admit her to the Doll Hospital and she’ll be carefully handled to protect her from further injury. A team of doll doctors will examine her from head to toe and decide on a treatment to fix her “injuries” – everything from hair brushing to limb tightening to major “surgery.” For options and pricing, go here or call 1-800-628-5145.

5.) Shop Online During a Sale…and Cyber Monday!

American Girl

You can often score nice savings on accessories, furniture, clothing, and occasionally dolls whenever you shop online during a sale so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Plus, they often offer promo codes or sales to save on shipping! For example, through December 7th, is offering up to 55% off Special Package Deals with FREE shipping – making for great deals on various collections. Plus, they often have a special offer where you can save 50% or more on a certain set with a minimum purchase requirement!

PLUS, in year’s past the American Girl Store hosts a Cyber Monday Sale where you can save up to 60% off American Girl Books, Accessories, Clothing and more! This would be a great time to stock up on various items and accessories for your doll at a deep discount.

6.) Sign Up for American Girl Newsletter

American Girl email

Be sure to sign up for the American Girl Newsletter so you are the first to know about the best sales! As an e-mail subscriber, you will get access to special promotions and premium content, as well as early notification of new products!

7.) Buy American Girls Collection Mini Dolls

American Girl

Walmart and Amazon often offer deep discounts on the 6″ or 6.5″ American Girls Collection Mini Dolls. For example, Amazon recently offered select American Girl Mini Doll & Book Lightning Deals where you could score some nice savings! The American Girls Mini Doll and Book Sets often go on sale for $12-$15 each and are regularly priced at $24.99 – a nice alternative to the full size dolls!

8.) Watch for Jill’s Steals and Deals on Hip2Save

American Girl TODAY Show

If you’re looking for a great deal on American Girl dolls, be sure to watch Jill’s Steals and Deals on the TODAY Show (or just be sure to follow Hip2Save! :) ). In 2015 alone, the show aired 4 segments with fantastic deals on American Girl dolls and accessories (February, June, August, & September).

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Bed, Bath & Beyond: Scaling Back Store Coupons?!

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Nov 09, 2015 @ 11:57 AM MST
Bed, Bath & Beyond: Scaling Back Store Coupons?!


If you’re a frequent shopper at Bed, Bath & Beyond, you may be interested in this news – especially with the holidays upon us! As you know, most Bed, Bath & Beyond stores accept expired coupons and you can use one percent-off coupon per item unless otherwise stated…and they even accept competitor coupons!

Bed bath and beyond coupon printable 2013

However, according to this recent Good Housekeeping article, Bed, Bath & Beyond stores may be scaling back their 20% off store coupons due to a recent fall in profit from customers using expired store coupons and waiting for a sale to shop. Also, you may notice that select coupons may now have a scaling discount on the coupon (for example – you must use your 20% off coupon by a certain date and after that the discount will drop to only 10% off).

What are your thoughts on this news? Please share!

(Thanks, mbrea85!)

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2 Instant Win Games YOU Should Enter: Thousands Win $1,000 VISA Rewards Cards + More

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Nov 06, 2015 @ 12:01 PM MST
2 Instant Win Games YOU Should Enter: Thousands Win $1,000 VISA Rewards Cards + More

If you think Instant Win Games are a waste of time, think again! Multiple Hip2Save readers have won the two instant win games mentioned below :D , so be sure to enter them daily…

SC Johnson Happy Thanksgathering Instant Win Game

Through November 25th, head here and click on the Help Me Get Home button to enter the SC Johnson Happy Thanksgathering Instant Win Game for a chance to instantly win one of 3,000 $1,000 VISA Rewards Cards! You’ll also want to head here and click on the Help Me Host button for a chance to instantly win one of 200 $250 Pre-Paid debit cards! Enter both games once daily.

Mars Get Charged for the Holidays Instant Win Game

Through December 31st, head here or text SNICKERS or CANDY to 87654 to enter the Mars Get Charged for the Holidays Game for a chance to win one of 47,000 $5-$15 Pre-paid Debit Cards. Plus, 100,000 entrants will each win a coupon redeemable for one package of a SNICKERS Brand, M&M’S Brand, TWIX Brand, DOVE Chocolate, 3 MUSKETEERS Brand or MILKY WAY Brand product ($1.49 value). Enter once daily; limit FIVE prizes per email address!

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Netflix/Walmart Class Action Settlement: Possible FREE Walmart eGift Card (Check Inbox)

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Nov 05, 2015 @ 5:01 PM MST
Netflix/Walmart Class Action Settlement: Possible FREE Walmart eGift Card (Check Inbox)

If you rented DVDs online from Netflix, a class action lawsuit was made back in 2009 against Walmart Stores and Netflix involving the price of online DVD rentals. The lawsuit has been settled and settlement payments have been made and may have already arrived. The settlement payments were made in the form of Walmart eGift cards and were issued today, November 5th, 2015 via email. The email will have the subject line “Online DVD Rental Settlement has sent you an eGift Card for Walmart“. It looks like everyone is getting a Walmart eGift Card worth $12.32. Make sure you check your inbox and your spam folder for this email. You can read more details about the case here.

Walmart eGift Card Settlement
(Thanks, Mila!)

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Paying it Forward this Holiday Season…

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Nov 05, 2015 @ 4:26 PM MST
Paying it Forward this Holiday Season…

Beautiful Quote

I received the following email from reader, Mallory, and after reading it… well, I knew that I just had to share it with all of you:

Hi, Collin! I hope you are having a wonderful day. I wanted to share my experience today at Target with you. I am loving the 50% off cartwheel deals and I will secretly admit that I check my phone in the wee hours while feeding my newborn just to see the daily deal. ;) Today, I gathered my kids in the pouring rain to go get the Thomas master set.

When arriving to the toy section, I was looking over all of the train sets when a Target associate along with a Lady and her adorable grandson (he looked about 3 years old) showed up. Right when they arrived, I found the train set. Unfortunately, only one was available. I told the lady that she could have the set. She said that I was there first and to take it. Instead of taking it, I insisted that she should have it. The lady was so taken back that tears started flowing down her cheeks as she just kept saying thank you. I could only picture that sweet little boy getting an amazing toy for Christmas.

I was so taken back by her response that my eyes actually filled with tears. My children will never miss that toy and the thought of making some stranger’s day/ Christmas is better than any gift. I just wanted to thank you for posting such great deals. Today was the best deal EVER!!! Truly, giving is so much better than receiving! I can only imagine how many people’s lives you have touched in this very way. I am sure that so many people have limited incomes and think that they are unable to give their children what they really want. Because of your helpful tips and posts of great deals, many people are able to bless others.

With that, let’s continue to spread kindness… <3

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Did You Watch My Live Video From Today?

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Nov 04, 2015 @ 6:12 PM MST
Did You Watch My Live Video From Today?

Collin is Weird

(Yes, this picture is odd and kinda scary – watch my scope to see what the heck I’m doing! ;) )

I did another live Periscope this morning, so if you’re interested in watching me talk about five things I’m enjoying this week (including a very odd makeup tip), be sure to check it out. I also did another Periscope (after the scope on the 5 things I’m enjoying this week) due to the fact that I made a BIG OOPS in my first scope! Sorry all! And just a heads up that all of the Amazon gift cards have been given out. Note that you can replay live videos for up to 24 hours after they’ve gone live.

If you’ve never heard of Periscope, it’s a completely FREE app that allows you to watch live videos! Just search for the Periscope app in the app store, download it, and then search for me (@hip2save) and click to follow. You can then opt to be notified every time I go live! Periscope is super simple to use. You literally can just click to watch me live and aren’t required to do anything else (unless you want to).

I am going to try to be more consistent about doing live scopes. In these live videos, I will be dishin’ about my favorite deals of the day/week, discussing other frugal topics, and even sharing personal stuff. I hope you’ll join me.

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Is Your Local Target Closing?

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Nov 04, 2015 @ 5:22 PM MST
Is Your Local Target Closing?

Target Closing 13 Stores

Did you hear the news? Target plans to close 13 stores nationwide. From what I gather, this may be partly due to the massive credit-card breach before Christmas 2013. Click here to read more. I am definitely VERY surprised as Target has become my go-to store for the best deals. What are your thoughts?

Here’s the list of Target stores slated for closure:

Anderson, Indiana
Austin North East in Austin, Texas
Casa Grande, Arizona
Columbus Southwest in Columbus, Ohio
Dixie Highway in Louisville, Kentucky
East Flint in Flint, Michigan
Suncoast Pasco Co. in Odessa, Florida
New Ulm, Minnesota
Northridge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Ottumwa, Iowa
Superior, Wisconsin
Springfield, Ohio
Victorville, California

(Thanks for the heads up on this, Lena & Donna!)

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Amazon Work-From-Home Job Opportunity: Starts At $10/Hour w/ Bonus Offers (Select States Only)

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Nov 04, 2015 @ 3:56 PM MST
Amazon Work-From-Home Job Opportunity: Starts At $10/Hour w/ Bonus Offers (Select States Only)

Hip2Save Amazon Work-From-Home Job Opportunity

As I mentioned several months ago, one way to earn extra holiday spending money from home is to apply for a work-at-home job via Amazon’s Virtual Contact Center! Amazon is hiring for both full time and part time seasonal customer service associate positions – in order to apply, you must have a home residence in Arizona, Kentucky, Texas, West Virginia, Delaware, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Base compensation is $10/hour with potential bonus opportunities.

Hip2Save Amazon Work-From-Home Job Opportunity

Here are the requirements in order to apply:

* High School Diploma or equivalent
* Basic typing, phone, and computer navigation skills
* Ability to navigate the Internet, email, and Instant Messenger tools
* 1+ years in a service environment dealing with the public
* Distraction free workspace
* High speed hard wired internet (5 MB/second, no WiFi)
* Landline phone line for work only

Wondering if you should apply? Check out this email from Jessica…

Thank you so much for the post about Amazon work from home positions! I was afraid I was not going to be able to work for them due to the full time schedule they sent to me; however, I received a phone call on Sunday offering me a permanent part time position! I did not have to drive the two hours to the Amazon facilities – they actually allowed me to have the forms notarized and scanned to them. It was such a blessing and I’m so thankful for your post!

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