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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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Hipsters to the Rescue: Share Your Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas for Weddings, Graduations, AND More

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With wedding and graduation season upon us, I’ve received a few emails from readers lately asking for nice wedding or graduation gift ideas that won’t break the bank. SO, if you’ll be attending an upcoming wedding, graduation party, birthday, or other special event and are looking for ideas on an affordable gift idea, this post is for you!

Plus, check out this tip from Hip2Save reader Tiffany –

I’m not sure if you or your readers are aware of a side called weddingwire.com. It’s a site where people can find vendors, photographers, ect. for weddings and events. They have a review promotion I wasn’t even aware of. I was contacted by the owner of an awesome bed and breakfast in Marion, SC where I attended my cousin’s wedding last year and asked if I would mind reviewing them because they are new to weddingwire.com.

I didn’t mind at all and after that review a pop up box came up that stated if I did one more review I would receive a free gift and if I did 4 reviews I would receive another free gift. So, after 4 reviews the two gifts were a code for a FREE 8×10 canvas print from EasyCanvasPrints.com (over $40 value!) and a one time use code for a Free 8×8 photo book from Shutterfly.com! I was soooo excited. It turns out the code for the canvas print can be used by anyone and it expires 5/31/15 (2014wirespringpromo) and the one time use code from Shutterfly doesn’t expire until 9/30/15.

If you have any great gift ideas, please share in the comments below! :)

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To Tip or Not to Tip!?

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Have you ever wondered how much to tip when purchasing food to-go, getting a hair cut for yourself and/or your kiddos, receiving assistance with baggage at a hotel, getting a massage, paying a housekeeper, etc.!? Although I almost always tip at least 20% when dining out, I am sometimes a little more perplexed as to what to tip in those situations.

I was browsing around and spotted the chart above with U.S. Tipping Guidelines for traveling. What services do you believe require a tip, how much do you tip, and do you tip even if the service is horrible? Please share your thoughts!

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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!

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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

mini nail polish for easter egg filler Hip2Save

* 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

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* 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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