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Submit YOUR Holiday Deal OR Unique Savings Tip (You Could WIN a $50 Amazon Gift Card!)

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Do you have a unique holiday savings tip or have you recently scored an awesome bargain on a holiday deal?

If so, this post is for you! Starting Wednesday, November 5th (and every Wednesday through December 17th), I’m going to feature one lucky Hip2Save reader’s creative/unique holiday savings tip and/or a current holiday deal (that other readers hopefully can take advantage of too!). If your submission is selected and posted on Hip2Save.com, you will score a FREE $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Are you interested in contributing? If so, please send an email to holiday@hip2save(dot)com with the Subject Line “Hip2Save Holiday Submission” with the following required information:

(1) First Name and Last Initial

(2) Primary email address that you want us to use to correspond with you

(3) Paragraph(s) focused on either of the topics mentioned above. Correct grammar and punctuation is much appreciated. When appropriate, please provide step by step instructions.

(4) Image(s) that may be published on Hip2Save (please do NOT send copyrighted photos). Note that at least one image is required (more than one is definitely preferred). Please make every effort to send clear images.

Get your thinking caps on… :D

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Important Recall on Select Baby Wipes

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IMPORTANT NEWS for all of you who have purchased baby wipes recently! Effective October 25th, there has been a nationwide voluntary product recall on select baby wipes distributed by the company Nutek Disposables as some packages may contain bacteria.

This recall affects wipes that were manufactured under the brand names including Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. These wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21st, 2014 to the following retail stores: Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s, and Diapers.com. For more information, go here.

*Consumers who have purchased this product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM EDT.

(Thanks, Amy!)

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So… I feel like I’ve been living under a rock since I hadn’t taken the plunge and started an Instagram page. Well, I am happy to report that I finally have one. Yep, Hip2Save is now on Instagram (a HUGE thanks to Tiffany from My Litter and Paul from I Heart the Mart for helping me get started – they ROCK!).

Please be patient with me as I learn how to be an instagramer (is that a word?)… I am not very good quite yet, but I’m sure trying. If you are on Instagram too, I’d love for you to follow Hip2Save! I am going to start posting more pics there – possible deal pics, personal pics etc. Plus, since I’m all about celebrating whenever I can – I am going to host a week-long Instagram contest! YaHOOO!

Starting today, October 27th and running through November 3rd, I am hosting an Instagram Photo Contest. Just snap a pic depicting the joy of couponing and you may win a $100 Starbucks or Amazon egift card (your choice!)

Hip2Save’s “Joy of Couponing” Instagram Contest

Step #1: Follow @hip2save on Instagram.
Step #2: Post a photo depicting the joy of couponing on Instagram
Step #3: Hash tag #Hip2SaveContest in the caption of your photo and tag @hip2save
Step #4: Repeat! Enter once daily through November 3rd at 11:59PM EST to increase your chances of winning.

On Wednesday, November 5th, I will choose two entrants who I think did a great job of depicting the joy of couponing and I will re-gram each of their photos and comment on each of the winning photos with instructions for redeeming the prize – either a $100 Amazon Card or a $100 Starbucks Card.

I can’t wait to see all the FUN pics! Good luck!

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Tips Needed for Planning an Event on a Budget

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Check out this email I received from a reader -

I’m making a birthday party for my son, on a small budget. I will have about 20 adults and 20 kids, so I was wondering if the Hip2Save community would advise in the best value for the money to feed all those people. Is it pizza, prepared food trays, homemade food, catering? In the past I tried to do it myself,  but it seems about the same as buying. Any ideas, good tips?

Feel free to share your suggestions in the Comments section…thanks!

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Truvia Natural Sweetener Settlement: Request up to $45 Check or $90 Worth of Free Truvia Products

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Did you purchase at least one Truvia Natural Sweetener product in the United States between July 1, 2008 and July 24, 2014? If so, you qualify for up to a $45 check or $90 worth of FREE Truvia Natural Sweetener Products via the Truvia Natural Sweetener Settlement.

To submit your claim, head here and complete the form no later than December 5, 2014. You can also request that a copy of the claim form be mailed to you by calling 1-888-512-0492 or request the form by e-mail at mail@TruviaSweetenerLawsuit.com. You may choose to receive either a cash refund or a voucher for free products. Click here for more information.

** No proof of purchase is necessary to obtain settlement benefits. However, the Claim Form must be signed by you under penalty of perjury (either by hand or, if you submit it online, electronically), affirming that you are a qualified member of the Settlement Class and that the information provided therein is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. **

Are you wondering what these lawsuits are about? The two lawsuits challenge the labeling and marketing of Cargill’s Truvia Natural Sweetener products. Plaintiffs allege that they purchased Truvia Natural Sweetener products and were misled by statements on the labels describing the Truvia Consumer Products and their ingredients—including stevia leaf extract and erythritol—as “natural.” Plaintiffs allege that the Truvia Natural Sweetener products they purchased were not “natural” because they contained ingredients that were “highly processed” and/or derived from genetically modified organisms (“GMOs”) and that the descriptions of the products, and of the ingredients of which these products were made, were inaccurate or misleading.

(Thanks, Growing up on Coupons!)

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Select AT&T Mobile Customers: Submit for Refund for Unauthorized Third-Party Charges

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If you are a current or past AT&T Mobile customer (AT&T customers after January 1, 2009 are eligible) and you believe that you may have been charged by AT&T for unauthorized third-party charges (like subscriptions for ringtones and text message subscriptions for horoscopes, celebrity gossip, and flirting tips), then you may be entitled to a refund.

To submit your claim, head here and complete the form no later than May 1, 2015. To request a refund, you will need either the AT&T billing account number or mobile phone number for the affected account. If you are unsure if you are eligible for a refund, contact the FTC’s refund contractor at 1-877-819-9692 for more information.

Are you wondering what these lawsuits are about? In its complaint against AT&T, the FTC alleges that AT&T billed its customers for hundreds of millions of dollars in charges originated by other companies, usually in amounts of $9.99 per month, for subscriptions for ringtones and text messages containing love tips, horoscopes, and “fun facts.” Click here for more information.

(Thanks, Jennifer!)

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Red Bull Energy Drink Settlement: Request $10 Check or $15 Worth of Free Red Bull Products

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UPDATE: Access to the online Red Bull settlement claim form is down at this time. Please call 877-495-1568 and request the form be sent to you by mail.

Did you purchase at least one Red Bull product in the United States between January 1, 2002 and October 3, 2014? If so, you qualify for a $10 check or $15 worth of FREE Red Bull Products via the Energy Drink Settlement.

To submit your claim, head here and complete the form no later than March 2, 2015. You may choose to receive one of the following two benefit options: cash reimbursement of $10 OR $15 worth of Red Bull products shipped to your home. Click here for more information.

** No proof of purchase is necessary to obtain settlement benefits. However, the Claim Form must be signed by you under penalty of perjury (either by hand or, if you submit it online, electronically), affirming that you are a qualified member of the Settlement Class and that the information provided therein is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. **

Are you wondering what these lawsuits are about? This settlement addresses two consumer class action lawsuits alleging that Red Bull’s Marketing and labelling misrepresents both the functionality and safety of Red Bull beverages. Plaintiffs made claims against Red Bull for breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment, and violations of various states’ consumer protection statutes.

(Thanks, Growing up on Coupons!)

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Reader Tip: Check the Lifetime Warranty First

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Check out this tip from Hip2Save reader, Nora…

I just recently found out that all Delta faucet products have a lifetime warranty. Recently my kitchen faucet started dripping and before my husband headed off to Home Depot we called Delta to ask what part we needed for the problem we were having. A very nice lady that answered my call informed me that they’ll mail any parts I need free of charge and if replacement parts are unable to fix the problem, they’ll send a brand new one free of charge and this applies to any of their products.

If you do not have the serial number of the product you’re having a problem with, they’ll send you an email and have you reply to it with a photo of the faucet and they’ll keep that on file if any additional parts are needed in the future. Please note that they did state that parts are sent out to anyone free of charge, but for them to replace the item you do have to be the original homeowner.

I figured I’d share this wealth of information with you to share with your other readers that may not know about this warranty on all Delta products. I’ve spent money over the years after becoming a homeowner on parts and even replaced a few faucets that had broke, because I didn’t know about this. I sure wish someone told me a long time ago, I could have saved quite a bit of money!

Have you ever taken advantage of a Lifetime Warranty offer from a company? Please share!

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Sam’s Club: Free Diaper Genie Pail Update

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Heads-up all you Sam’s Club members who requested the FREE Diaper Genie Pail sample posted back in July here and here! If you have been checking your doorstep and patiently waiting for this awesome freebie to arrive, check out the email pictured below that many Hip2Save readers received this morning (thanks to everyone who emailed me with the details! :) )…

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eBay: Possible $15 Off Next Purchase (Check Inbox)

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Check out the reader email I received from Jennifer:

If you’re an Ebay user, check your email! Ebay is sending out apology emails for the issues their website experienced last Wednesday (9/3). Attached to that email is a code for $15 off your next purchase!

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Anyone else get this email?! :)

(Thanks for the heads up on this, Jennifer and June!)

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