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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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Garage Organizing Tips Hip2Save

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.

utility hooks

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.

Labeling Garage Contents Hip2Save

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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Work-At-Home & Other Work Opportunities

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As you may know, working from home can be a great way to earn some extra cash. Over the years, I’ve received quite a few emails from Hip2Save readers asking for ways to make money from home… SO, I thought it would be helpful to post a reminder about the various work-from-home opportunities (categorized with links to make it a little easier to view). I hope you find this helpful! :D

** Please note that I do not have experience with some of these companies, so I cannot endorse whether or not they are worth looking into further. Make sure to take the time to research the jobs you are interested in to see if they are the right fit for you.

(To see the long list of Work Opportunities, click the link below “Read More / Post Your Comments”.)
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Would YOU Pay Double for Premium Milk?

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Coca-Cola recently announced that it will begin selling a premium-priced, protein-boosted milk under the Fairlife label – it will be available nationwide next month. According to Coke, the milk is specially cold-filtered with 50% more protein, 50% less sugar and 30% more calcium than conventional milk with a 52-ounce bottle (less than a half-gallon!) priced about $3.98 to $4.20 (yikes!). In fact, at a supermarket in Indianapolis, a 52-ounce bottle of Fairlife is being sold for $4.59 – more than double the cost of the national average for a half-gallon of milk. Click here and/or here for more information.

What are your thoughts? Would YOU pay more for this premium milk?

(Thanks, Kathryn!)

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How to Check Inventory at Your Local Target & Walmart Stores Without Leaving Home

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Target and Walmart shoppers – wouldn’t you love to confirm that your local store has the items on your shopping list in stock before you make a special trip?! Well before you spend time packing up the kiddos and spend money driving over to your local store, consider using the Inventory Checkers detailed below…

Walmart Inventory Checker

* Head HERE, enter your zip code and the Item ID# and then click on the Submit Query button
* You will then be able to view the price of the item, whether the item is in stock and the approximate number of items in stock
* To locate the Item ID#, head to Walmart.com, search for the item and then copy the group of numbers at the very end of the URL.
* Check out this example below. As you can see, I have searched for “LEGO Creator Treehouse Play Set” on Walmart.com and then grabbed the Item ID# 24501960. I can then see that the three Walmart stores near me all have this item in stock.

Target Inventory Checker

* Head HERE, enter your zip code and the DPCI# and then click on the Submit Query button
* You will then be able to view the price of the item, whether the item is in stock and the approximate number of items in stock
* To locate the DPCI#, head to Target.com, search for the item and then scroll down the page to the “Other Info” section to find the Store Item Number (i.e. DPCI#).
* Check out this example below. As you can see, I have searched for “Swiffer Duster Kit” on Target.com and then grabbed the DPCI# 003-05-0948. I can then see that the three Target stores near me all have this item in stock.

NOTE: Sometimes these inventory systems can be wrong due to theft, loss, and other circumstances.

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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.

Check out this helpful Guide to Gratuity Etiquette: How to Be a Total Tipster created by Mint.com that goes over what tip amount you should be giving for various services, such as spa services, bartenders, cleaning services, postal carriers, and more. Check out some of their helpful tips:


What services do you believe require a tip, how much do you tip, do you tip even if the service is horrible etc?

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Homemade Hair Detangler Spray (Only 2 Ingredients)

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Hair Detangler Hip2Save

If you experience tears and battles when brushing/combing your kiddo’s hair, try this easy (and super cheap!) DIY hair detangler spray that uses items you probably already have at home!

DIY Hair Detangler Spray

1 part conditioner
2 parts hot water

In a small water bottle/spray bottle, mix one part conditioner and two parts hot water (not boiling water). For example, I mixed about 4 oz. conditioner and 8 oz. hot water in the 12 oz. spray bottle pictured in this post.

How to make detangler Hip2Save
My daughter has long hair and a sensitive head (not the easiest combination! ;) ), so we have to use detangler spray to avoid tears. I love that I can make my own detangler and customize it with a conditioner that I prefer- and, it really does work!

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! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Spread the Word about Your Business…

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With Valentine’s Day 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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Proud to be Part of the “Hipster” family…

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I recently received an email from reader, Meredith, with the subject line, Proud to be part of the “Hipster” family! Reading what she had to say sure warmed my heart… so I had to share! :)

FROM MEREDITH: I just wanted to drop a quick note and say how proud I am to be a part of this wonderful community. When you posted of the 50% off Honest email that some Hip2save members were fortunate to get, I truly saw generosity overflowing all over your blog. I saw members giving codes, receiving codes and just an all over giving spirit being shown. I, like many others, took a shot to get a code as my youngest son suffers from eczema and these products have worked wonders. It is incredibly expensive to nurture the skin of an eczema ridden child and I took a shot just to see if someone would be willing to share their unused code with me. I saw dozens of requests like mine so I knew my chances were small but no biggie. If I received one great if not that would be ok, too.

Not even 5 minutes after posting I received THREE separate emails from other Hip2savers. I was blown away with appreciation. I used one and forwarded the other 2 to others asking for same extension of generosity. It feels great to be a part of this family and I truly love how everyone on this blog is always looking out for one another! Thanks again Collin for all you do and creating an environment of helping each other get great deals to help us keep ourselves and our families healthy and happy!

NOTE FROM COLLIN - I am so grateful to all of you who visit Hip2Save regularly, take the time to leave comments and help out other readers, and to all of you who inspire me each and every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Also, please keep in mind that there are some new site designs in the works to make it easier for you all to trade codes in a dedicated area on the site. So stay tuned…

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