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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!

Click here for more information and to apply.

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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

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* 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

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* 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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What are YOUR Grocery Price Points? (Plus, NEWLY Updated Hip2Save Printable Price Points Spreadsheet!)

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Have you ever wondered if you’re paying too much for your groceries or if you’re really getting the best deal? Or have you wondered exactly what you should be paying for items such as meat, fresh produce, diapers, or other grocery items?

Well if you’re new around here, you may not be aware that I have created a spreadsheet with “Hip” prices for some of the most common grocery, food, household, and other items. AND, since I first posted this spreadsheet back in 2012, I recently updated the spreadsheet to better reflect today’s prices! :)

To get an idea of national average prices, I sent four of my sidekicks (from 4 different states) to Walmart to get the most inexpensive prices for the most common grocery, food, household, and other items. Keep in mind you’ll see two columns in the spreadsheet with the average Walmart prices from those 4 states AND my rock bottom stock up prices…the price you’ll pay after sales and coupons.

Just click on this link or on the image below to print or save the PDF file to your computer! Or, if you’d rather, you can go here and save the Price Points document to your computer and edit/change the prices based on your region!

Keep in mind that these prices will vary greatly based on your region, but should be a general indicator of good prices for most areas. This would be a great document to print, put in plastic sleeves, and place in your coupon binder so you can glance at it while shopping. :)

Also, you can find several helpful spreadsheets at all times on the right-hand sidebar of the Hip2Save home page. Enjoy!

* Now it’s your turn… what are your personal price points for grocery items? How do you save on items, such as meat, produce, and other grocery products that are hard to find coupons for?

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Top TEN Baby Shower Games

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Hosting a Baby Shower? Check out my top TEN Baby Shower Games complete with FREE Bingo Card Printables…

Find the Safety Pins
Place twenty Safety pins in a bowl of dry rice. Blindfold the person and have them try to find them (it’s much hard than it looks or sounds!)
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Baby-Themed Price is Right:
Pick ten items ranging from diaper cream to formula to diapers and have guests guess the current prices of each item. The guest who gets the closest to the right price wins a prize!

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Baby Shower Gift Bingo
This is the perfect game to play when the mom-to-be is opening gifts! Give each guest a bingo card that features items commonly found as gifts at a baby shower – bottles, pacifiers, diapers, gift cards, etc. As the mommy-of-honor opens gifts, guests mark off those items on their bingo cards until someone gets five in a row. Head HERE to print 12 FREE Baby Shower Bingo Cards.

Don’t Say “Baby” Game
Give every guest a safety pin or sticker. If the guest is caught saying the word “baby”, the pin/sticker is taken by the person who calls them on it. At the end of the shower, the person with the most pins/stickers wins a small gift.

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Guess the Bab​y Game
Ask each guest to bring their own baby photo and then put each photo up on wall. Guests then have to correctly match baby photos to guest.

Create the Baby Game
Divide guest into several groups and give each group a printed picture of mom and dad (preferably 8×10 size of their face). Each group must work together to cut out different facial features of mom and dad and glue them together to form a picture of what the baby will look like.
Guess the Melted Candy Bar Baby Shower Game - Hip2Save
​What’s in the Diaper Game? ​
Purchase different chocolate candies (Snickers, Hershey’s, Reese’s, etc) and melt each variety inside a different diaper. Then pass the diapers around and have the guests guess which “candy” is in which diaper. It’s so funny and gets lots of laughs!

Mom-to-Be Memory Game
Place a bunch of different baby items on a tray and have the mom-to-be walk around the room asking each of the guests to look closely at the tray. Then have the mom-to-be to be leave the room and ask all the guests questions about mom-to-be and nothing about items on the tray. Suggested questions are “was she wearing earrings? were her nails painted?”

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Write a Diaper Message
Have each guest write a cute/funny/encouraging message to the parents-to-be on the fold of a diaper so when the parents change the baby in the months to come, they get to read a nice message.

Bring Diapers and Enter to Win
Ask each guest in advance to bring an unwrapped package of diapers for a chance to win a special prize (like a $20 gift card to Starbucks) – with this incentive, the mom-to-be usually ends up with a HUGE supply of diapers!

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Save Up to $100 on EpiPen 2-Pak (Valid for up to THREE 2-Paks Every Time You Fill Prescription)

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If you or a family member has life threatening allergies, did you know you can save as much as $100 on your next EpiPen purchase?! Just head over HERE, complete the form to receive a Co-Pay Card, bring along the card (or show it on your smartphone) along with a valid prescription for an EpiPen 2-Pak or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak when you head to the pharmacy and you’ll snag as much as $100 off the cost!

And this offer may be used on up to three EpiPen 2-Paks per prescription through December 31, 2015. (Thanks, Tori!)


Do you have any other tips related to saving on prescription drugs? If so, please share in the comments below!

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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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