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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 10th: Donate Your Non-Perishable Food Items

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If you were able to eat a healthy breakfast this morning or make a nourishing dinner for your family last night, you are very fortunate as one out of every six Americans struggles with hunger. But here’s your chance to help! Tomorrow, May 10th, the National Association of Letter Carriers is calling everyone to help “Stamp Out Hunger” with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Stamp Out Hunger is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and will help feed millions of families in all 50 states!

This is a perfect time for you to go through your stockpile and donate as many non-perishable and unexpired food items as possible to support this cause!  SO…grab your cans of soup, non-glass bottles of Juice, canned fruits and veggies, bags of pasta, cake & brownie mixes, etc. and place all these items in a bag. Then be sure to leave them at your mailbox this Saturday, May 10th as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Your letter carrier will pick up your items and deliver them to local food banks or pantries.

Let’s help make it a success by clearing off our shelves for those in need. I guarantee that you will be able to re-stock those shelves at little to no cost with all the great deals we’re sure to score in the next few months. Are you with me?! :)

(Thanks, Family Savings!)

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Wishing You and Yours a Merry Christmas…

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I put together this short video about Paying it Forward, as I thought it was the perfect ending post for today. I hope you all enjoy it…
*If you can’t see the video, go here.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

This will be my final post until Thursday, as I am officially disconnecting myself from the computer and spending 100% quality time with my family… WaaaaHooooo! I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing, and very Merry Christmas!

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Don’t Forget To Thank Your Mail Carrier…

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If you’re like me and have done the majority of your Christmas shopping online this year, then don’t forget to thank that important person that delivers all of your online goodies (and freebies!) right to your door… your mailman or mailwoman! You can see how I’ve shown my appreciation previously by watching the end of this video. ;)

Are you planning to thank your Mail Carrier (or have you already)? Will you leave them a special card or give them a gift? Let us know what you will be doing to show your appreciation! :)

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Amy’s I Heart Farmer’s Sweeps: Win Shirts, Meals + More (+ Print $0.75/1 Amy’s Kitchen Coupon!)

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Through August 30th, head on over to the Amy’s Kitchen Facebook page and click on the Sweepstakes tab to enter the Amy’s I Heart Farmers Sweepstakes. One Grand Prize winner will win a trip for 2 to New York and VIP tickets to the Farm Aid 2013 concert. Five First Prize winners will win a Amy’s logo jute farmer’s market bag, logo t-shirt, hat, bandana, one case of Amy’s Andy’s Dandy Candy Bars and ten coupons for Amy’s Kitchen meals ($150 value!). And twenty-five Second Prize winners will win Amy’s logo hat, bandana, and one free coupon for an Amy’s Kitchen meal ($35 value!).

Plus, everyone who enters will be able to print a coupon valid for $0.75 off any one Amy’s Kitchen Product (expires 9/30/13).

(Thanks, Growing up Natural!)

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Using Box Tops to Help Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma (Easy and Free Way to Help!)

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Earlier today, I posted about some of the different ways to help victims of the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma (you can view that post here). Several of you suggested an easy (and free!) way to help out from afar using Box Tops for Education and their current Facebook promotion (check out this post for all the details).

Comment left by reader, RH:

This suggestion will not cost you anything but will help the school… the Box Tops promotion that is running right now. Instead of selecting your home school, select Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. Just a few clicks, just like their Facebook page and select the school in the summer countdown and they get 5 free box tops up to 5 million… every little bit will help them.

Here’s what to do if you want use Box Tops to help…

* Head on over to the Box Tops for Education Facebook page,  and “like” them
* Click on the “Summer Countdown” tab


* Enter the school’s zip code (to help support Plaza Towers Elementary School, enter zip code 73160)
* Select this school and they’ll get 5 FREE Box Tops


* And then keep spreading the word!

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Help for Oklahoma Tornado Victims…

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As most of you already know, Oklahoma City was hit by multiple tornadoes and severe storms yesterday. In addition to killing 24 people, over 120 people have been left wounded and many homes have been completely destroyed. I have received quite a few emails from Hip2Save readers who were directly or indirectly affected by these tornadoes and are asking that we all ban together to provide assistance to those in need.

(Photo Credit: AP)

What can you do?

* Make a donation to the American Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

* Make a donation to the Salvation Army by visiting SalvationArmyUSA.org, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or texting the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

* Make a monetary donation to the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief. If you live locally, donations, such as bottled water, work gloves, boots, flashlights, batteries and non-perishable food (NO CLOTHES at this time) can be taken to News 9 at 7401 N Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK.

Now it’s you turn… what suggestions do you have?


And to all of you in Oklahoma that have been affected, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11th: Donate Your Non-Perishable Food Items

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If you were able to eat a healthy breakfast this morning or make a nourishing dinner for your family last night, you are very fortunate as 1 out of every 6 Americans struggles with hunger. But here’s your chance to help! Tomorrow, May 11th, the National Association of Letter Carriers is calling everyone to help “Stamp Out Hunger” with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Stamp Out Hunger is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and will help feed millions of families in all 50 states!

This is a perfect time for you to go through your stockpile and donate as many non-perishable and unexpired food items as possible to support this cause!  SO…grab your cans of soup, non-glass bottles of Juice, canned fruits and veggies, bags of pasta, cake & brownie mixes, etc. and place all these items in a bag.  Then be sure to leave them at your mailbox this Saturday, May 11th as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Your letter carrier will pick up your items and deliver them to local food banks or pantries.

Let’s help make it a success by clearing off our shelves for those in need…I guarantee that you will be able to re-stock those shelves at little to no cost with all the great deals we’re sure to score in the next few months. Are you with me?! :)

(Thanks, Theresa and Family Savings!)

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Kellogg’s Share Breakfast Promo: Share and Donate Free Breakfast to Children in Need

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Here’s an easy way to help a child in need courtesy of Kelloggs! Just head here, click on the Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube icon, and share the Share Breakfast promo to donate a FREE breakfast to a child in need. What a simple way to pay it forward!

(Thanks, Lola!)

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Help Send FREE Slim Jims to the Troops…

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Wow – Slim Jim is still offering up this awesome promo that I posted about back in December! Just head on over to the Slim Jim site to write a message of encouragement to the troops and they’ll send them a Slim Jim along with your note. They will be sending up to 1,000,000 Slim Jims to the troops! How cool is that?! :D

*Slim Jim will donate up to $500,000 worth of product to the USO which amounts to over 1,000,000 Slim Jims consisting of a combination of Giant Sticks, Monster Sticks and Snack Sticks. Slim Jim will send up to 500,000 Slim Jims customized with thank you notes from consumers. Opportunity ends April 1, 2013.

(Thanks, Freebie Finding Mom!)

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Today is Thank a Mailman Day (February 4th)

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Today is a very special day… it’s Thank a Mailman Day!

Today is the day to give a BIG thank you to your Mail Carrier who brings super sweet deals to your mailbox and doorstep six days a week! And with all of the freebies and samples we score every day… well, most of us keep our Mail Carriers super busy :).

Here are some ideas on how to show your Mail Carrier you appreciate their service:

* Put together a gift bag of some of the recent freebies you’ve scored. For example, sample sized products from Bath & Body Works or non-holiday packaged treats you scored from various Christmas Clearance deals would make for a great inexpensive, yet still thoughtful thank-you gift.

* A pair of gloves or a package of hand or foot warmers would be a great way to warm up your mail carrier’s day. These are usually inexpensive and can be found at any sporting goods store or online…I’ve posted many glove deals previously as well.

* Have your kiddos make a card or draw a picture for your Mail Carrier.

* No matter what, a big smile and a thank you is always appreciated by anyone! :D

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Here are a few comments Hip2Save Readers left when I posted this last year…

My dad’s a mailman, and I can tell you that (if he speaks for all mail carriers) they appreciate even the slightest thoughtful gift/card/note. He brings home gifts from his customers, usually they’re things they’ve baked for him (no kidding, he’s brought home pies, cakes, homemade candies and more!), but even if it’s just a ‘thank you’ note, he is always grateful to be appreciated. :)

As a rural mail carrier, I can tell you it is very nice to be remembered. I feel like all 385 families on my route are a part of my family. I have done this for 22 years and I seen many of kiddos grow up and now are parents themselves. It is nice to know that sometimes they think of me too. Sometimes I bring good news and other times not, but I always try to do it with a smile!

With all that in mind, how are YOU going to thank your Mail Carrier? Will you make them a snack or give them a smile and a wave? Let me know what you will be doing to show your appreciation below.

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