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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.

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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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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. ;)

Also, check out the email that I recently received from reader, Kelsey…

First I want to say thanks for all you do! You saved my family so much this holiday season and you are always posting great freebies! This is the time of year when my mailman works the hardest. Delivering packages, free samples, and coupons! So I decided to put a package together for him. I included razors, shave gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and some homemade goodies!  When we gave it to him on Saturday, he was so grateful. I think it would be a good idea to remind couponers to give their mailman something little for Christmas!

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How are YOU going to thank your Mail Carrier? Will you make them a sweet treat, 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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Random Acts of Kindness Video & Photo Challenge (Let’s Inspire One Another)

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I have the most generous, kind, and loving readers. I am so incredibly lucky. During the 4 years that I’ve been blogging, I have witnessed countless times an outpouring of love and support for one another. It’s amazing the compassion I’ve seen. So that’s where this challenge comes in…

As you may have read, Anne Curry is challenging everyone to commit to doing acts of kindness in honor of the victims killed in Newtown, CT. Like many of you across the country, I am more than ready to take part in this challenge and I imagine that many of you are as well. I truly believe that paying it forward with random acts of kindness can have a powerful impact on your own life as well as the lives of others! What a wonderful way to remind one another that we live in a country filled with so much good.

So who wants to join me in this challenge?! I am hoping that quite a few of you are nodding yes. If this is indeed the case, I think it will be very inspiring to put together a video containing many different acts of kindness by all of you wonderful Hip2Savers.

If you are willing to participate, submit a video clip of you or someone you know in the act of paying it forward. You can use a regular video camera or even an iPhone or smartphone to submit your video clip (there is absolutely no need for this to be a professional video). The video can be as short or long as you want and you are welcome to submit more than one video. It’s all about showing how great the world is and just how much good surrounds us.

Once you have captured an act of kindness on video, please email the video to bekind@hip2save.com. Include your first name and the city and state where your act of kindness took place. Note that if you send your video via email, there is a possibility that your video may appear on Hip2Save.com.

* If you do not have access to a video camera/device, you are welcome to email photographs as well (as long as they have been taken by you or someone you know).

Here are some ideas for ways to pay it forward…

* Be a coupon fairy and leave a coupon behind in a store
* Walk someone’s dog
* Babysit for free
* Clean someone’s house
* Give a lottery ticket to a stranger
* Treat a police officer to a cup of coffee
* Bring some goodies to the fire station
* Pay the highway toll for the person behind you
* Donate food, clothing, and money to the needy
* Smile at every person you meet today
* Raise money for a person who lost their home to natural disasters or fire
* Hold a garage sale and give the proceeds to an organization who helps others

I can’t wait to be inspired by the videos and pictures you send my way!

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Hip2Save This Holiday: Giving Back…

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Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post Submitted By Reader Tera B…

One of my favorite Christmas traditions involves one of my favorite charities. A local church hosts a Christmas celebration each year for a local shelter which provides safety services for women and children who are seeking shelter from relationship violence and substance abuse, as well as mental health issues. As part of the celebration, each family is given a gift basket assembled from donated items according to their needs and wishes. As you can imagine, having fled from abuse, many of these families have nothing, and the gifts mean so much to them.

I shop clearance sales and great Hip2Save deals year ’round to donate to the effort, and I usually end up donating quite a large pile of gifts for not very much spent out of pocket.

The best part for me, though, is each year when my preschool aged son and I help put together the gift baskets, “shopping” from the piles of donations to find the perfect gift for each person.

I love the way this activity opens up the door to conversation about compassion and mercy and reminds both of us how blessed we are to have a home and an intact, loving family.

Serving together and giving to others is the perfect–and hip ;) –way for our family to celebrate the true meaning of this beautiful season.


For more information on my Hip2Save This Holiday series and to learn how you can participate in the fun, click here!

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Supporting Newtown…

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Here’s another way to show your support for the Newtown Community. The Post Office has now set up a P.O. box. Check out what was recently posted here:

“We understand that there is an outpouring of support for everyone in the Newtown area and we hope to make it easier for those who wish to send encouragement and messages of compassion to those affected,” Kimberly J. Peters, Connecticut Valley District Manager for the U.S. Postal Service, said in a statement. “Through letters and cards, families will be able to hold that friendship in their hands and to read those kind words at a time and place that supports their pace of healing.”

If you would like to send a note or letter, address your envelope to:

Messages of Condolence for Newtown
PO Box 3700
Newtown CT 06470

For more ideas on ways to help, check out this post as well as the comments.

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