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Happy Friday: Savings at the Gas Pump

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Sent from reader, Kelly:

With the help of coupons posted on Hip2Save, I have been able to save on gas! By pairing coupons with a grocery store that offers fuel perks on the purchase of certain items, I was able to fill my car up with 18.98 gallons of gasoline for only $2.07. A savings of $57.73! Thank you so much for your awesome site!

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Happy Friday: Summer Clean-Up

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Sent from reader, Tracey:

It’s that time of year again to clean up and pack away all the kiddos summer things. My daughter has a favorite pair of flip flops that looked beyond saving. But I was able to use FELS-NAPTHA which is a really inexpensive (about one dollar) laundry bar sops that gets out any stain with a little pre-treat before washing. This works on all kinds of items and has saved the day more than once in my house! Now I can pack these up and get another summer out of them! 😄

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Happy Friday: Weight Loss Transformation

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Sent from reader, Dianne:

Collin, I am so very grateful to you and Ebates. This is a Happy Friday for me.

In the end of April, I embarked on a journey to take myself from unhealthy to healthy. My motivation was to save 20% on my monthly health insurance if I got into a healthy BMI range, normal A1C reading, and waist size <35”. I started at 167.2#s and I will be 61 in two days.

In May, you posted a giveaway for a $100 gift card with three choices from Ebates and of course I choose Kohl’s having just embarked on a journey that would eliminate every piece of clothing I owned. I NEVER thought I would have a chance but I also knew that if I didn’t try, I absolutely wouldn’t have a chance. You see I have always called myself the most unlucky person there is and I don’t even believe in luck and still don’t. Well miracle of all miracles which is what I do believe in, I won…one of three out of thousands of entries. You could not possibly know how important that was to me. It motivated me to get to the end of my goal.


I reached that goal on August 28th – four months to the date from when I started at 119.4#s. Total loss of 47.8#s. Then I went shopping with my Kohl’s gift card from Ebates over the Labor Day holiday weekend from the comfort of my home. With all the codes, discounts, free shipping, and of course clearance items that the end of the summer season brings, it was perfect timing yet again. Thank you Collin and Ebates for my new wardrobe to go with my new health – I will forever be grateful!

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Happy Friday: Less for More

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Sent from reader, Melinda:

I thought this could illustrate a Hip Tip to always pay attention to the sizes/pricing. This was from the cereal sale at Target last week where you buy 5 cereals and get a $5 gift card. As you can see from the picture, the smaller size box of corn pops was actually more expensive than the larger and both were included in promotion. So it just made sense to get the bigger box!

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Happy Friday: 7¢ Coupon from 1979

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Sent from reader, Ande:

I found this coupon in a magazine from 1979. I thought your readers would get a chuckle out of it. I wonder if any store that redeems expired coupons would take this one? ;)

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Happy Friday: Frugal Kitchen Makeover

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Sent from reader, Erin:

I was never really satisfied with my kitchen – it was very outdated but I never had the funds to do everything I wanted – cabinets, new counter top, replacement of the old silver sink. I had seen the Countertop Kits at Walmart but I realized by the time I bought enough kits that it would be about the same as buying the countertop itself. I was looking around online and saw that another woman had the same dilemma as me but she made her own “Countertop Kit.” So I did the same! I bought 4 acrylic paints at Walmart that I really liked the color of (they were $0.50 a piece!). I also used tintable primer and poly acrylic and a cheap sea sponge and of course Dollar Tree paint brushes! I spent around $30.

I also reworked my plan and figured I could do something with my cabinets! I spray painted them black and then I sanded the edges because I like the primitive look. Afterward, I applied the same poly acrylic (from the same quart jar). After you apply it to spray paint, it transforms the look and doesn’t even look like paint anymore – my cabinets look like real cabinets! I spent around $15 on this project.

I then bought wall paint at Lowe’s (they didn’t have the base I needed so they discounted what they did have and I painted my whole kitchen and dining room for close to $30!) and thanks to a gift from my In-laws, I got my sink as well! I did a whole kitchen transformation and painted my dining room as well for around $75!!! To me that’s a super hip bargain and I’m very proud of it! :-)

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Happy Friday: Thrifty Backpack Creation

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Sent from reader, Kristin:

We got a free backpack from a church event and used leftover craft items to embellish it and make it amazing! A really fun craft for back to school and it was totally free!!!

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Happy Friday: Keeping My Sanity AND My Wallet Full

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Sent from reader, Melinda:

My husband travels often for work and I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of 3, which means when he’s gone — I have a lot of time with my kids! I try to come up with extra activities to do when he’s gone and with the help of Hip2Save I can find cheap or free things to do!

Last weekend, we went to the free HomeDepot kids workshop and the worker blessed us with 9 extra kits from past events! We’ve had our own mini building events at home. We used the JoAnn’s coupon you posted last week to buy t-shirts for tie-dying, and we bought tie-dye kits back when there was a cartwheel coupon for Target’s dollar spot. Thanks to summer reading programs, we’ve earned tons of coupons for free food and went to the mall for free cinnamon pretzels. We won a $10 iTunes gift card from the Pepsi Sweepstakes you told us about, and I was able to get my kids 8 Disney e-books from it! We have plans to go bowling (again) tomorrow for yet another free activity, and we will go to Lowe’s and ToysRUs on Saturday for their free kids events.

We’ve had so much stuff to do this week that the time has just flown by! Thanks for all your hard work in bringing us deals and helping me to stay busy when my husband is away!!! These are the shirts we made. We also accidentally dyed our feet!! :)

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Happy Friday: Advice for College Students

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Sent from reader, John:

I have been working at a college for almost 12 years and I thought I would share some tips to save money for parents and/or students who will be freshmen in August!

1. Admissions Scholarships – call the schools that you have been accepted to and see if you can negotiate your scholarship. You can talk about what other schools have offered or what you still need help covering. ***Please note – While many schools can negotiate, not all schools have the budget to do so. Please be very nice if your school can’t negotiate. ***

2. Choose your room wisely – while every student dreams of a single room, they are the most expensive! Choosing a triple or quad can save you thousands of dollars and you can make new friends. Also, staying in an older building vs. the new “fancy” dorms can affect the price. Call your housing office to see if there is a difference in price for different rooms and buildings.

3. Meal Plans – Freshmen are usually given the highest most expensive meal plan. If you don’t plan on eating as much on campus, ask your college if you can change to a cheaper meal plan.

4. Books – Everyone has heard that you can buy books cheaper online, but you can buy them even cheaper directly from students! Email your professors for a book list and ask them if it is the same book from last semester. You can visit student clubs webpages or Facebook pages and make a post asking if you can buy their old textbooks. Also, many student clubs have book exchanges – don’t be afraid to ask current students!

5. Campus Jobs – Consider working at an on campus job. Offices around campus hire student assistants and if there isn’t much work to be done, we allow our students to study in their scheduled times. You can get paid to study! Also, being an Resident Assistant (RA) can often cover your Room and Board cost, at some schools, completely!

Hope this helps! Good Luck on the new school year!

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Happy Friday: Frugal Frozen-Themed Trike

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Sent from reader, Tiffany:

I often times drive around to check out what people are tossing on the curb. You wouldn’t believe the things I have found! Some are in GREAT condition, some need a little clean up or wash, and some need a small makeover. Not to mention, the toys you may already own, that are a little worn out and could use a new look!

I recently found this Fisher-Price trike out by the road with the trash. I stopped and picked it up, knowing I could probably do something with it for my daughter. And what better theme right now for a young girl then FROZEN!

Materials I used:

3 cans Rust-oleum spray paint, one for each color I was using, and one clear coat.
(the amount of paint you will need will vary depending on project size)
Sandpaper
Screwdriver
Painters or masking tape
Newspaper or plastic for covering
Custom car decal, stickers, ribbons

Here’s what I did:

1. Take the item apart as much as you can. I was only able to get the front wheel, and the seat off of this trike.

2. Sand everything down. I used just a sheet of sand paper by hand, but if you have some kind of nifty tool that would make it easier, by all means, use it! :)

3. Cover and tape off the sections you are painting if using more than one color. Wait for the first coat to dry and do a second coat. I recommend waiting 24 hours before taping off a newly painted section, to give the paint time to cure.

4. After you have all your parts painted, and everything has been dry for at least 24 hours, reassemble it. You may need to do some touch up spots at this time.

5. Decorate! Use your imagination! I ordered custom car decal stickers from eBay for SUPER cheap, and had them say Let it go. The seller had a max 20 character for 1 decal so I was able to just type it twice and only had to pay for one sticker! It was perfect. I also ordered the snowflake and Frozen stickers from eBay, for super cheap. The reason I chose eBay for them was because with Frozen being so hot right now, its hard to find things at good prices. If you were to be doing another theme, check your local dollar stores for a great selection of character stickers! The tassels are gift package décor that came 3 to a pack at the dollar tree, and I just screwed them right into the plastic pretty easily.

6. After you have all the stickers done, apply the clear coat spray. You will want to apply 2 coats of this as well, and let it dry in between.

After all was said and done, I spent less than $20, had a blast making this for my daughter, who is BEYOND excited to ride this thing, AND she is the ONLY one who will have one like this!

Let your imagination fly and don’t be afraid to try new things!

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