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Happy Friday: Re-purposed Puffs Containers

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Sent from reader, Mary:

We go through a ton of puffs containers at my house. Over the summer, I always felt bad throwing them away and decided to save them for holiday treat containers. For only a few dollars, I picked up some craft supplies and spent the morning turning them into snowmen with my 1 1/2 and 3 year old.

Now we have festive containers to fill with caramel corn, Chex mix, or other goodies as we visit friends and family this holiday season. What a great and frugal gift my little ones can share with others.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Winnings from Receipt Survey

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Sent from reader, Leah:

A couple of weeks ago, I started wondering if anyone ever won those surveys at the bottom of receipts that ask for feedback in exchange for a chance at winning a gift card. I decided, why not try? I have a lot of receipts from all of these hip bargains after all! The second survey I took was an instant winner! It was from my latest Target shopping trip – $25 Target gift card for two minutes of feedback is not too shabby! Plus, it came in the mail just a few days later. I am now making it my goal to complete more of these when I have a few extra minutes. You never know when you might be a lucky winner. I am curious if any other Hip readers have one gift cards or prizes this way.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Saying Thanks

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Sent from reader, Kerry:

My Mom lives in a nursing home and enjoys giving small gifts at Christmas to everyone who helps make her life so comfortable. This means she wants to thank her nurses and nursing aides, the housekeepers, the cooks and dietary aids, the maintenance department, the gardener, and the activities staff. She needs 75-80 gifts to thank all 3 shifts of employees. (The nursing home does not allow staff to accept monetary gifts.)

Thanks to Hip2Save, I collect “deals” throughout the year and then make “sets” of gift items. I package the gifts in clear cellophane bags with some paper shreds in the bottom so that the gift can be seen. They include everything from gloves, hand cream, bags of chocolates, foaming hand soaps, Christmas ornaments, ear buds, batteries, packages of pens, all the things you post on Hip2Save.

During the week before Christmas, my Mom calls every person to her room to wish them a Merry Christmas. She has a basket (with 15-20 gifts at a time) on her table and she lets each person choose a gift. They can see what is inside and pick something they like. My Mom loves having the company and her caregivers enjoy looking through the basket. This will be the third year we’ve done this and I thought your readers might enjoy this idea as a way of thanking nursing home staff!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Homemade Thanksgiving Craft

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Sent from reader, Erin:

My kids and I went on a nature walk this morning and gathered a few items for this fun, easy, and frugal Thanksgiving craft. The only thing I had to buy was the feathers (about $1.25 at AC Moore after coupon). I got the google eyes on clearance from Target’s one spot, we had glue, and the felt beak and wattle were small scraps remaining from other projects. My eight year old made the understated, more traditional one on the left and my three year old made the flashy one on the right. What I liked about it was that it was great for both ages (which isn’t always the case!) and that it can so easily be modified based on what you have.

To make these, I hot glued acorns to the top of the large end of the pine cone. You might want to glue some “feet” or some sort of a base if your pine cone wants to roll once the head is attached. I hot glued the wattles and beaks, and my kids stuck on the eyes and glued on feathers. My son also came up with a great idea for gluing the feathers: dip the ends of the feathers into a small container (we used a miniature Play-Doh canister) of school glue rather than using the applicator, which is messy. Super easy and fun!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: What to Buy w/ $100 Visa Card

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Sent from reader, Amanda:

I wanted to share this and I hope it makes you smile.

I won a $100 Visa gift card from work a few weeks back. I plotted for hours how I was going to spend that money on myself. I was waiting for the right deal to come along and it was going to buy me a facial, massage, clothing, or a purse. Whatever caught my eye at that moment. It remained tucked away for that one killer deal, then I realized I don’t need any of that stuff. I’m so blessed and get everything I could ever want thanks to help from your hip deals.

I decided to take the gift card and buy 13 dozen roses instead. I handed out a rose to every resident of the nursing home where my Grandma lived before she passed away. She would always say bring me flowers while I’m living. I put a smile on many faces and it felt so rewarding. I had some roses left over so when I stopped to buy gas I placed one at the pump with a little note.

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Happy Friday: 30 Gifts for 30th Birthday

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Sent from reader, Elsee:

You are looking at a heaping pile of 30 gifts for my husband’s 30th birthday!

As a kid, my husband never had a big birthday celebration so I had always planned that his first “big” birthday after we got married I would make a big bash! Well, as fate happens, we were living in a small apartment and I was in middle of a difficult pregnancy so I decided to gift 30 presents which I was able to buy from at home instead.

Starting from around 3 months before his big day, I took advantage of many of the sales and deals posted on Hip2Save: $50 off $100 Carson/Bonton, stacking codes and Kohls cash on Kohls, points back offers on Sears, free items and $ off on Shutterfly and of course like a true Hipster I only shopped from the clearance section. The presents included a Kenneth Cole laptop/work bag , Calvin Klein belt, Panasonic digital photo frame key chain, London Fog umbrella, collar stay gift set, Jelly Belly Uno game, Jockey lounge set, photo gifts along with some homemade items like the candy card once featured on this blog, baked goods and homemade cards from the kids, just to name a few.

All in all I spent about $125 in total (which was close to the price of just the laptop bag itself!) and the birthday was a huge success. The look on my husbands face when he saw that pile was priceless! Thanks for all you do!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Creating Costumes & Memories

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Sent from reader, Heather:

In our family, it is a tradition to make our own costumes. One of my favorite memories growing up as a child in a family with a very limited budget was my mom always dragging out her bins of supplies and scraps and coming up with the most creative and unique costumes.

Now that I’m a mom myself, I want to pass that tradition onto my kids and leave them with those warm fuzzy memories of mom sewing their costumes with love. But these days, fabric and materials are many times much more expensive than just buying a costume from the store. Thanks to tips from Hip2Save over the past several years, I’ve been able to make each of my kid’s costumes for minimal cost but still leave a huge impact on their hearts.

This year, my youngest who is a bomber pilot just cost me the price of his bomber hat which I found at a consignment store for $6 (I had a credit there so it was actually free) and the cost of some paper and spray paint (about $4). He already had the jacket which inspired the idea and the pants in his closet so it ended up costing me only $4 out of pocket.

My other son wanted to be spider man and all I had to do was find some cheap sweats, ($3.80 at Walmart) and a half yard of felt ($1.50 from Joanns with a coupon) and some puff paint (Another $1.75 from Michael’s with another coupon) so for well under $10 I was able to make him a fun and unique costume that I hope he will always remember!

Thank you Hip2Save for always helping us moms stretch our dollar so we can focus on the things that matter most in our lives, our family~~!! :o)

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Frugal DIY Mom-Friendly Costume

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Sent from reader, Megan:

I like to dress up with my kids for Halloween but it can be hard finding costumes that are inexpensive and that accommodate chasing kids. This year I made a Jessie cowgirl costume (from Toy Story).

From Hobby Lobby, I bought 2 pieces of yellow felt ($0.25 each) and 2 cow print bandanas ($0.99 each and used a 40% off coupon). I didn’t have an old white button down shirt so I got one at Goodwill for $3.49. I did have an old ripped pair of jeans so that was free.

I looked at pictures online and used the shirt and jeans as patterns for the felt and bandanas. I hand stitched it all together and used some red embroidery floss I had on hand for embellishments… but a red sharpie would also work just fine. I braided my hair like Jessie and wore some boots I already had.

Total cost for my DIY mom-friendly costume was $6.07.

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Happy Friday: Frugal Vacuum Fix

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Sent from reader, Rebecca:

My old vacuum seemed like it was on its last legs and I was saving up for a new one. But I thought I might as well try to replace the belt first just in case it helped. I was a little nervous about taking it off, but I found instructions on-line. Most hardware stores carry vacuum belts, but my local stores didn’t stock my particular model. It took a trip to a sewing machine and vacuum specialty store, but I bought a new belt for $2.40 and was able to replace it with no trouble. My vacuum was like new! I was amazed at the difference. Now it sucks in a good way! :) While at the vacuum shop, the owner told me 80-90 percent of vacuums that are replaced could be fixed with an inexpensive belt and that manufacturers recommend changing the belt every 9 months. I figure mine hadn’t been changed in 10 years. You can see how stretched out it is compared to the new belt. I have a like-new vacuum for a couple bucks- yay!

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Happy Friday: Huggies Diapers Surprise

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Sent from reader, Lani:

I recently won a year’s supply of diapers from Target/Huggies (This is shipment 1 of 2). It was because of your post this summer that I printed out a Target coupon for Huggies diapers. In order to print the coupon, you had to enter their #movingmoments contest. When they notified me by email, I was in complete shock, I didn’t even remember entering the contest and went so far as to contact Huggies to make sure that the email was legit. I love your website and how it has taught me how to be smart with money and with saving money. Thank you!

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