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Happy Friday: Rewarded for Writing

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Sent from reader, Kira:

My daughter is 4 years old and doesn’t have a lot of interest in learning. I decided to help her letter recognition by having her send emails. I used another couponer’s idea to write to companies about the products we use. My daughter came up with the products she liked or had suggestions for (Kraft Mac & Cheese, Tyson Nuggets, and Quaker Oatmeal). She has eaten Quaker oatmeal almost every day for nearly three years so she was super excited when PepsiCo (owners of Quaker) answered her message within a week by sending her a bunch of goodies. She loves her t-shirt, bowl, and coupons they sent. Not only does this make her love Quaker even more, but she is excited to write more letters and to go shopping with her coupons.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Budget-Friendly Garden Makeover

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Sent from reader, Laura:

I am a work-at-home mom of 3 girls (ages 10, 8, 4). We have a small vegetable garden in raised beds, but wanted to do something this year to make it more fun and kid-friendly. Spring has finally come to Ohio, so I decided to try my hand at “up-cycling” second-hand items into garden treasures using my VERY basic carpentry skills and lots of spray paint!

I purchased the chairs for $5 each and the workbench for $35 from my local Facebook buy/sell/trade page. I also purchased the three metal stars and blue peg decor for a total of $5 from the same page. My husband cut the ends off the workbench and attached fence pickets ($1.25/each – Home Depot sale and cut to fit at the store) to the back, reinforcing them with extra wood cut from the bottom of the pickets; we spray painted the entire piece a neutral tan. I made a shelf from one of the extra wood pieces and spray painted the peg decor and stars to match. A few finishing touches – 88 cent pots hung for a $2 piece of rebar using S hooks, a $5 garden bucket – and it was complete!

The chairs were even easier! I removed the seats and sprayed the entire chair with paint. I have a ton of plastic pots in my garage from previous years – I found two that fit snugly in the seat area, painted them to match, and voila! Two beautiful and whimsical new planters!

The entire project, including all supplies, cost less than $100. My girls loved helping pick the colors and supplies, and the whole thing took less then two days with paint drying time. I love being able to beautify our garden and also teach our girls about re-using and re-purposing items to give them new life, all while saving money!!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Easter Clearance = Summer Fun

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Sent from reader, Becky:

While at Walmart, I found these leftover Easter baskets full of fun kids’ items. (They were marked 75% off, but rang up 90% off–Score!) For this summer, I plan to make a tub of “fun” items that my children can earn. Each time they do something kind or peaceful or helpful, they earn a bean (uncooked ;) ). Once they have 50 beans, they can choose from the Fun Tub. For just over $6 total, these baskets provide several items for the Fun Tub. Hooray for clearance and stocking up! It’s so HIP!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Making Memories w/ Shutterfly Books

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Sent from reader, Emily:

I am a stay at home mom with 4 kids, ages 11, 8, 7, and 2. In order to try to do something for each of them that is just for them, and to give them something that will last and help them look back at treasured memories, I began making a Shutterfly photo book for each of them for each year.

I have always used free book codes. I got the codes from times when Shutterfly offered free books, but also from joining various reward programs, such as Coke Rewards, Kellogg’s Rewards, Bing Rewards, Mom365, ShopYourWay, and Pampers Rewards. And by watching your posts about these, I was blessed to get several codes from other Hip2Savers. In total, I’ve made 27 books so far for my kids. Each book starts at $30 without extra pages (which I always have), but I’ve probably never paid over about $10-$12 (most of which is shipping).

I wanted to thank you for making me aware of these programs so that I, and my kids, could benefit from them. I also wanted to thank those people who give their unwanted codes so others can benefit. They have had a big impact for me! By the way, these books are awesome! I hope my kids will treasure them and appreciate them throughout their lives.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Vera Bradley Splurge

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Sent from reader, Joan:

Hi Collin! I’ve been a long time reader of your site and I just have to share what a cheapskate I am. I know you don’t really care for Vera Bradley stuff but I’ve wanted a Vera Bradley backpack purse for 10 years! That’s right—10 years. Over the years, I’ve seen you post sales for Vera Bradley but the prices just weren’t low enough for me. I’ve also looked at Vera Bradley retailers in person but their prices have been too high for me too. You see, these little backpack purses retail for $89. That is just crazy to me!

I always dreamed I’d find an amazing deal on a Vera Bradley purse but it just never happened and 10 years went by. Well, I turned 40 and my husband knows about my dream of getting a Vera Bradley purse and he said, “just go get it, whatever the price”. Due to our frugal lifestyle and working hard, we can easily afford this. So, I finally bought one for $50 including shipping on ebay. I absolutely love my new purse! I look back at how silly and stubborn I was to wait so long to get something I’d enjoy so much! I’ve learned that paying a little more for something you will enjoy for years to come shouldn’t be a big deal if you can afford it. Tell your readers to realize that even though it is fun and rewarding to live a frugal lifestyle, they should treat themselves once in awhile if it doesn’t “break the bank”.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Thrift Store Red-Carpet Dress

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Sent from reader, Kristin:

I’m soooo happy that I found Hip2Save! You have no idea! We could totally be BFF’s! Lol! I am known to my friends to be a fun and savvy shopper always finding amazing bargains and deals! With 3 girls… we like shopping in our house! My hubby and I attended the Dove Awards in Nashville this past year (I work in radio!) and I was excited to find that perfect dress for the red carpet! Popped into my favorite thrift store here one day and found THE DRESS! It cost me a whopping $5!! Designer name… fit me like a glove!

Off to Nashville we went. Got all ready for the red carpet and the pre-show events… and I laughed as so many people came up to me to compliment my gown. My husband and I chuckled after each one walked away – yep, my $5 dress! Woohoo! Thanks for all you do to share these amazing deals. I take advantage of one almost every day!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Hip2Save Reader Donates Kidney

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Sent from reader, Jennifer:

I just wanted to let you know during National Kidney Month that one of your avid users is a hero in our family and community here in Texas! Clif M. donated his kidney to his uncle on New Year’s Eve when most people are out partying and celebrating. He spent two weeks in Houston recovering and returned to work only 15 days later. Most kidney donors take 4-6 weeks off of work to recuperate! March is National Kidney Month and Mr. McBee is doing all he can to raise awareness about kidney disease and donor awareness!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Spring Break Family Budget

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Sent from reader, Jamie:

This year we decided to stay home for Spring Break. We decided to let the kids help us plan what to do. We got a poster board and let every member of the family write 2 things they wanted to do on it. We then had our 5, 6, and 8 year olds help us calculate out the price per adult and child and the total cost. It was amazing to hear their comments as they realized how much some things cost. We gave them a budget of $150 which covered even the most expensive activity. We then let each person in the family vote for their top 3 choices. We told them we would for sure get to do their first choice and then would go down the list in the order of which activity received the most votes, and do as many of them as we could until our money ran out. They loved having a say in what we did and learned a little about budgeting in the process.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Kiddie Coupon Binder

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Sent from reader, Janelle:

I used a mini photo album to help my daughter create her own mini coupon “binder”. She gets first dibs on coupons and loves cutting coupons for gum and other treats. Sometimes I give her a couple bucks and allow her to choose a lunchbox snack for the week.

It has gotten her more excited to go couponing with mom! She gets a treat and I’m teaching her to spend money wisely. Everyone wins! Especially when she shares her gum with me!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Hubby Lends a Hand

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Sent from reader, Stephanie:

We needed some body wash and I told my husband about the deal at Rite Aid you posted where we could get free Irish Spring (deal no longer available). He said he would help me out and go get it with my coupons. He came home excited he saved us money and handed me the receipt. See anything anything wrong with this picture?

He went to CVS and spent 13 bucks on 4 bottles of body wash!

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