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Happy Friday: Score Freebies & Deals When New Restaurants & Stores Open

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Sent from reader, Jamie:

I’ve read a number of books and I am a member of a number of couponing and frugal living websites and blogs. One suggestion I don’t think I’ve seen before, in any book or website, is to watch out for new stores and restaurants that are opening up. In the last year, I have had two free dinners, free coffee drinks and smoothies for my family, and as my photo above shows, I have a coupon book for a free coffee each week for a year.

It seems that usually a day or two before grand opening, restaurants have a trial run to work out the glitches, and they invite volunteers to come so they can practice. I found out about some of these in our local newspaper, but the best resource is to watch their Facebook page or you could also contact the manager or owner and ask. It’s also great to be one of the first customers in the door on grand opening day, there’s usually something special for you! Hope this helps other people!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Top 2% of CVS Savers

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Sent from reader, Jacque:

I wanted to share a recent email I received from CVS. This has been my first year attempting to coupon after welcoming our third baby in four years! I could not have made this happen without your fantastic website and the support of my family. My parents and grandparents collect their coupon inserts and pass them on to me so I can save the most.

Come on though, the top 2% of savers?! Thanks for all you do to help families everywhere get the most benefit from couponing! Here’s to 2015! My goal? Make it into the top 1% ;)

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Rewarded w/ Coupons for Saying Thanks

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Sent from reader, Melinda:

A couple of years ago, you posted a note from a reader who had taken your advice and written some favorite food companies about their products to see if they would send coupons in the mail.

This is the second year I’ve taken the time to write a long list of companies and the second time Earthbound Farm has sent some very generous coupons. Some companies say no, but Earthbound Farm sent two free product coupons (up to $5.99 value), two $1 off any product coupons, a $0.75 off any product coupon, and a $1/2 products coupon. All of the items in the photo were less than $0.91 at Meijer this week after the coupons. Plus, I still have more coupons left! We are just starting to get the mail coupons so there are some surprises in store, but I would never have thought to do this if you hadn’t suggested it on your blog. Thanks!

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Happy Friday: Paying it Forward in 2015

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Sent from reader, Deanna:

I recently nominated a family for the Franz Bread “Season of Giving” promotion. I was overcome with emotion when Franz selected the family I had submitted! They were so needing the blessing and encouragement of the check Franz delivered to their door, as well as 2 big bags of Franz products!!!

Little did I realize, because the family I nominated was selected, I was sent 52 (a year’s worth) of Franz product coupons. This for me was a sweet reminder when we choose to do the right thing for someone, the blessing continues on. How awesome!

Remember in 2015 to pay it forward when you can. It always comes back in unexpected ways! I plan now to send a few of these to others I know need a little love.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Vintage Store Coupon

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Sent from reader, Lori:

I come from a long line of thrifty shoppers and was thrilled when I came across a super old coupon while browsing through an heirloom cookbook recently. The women in my family have a tradition of giving “The Settlement Cook Book” to their daughters when they get married (although mine will go to my son.)

It’s a cookbook that not only has recipes but advice on “efficient marketing”. A coupon for 7 cents off Grape-nuts with an expiration date of October 31, 1975 was stuck in the book. It was fun to see a really old coupon and it made me feel proud that I’m carrying on the tradition of “efficient marketing”.

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Happy Friday: Couponing to Give Back

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Sent from reader, Jessica:

This is a small shout-out to my wonderful sister and all of the other silent couponers out there who give back to their communities, especially around the holiday season. My sister, with help from our mom, just donated over 70 toiletry items to a local shelter for runaway youth. My sister couponed all year long to collect these items and just donated them to kids who really don’t have much. The workers at the shelter couldn’t believe how much was donated. Here is a picture of everything she gave.

I wanted to write this just to show everyone how awesome couponers like my sister are because of how willing they are to give back. I hope this inspires others to give to different local charities. Even simple toiletries can mean a lot to people. Happy couponing to all!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Homemade Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Sent from reader, Tatyana:

There is going to be an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest at my husband’s office party tomorrow. We don’t have any Christmas sweaters at home, so I decided to make one. I used some scraps of fabric from my garage sale/donation pile, some leftover Christmas decorations and Pinterest inspiration.

I had fun making it, and it makes me smile just by looking at it. And the best part is – I didn’t spend any money to make it (although I may have to buy my husband a new sweater, because I like this one the way it is now! :) ). Happy Friday and Merry Christmas!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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