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Happy Friday: Awesome Customer Service

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Sent from reader, Tracey:

Last week, my family was leaving a local store and my kiddos wanted to try the vending machines to win a toy. So armed with a few quarters each, they tried their luck. My daughter won, but the prize was stuck to the claw and it wouldn’t shake loose. I took a quick pick of the 1-800 number on the front of the machine and made a call. Today, I received this in the mail! A wonderful surprise for BOTH my kiddos as a thank you for playing the machines!! This was a great surprise and it’s great to know that some companies still go above and beyond!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Diaper Stash from 1997

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Sent from reader, Amanda:

I just wanted to let you know that you have been a godsend to our family! You have made it possible for me to stay home with my son while my husband is in school. Thank you so much for all the deals you post! We recently cleaned out another couponer friend’s house and it was a reminder to me to not over stockpile.

This was one of the things we found and I had to laugh because my son is 3 and I have yet to buy any more wipes! The package says 1997!!!

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Happy Friday: Hip Tip for Raincheck Success

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Sent from reader, Justina:

Here’s a Hip Tip I thought I’d share with fellow fans of Hip2Save that’s saved me a headache or two, I’m sure.

One time when redeeming a raincheck, the cashier who using the written description on the raincheck form, was puzzled as to what was included as the employee who actually wrote the raincheck only wrote the brand name and not the item description or size. I hadn’t even noticed the vague description that the first cashier had written – I had just selected my product from memory.

Luckily, I still had the corresponding weekly ad in my coupon box with me. I suggested we attach the advertisement special from the flyer to the raincheck so that anyone checking her work would understand what was done.

So from then on out, whenever I needed a raincheck (very seldom in my locality thankfully), I clip out the advertisement and staple it to the raincheck form. I find it makes the cashier more comfortable and it helps me to select the product more easily from the shelves once it returns to stock. –And I notice that the trick has caught on – I spot customer service reps in my fav usual stores applying this tip now–a rep thanked me, she said the tip has really come in handy and makes her redemption of rainchecks so much easier.

I Hope this Hip Tip saves some fans a headache or even from embarrassment at the register!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Coupon Club

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Sent from reader, Coleen:

Here in Massapequa, New York, we have a weekly coupon club meeting. We share coupons, and share deals with each other. We clip coupons, and prepare our lists. We all have the Hip2Save app, and it remains open during our meeting to reference Collin’s posts. The most exciting part of the meeting is when we play the game left, center, right. Instead of using three $1 bills, coins or chips, we use three $1 manufacturer’s coupons. The game gets very intense at the end, and the winner walks away VERY happy, with a pile of coupons.

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Happy Friday: Coupons in Korea

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Sent from reader, Laura:

I’ve followed Hip2Save for almost 5 years. Recently I moved to Korea and figured most of my couponing was over :(. One day, I went to one of the larger markets and was excited to find coupons! I didn’t know they did coupons here! Of course I had to use one! I can’t read the coupon but I got the exact item pictured. And no problems at checkout! I saved $.04! No that was not a typo – $.04.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: How to Start a Rebate Binder

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Sent from reader, Rachael:

I thought your readers might like this because it has helped me so much! I have had a coupon binder for a while now, but my latest couponing organization tip is my new Rebate Binder! I love rebates but could never seem to meet the deadlines, or I would buy the wrong product etc. So I started my Rebate Binder and I love it and have yet to miss a rebate!

Here are my “ingredients”:

#1 pocket sleeve – I temporarily put all my rebate info here as I get it until I have time to file it

#2 pocket sleeve – To keep envelopes/stamps etc for mailing so it’s all in one place (I also printed my mailing info on several 3×5 cards as many rebates require this)

Rebate Log Pages (Excel or Numbers program works great)

15-20 Page Protectors – each with a single full size colored paper inside (I like colored because most forms are black and white so it makes them stand out but any full size paper will work)

1″ 3-Ring Binder – to hold it all together (get these at the Dollar Tree for $1)

I place rebate info in each side of the page protectors, and they hold all the receipts/codes/upc/forms/copies etc (so each page protector holds 2 rebates, but the colored paper keeps them divided: 1 on the front side and 1 on the back. Then I list each rebate in order in my log, noting all the limits/requirements for each rebate.

It’s so easy to put together and super easy to use. Happy Rebating!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Frugal Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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Sent from reader, Sarah:

I love your blog! You’ve been helping me save money since 2008 and Hip2Save is my most frequently checked site (yes, even more than Facebook!)

Thanks to the recent First Aid kit/Bandaid deal you posted for Target, I ended up with two of the first aid kits. They are really cute and nice quality. That was perfect because I have two Mother’s Day gifts to put together, one for my wonderful mom and one for my fantastic big sis.

I wanted to give them something they would get a lot of use out of so I assembled these on-the-go kits for them to stash in their glove compartments. The total cost was right around $5 each. I split a bag of Cherry Ludens from a previous deal for the mesh bag, included several packages of travel sized tissues each from the dollar store (splitting a $1 bag), included a package of wet wipes from the Target travel section and, for the splurge, a bottle of Honest Company hand sanitizer. That was $2.99 minus a 10% off Cartwheel. I love being able to give the most important women in my life a cute gift that I know they will get a lot of use out of. Thanks for the deals Collin!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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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.

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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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