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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!! :)

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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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!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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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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HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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Happy Friday: Frugal Wedding Basket

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Sent from reader, Kristen:

Hi Collin.! I just wanted to share the frugal wedding gift I recently created for my cousin’s wedding shower! I took a laundry basket, weaved a burlap ribbon through it, and filled it with goodies I scored for free or close to it!

I also came up with a little story for her future! And yes, I wish I could take credit but all credit goes to Pinterest!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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Happy Friday: Batman-Themed Birthday Party

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Sent from reader, Rebecca:

We recently had a combined Batman themed birthday party for our 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son. Since I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on themed party supplies, I decided to search the internet for free printables. I found many websites on Pinterest with free cupcake toppers, bottle wrappers, photo booth props, and even a free preschool lesson planned with a batman theme (had to get some education in there)!

With all of the free things I found online and a few black and yellow balloons and streamers we pulled together a great party!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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Happy Friday: Frugal Mailbox Repair

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Sent from reader, Wanda:

I am a rural mail carrier and I see many different repairs that people do to their mailboxes to keep from spending the money for a new one. The pictures that I have sent you is of a customer on my mail route that receives a lot of the same free samples and magazines that I myself receive.

Two weeks ago, their mailbox was on the ground, so I left them a note to please repair their mailbox. The next day I found this winning repair. :)

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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Happy Friday: 5 Year Goals…

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Sent from reader, Holly:

Just thought that I would share with you the unique way in which my husband and I made our baby announcement. He is a videographer by trade, and wanted to post something on his social media pages announcing our surprise. Happily though we were able to stream this video during a family get together first to tell our family. We were surprised and overwhelmed by the response that this funny little video created.

*If you can’t see the video, go here

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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Happy Friday: Homemade Magnetic Scrabble Game

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Sent from reader, Mary:

I’m a mom of three five year olds who are learning to read and spell so I made up a fun magnetic Scrabble game to play on my refrigerator to keep the kids excited about reading this summer (and busy while I cook dinner). I have also found that it is a great way to leave my husband silly messages in the morning.

I found an old Scrabble game with lots of pieces missing in my mom’s closet (you could find one very cheap at a thrift store). Then, I cut up junk advertising magnets (could use a roll of magnetic tape if you don’t want to cut up junk magnets) and used a hot glue gun to attach the magnet pieces to the back of the Scrabble tiles. Ta da! A free magnetic Scrabble board to provide hours of fun and learning this summer!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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Happy Friday: Budget-Friendly Fireman Themed Party

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Sent from reader, Leigh:

I used two Amazon cardboard boxes to make awesome things for my son’s fireman themed birthday party. I got acrylic paint for $0.33/bottle at Micheal’s and sponge paintbrushes for $0.05. My son’s preschool gave me a few sheets of tissue for flames and I bought 10 cakepops from Starbucks and covered them with candy melts (also from Michael’s). The kids all loved eating “fireballs.” I added in a some mini cupcakes and there was more than enough to go around! The Burning Building cost less than $15 to make!

For the puppy pound, I got the stuffed Dalmatians from Oriental Trading, $25/dozen and free shipping! That was the favor from the party so each favor only cost about $2 and the kids LOVED picking out their puppies!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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Happy Friday: Creative Zoo Gift in a Box

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Sent from reader, Tera:

When I asked my sister in law for gift suggestions for my nephew’s upcoming birthday, she suggested a visit to the zoo. I love giving experiences as gifts to my children and nephews, but let’s face it: when you’re 7, unwrapping a check with a promise for a visit to the zoo is no fun. So I decided to put together a zoo kit for him to open. It’s inexpensive, but I think he’ll have a lot of fun with it.

Included in the box:
–a brochure and map of the zoo he’ll be visiting (I emailed the zoo asking them to send me the map)
–“Zoo Cash” to buy a treat or souvenir
–a Zoo Passport with pictures of animals he’ll see, a spot to stamp that he saw it and room for any notes or observations about the animal, plus blank pages to draw pictures of other animals. I made my own based on the animals that I know are at this zoo, but you can download and print a generic zoo passport from http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/zoo-passport/
–a leopard-print pencil–for writing down those observations!
–zoo animal stickers
–animal crackers
–a pop-tab can with small plastic zoo animals, jungle fruit snacks, a pencil-top stamper (to stamp the passport), and a couple of zoo-themed trinkets I found at the party store. (go to http://happyhooligans.ca/cool-gift-wrapping-idea/ for how to make the pop-tab can)

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D


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