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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!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: 80th Birthday Celebration

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Sent from reader, Johanna:

Hi Collin! Just like you, my grandmother is a great part of my life and I love her dearly. She moved to the U.S. for a better life when I was only a baby but she has been very present in my life. She is such a lovely woman, so much so that my friends and my sisters’ friends also call her Abuelita (grandma). So for the celebration of her 80th birthday we wanted to show her how much we love her. We planned for months for a secret birthday party. Even my uncle and his family came from Colombia (where we are from). It was the first time in 20+ years that the family was going to be together.

My grandma loves the casinos so what better theme than casino night!

As a great Hipster, I was looking to save as much as possible on the decorations so Dollar Tree was my place to go. I am very crafty, and very DIY (Pinterest saved the day). I watched how to make cookies on YouTube and practiced for weeks (my coworkers were very happy to get free cookies). I even made a Casino sign (it took hours and a couple of broken nails)!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Saving Money by Refilling Your Own Printer Ink

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Sent from reader, Kimberly:

Hey Collin! I just wanted to share how I save money on ink. I got brave and decided to refill my own ink. At first the idea was daunting. I watched some how to videos on YouTube and with some practice, now I am pro. It costs me about $10 for a black ink refill kit and $13 for color on Amazon. The kits provide enough ink to refill the cartridges 4-7 times! That is hundreds of dollars of savings for me! I also found that if I hold the reset button on my printer for ten seconds it resets the ink levels and I don’t get a low ink warning. :)

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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Happy Friday: Frugal Birthday Surprises

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Sent from reader, Callie:

I am so grateful for all the deals you post! As a sixteen year old girl in a family of six, it’s hard to find (and afford) presents for everyone in my family without having to save up all year! :) When my dad’s birthday comes on Groundhog day, I’m always scrambling to find a present for him, usually out of ideas from Christmas.

This year, I had absolutely nothing for him, and this morning, when he was opening up presents that my sisters had made or bought with their Christmas money, I felt bad. Then, I saw your post about the $10 Dunkin’ Donuts bonus. I went and searched all our gift cards until I found a DD one (harder than it sounds ;)), and downloaded the app on my iPod. When the bonus appeared, along with the free drink for signing up, I was able to take him out on a daddy-daughter date!! We rented a movie from Redbox using a free code you posted, and got the free coffee from Chick-fil-a. In addition to that, we had won a $25 Moe’s gift card from a contest; therefore, the whole family was able to eat dinner, get coffee, order two dozen doughnuts, and watch a movie for about $1.80 total. Plus, I still have the free DD drink coupon for my dad to use one morning on his way to work! Not a bad birthday present.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

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