Reader Tips & Picks
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 3:14 pm.
Can you believe that the 2012-2013 school year is nearing an end and Summer break is right around the corner!?! As you may already know, during the week of May 6th-12th many schools will be honoring their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. With that being said, here are a few Teacher gift ideas I’ve received from Hip2Save readers over the years…
*For an end-of-year gift, change the note to say “Thank You for a reMARK(ER)able school year!”…and you have a cute but practical gift idea! (Thanks, Tera!)
*Use an empty spaghetti sauce jar with clearance jelly beans. Make a label and card to hang on the jar. The label could say “No beans about it (teacher’s name) RULES”. A cute (and inexpensive) thank you for teachers! (Thanks, Trudy!)
*Pick up an inexpensive movie and put a pack of popcorn and a $1 box of Movie Theater candy with it. Walmart and Target both have $5 movies and this makes a great teachers gift! (Thanks, Suzie!)
To get ya thinkin’, you may want to start off by printing these cute Thank You Notes and personalize them for each of your kiddos teachers. If you have any other creative, affordable, or meaningful teacher gift ideas, be sure to share them in the comment section below! And, if you’re a teacher, what gifts do YOU personally enjoy receiving?
To all of you teachers out there…. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You are so valued and appreciated!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 12:08 pm.
If you’re looking for a FREE way to exercise from the comfort of your own home, you may be interested in checking out this awesome reader tip I recently received from Hip2Save reader, Darla! Check it out…
Head on over here to browse through all the FREE videos available!
(Thanks for the heads up, Darla!)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 3:28 pm.
With both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be fun to create a place for all of you to share your small and/or home-based businesses (i.e. Etsy, Avon, Scentsy, etc.) with other readers and/or to offer Hip2Save readers a special discount on products that you sell. I have posted something similar in past years and it has always been quite a hit!
OK, so have at it and feel free to share your small business with the Hip2Save community!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 3:34 pm.
I posted this topic last June and it generated such an awesome discussion amongst Hip2Save readers! So… I thought I would re-highlight this topic for those of you who are new to the site or may have missed this post last year.
Although I am an avid couponer and am always looking for ways to cut back on spending, I am NOT cheap when it comes to tipping. As a former waitress, I know how important tips are in the lives of those who work in service-based industries. Although I almost always tip at least 20% when dining out, I am sometimes a little more perplexed as to what to tip in the following situations: Purchasing food to-go, Hair Cut for yourself and/or your kiddos, Assistance with baggage when staying at a hotel, Purchasing espresso from Drive-Thru Coffee Shop, etc.
Needless to say, I was excited to discover the Interactive Tip Guide created by a design team over at Hospitality Management Schools. Just head on over here, scroll down to the orange Tip Guide button at the bottom of the page, and then select a category (choose from travel, cosmetics, restaurants and more). This guide tells you how much to tip, when to present the tip, and even has some basic tipping rules:
* Do tip pre-tax.
* Do tip at buffets.
* Do tip when using a discount or voucher like Groupon.
* Don’t tip the owner.
* Don’t tip extra when gratuity is already added on the bill.
* Don’t leave a bad tip if you plan on visiting the establishment again.
So take some time to check out the guide and then come back and share your thoughts. Think about the following questions: What services do you believe require a tip, how much do you tip, do you tip even if the service is horrible etc?
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 2:54 pm.
Don’t you think that this is an interesting question!? Based on the emails that I have received recently and in the past, I know that many of you ponder this question as well… how much do we all spend (both in dollar amounts and time) in order to save?
How much do you spend each week, month, and/or year getting organized and prepared to save? What are your expenses when it comes to saving (i.e. printer ink, paper, gas to drive to the store etc.)? How do you cut down on these expenses?
Please share your tips below!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 12:51 pm.
If you have been following Hip2Save for any length of time, you likely know how much I love April Fools Day! It is literally one of my most favorite days since it’s typically filled with lots of laughs, smiles and just pure fun… it makes me feel like a kid again! With that being said, I’d love to hear your fun April Fool’s pranks, jokes or tips that you may have (as always, please keep them family friendly).
Stay tuned for an upcoming, fun April Fool’s Day…no joke!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at 9:53 am.
If your kiddos are on Spring Break this week and you are looking for a fun Easter activity to do, check out this super cute idea I received from Lindsay over at Little Sprouts by Lindsay…
*For even more ideas, you may want to check out these 30 Popular & Fun Easter Activities & Crafts for Kids over at TipJunkie.com.
Do you have any fun Easter Egg Hunt ideas or games? Please share!
(Thanks for the cute idea, Little Sprouts by Lindsay!)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 3:16 pm.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 2:15 pm.
Check out this email I recently received from reader, Madison…
My hubby and I are currently pregnant with our first baby. I would love to hear from your readers and get their input on how to save money when it comes to everything baby. Freebies, nurseries, diapers, formula, clothes, organization, etc… Any and all information would be greatly welcomed and appreciated! Your blog is the best and I know you and your readers will give me tremendous advice!
Since all of my kiddos are out of diapers and I don’t regularly purchase baby items (except for my new niece Charlie ), I am having a hard time coming up with good price points for the mentioned items above. So if you have a baby or toddler, please help Madison and other new mommies out by sharing your stock-up prices and any other money-saving tips/advice that you can offer a first-time mom. I would also love for you to suggest must-have baby items (i.e. for me, it was my Sling and a Bumbo Baby seat) and baby items that you may feel are totally unnecessary.
And congratulations to Madison and all the other expectant Hip2Savers!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 3:36 pm.
Are you on the search for cute and affordable ♥ Valentine’s Day ♥ gift ideas?! Then check out some of these adorable creations and share your own with us in the comments below!
First, Hip2Save reader, Melanie, created these sweet and nearly free gifts featured at the top of the post. Check out her email…
Today I made Valentine’s (practically for free!) for my 3rd and 1st grade children to bring to school. Here’s how:
1. Valentine tissue paper bought at Target’s 90% off Valentine’s Clearance ($0.20).
2. 2 Jumbo bags of snack size Kit Kats FREE from CVS after $3 off coupon (coupons given to kids dressed in costume for Halloween) and they were on sale for $3 in October. Candy doesn’t expire until 9/2013.
3. Red curly ribbon purchased at Target’s 90% off Christmas Clearance.
4. Avery printer labels FREE after rebate from Office Depot.
Wrapped two Kit Kats in the tissue paper. Tied the ends with ribbon to make it look like candy. Printed out labels that say, “You’re Sweet! Happy Valentine’s Day! From ______.”
Check out these other adorable creations to get you thinking….
Do you have any unique, frugal and “hip” Valentine’s Day gift ideas?! Please share in the comments below… Thanks!