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What Items are on Your Holiday Shopping List?!

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Can you believe that Black Friday is less than 2 weeks away!? With that being said, I would love to know what items are on your Black Friday or holiday shopping list this year! Please share the items that you are most hoping to score a deal on this year and then I’ll read through the comments and compile the Top Ten Most Wanted Black Friday Items and list any bargains I can find. So…get to sharing! :)

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Spread the Word about Your Business…

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With the holidays upon us, I thought it might be fun once again 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 this quite a few times now on Hip2Save 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! :)

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Spread the Word about Your Business…

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I thought it might be fun once again 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! :)

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Spread the Word about Your Business…

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With both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be fun once again 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! :)

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What are YOUR Price Points for Baby Items?

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Price Points for Baby Items by Hip2Save

Calling all you moms and moms-to-be (and dads, grandparents etc)! I posted this question last year on Hip2Save and received over 200 helpful comments… so I thought it would be worth reposting again, especially since all of my kiddos are out of diapers and I don’t regularly purchase baby items (except for when I want to spoil my adorable niece Charlie :) ). SO, if you have a baby or toddler, please help new Hip2Save mommies/daddies by sharing YOUR stock-up prices and any other money-saving tips/advice that you can offer a first-time parent. I would also love for you to suggest your 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 all the expectant Hip2Savers! :D

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April Fool’s Day Jokes Needed – Share Your Favorites

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Favorite Apri Fool's Day Pranks & Jokes

If you have been following Hip2Save for any length of time, you likely know how much I love April Fool’s Day! It is literally one of my most favorite days since it’s typically filled with lots of laughs, smiles, and just pure, silly 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 in mind for this year (as always, please keep them family friendly).

Stay tuned for an upcoming, fun April Fool’s Day…no joke! ;)

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Ways to Save on Printer Ink (Plus, Share Your Tips!)

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If you’re looking for ways to save on printer ink (from printing all those coupons ;-) ), here’s a few helpful tips for ya…

Inkjet Versus Laser Printer:

Many of you have stated that the longest lasting, most reliable, and most affordable (in the long run) printers are laser printers! Although laser printers may cost more initially, they tend to be faster, use less ink, and are much cheaper on a month to month basis (i.e. cost of inkjet cartridges versus laser toner cartridges).

Helping You Find the BEST Printer:

* Top 5 Printers
* Guide to Top 10 Printers in 2014

Continuous Flow System:

Already have an inkjet printer? Then you may want to consider a Continuous Flow System. This system will help you save big bucks on printer ink as it eliminates the need for replacement ink cartridges. For more information on this economical system, click here.

Best Places to Purchase Ink:

* 123InkJets.com
* 4inkjets.com
* Amazon.com
* CarrotInk.com
* Clickinks.com
* Databazaar.com
* Ebay.com
* Inkgrabber.com
* ParadiseInk.com
* SuperMediaStore.com

Readers tips on how to Save Money on Ink and Paper:

* I bought a Brother Laser when it was on sale at one of the office stores. I used the black tape trick (YouTube video shows you how) and have had printer for over 2 years and just now replaced the toner it came with. This is with my major coupon printing and my husband printing college work. I also do the Office Max rewards program and get the cases of paper for pennies after rewards every time it is offered. (Head here to see how you can score FREE paper at Staples this week!)

* I set it to “Toner Save Print Mode” right away. Also, I “tricked” my toner after I got a warning message to replace it and got additional months of life. I am unable to “tape” my toners as it doesn’t have a window to cover. Instead, it has a slow rotating gear on the side of the cartridge and this gear can be easily reset by turning it backwards manually. There are tons of videos on youtube, explaining it.

* One tip that I have is that I enable a Print Preview for each document. It makes the printing process longer, but I can tell if a coupon is printing at the top, middle, or bottom of the page. That way I can use half sheets if a coupon is printing from the top.

* For the one-page ads with a single coupon on the page, I cut my paper into 4’ sections. That way the coupon prints at the top and then stops. Of course, sometimes you get a coupon that prints at the bottom. I try to only use the cut paper on coupons that I know will print at the top. If I am printing a coupon and I see that there is an ad below it, once the coupon prints, I hit STOP on my printer.

* The trick to making your ink last longer is to set your printer to print in grayscale, black ink only, and to print in Fast Draft mode. I have my cartridges refilled at Walgreens. Before I take a cartridge to the store, however, I use a little rubbing alcohol on the ports of the cartridge to prevent dry ink from clogging the ports (where the ink is inserted). Works like a charm.

* Use Garamond font in a small size…it takes less ink than other fonts.

* If you decide to refill your cartridges, get the refill done ASAP. If you wait too long, the remaining ink dries out.

* Refill your own cartridges (buy the ink in bulk at a discount!), which saves a LOT of money.

* For anyone out there who has toner cartridges, when the printer states that the toner is low, take the cartridge out and look for a little “window” on the side. Cover it with a piece of black electrical tape, and you’ll get MANY more pages of ink out of it. The window lets light in and tells the owner to buy a new cartridge but, in reality, there is still plenty of toner in the cartridge.

What are some ways you save on printer ink? Please Share!

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Work-At-Home & Other Work Opportunities

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As you may know, working from home can be a great way to earn some extra cash. Over the years, I’ve received quite a few emails from Hip2Save readers asking for ways to make money from home… SO, I’ve created a HUGE list of various work-from-home opportunities (categorized with links to make it a little easier to view). I hope you find this helpful! :D

** Please note that I do not have experience with some of these companies, so I cannot endorse whether or not they are worth looking into further. Make sure to take the time to research the jobs you are interested in to see if they are the right fit for you.

(To see the long list of Work Opportunities, click the link below “Read More / Post Your Comments”.)
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Hipsters to the Rescue: What are Your “HIP” Baby Shower Gift Ideas?!

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Check out this email I recently received from Hip2Save reader Natasha -

My cousin (who has honestly felt more like a sibling) is expecting her first born in all of ten weeks and I just don’t know what to get her. I’m 25 and have no experience buying for friends or family as far as babies go. Shocking, but this is the first baby in our family since we were all born over twenty years ago.

I know she’s going to have tons of diapers, carries, seats, toys, bottles, pumps, wipe warmers, diaper genies, pacifiers, teethers, the list of everything moms need/get goes on and on. Hoping you and your readers can help me out with some ideas of what to get her. She’s 22 so she’s a new mom and new at it. What are some neat things she may need but just doesn’t know she’s going to need yet? Or what are some items she’s going to want, but just doesn’t know she’s going to want?

Let’s talk budget friendly for me so I can make sure to make her a nice gift filled with nifty little items. :) The shower is just three weeks away so I am ever the procrastinator!

Now it’s your turn. Please share your tips for creating a baby shower gift that is cute, practical, AND affordable! Also, feel free to share any other baby-related tips you might have!


And, if you’re expecting a little one soon or know of someone who is, you may also be interested in checking out the following post and reading through all of the helpful comments that were left – What are YOUR Price Points for Baby Items? Plus, don’t forget about the Baby Freebies & Deals Round-Up I posted last month!

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Reader Tip: Save Money on Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs

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If you regularly fill prescriptions or purchase over-the-counter drugs, then check out this email and helpful tip I received from reader, Briana….

Hi Collin! I am a fifth year student pharmacist and a while back, I learned of a website called www.cou-co.com. It’s a resource provided by a magazine for pharmacists and it links you to the different prescription drug coupons available for brand name medications. It’s pretty easy to navigate because it breaks each section down by what health problem the drug is intended to treat. I’ve found it to be very helpful for patients with high co-pays. Hopefully some other users find it helpful too! Thanks for all you do.

If you’re interested, then head on over here and select if you are a pharmacist or patient to get started (you’ll be able to view prescription and over-the-counter product information). Then, simply answer the questions to which type of health problem you are having (such as allergy, pain, inflammation, diabetes and much more)! You will then be directed to sites in which they sell these products, possible coupons or discounts, and helpful information on that particular product!

Do you have any other tips related to saving on prescription and over-the-counter drugs? If so, please share in the comments below!

(Thanks, Briana!)

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