The Lemon that started it all…

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First, I don’t NEED to justify the “lemon” situation in my Follow Me Monday video (maybe the container of lemon wedges was actually for the WHOLE table? Ya think? …AND maybe I only needed 2 Lemon wedges to make the kind of lemonade I like… and maybe I gave the server a HUGE tip because she put up with us… and maybe I was a server for a few years, so I UNDERSTAND… ).

Anyway, the point of this post is to express how I feel. I am not one of those people that can bottle stuff up inside. That’s just not me. I put myself out there on these videos and it’s scary. I also work very hard every week getting these videos made for all of you. I felt the response this week (I actually had to delete some of the comments) was not too positive. I want to continue making videos, but if I feel like this every Monday, it’s definitely not going to work.

Just please try to remember that I have feelings…

Oh and when I talked to my hubby about the whole lemon ordeal he said, “What lemons? When did we have lemons?” Him saying that made me feel so much better… made me realize once again, that this whole lemon crisis is NOT a big deal!

…And one more thing—it is just a stinkin’ lemon!

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Comments 821

  1. Brenda

    Ther are just a never ending supply of folks who think it is their lot in life to make others miserable and to be fault finders.
    their type is why we celebrate Easter. !! So, I guess the old consider the source is the word of the day.
    you are doing something REALLY good and it shines a mirror on them and rather than emulate they try to tear down. Please hang in there……

  2. Amy

    Colin, I am so sorry that you got some slack about the lemons or anything else for that matter. My family always asks for lemons and not just a few probably enough lemons to equal 2 or 3 whole lemons. Please don’t let some jerks negative comments get you down. I am not sure what was said, but I want you to know that I LOVE your vidoes. I think you are so dang cute. I look forward to following you every Monday. In fact, I wish you did “Follow me Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. LOL Seriously, I do get some good ideas from your videos and at the same time get a few laughs bc you are so dang funny. I like that you don’t take yourself too serious. You have fun and I love to watch someone be happy and have fun!! I feel like I know you from reading your blog daily and watching your videos. That has to mean that you are doing a great job. Thank you for all your hard work and screw the jerks that have something negative to say. I am sure they are just jealous that they aren’t as cute as you are and that if they had the nerve to make a video it would show what idiots they are!!

  3. Rachel

    Thank you for all you do for us! I often put lemon in my water when out to eat, what’s the big deal? A lot of restaurants give you a lemon on your glass of water anyway, I don’t think they care that much. Don’t let negative people get you down!

  4. Anonymous

    It’s really a shame when people are coming to this website to use what they want, but then feel they can justify making rude comments about the wonderful lady that is enabling them to get all these great deals…as a side note, I didn’t get to watch the video yet, but I saw the picture with the lemons in your glass, Collin, and laughed to myself, ” looks like somebody else uses lemons, too..” only I put Splenda in with mine, free lemonade..keep up the GREAT work, PLEASE!

  5. Anonymous

    I loved your Follow Me Monday video this week! Actually, I love everything you do. Thanks for your hard work, and don’t change a thing!

    • Lulu

      You love EVERYTHING? Gay.

      • Anonymous

        how rude are you? what, you love nothing? geez.

      • M

        This is old though… Really ?… Lulu?…. Pray, love with all your heart, show kindness. Just let others be happy. Try and be happy yourself. <3 Try not to be so sad, things in life shall pass, stop blaming others.

        • M


  6. Anonymous

    I have never commented on your blog, so I am a lurker until today. THANKS FOR THE LEMON TIP!! I am always ordering soda and it is costly, but I love lemons in my water and I had never thought of putting the sweetener in before. Thanks for the tip. I loved the video. Do the videos when you can and I will enjoy them when you get to them.

  7. Anonymous

    Collin keep up the hard work…no matter how hard you try and even when you give it your all, there will always be someone who will criticize or point a finger…but 99.9% of us love your ideas, and feel very fortunate that you share talent with us…I can only imagine the hours you put into this blog…Thank You!

  8. Anonymous

    Thank you for all you do for us! I often put lemon in my water when out to eat. A lot of restaurants give you a lemon on your glass of water anyway! Don’t let negative people get you down!

  9. Amber

    Just remember, even Jesus couldn’t please everyone!!! This is a funny saying, but has helped me oh so many times when going through a stinky situation! =)

    You crack me up and I love your videos! I get quite the kick out of you!


  10. Anonymous

    Don’t let a few “sour” people bother you.

    • Lulu


      • MamaBear

        wow lulu, looks like you are a carrie wanna be…

        • Lulu

          Your feet smell.

          • MamaBear

            What the heck! Are you like four years old!! LMAO 😀

          • Anonymous

            lulu, you are such a dork!

  11. Anonymous

    OH YEAH and I get extra lemons ALL THE TIME!! I love to make lemonade!

  12. Alisha

    Seriously????? I don’t understand about this whole lemon thing! What in the world, it was a freaking lemon! If Olive Garden was so concerned about giving a silly little lemon they wouldn’t offer FREE Salad with refills and FREE breadsticks with refills to EVERYONE!! Sorry but Breadsticks and Salad costs more than a silly little lemon!!! Thanks Collin, for all that you do. I LOVE your site and check it constantly. I’m a single mom of a 3 yr old and a 5 yr old so every little penny helps!! Please continue doing what you love to do and helping us save money!!

  13. Amanda

    Collin- You’re awesome and an inspiration to all these people that read your blog!

  14. Fahoska

    Collin Thank You for all of your hard work we love you!!!
    What you do benefits so many people – keep up the great work! Thanks for all you do!

  15. reign


    Look, you are UHmazing, you have helped me SAVE so much $$$$$$$ and you don’t even know me!
    I know all of this is very time consuming, especially the videos, but I just want you to know that although there are a COUPLE OF IDIOTS here and there, you still have thousands of readers who is ready to stand behind you, being that strong support system you need.

    we love your site, we love your personality- just keep it coming!

  16. Jareds&kaitsmommy

    I love this blog, its awesome!!! I check it daily for new deals.
    All the deals you post help me save money. Money is very tight in our house because I am disabled.
    I feel like l am positively contributing to my family’s financial well being. Before I found this blog we were barely making ends meet. Now we actually have a nice little savings account for our kids.
    I am happier because I don’t stress so much about bills.
    The best part of all this is that I get to enjoy spending all my days with my 2 yr boy and 1 yr girl.

    Life is good! I feel so blessed! Thank you very much for all your hard work!

    *****Collin, I pray God will bestow great blessings upon you and your family!*****

  17. Julie Ann

    BIG ((HUGS)) to you Colin! So sorry you have to even deal with this CRAP! We love you and PLEASE don’t get frustrated w/ the comments of a few stupid people. You are the best and I LOVE your blog. Think of the wonderful impact you’ve had on soooo many peoples lives 🙂

    • Lulu


      • MamaBear

        Omg! seriously, you want 15 min. of fame by being a sour puss? Quit attacking positive comments and picking on people! No one wants this crap on this site!!! If you have a prob. with how much people like Collin then quit reading and go to bed!

      • Anonymous

        you lulu you ass, its people like you that make good people close their blogs. get a friggen life.

        • lulu

          Monkeys are my friend. We share the lemons.

  18. Breanne

    Collin, Keep in mind that this is YOUR blog! Not anyone elses. You work very hard at updating all the greatest deals on your blog and the fact that you have over 700 comments on one post says something about your success (noting that this is not a post for a contest!). The people that only have negative ridiculous criticism about your ‘follow me mondays’ is direct result of their outrageous jealousy.
    I know in a sea of compliments, the one drop of bad water contaminates the the entire supply. But remember, we all support your hard working self and all the awesome tips you post! Keep your head high, and ignore the others.
    (also keep in mind that this negative person is still visiting your blog and keeping your ‘visits’ high! when they think they are here making you feel bad, they are actually supporting your website) HAHA Carrie! ignorant commenter!

  19. Stacey

    Don’t you think if the lemons and sugar were that big of a problem, the restaurants would charge for them???? Seriously…find something else to worry about…have you seen what is going on in Haiti…

    • Anonymous

      i agree. plus she was at a chain restaraunt… um hello!

  20. JANARIE8

    Hi: We think you are the greatest. Lemons???? who cares about lemons. Thanks so much for all of your hard work. Blessings JANARIE8

  21. JANARIE8

    Hi: We think you are the greatest. Thanks for all of the hard work. Blessings JANARIE8

  22. Jenny

    OMW! Seriously, this whole thing is just ridiculous. Of all the things for somebody to get mean about… I just can’t honestly wrap my mind around the mess!
    Just laugh. Laugh at all the stooopid people making a big deal about two lemons and a packet of sugar! Seriously!

  23. Elizabeth

    Wow isn’t this enough said already ? Please just Pray for Carrie and Collin both and leave it at that…

  24. M@yr@

    Collin, I admire what u do every day and the courage u have to do all this for us..Have u ever heard of misery loves company.. Lonely & unwanted people are always looking for the attention they cannot get. Keep ur head up and ignore idiots like that…God Bless stay strong !!!! FYI— god always takes care of his own….ur gurl from Fountain Inn….

  25. Tracy


  26. Mellisa

    I just had a chance to watch the lemon episode of follow me Monday…It was a lot of great tips — But as the daughter in law to a small local restaurant…I can say that while it may be just a lemon to you…it’s about the price of a glass of pop during some season’s of the year…I have read your blog since March and followed along saving money like crazy .. and while I won’t be following that particular tip — I still wanna save money with ya…I didn’t read through the mean comments on follow me Monday — or the 777 other comments either. I am glad for your wonderful success- I have spread the word about your blog through mine and while in the stores…I don’t know how many times I have wrote down it’s hip 2 save and told someone to google it!! But with success– there are going to be drama. i hope everything calms down for you soon.

    • Anonymous

      yeah, the price of a pop, that is why you would use the free lemon and sugar. omg, get over it! and didnt you hear her in the video , she got that tip from a reader!!!!

  27. Anonymous

    I think that in the world today it is great to be able to save in some areas. And Collin thank you for showing me muliple ways to do so. I am sorry people have to make comments that should be kept to themselves. Hopefully they realize if they don’t like it, don’t visit the website. But there are still lots of people (LIKE ME) that want to thank you for the time you have spent showing us how to save. THANK YOU!!!

  28. Cara

    Collin! Wow! This is craziness! Your blog is awesome! The Lemon idea is great! I usually don’t even use the lemon …. now I guess I will get my moneys worth! Thanks for all your tips! Don’t let the bad ones get you down…. this place is great!

  29. Dawn

    Personally, I LOVE lemon water. When I saw the video I thought, “Ooooh I never thought of asking for a whole container of slices. Mmmmmmm!”

  30. Anonymous


  31. Leyla

    I think LuLu and Carrie are either the same person or probably related. So sad for them they probably don’t get a lot of attention so they come on here to try and ruin it for us. Well I gave you some attention, my charity work is done for today.

  32. Faye Inoue

    I know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people like me who are struggling in this horrible economy who depend on this site. Collin has helped my family ENORMOUSLY (definitely more than any “stimulus package” the government has ever given) and I am saddened by the people who feel the need to attack her, for what ever reason they may have. Please remember, people are struggling (here and around the world) and pettiness is just a waste of time and energy. You should know by now, Collin, after the numerous comments above mine, that you are truly LOVED and APPRECIATED for every single deal you try to bring us! I take advantage of the ones that appeal to me, and am ever grateful for the time you take to help us all. I prayed that God would help me and my family, after job losses and near foreclosure, and remembered, “God helps those that help themselves.” So, I started my search for jobs and ways to lessen our bills until the job came along. Then, I found the “It’s Hip to Save” blogspot and I have been lifted from the depths of depression. Let me tell you, I have saved thousands of dollars, provided for my family, and have had a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. What Collin does is help people help themselves. If you can’t see that, you are blind. Thank you, Collin, for I am truly grateful.

  33. Angie

    Poo on them!!!! I can’t believe someone had the audacity to make a rude comment to you~~ about YOUR blog!

    LOVE IT and think you are awesome- my other fugal friend do too…. and we do the lemon trick also:)

    Bring on the cup of lemons!!!

  34. ashley

    Screw them Collin. They probably blogstalk you, use you for your good deals and then only comment or contribute when they have something bad to say. Sorry there are so many —- (fill in with your favorite ) out there. I love your blog…and your crazy videos!

  35. Melinda Hill

    I have to give your husband props too!! The laughing at you….ya that’s what my husband does too!!

    I get so excited about my savings and he just nod’s his head and laughs at me as I walk away!

    Thanks for sharing your night out with us!!

  36. Robin

    I have been ordering my water with lemons for years!! and I don’t care what anybody thinks about it. I worked in the food industry and beverages are the number one money maker for restaurants. When they charge you almost $2 for a glass of tea that only costs them pennies…I think those of us wanting the lemons are not costing them anything.
    Collin, I appreciate you taking the time to find the great deals for those of us who don’t have the extra time (I work full time and live in the country and just have dial-up which takes FOREVER – so I don’t do much on the computer at home.) Don’t let the negative comments get you down…you’re on the right track…stay there. God bless you and your family!

  37. Linda

    I stumbled across you little blerb about the lemon deal, so I had to go investigate.
    After watching the video, I immediately recognized that the fuss isn’t about you or lemons, it’s a personal problem that each of those who commented negatively have.
    It’s truely sad isn’t it?
    My suggestion in the future is to not give any attention to those few who are eagerly waiting like a crouched down lion for it’s next prey to devour and whisper a little prayer instead….and be blessed by it.
    Keep up the incredible work, that you don’t have to do btw….

  38. Linda

    “Dont repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. (Lord heal this person, help them rationalize, help Me to not respond inappropriately, etc…)That is what God wants you to do, and He will bless you for it.”
    1 Peter 3:9

  39. karen

    I am so sorry about the negative comments a couple of people have left. I hope you won’t let it get you down. You have really helped me personally so much in very concrete ways. We are facing financial difficulties right now and need all the help we can get, we don’t have family to give us advice about frugality so I really thank the good Lord for your blog and all your wonderful tips and ideas. Try to look on the positive side-look at all the encouraging comments people have left to try to cheer you up!

  40. Stephanie

    I haven’t seen the comments that upset you. So sorry that some people have to hurt others. I want you to know that Your site helps me a ton! Really….please don’t stop. I also love your follow me Monday videos! Not only are they full of great ideas, but woman….you are a hoot! It’s the highlight of my week! Don’t let a few ruin it for the rest of us. I love and appreciate what you do!

  41. Sophie

    How dare YOU PEOPLE be rude to Collin. She provides a awesome resource to all of us. I can’t imagine doing those videos in public. My face would be beat red the whole time. She works really hard and I don’t want YOU PEOPLE making her feel anything, but appreciated. Even if she did oreder a whole cup of lemons for herself (they were for four people), who are you to judge. Whatever don’t tell me you have never ordered extra salad dresing or and extra somethinng. Back off leave her alone!

  42. Julie

    You Go Girl! Thanks for all you do. As many have said, you are amazing and your website helps my family every day. God Bless You for all you do for others!!

  43. Karen

    I didn’t realize that there is such a controversy over lemons! If the restaurant offers you lemons for free, take them! If they want to start charging, re-evaluate making lemonade. I thought it was an awesome tip! I am new to your site and I totally love your videos. I think it’s very brave of you to do this every week, but you have some wonderful ideas and are such an inspiration to a fellow stay-at-home mommy looking to pinch our pennies, too. Thanks again for all you do!

  44. Julie

    Oh my goodness, I do remember this. How can it be 11 years ago?

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      I know! Time sure does fly by! Thanks so much for being a longtime reader! Super cool that you remember this! 🤗

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