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Alright, so before dishing about how our family had some frugal fun today, I want to quickly mention that there will be NO coupon inserts in the newspaper tomorrow, May 29th, due to Memorial Day. Take this time to stop and smell the roses! šŸ™‚ Put coupon clipping on the back burner and spend some time with family, friends and well, anyone that you love!

(Excuse the sweat! šŸ˜‰ )

So now, what did we do for some frugal family fun? We spent the day playing outside. And when IĀ  mean playing, I do mean playing! We played hide & seek, freeze tag, and a few other games my kiddos made up! We started out at the park and then headed over to Sonic to eat and play even more on their outdoor playground. It’s days like this that I absolutely love… the simple pleasures!


Today once again made me realize that you really don’t need much to make your little ones smile and squeal with excitement! …And I really don’t need much either because once I see those precious smiles light up my kiddos faces, I can’t help but smile, too. It’s the kinda smile that you just can’t control… it can’t be removed and continues to grow bigger and bigger! šŸ˜€


Oh and of course I couldn’t write this post without adding in a deal:


I hope you all are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


Collin founded Hip2Save in 2008 and has over 10 years experience as a deals and lifestyle editor, strategist, and creative copywriter. She is debt-free and has been featured in Parents Magazine, Today.com and MSNBC. Connect with Collin on LinkedIn


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  1. Tia Robertson

    Love the pictures Collin! Happy Memorial Day!

  2. Amy

    Love the pictures!! It’s so funny to see how diverse the weather is here in the U.S. Today in Central Illinois is was cooooold and rainy. To see your pics it looks like it was a hot one in N.C. šŸ™‚
    Hope you and your family have a great Memorial Day weekend!

    • Collin

      It was and still is pretty hot here. We are planning to head to the beach tomorrow. It’s supposed to be sunny and in the 80’s. Wish I could send our weather your way! šŸ™‚

      • Jessica

        Love your pictures!! It is funny about the weather because we are vacationing at the beach in SC and it is HOT, Hot, Hot!!!! I could have never worn capris and looked as good as you in the weather we had today…I would have been soaking wet with sweat!! Thanks for all you do!! Hope you guys enjoy the beach tomorrow! We are sad to be leaving the beach tomorrow šŸ™

  3. michele

    your kids are adorbale, is your a mini you šŸ™‚

  4. Laura

    How fun! These are the memories that your children will remember. May God bless you and yours.

    • gina

      Awwwhhh…..you guys are so lucky to have the beach….its about 100 degrees here in Az with a slight breeze……..very very dry……
      love your hair looks a little different with the beach wave look……..

  5. Dianna

    So fun, we had an outside day too. Started in the mountains then a nice afternoon nap for all, then a walk in the neighborhood this evening.

  6. TrishaD

    We couldn’t afford to go anywhere this weekend so we pitched the tent in the yard and my older 2 (ages 5 1/2 & 3 1/2) camped out with dad. I even surprised them with a little fire (made in a smoker!..lol) and had all the fixin’s for smores! What I found really entertaining was when my husband realized the electric pump for his air mattress was dead…he used his c-pap machine to fill the air mattress! LOL

    • chelsea

      I laughed so hard when I saw you used the c-pap machine! hahahaha

      • Rose

        I am a hose head too! LOL I cant sleep without mine after 6 years of wearing c-pap. love my cpap.

    • Collin

      LOVE IT! šŸ™‚

  7. Kim

    That’s crazy! I live on the air station and it POURED down rain for the first half of the day, then was dreary for a big chunk of the afternoon, then finally got nice for a few hours. It must have been totally different weather across town! Looks like you had a nice day…I hope the weather is better for us tomorrow so we can do the same…if not, I’m heading over to your side of town!

    • Collin

      Hi Kim,

      How funny. Well, it did rain over on Lejeune for a little bit in the morning, but then the sun finally came out around noon… that’s when we decided to take full advantage of it! šŸ™‚

  8. chelsea

    You guys are so cute! You and your family look very happy! šŸ™‚

  9. cheryl goodrich

    good for you !!! just having mom and dad for the day is the best fun you can give your adorable kids.

  10. Rachael

    You are such a wonderful mom! Your children will always remember these special times. Proverbs 31:10-31 <3

    • Laura

      What a beautiful passage from God’s Word. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it with us.

      • Rachael

        Thanks for your post. It is one of my favorite verses as it describes someone I strive to be like. šŸ™‚

  11. aesha

    luv the pix– Happy Memorial Day Collin and all Hipsters:)

  12. Amanda

    Drive safe everyone.

    They’re crazy out this weekend.

  13. citlalli

    I love ur pics !!! they look great, sorry if may ask what camara are you using?!
    have a great and safe trip!

    • Collin

      Actually we just used my iPhone to take the pics! I am pretty happy with the quality and it’s nice not having to remember to take the camera too.

  14. Carol

    Great photos Collin – I sure miss those days but my little grandson just turned 3 and I’m getting to do it all over again with him. He played all morning making bubbles and then I took him to our neighborhood pool – he’d obviously forgotten all about last year cos it was all brand new to him. The simple things in life, taking time and putting aside “my plans” really make for a great day.

  15. Suszy

    Send your good weather our way (Michigan) – feels like all it does here is rain. I bought a bunch of flowers and vegetables to plant and tomorrow, even if it’s raining, I’m planting šŸ™‚

  16. melissa

    How fun! I hate that my hubby is working nights, not too much family time for all 4 of us right now.

  17. Amanda

    Our day was filled with good cheap fun too!!!! We went to the neighborhood pool with our neighbors. Drank some pink lemonade blew some bubbles. Came back home and watched movies. Grilled out. Celebrated dh’s and my birthday. Its nice that once again we’re learning that the best things in life are FREE (or close to it)

  18. Anonymous

    Great way to put it in perspective. Happy Memorial Day holiday!

  19. Lpmousse

    Collin,
    I love this post so much. I’m glad to see that you left coupons behind, and had fun with your family. I’m planning on going on a bike ride on Monday with a group from church (weather man thinks it might get up to 90 here!), and tomorrow I’m playing my trombone in church. Life is good when you can get out and enjoy the sunshine, and do things that don’t cost you a thing For example, I’m playing with my cat right now with a tape measure I bought many years ago for $.99. He loves it, and we both get some exercise.
    Blessings on you and yours!

  20. Sunflower

    Great pix- looks like fun!! We too went to a downtown shopping plaza and rode the free trolley and listened to free live music. My little boy loved the trolley and boogied to the music. A great nite!!

  21. Carrie

    Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Memorial Day to all!

  22. tiffany sexton

    LOVE ur pics and so glad u r having a blast! Saw the post on fb but didn’t pay attention cuz I didn’t realize it was u. Ur hair has gotten so long- it looks great!! šŸ™‚ Nice tan too – I’m still pasty dangit.

  23. robby

    Cute kids, and hot wife.

    • Sierra

      Are you new around here? šŸ™‚ Yep, Collin you are one hot chick!

  24. Shirley Corwin

    I love your photos too. Your phone takes great pictures, I have an iPhone too but mine was one of the first ones and I think they are better now. It always is great to have red in a photo. Your kids are so cute!! Hey I am a new couponer and this is the second Sunday with no inserts. (Easter was the first for me!!) What the heck!!

  25. anon

    aww, you an hubby are So cute!

  26. Shirley Corwin

    PS, We love your videos! You’re going to do more right???????

    • Collin

      Of course! šŸ˜‰

  27. linda

    What pure joy!
    How appropriate the red, white and blue playground equipment is. Enjoy your weekend with your family. Oh, and we’ll take some of that warm weather in Michigan too : )

  28. Tiffany

    Ok. Great. I piled 4 papers into my cart today, then checked them just to make sure and thought I was going crazy! Phew….

  29. Kristina

    Cute pictures! This may be a silly question buy why are there no coupons over holiday weekends?

  30. sam

    happy memorial day collin have fun , i am happy no clipping will get us away from family .

  31. michelle

    Loved your pics.. Your daughter is a mini you..

  32. Jen

    Scored a great deal today! Today was the last day of Tone body wash being on sale for $3.99, but you get a $3 register reward making it it .99 But in the new add that came out today, the tone body wash is buy one get one free, so I got 2 body washes for 3.99-$3RR making it .99 for two. I love sales and couponing!

    • Jen

      At Walgreens.

      • Ashley

        i did that yesterday (but not the bogo šŸ™ ) but anyway since my wags in 45 mins away (i was in town for other reasons so i stopped) and i looked in the clearnece because i figured i’d splurge on somthing with my rewards because they would go bad before i came back. So I saw a Kimora Lee Simmons fabulousity perfume marked at $10 (origonally $40?1) So after rewards I got it for $6! I absolutely love it! (a great kinda splurge šŸ˜‰

  33. Elisa

    You are so beautiful, Collin! What a good lookin’ family!

  34. Corrie

    You and your family are so cute! I love the pics! Hope you continue to have a wonderful weekend!

  35. Ashley

    You are soooooooo pretty collin! And your kids and husband are adorable too! Your daughter looks just like you! Happy holidays hon and thanks for all you do! šŸ˜€

  36. Mitchell Wischmann

    Thanks so much for posting this Collin! It made my day! And your family is so cute!
    With me being sick and all, I needed something to brighten my day. šŸ™‚

  37. Michelle

    Adorable family! THanks for all you do!!!
    Have a great weekend!

  38. Amalia

    You have a beautiful family. Thank you for all you do, and may God bless you and your family.

  39. SaraD

    They dont come much cuter than you Colin! Thanks for all you do! Have a great Memorial Day Weekend with your lovely family!

  40. ryan

    We got coupons Whoohoo!

    • michelle

      Thats weird my paper said there was $131 in coupons in the paper too but there was none in there?

  41. Stacey

    Awwww, you guys are too cute! Happy Memorial Day! Have fun at the beach. Thanks for all you do.

  42. Guai

    noo the one day that i get 2 newspapers no coupon inserts grr…they are still sending papers to my old and new house

  43. Heather W

    What great pictures Collin! So glad you guys are having a great time! Just wanted to say thank you to our soldiers for all they do. Please tell your husband thank you for his service Collin. šŸ™‚

  44. ciera bunch

    what a great post! must have been inspired. I have been sitting here thinking how the kids are all driving me nuts and i must have post partum depression ( ihad a bbay 4 weeks ago today) but thank you so much. This put a smile on my face and just gave me that simple reminder of how wonderful kids are. Thanks collin!

  45. connieb

    Happy Memorial Day Colin and all you Hipsters….we got together and had a huge bar-b-que….I think there was about 28 of us…loads of food and leftovers….was really really hot but what can you expect…this is Texas I live in…..was fun having family get together….we played domino’s and cards outside under the canopy…(had to hold tight to cards as it was very windy) but at the same time the wind helped it be a bit more bearable in the heat….all in all….it was AWESOME!!!!!!
    loved loved your pics…made me smile!!!!!

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