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I put together this short video about Paying it Forward, as I thought it was the perfect ending post for today. I hope you all enjoy it…

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Have a very Merry Christmas!

This will be my final post until Thursday, as I am officially disconnecting myself from the computer and spending 100% quality time with my familyโ€ฆ WaaaaHooooo! I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing, and very Merry Christmas!

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. sandy

    Truly remarkable person! Thank you for sharing. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoy your break away from the computer…your kiddos are only little for such a short time…

  2. ellie

    You are truly an amazing person and this video is such an inspiration hope you have an awsome Christmas

  3. Lauren

    Beautiful video. Coupons have definitely helped me to have a life that is so full. Thanks for all you do! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

  4. Linda Wms.

    Merry Christmas!! Loved the video. Thank you for all you do to run such an awesome site. Couponing has been my lifestyle for so long now that I cannot imagine any other way. Wishing you and your family a very blessed 2014!

  5. Jenn

    Thank you for all that you do. You and your team have saved my family so much money especially considering we added a baby girl to our family in July. I hope you and your family had a very merry Christmas!

    • Debbie Miller

      Thank you Collin for having all the info we need in one spot. I have saved sooo much this year and was able to give my family all kinds of items most of which were free!! I also was able to pay it forward and I don’t mean to pat myself on the back either. When I was at Meijer about a week ago I got to talking to the young mom behind me. She had said she was a single mom with 3 kids living with her disabled mom and dad. I started to leave and felt “nudge” from heaven. I had bought 2 hams one of which was sitting in the front on the cart (and was the only thing there!) I listened and went back asking her if she could use a ham. She smiled and then cried and then hugged! I know she probably was very happy but I received the greatest blessing. I left feeling like I was walking on air! We don’t have a lot but that showed me how rich we really are. Thank you for helping me save money so I could feel that “nudge” Debbie

  6. Lenore

    Dear Colin,

    I started a coupon club with a few ladies from my church. Yours is one of the sites that I gave them to use recently one of the younger girls from our church said that couponing had changed her life and her families, I feel exactly the same. It is harder to coupon now, with the changing policies and the changing value of the coupons themselves, but I will continue because it is the best way to help not only my family but so many more. None of which would be possible without your website and people like yourself Colin who take their time and energy to make it easier for those of us who want to make a better life and to pay it forward. May God Bless you and yours may he surround you with his mercy and grace, may your life be fuller for the richness you have given to others.



  7. B.B

    Merry Christmas!!! Collin thank you very much for all your hardwork… Collin there’s no words that I can think of right now of how thankful I am because I know some of your readers follow your example 2 weeks ago I felt the love and how giving they can be… Thank you and Thank you WendyR, Mikesky, and Amy… God bless you and your families.

  8. Kari

    I love the message of this video! Thank you Collin for bringing it full circle and reminding us of what truly is important! Being generous with others, gracious in our thankfulness and humble in our hearts!

  9. Jeff Walker

    First off I just want to cry (good way), because I am so happy to know that there are still people out there that help others. I helped a friend this year, because of you, her family had a good Christmas!!!

    Thank you Collin!

  10. Dianne

    Charity is not an afterthought, it is our very reason for being. I can attest to this, God multiplies through subtraction. I cannot out give Him. What a blessing it is to give, and give, and give.

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    • Janet

      “God multiples through subtraction.” Amen. Coming from a family of math majors and math teachers, I love the way you stated this.

  11. Erin

    Thank you for sharing yourself in so many ways, Colin. You are truly a beautiful person, inside and out, and the time and dedication you give to this site and your community is amazing. I have been an internet deal-searcher for years and this is by far the best site I have come across, not only in terms of bargains but in the great sense of community among readers. Thanks for all you do! Wishing you and your family a great Christmas and happy, healthy, prosperous new year.

  12. Stacy

    Merry Christmas!!! Thank you for all you do for us all year !! Many blessings to your family for the upcoming year … ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. joan vera

    You are right, it is so much more than coupons. It’s you helping me and everyone else. I am a disabled senior woman who likes to coupon and I share your info with my family who are needing help too. You have played it forward and assisted so many people. God Bless You and yours and may you have a wonderful Christmas!

  14. Perlis

    Dear Collin,
    Merry Christmas for u and your family!
    Thank u so much for all your beautiful job and I appreciate what you and your team do for us.

  15. julie hardigree

    I love the video there are so many good people in the world. Thank you for all that you do this is a great website for teaching others and blessing people. God Bless your family and everyone else. I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas!!

  16. maflies1

    Amen, Collin! You brought a tear to my eye, and that’s hard to do with Sjogren’s. LOL Beautifully said, just like the beautiful person you are, both inside and out. This is indeed a site about couponing, but oh, so much more. You, and your readers, help bring out the best in others-or bring it gently to someone’s attention. Oh, how I love your site!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a may you have a new year filled with your best year ever!

  17. Lulu

    You are my inspiration… Thank you.

  18. Bekah

    Merry Christmas Collin! Thanks for all you do! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Sarah

    Thank you for reminding myself and others to pay it forward….love this site.

  20. Michele

    Thanks for sharing. I do pay it forward and glad others can too and you help us do that everyday. Merry Christmas to you and your family and to my Hip2save family.

  21. Tara in TX

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Collin ~ and the whole Hip2Save team! You have affected my life, my family’s life, by opening this whole world of couponing and just plain being savvy in how we budget and save in our day to day. I live in the San Antonio, TX area ~ there are no double coupons here :/ but I still save on average 30~40% just by couponing and following your lead about stocking up on items we will absolutely use.
    My husband just whispered to me this morning while watching the kids open their gifts ~ ” Um, I think you went overboard” ~ but I didn’t! I was right on budget ~ I just got great deals so was able to give a few more gifts! We were also able to help out three kids on our Angel Tree. I am so inspired by your Pay It Forward video ~ I will keep my eyes open now for more opportunities to help! God Bless you and your sweet, beautiful family this New Year!

  22. Kirsten B.

    Thank you so much for all that you do for us. You have saved my family so much money. You are AWESOME! MERRY XMAS!!

  23. denise

    you’re awesome! a great inspiration! Now whenever I go shopping and I see someone buying at item that I have a coupon for, I give them my coupon if I’m not using it. it makes me feel good to help someone else save some money!

  24. Dani

    I too got the nudge one day at target when I saw a woman standing in front of the pasta sauce putting it in her cart then taking it out then putting it back. I gave her a coupon. We started talking. She had a story like so many. Laid off. Disabled family member. Little kids. I chatted thru checkout and then asked her if she wanted what I had planned to take to the food bank. Her eyes lit up because she couldn’t afford both the pasta and the sauce before the coupons. So I ran home and grabbed the bags I already had packed and packed more and drove back. She was still waiting of course. She was happy and grateful but i felt so good to help a whole family. Probably a months worth of groceries and my pantry didnt look touched. Thanks to you and your site! You are running a business and helping your family but you help so many people you will never meet who use your site and hopefully we can all pay it forward. You are helping all the people we help too! Thank you!

  25. RB

    Thank you! Merry Christmas!

  26. lisa

    **Happy Holidays Collin**

  27. Melgie

    Thank you for everything, Collin. Happy Holidays to you and your family… Great video!:)

  28. Cynthia Sherman

    ABSOLUTELY COOL! God bless you Collin. Have a happy and blessed New Year, everyone! Pay it forward.

  29. Suzanne H

    BEST video yet. To me, being a TRUE couponer means embracing a whole philosophy and a big part of that is paying it forward. With help from your site, I was able to give way more than normal this holiday season. My son’s class adopted a family, his school adopted some troops in Afghanistan, my job adopted a family, my husband’s job adopted a family, my friend put together shoe boxes for kids at a local homeless shelter, on and on and I was able to give to EVERY cause b/c I could tap into my stockpile and b/c I could coupon items and b/c I was able to track great deals/sales on your site. If I had paid full price for my own Christmas presents, there’s no way I could have offered so much to others. Or if I had paid full price for my donation items, I would have had to give so much less. It’s been wonderful. I am so grateful; I received so much more by way of joy than I gave!!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Oh, and all of my family teased me relentlessly yesterday about their stockings that were overflowing with freebies (but they loved them)! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Cq

    I was able to have a wonderful Christmas using your site

  31. Samantha

    Fantastic! Hope your Christmas was fantastic!!

  32. Michelle

    I just want to say Thank You for that awesome video! You are a truly amazing giving person Colin and you help me to be that same person. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. Four years ago my job had paycuts and we have never gotten the money back. Both my husband and I work for the same company so it was a double hit. Each year our health insurance goes up and every year we are making less money but through your website I am able to not only be the giving person that I am and want to be but still able to keep taking care of my family ๐Ÿ™‚ I thank God everyday for hip2save and all the blessings he has bestowed on me and helped me to bestow on others. Sometimes people tell me about rough situations people are going through and I think oh no why did you tell me I cant afford to do anything else and God says oh yes you can and this is how you are going to do it! This Christmas I thought I wouldn’t be able to do anything hardly for my children because money was tight and we had several extra bills I was very worried. I got amazing deals on gifts and ended up with 6-10 inexpensive gifts a piece and they were nice gifts that should have cost a lot more. They loved them all and said they were thankful for everything and there wasn’t a favorite gift they were all great! We were also able to give 4 other families food and/or household items such as bars of soap, dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, sunblock etc and even gave a Yahtzee classic game that I got for only 2.07 cents after rewards and picking up in store to a family! We also received several krispy kreme buy one get one free coupons with 6 Christmas tags attached for one free donut with no purchase necessary we gave away several to families and got soo many because we were selling them krispy kreme donuts to help pay for their summer camp and when we got the donuts they would give us one per dozen plus some of the people who bought them gave us the christmas tags to share with others because they know I do alot for other people and would pass on the blessing. One amazing lady name Tammy used one of the buy one get one free coupons off the krispy kreme card she bought from us and took the donuts to the hospital and gave me the chrismas tags that was soo sweet of her ๐Ÿ™‚ I gave some to our janitors at work a lot of times people forget about them and even gave a set of them to Texaco lube when I got an oil change to be nice it was right down the street from Krispy Kreme ๐Ÿ™‚ I get tired sometimes and overwhelmed we work 5 jobs (2 full time and 3 part time jobs) but I know how amazingly blessed we are by God to be able to pay our bills and have jobs. I love my husband and boys soo much they make it worth all the hard work! Again Collin thank you soo much for the blessing you are to my family and soo many others! You and your family are amazing! Merry Christmas!

  33. Lori

    Beautiful! I really needed this today…I am bawling my eyes out. I’m truly inspired and you’re right, I started reading this to learn how to use coupons and save money, but I have learned SO MUCH more. You are awesome.

  34. Tracy

    When you started couponing did you ever thing you would be posting a video like this?? Thank you for being of good ethics, inspiration to others, and making a difference in peoples lives in so many ways. Many Blessings to you this coming year!

  35. ghogkilla

    Merry Christmas and thank you so much for what you do. Because of you I am also able to score lots of items I also donate. With all of us doing that YOU are indirectly helping SOOOOO many more people then even YOU realize!!! Thank you.

  36. Carrie C.

    LOVED this video!! It’s such a feel good video!! Thanks so much for everything you do!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Sheeba M

    This was an awesome video about giving back…inspiring to the core

  38. Nancy

    Collin, you saved me so much money on gifts this year! I did pay it forward – I gave so many of those gifts to families that needed them more than mine. I pray every day to be a blessing to others.

  39. Nicole

    Just watched this and I definitely teared up! Just wanted to tell you how much of a blessing you have been to
    my family! I’m so glad I found your site Collin!!! Love hip2save!!

  40. lisa

    Bless you collin! Thank you for all you do!

  41. Naomi

    Love this! Thanks for all you do!

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