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I want to let you all know how much I appreciate each of YOU. Thank you for being so patient with me during the month of July. I had a very full month due to a very close friend’s bachelorette party/vaca and a long (21 day!) family vacation to spend time with extended family in both Cape Cod, MA and a small town in Texas (anyone know where Borger is? πŸ™‚ ).

I have received emails over the last couple of weeks asking about the videos and when they will return. Well, stay tuned because I will be back in action in the coming weeks. And I just want to say again – thanks for being so patient with me this summer. It was wonderful getting to spend time with loved ones and create some pretty incredible memories.

Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten to…

Take selfies with the kiddos while traveling (yep – people think we’re weird! πŸ˜‰ )

Screen Shot 2014-08-03 at 1.16.14 PMWatch my sweet little girl, Piper, get super creative on the plane. To entertain herself, she used the free pretzels they hand out to make her name. Doesn’t that rock?

Take it all in. The ocean, the cousins playing together, the memories being created…

Spend lots of quality time with my dad! He’s pretty cool! πŸ˜‰

Find time to get some work in…

Eat lots of good food – thanks, Lee! πŸ˜€

Watch the kiddos enjoy every single minute (well, most minutes πŸ˜‰ ) that they’ve gotten to be together with their cousins…

Spend time with my favorite person in the Whole Wide World…

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It has definitely been an amazing month! πŸ™‚


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. Harlow

    you are so blessed…. do u know how lucky you are to have so many family to hang out with. I have no support from my family. there are only about 2 hands full of us and none of us talk. I have tried. all of you guys with family are so incredibly lucky. I have no idea what its like. I am so happy for you πŸ™‚ <3 I like this blog because I feel like I am a part of something. thank you so much for all you do πŸ™‚

    • justme

      Awe Harlow I’m so sorry. I hope you have kids of your own and get to create a wonderful family for yourself. I believe people get two chances with family in life. The first is the family they are born into and it’s not always nice for a lot of people and two the family you create! You can make your own family into the family of your dreams. I hope you get that chance to do so! Collin and team thank you for everything! Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories and reminding us all that it truly is the memories in life that make everything so special. Also thanks for all you do for us! Thanks to this site I have so much more free time to create all these wonderful memories with my own children and the resources to do so from couponing!

  2. Heather C

    Collin- I have missed the videos and wondered what was going on, but I would have never known you were on vacation due to the high quality of your website. I frequent HIP so often that I often wonder if you can tell what a “stalker” I am! 😍. I left my $80k year government job to stay home with my children and be happy. YOU and your team allow me to do that – for that I am forever grateful because I am in bliss and the couponing I
    Do is so worth the energy it takes. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR TEAM!!

    • Lenore

      I think we all appreciate the hard work that goes on behind your website. You and your team have helped so many people, how can any of us begrudge you time with your family. I know that is one of the reasons I love your site because you are so family oriented and it shows. Hope you had a wonderful time and thank you for sharing your cute pics with us. Sincerely appreciate you for all you do. All the best and God Bless.

      P.S. Would still love to know where you got your headboard in the video you and your beautiful daughter did a couple of weeks ago. The white wingback look is what I want fell in love with it when I saw it!

      • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

        Thanks for the kind words… I truly have the BEST readers! πŸ™‚

        And as for your headboard question, I actually purchased from an Ebay Seller!

        I have seen more budget-friendly headboards (similar to this one) at World Market.

        • a friend

          Ditto to all Lenore said in her first paragraph. We’re happy that you got to spend quality time with loved ones! πŸ™‚

    • Sue

      Love your post Heather and Collin’s site has also allowed my daughter be a stay at home mom to our four little grandsons.

      Collin, I am happy for you that you all had such a nice vacation. I can imagine that constantly posting and updating deals, sweeps, and coupons can be tedious sometimes for you and your team but so many families are thankful for your hard work. And as in Heather and my daughters (and many others) case, your site can make a difference in their entire lifestyle.

  3. Niurka

    Love Cape Cod. Have fun

  4. Laura

    I know where borger is it is less than an hour from me! How neat!

  5. Nancy

    Looks like you had an awesome vacation. So happy to see “Ma”. Please tell her we all love her!

  6. Carol_R

    I appreciate you Collin & all that you do for us to help us save money.

  7. Chris

    I have a friend that lives in Borger, Tx!!! She said it is a small town. You must have passed on the street. LOL

  8. Amelia

    Pushing like button right now! You are the best my dear!

  9. ish

    I appreciate all the deals u post for us, i will continue to be patient about ur videos, enjoy ur time with family n friends, the pictures r so cute. πŸ˜€

  10. Vanessa

    Seems you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing the pics, and I am so glad you and your family had such a wonderful vacation.

  11. Vickie

    I’m so glad that you had a great time and you definitely deserved the break but on a selfish note your videos are like crack for me and I’m jonesing for another fix! LOL. I need those videos man!

  12. Patti

    we love ya girl, thanks for sharing your fun family pictures. Love your dad!

  13. bree

    The food looks great!

  14. Manuela

    I am glad you were able to spend quality time with family and for three weeks this is awesome and you deserved every single day! Enjoy it as much as possible. 😊 glad to have you back safe and sound

  15. Pam

    Glad you got to spend time with family. It’s very important! We have missed you!

  16. Pia

    That is so awesome. Blessings to you and your family. Thank you for all you do, it is so appreciated!

  17. Debbie

    Love all your pictures! Thanks for all you do!

  18. Alicia Willie Barton-James

    I am so glad that you had a great month with your family. I want to extend my appreciation to you for helping us save so much money.

  19. Alicia

    Awwww…Looks like you and your family had TONS of fun and made lots of memories!! I was wondering where all of the fun videos were too but I knew you were still around because the blog never slacked. You ROCK Collin!! Enjoy the rest of your summer. πŸ™‚

  20. Stormy

    I do radio ads for a radio station in Borger but I live in KY! Small world Collin!

  21. Ami Hines

    So glad you made it back to us safe and sound! Hope you enjoyed your break! Now time to get back on your grind! Can you explain the dish with avacados, eggs, and corn to us?

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      It’s a delicious Cobb salad – underneath the avocados, eggs, corn and cherry tomatoes is bacon, lettuce and blue cheese. YUM! πŸ™‚

  22. Christi

    Yay! So glad you got some well deserved time off!! thanks for all you do Collin!

  23. Karla

    I love your photos, Collin. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your personal life. You are surrounded by beautiful people. Enjoy every moment.

  24. Jennifer

    Hooray! I’m so happy you got some very much deserved family time. Around our house we talk about you like you are our family! LOL Thanks a million for all you do for us all year long.

  25. June Gwinn

    Congratulations on treating yourself to some well-deserved time off!

  26. sarah

    No worries Collin, thanks for all you and your elfs do. So glad you got a vacation, great to see your dad and grandma. Those are definetly the best vacations when your can forget about reality somewhat and just be in the monment. Safe travels!!!!

  27. Kamila

    Collin, wow you are soo lucky. I would love to have my family here in us. They are all in Europe and I haven’t seen them for 15 years. Enjoy them as much as you can. Love hip2save!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your and your team hard work!!!!!!

  28. Sheela

    So happy for you Collin! you inspire us all to be as awesome as you πŸ™‚

  29. Jenn

    These are wonderful pics! Thanks for sharing.

  30. mamascott

    Looks like you are having a wonderful time! Enjoy!! I also want to thank you for all you and your staff do for us.

  31. Casey

    Glad to hear you’re back! I’m so glad you enjoyed your time off. You deserve it!

  32. kim

    much deserved time off!

  33. Sally

    Sooo glad you took time off to enjoy family, friends, recharge your batteries…I would be lying if I didn’t say I missed you immensely & I am looking so forward to seeing your wonderful & full of life self via video! πŸ™‚ Welcome back, we missed you!!! πŸ™‚

  34. Carmen

    Awesome pictures! Glad you had a wonderful time with family and I absolutely love Piper’s pretzels–so creative!!!!

  35. Kelly

    Good for u! We all deserve a vacay and some R and R!

  36. Laura

    I grew up in Borger, TX! My maiden name was Washer. I just visited my parents there at the end of June. My family and I moved this month from Houston to Salem, OR. and stopped in for a visit. Love your website!

  37. Jennifer

    You got your priorities right! Nothing more important than family! Happy for you and the memories you made! We should all be so blessed!

  38. lina

    Yayyy! I haven’t coupon since you’ve been away… hahA

  39. Rita

    I live in Amarillo. Happy to hear you were in the neighborhood!

  40. Lois Scott

    Collin, glad you had a fabulous and well deserved vacation. It has been years since I’ve visited your site, but I am back. Thank you and your readers for all the great deals you find when combining coupons and store ads.

    One more thing…YES!! I do know the whereabouts of Borger, TX. It’s a lovely small town in the panhandle of Texas… Just up the road from Fritch, TX and Beuna Vista, TX. My dad grew up there; my grandparents lived there; and I spent many summer vacations there. Small world.

  41. n1yfjune2003

    Definitely know where Borger is. We have lots of family in Amarillo, which is less than an hour from Borger. We are in New England, but have to go to Texas every so often for some good Texas cooking and to see our family. We appreciate all you post to help stretch our budget!

  42. Tisha

    My mom was born in Borger πŸ™‚ and we grew up close to there – thanks for being “real” that’s what I love about you and hip2save!

  43. Elizabeth

    Holy cow-my husband’s whole family is from Borger!! Small world πŸ™‚

  44. Stacey

    Glad you’re having such a good summer! πŸ˜€

  45. Elizabeth

    I’m very happy you had a wonderful time. May God bless you and your beautiful family with more.

  46. Desiree

    Thanks for sharing your amazing memories with us πŸ™‚ you have a beautiful family. Excited for weeks to come!

  47. Christine

    I just want to say thanks for all you do!

  48. Joy

    Do you rent a beach house or stay with family in Cape Cod?

  49. Alison

    So glad you had a nice vacation! You certainly deserve it after all you do for us. You are amazing!

  50. Michelle

    Love the pic of pretzels that Precious Piper picked. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing. Awesome memories, for sure.

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