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NOTE FROM COLLIN: Bryn had her purse pictured at the top of this post, but I decided to swap it out with the above pics. 😊 For those of you who don’t know, I have two sisters – Bryn is the beauty in the blue dress {the oldest}, then there’s the adorable Marley {the middle sis} and me {the baby}. I am so incredibly blessed to have two amazing sisters. We are all so different in lots of ways, but then also have many similarities.

One of the biggest differences between Bryn and I would definitely be fashion and cosmetics. She doesn’t need a closet full of clothes or a drawer filled to the brim with makeup. Bryn’s the smart one who doesn’t splurge on a new pair of boots like I have done many times before (BUT hey, they were on sale, right?!), she doesn’t care much about wearing makeup (I love that about her), and has one sweater that she basically lives in throughout the cooler months (her daughter, Saylor, knows which one I’m talking about πŸ˜‰).Β  With that said, this purse post wasn’t an easy one for her to write-up.

I am proud of my big sis for stepping out of her comfort zone. GO BRYN!Β 

So when Collin announced to everyone on the Hip2Save Team that we would each be responsible for writing up a “What’s In Your Purse?” post this year, no one on the team whined more than me. You see, the main problem is that I am a behind-the-scenes, yoga pants wearing, no-sense-of-fashion, has-no-idea-how-to-properly-wear-makeup kind of girl.

I have never shown much interest in clothes, shoes, beauty products, or purses and I have absolutely NO desire to reveal to you or anyone for that matter the items that you will actually find inside my purse. Totally out of my comfort zone. 😱

What's in Bryn's PurseHowever, since I would like to keep my job and I do have to see Collin on a regular basis since she is my sister and all, here is my attempt to write a post that is actually exciting and engaging. Or you can just skip on over to find out What’s Inside Collin’s Purse and What’s Inside Angie’s Purse.

Coach Purse

My Coach Handbag & Wallet

Despite the fact that I have never been a purse girl, my hubby did surprise me this past Christmas with a beautiful Coach Handbag and Wallet – he picked out the Edie Shoulder Bag 31 in Refined Pebble Leather in Light Gold/Saddle at our local Macy’s store (it is also sold on Macys.com). No, he did not use any coupons (gulp!) but he did shop for this bag himself (and he is not a shopper!) so this gift meant a lot to me.

At first, I was scared to use the bag for fear of getting it dirty or damaged but I have since let that fear go and I treat it just like any other purse I have had in the past.

Victoria’s Secret Hand & Body Cream

I have an entire drawer full of Victoria’s Secret Hand & Body Cream and Fragrance Mists thanks to the 28 Free Rewards Cards that I scored earlier this year. I always keep at least one bottle of lotion in my purse as Idaho is super dry and my hands can always use a little extra lovin’!

And since I love the beach and summertime, I enjoy having fragrances like Coconut Passion to bring up memories of sunshine, sunscreen and happiness.

Bath & Body Works PocketBac Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel

I scored this purse-size hand gel at Bath & Body Works last month with this hot coupon I received in the mail. The coupon was valid for a FREE 3-Wick Candle (a $22.99 value) with ANY purchase – so I bought the hand gel and scored a candle for free. And as you can see from the picture above, I still have some Bath & Body Works coupons to use this month including one for a FREE Fun Size Signature Item valued at $5 – no purchase necessary!

Lip Products Galore

As I was writing up this post, I discovered quite a few lip products hiding in my purse – some I had not seen for several months so yay for me! Among the bunch are Almay Liquid Lip Balm (scored super cheap after a high value Almay coupon like this one), Julep Lip Gloss (included in a monthly Julep Beauty Box), Physicians Formula Plump Potion (oddly enough, this is not mine! COLLIN, is this yours and it somehow ended up in my purse?!), a few tubes of Jouer Tinted Lip Enhancers, and my most recent and favorite purchase –> Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment with SPF 15.

Free Product Coupons

Every time I receive free product coupons in the mail, I stash them in my purse hoping that I’ll remember to use them the next time I am at the grocery store. Sometimes this works and sometimes they get permanently lost at the bottom and end up expiring before I can use them. 😳 Thankfully, the 2 free product coupons in my purse are valid through September 30th – has anyone been able to actually find the cans of Aquafina Sparkling Water?

Restaurant Rewards/Punch Cards

My family loves a good pizza followed by frozen yogurt so I actually safeguard my rewards cards for our favorite local restaurants (Blue Cow Frozen Yogurt and Flatbread Pizzeria) and one of my favorite national chains, Cafe Rio (love me a Sweet Pork Barbacoa Salad – the best!).

Bag to Keep Me Connected

Finally, I would not be able to work for Hip2Save without all my gadgets. In addition to all the items mentioned above, I never leave home without my cute Blue Q Zipper Pouch (and I must confess that I bought this pouch in the Chicago airport when I was desperate to find something to hold all my cords and small gadgets but I paid almost 3 times as much as the online price – so embarrassing!).

This pouch is important because it contains all the items I need to stay connected while on the go including my Lumsing Power Bank (to keep my phone and wireless card charged!), my Verizon Wireless JetPack and a pair of headphones.

Stay tuned for more β€œWhat’s in My Purse?” posts. The whole Hip2Save team will each be taking a turn to share the little treasures inside their bags!

Bryn has 10 years' experience writing about coupons, freebies & deals. She is mortgage-free and has a Bachelors in Nursing & Education. Connect with Bryn on LinkedIn

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Comments 62

  1. Brynn

    Love your name;) and how simple your purse is.

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Right back at you! πŸ˜€ And I love the spelling of your name – I always wished that my parents had spelled my name with the double “n” as my name often gets mispronounced as “Bryan”.

  2. Amanda M

    Love the sister pictures! I have 3 girls, ages 10,5, and 4! & I hope they are as close as you and your sisters are! I tell them all the time, the relationship with sisters is unlike any other relationship! Thanks for sharing!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome! And I agree, sister relationships are SO special.

      • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

        Yes, they are! Life would not be the same without my 2 sisters!

  3. Guest

    The whole family is beautiful and your purses are all different and unique.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)


  4. Amanda

    I’m the oldest of 3 girls too! Loved seeing what’s in your purse, Bryn!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thanks, Amanda!

  5. TheresaJ.

    Love the fact you did it! I, too, carry coupons in my purse so I remember to use. Just recently used the Lay’s BBQ coupon, but I have yet to find that Aquafina sparkling water in single cans.

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thank you, Theresa! My kids will be very disappointed if I let that chip coupon expire!

  6. Patti

    I found the Aquafina single cans at Target. Weren’t there earlier times I looked so keep checking. Good luck!

    • candace

      Found mine at CVS. Only place I found them and by accident. Fine being free but I didn’t really like it.

      • Jess

        I also found mine at CVS, but I received another coupon and haven’t been able to find the second one yet as CVS has been out of stock the last month every time I’ve been in to check. Free is free, but personally I wasn’t a big fan of the item. I purchased the lemon-lime flavor, hoping to find a different flavor somewhere before the coupon expires 9/30.

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tips! I will have to check out Target.

      I sure wish we had a CVS here in Idaho!

      • Jess

        I could not live without CVS!!! I feel horrible that you don’t have one near you!

  7. Laura

    WooHoo for your husband!!!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Yes, a BIG woo hoo for my hubby! πŸ˜€

  8. Ellen

    Thanks Bryn for sharing! Love your purse!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      You are so welcome, Ellen!

  9. mar

    Lol love Bryns sense of humor. You and your sisters are adorable.
    I was able to find the Aquafina sparkling water at Cvs in the refridgerated drinks section. And the Fresh lip tint is my go-to lip product!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Yes, I am lovin’ that lip tint. In all honesty, it was not a product I would normally buy but my mom took myself and my 2 sisters to Sephora for a summer birthday celebration and I discovered it there.

  10. CO Mama

    You did an amazing job! We could be soul sisters, my younger sister got all the fashion sense, I have none! 😊 Always remember, being you, just the way you are is what makes you so beautiful!!!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I do love being me – and I am grateful that I am surrounded by 2 sisters who are happy and willing to share their fashion knowledge with me. πŸ˜€

  11. hurleysurf

    How precious;)tysm 4 reminding me how blessed it is having sister relationships in our lives. Sisters are the best, yes different yet the same. Beautiful girls!!!:)

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thank you – all of your comments are a good reminder to appreciate how lucky I am to have 2 amazing sisters in my life.

  12. Kristen

    I love it, Brynn! Great job! If it helps, I keep all “true freebie” coupons right in my wallet, in the same compartment as my cash. I see them whenever I pay with cash, which reminds me to use them, and I treat them like cash due to their high value. ☺️

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Love that tip, Kristen! So smart!

  13. Heather C

    Bryn- “however, since I’d like to keep my job…” Buahahahahahahaha πŸ˜‚ Girl, you crack me up!! You did such a great job, AND, it’s over. I’m sure this was a lot like public speaking and you should be really proud. Thanks for sharing and being as real as your sister is πŸ’ž

    • Lauren

      That was my favorite line, too πŸ™‚

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thanks for the encouragement! πŸ˜€

  14. flmom

    I found the Aquafina at Target

  15. Ginny

    Target has the Aquafina in the cooler at the cashier.

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thanks for the Target tip! I’ll be looking there!

  16. Maria

    Great job sharing. I understand how hard it is to share about yourself publicly. I’m the oldest as well. As I was reading the post I had just finished announcing to my family that my favorite INC capri pants with the side leg pockets (extremely genius and my second set of hands) is finally going to clothes heaven after 10 years. I shed a tear. Long live the sweater!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Oh I can totally relate! I have a pair of Victoria’s Secret PINK Sweatpants that I have had for years. The waistband has lost all of its elasticity so they barely stay up when I wear them (needless to say, they are not at all attractive or flattering) BUT they are the most comfy sweats ever and I cannot bare to part with them. However, they may be joining your capri pants soon especially if my hubby has any say in the matter! πŸ˜‰

  17. Lori

    So….who’s Physician’s Formula Plump Potion is it???

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      I am wondering the same thing —> COLLIN, are you going to claim it?

  18. Emilia

    I love your photo and your special connection. I have three sisters and I’m the youngest and the fashionless one, I never wear makeup!!!! Maybe I should some day , surprise for the hubby 😳

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      I have to share a quick story with you! Collin and I went to special event with our hubbies several years ago – a very special occasion where you were required to dress up and be all fancy. And as you can probably guess, fancy and Bryn do not go together. So I decided to splurge and went to a salon to have a professional do my hair and makeup – I literally did not recognize myself when she spun me around after the makeover. But I was feeling pretty good with my big curly hair and my gorgeous fake eyelashes until I approached my husband. He took one look at me and politely said that I looked nice but he was looking forward to me washing my face and hair that night so the “real Bryn” could return. At first, I was a bit upset that he did not ooh and ahh over my amazing makeover but after a few seconds, I realized how grateful I was that he appreciated me for being just plain old me.

      So my point is that I am guessing your hubby loves you just the way you are most comfortable as you – whether that is with no makeup or lots of makeup or somewhere in between. πŸ˜€

      • jess

        Aahh, I love this story! Thanks for sharing, Bryn.

  19. Jeanette

    thanks for sharing the family photo. . .sisters are AMAZING!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Yes, thanks Collin for pulling out the family photos! πŸ˜‰

  20. Jean

    Love it. You are just too cute! Found the Aquafina at BI-LO.

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks, Jean!

  21. HBee

    Love your bag, Bryn! Now, how to get my hubs to get it for me for Christmas…

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      I am loving the bag too – hope you get a nice surprise this Christmas! πŸ™‚

  22. Wren

    Bryn, you are so pretty and I totally identify with your simplicity! Thank you for the post πŸ’

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thank you, Wren!

  23. heather b

    Great post! Love keeping it simple ☺

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thanks, Heather!

  24. Cheryl

    I have two sisters too – and I’m sure I’d have the most boring pocketbook contents – but the most coupons!!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Haha – I think more coupons trumps a cute handbag any day! πŸ˜‰

  25. Miki

    Bryn, I’m the oldest sister of three kids (1 boy, 2 girls and chuckled at how similar we are). There must be something to birth order! Love the personal touch this blog has! Way to rock that purse!

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Thanks, Miki! Oldest siblings rock! πŸ˜€

  26. Tiffany

    Awe my daughters name is Brynne. In all my 42 years I’ve only met one Brynne, Bryn, Brynn.

    • Bryn (Sister Sidekick)

      Like you, I have not run into many Bryns over my 40 years of life either. Love how you opted to spell your daughter’s name – so pretty!

  27. Tbell

    Gotta love that sister bond! You girls are BEAUTIFUL!! Hate to one up ya’ll but I have been sooo lucky to have 6 wonderful sisters… Such good friends and therapists we are to each other (including retail therapy) !:) Hoping all my girls will be as 405386 once they grow up!:) thanks for sharing!

    • Tbell

      Close… Dont know where or how those numbers got in there!

  28. Lexy

    No πŸ™ I have looked at SAFEWAY, WALMART, Walgreens and can’t find the Aquafina Flavored Water & I somehow misplaced my Lays Chips Coupon πŸ™ But Now I’ll follow your Philosophy trow it into my BAG:)

  29. rebecca

    i found the aquafina at a large Smith’s grocery store. (Smith’s is Kroger in some places.)
    sadly, in my state i looked ALL OVER for that Mist Twist when i had the $1 off coupons last month, and can find it nowhere. Walgreens, Target, 7 different grocery stores, it doesn’t seem to be in my area at all.

  30. Tami

    I haven’t found Aquafina in a can yet either. Great post!!!!

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