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What it’s REALLY like to Work for Hip2Save

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Want a small glimpse behind the scenes here at Hip2Save.com?

A few weeks ago, our team gathered together from all over the country at Collin’s lake house on our Hip2Save retreat for some fun team building, and to focus on our common goal of creating the highest quality content for our readers!

Here are some of my favorite Hip2Save retreat highlights!
Hip2Save Team Building

Although we communicate daily online, some of us had not met in person, so completing some silly ice breakers was fun! Getting to know everyone in person was such a major highlight for me!

Collin and Bryn’s mom, Susan, helped us do this crazy game where you transfer life savers from one to another using just toothpicks. So hilarious! We laughed so hard.


Inspiring Guest Speaker

Courtney Brown, owner of Cents of Style, stopped by to share her inspiring story and gave us encouragement surrounding the development of our own team’s goals and mission statement.

She also brought some beautiful fall accessories to share and taught us a few different ways to wear and style scarves! Yippee!

Collin and Courtney also did a live video together on Facebook – WATCH HERE.


Craft Time

One night we took a break from work and completed this fun and easy coffee mug craft using dollar store mugs (Yes, these LARGE mugs were just a buck!), oil based Sharpie markers, and vinyl cut outs as a stencil. I cut the vinyl stickers ahead of time using my Cricut machine and brought them with me.

In order to get the oil based Sharpie to stay, first let them dry overnight, then I recommend baking in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 hours. I thought this article was helpful on the topic of Sharpie Mugs.

Keep in mind, regular Sharpie markers will rub off, so use oil based ones or ceramic markers and hand wash only.


Lets EAT!

Feeding a large group can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be complicated! We took turns cooking simple yet delicious dinners. I baked a couple pans of Hamburger Sliders in the oven and everyone dished up their own with desired toppings. Get the easy recipe HERE.

If you love buffalo chicken favors, then you’ll love this low carb Keto Buffalo Chicken Soup recipe. It’s tangy & cheesy, but has a rich creamy texture and broth. We all LOVED it!

Who doesn’t love spaghetti and meatballs? Some of the girls made these delicious low carb Parmesan Keto Meatballs one night along with roasted spaghetti squash, regular pasta (for those eatin’ the carbs) and fresh salad on the side. It was SO DELICIOUS!


Lots of Bonding & Laughs

In case you’re wondering, Collin, and her sister, Bryn, are just as fun and genuine in person as they are online! We all had the best time taking walks, sharing about life in general, drinking lots of coffee (and I mean LOTS!), and laughing until we cried!  Some of us may have arrived as co-workers, but definitely left as friends. (Sounds cheesy, but it’s so true!) 

I know I can speak for the entire Hip2Save team – we have the BEST jobs EVER!

Many of us work remotely from home all over the U.S. and are extremely grateful for this opportunity. More importantly, we are ALL passionate about our individual roles at Hip2Save and hope to continue inspiring YOU to save money through sharing all the best deals, frugal tips, budget-friendly recipes and much more!

On a personal note: It was such an inspiring experience to be around extremely smart, talented, funny women all week, and was truly something that I’ll personally never forget.

Stay tuned for many wonderful things happening here at Hip2Save in the future! Go team! 🙌

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 172

  1. hipsaver2

    I love the mugs you guys made! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lina D

      Thanks!

  2. Mm

    Been following for 7 years. Thanks for all of your hard work! <3

    • Lina D

      Thanks for your long term support!

  3. rosi

    Great team! I’ve been following for a while now…and have gotten all friends and family on board! Thanks:)

  4. Sarah

    This is such a great post. I already enjoyed this source and reference it almost daily, but seeing this side of things made it that much more warm and personal! Keep up the great work.

    • Lina D

      I’m so glad! Thanks for sharing that Sarah. 😀

  5. nancy

    I was just wondering how couponing sites worked and if people get paid to run them lol thanks for the info!

  6. Chelsea

    wow I had no idea your team was so big. Thanks for all the great deals!

  7. nancy

    Btw how do you make money off of the site ?

    • Maori

      Amazon affiliate links are extremely rewarding, and almost every other online store pays them every time we buy something after clicking her link.

  8. patricia

    Really enjoyed reading this post. I’ve been a hip2save follower for years. I started with other couponing sites but switches to this site because I really like the positivity and joy that radiates from this site and most of all love Collin. Have learned a lot reading posts and comments and thank you Collin and hip2save for all you do. You are all amazing.

    • Lina D

      That’s so nice! Thanks Patricia. I agree Collin rocks!

  9. SCS

    This is awesome! What a fun event! I can only imagine how rewarding it is to work with such a great team!

  10. jo

    this is awesome u girls rock…..i had no idea..there was other people. I just thought boy Collin must work 24/7 …lol thank you so much for all of you do hip2save team!!

    • Lina D

      THANKS! She still works 24/7 -just with help! 😀 I’ve never seen such a hardworking group!

  11. patricia

    By the way,don’t see Amanda in the pictures lately. Hope she is OK. 💗

    • Rebecca

      I was just thinking that! Seems she was a constant presence for a while, now absent.

  12. Raedev

    It’s cool to see all the faces behind all these great deals. Looks like a very happy and lively group!!! <3

    • Raedev

      Gah I meant lovely group lol

  13. Melissa

    My very personal opinion of why H2save rocks is Collin’s personality, she is so down to earth that makes me think of her as a friend. I think she is a cool boss😎. Thank you ladies for all the money you help us save. God bless you all.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for your super sweet comment Melissa! You’re very welcome!

      • Momof3

        Where is Amanda?

  14. Melissa

    Who is Lina in the pics? Just curious 🙂

    • Jennifer B.

      Pretty sure the last photo is of Collin and Lina back to back.

  15. Jenn

    Thank you all for everything you do! I truly cannot express how much you have impacted my life and those around me by helping me save. Because of H2S, my finances survived grad school, 2 moves across the country, and a very ugly divorce, while allowing me to help friends, family, and donate to multiple charities. Thank you so very much!

  16. subbu

    Wow..such a energetic , enthusiastic Hip2save team. Very happy to see the members behind the scenes. U r very lucky to have all like-minded ladies glued together to achieve success…. Keep rocking!!! Thanks a ton for all the help in saving our bucks

  17. D. Marie

    I love the site so much! But I’m sad to see you have no staff members of color 🙁

  18. Misti

    You guys Rock thanks for all the great deals. Love your site I check it all day long.

    • Lina D

      Thanks so much Misti!

  19. Kelista

    You ladies Rock!! You have saved me at least a bagillion dollars! So Thank You! 😃

  20. babymair

    Collin and team .. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST EVER .!! Thx 4 all you do …keep up the good work. And God Bless You All.!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are very welcome! Thanks for the kind words! It is truly appreciated!

  21. Maori

    I’m grateful for all the deals! Thanks!

  22. Harold

    Thanks for sharing the great article. I love hip2save and have been able to purchase many deals. Keep up all the great work.

  23. samantha g.

    Hip2save is my absolute FAVORITE blog! I check it regularly and am ALWAYS looking for the best deals! LOVE Collin and her team and all that they do for us! You girls are ROCKSTARS!

    • Lina D

      Thanks Samantha!

  24. Becca

    Thanks for showing us the team, I didn’t realize it was so big! Now I’m sitting here wishing I could join it! 🤣 Thank you for all your hard work and such an amazing site!

    • Lina D

      Thanks for your kind words!

  25. D

    I used to follow another popular deal site till the lady was about making herself money and not saving my other moms money. I was happy to discover this site a few years back. Collin seems down to earth and keeps with her initial intended purpose of helping others save money even as her site has grown. It’s nice to see the faces behind this site!

    • Lina D

      Thanks for this comment!

  26. lilmamajoey

    Thank YOU all for everything! We discovered the site several yrs ago when hubby suddenly lost job after his work transferred us across country then company went belly up. We were shellshocked & needed new way to shop – to stay afloat. We got super lean w/finances & haven’t looked back! Hip2save was/still is so helpful for our family! Thanks again!

    • Lina D

      Thanks for sharing your story!

  27. Temeka

    Wow, I never new it was a team of you all. I love the hard work you all put into the site. My sister and I have been using the app for about 2-3 years now. Keep up the good work.

  28. Nancy

    I have followed Hip2Save for years now and have saved lots of money. My only comment after seeing all of your great pictures is that it looks like you could use some older, more mature help! Let me know if you need a 61 year old on your team!!

  29. Nina

    Thanks Colin and crew for all you do..I recommend this site to everyone! :)) Who doesn’t like to save money?

  30. Cathy

    I’ve really enjoyed watching your site grow. I’ve been following you since 2009. 🙂 Thanks for all you do!

  31. Suzanne H

    What a fun post! I’ve been following since March 2009 and have saved so much $!

    • Lina D

      We appreciate your loyalty! Thanks!

  32. Su'

    Love love H2S! Had no clue there was such a vast team, what a fun job! Thank you ladies!!

    • Lina D

      Thanks for reading!

  33. StephB

    I agree with the others that this is an amazing site! I’ve been looking at Hip2Save daily since 2011! I saw it mentioned in am All You magazine article and I’m SO glad I did. I shared with my sister and she is hooked as well! It is apart of our almost daily conversations to say ‘did you see that deal on Hip2Save?!’ Thanks to the amazing team for getting us the best deals!👍🏼

    • Lina D

      We’re so glad you enjoy and love that you’re here! Thanks for the sweet comment 😀

  34. Shirl

    Love this! You all are amazing! Thank you!

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