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Hip2Save’s TOP 10 Posts of ALL Time (Hacks, Store Savings Tips & More)

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hip2save top 10 posts in the last 10 years

Can you believe it has been 10 years since Hip2Save was born?

If you’ve been following us for a while, you may even remember wayyyy back when my blog was hosted on Blogspot (you can still check it out here! 😳 ), and got completely shut down for a bit. The whole website fiasco ended up being a blessing in disguise as it made me appreciate all of the loyal readers that we have (I sure love you guys! ❤).

And since we’re looking back, we thought it’d be fun to share our TOP 10 most popular Hacks, Store Tips, and more!

1.) 20 GENIUS Camping Hacks Using Dollar Tree Items

top hacks tips secrets deals – spice hack camping tricksCamping can be one of the most fun family vacations, and nearly a million of you agree — I mean who doesn’t love gooey S’mores, singing by the campfire, or telling ghost stories in the dark?! It can also be pretty frugal if you know how to plan ahead. Before you head out for your camping trip this summer, you’ll definitely want to check out these camping “hacks” using Dollar Tree items that’ll ensure everyone’s a happy camper.

Reader Brandy says: “I’ve been camping and researching how to organize, hack, and all around make our adventures be more frugal and, well, more fun and less work for mom. This is one of the best posts I’ve read. Well written. Great job and thanks for the brilliant ideas! I’m going to Dollar Tree TODAY!”

2.) 5 BRILLIANT Wedding Day Hacks Using Dollar Tree Items

top hacks tips secrets deals – hula hoops dollar tree wedding hacksWeddings can be expensive, but these Dollar Tree wedding hacks mean you can pull off a gorgeous wedding without breaking the bank! While you might not want to go the cheapest route for every detail when planning your special day, hundreds of thousands of you sought out these clever wedding to-dos on Pinterest.

Reader Amy says:Getting married in June and keep scouring H2S for ideas on realistic items. Taking advantage of all the Shutterfly promos and Walgreens deals to get photos of us enlarged to use as part of our decor… would love to see more! Thank you for all you do!”

3.) 15 Items TO BUY at Dollar Tree and 10 items NOT TO BUY at Dollar Tree

top hacks tips secrets deals – greeting cards dollar treeThe huge popularity of this topic on Facebook (and in search engines) pretty much testifies to the fact that it’s important to know which Dollar Tree deals are best buys (and which things are worth avoiding). Although everything is priced at just $1 each, some buys are a better value than others!

Reader Kay says:I just went there yesterday and had a BALL shopping!!!” 

4.) 10 Reasons to Fall In Love with Air Fryers

top hacks tips secrets deals – olive oil mister sprayAir fryers are so popular right now, so it goes without saying that this helpful guide from our very own Lina has been referenced, shared, and pinned a ton! If you’ve contemplated buying an Air Fryer, check out this post for 10 reasons you should splurge on this amazing kitchen gadget!

Reader Amy says:I was on the fence about getting one until I saw this post. I ordered mine and it just came today! I made some chicken strips for lunch and it was so fast and perfectly crispy! I am excited to try all the recipe ideas! Thanks for the info, I really wanted someone else’s detailed opinion. 😀”

5.) 10 Kid’s Summer Activities Using Dollar Tree Items

top hacks tips secrets deals – dollar tree kids summer activitiesMore sweet Dollar Tree finds!? Yes, please! Hundreds of thousands of parents across social media have turned to this article for simple, fun, and frugal activities that the kiddos can do this summer! Consider heading to your local Dollar Tree, where you can grab most of these items for just $1 each, to make these easy activities/crafts — you may even have some of these items on hand already!

Reader Sam says: “Wow! Thank you! I teach preschool and can’t wait to share this with my parents next week, and try some of these during summer camp! Thank you, we’re always looking for affordable fun DIY activities.”

6.) These Store Brand Items Are Actually Made By Name Brands

top hacks tips secrets deals – grocery cart in the frozen food aisleWe all know that sometimes store brands don’t always stack up to the name brands… but many consumers may not know that a variety of store brands are actually manufactured by the same companies producing popular brand name products – and at a fraction of the cost! Instead of paying more for the same (or a similar) product, many of you checked out these store brand items that we found to be just as good as their name-brand counterparts!

Reader Stella says: “Great post… what a coincidence… I was just at Costco this morning and purchased Kirkland Signature brand AAA batteries!”

7.) 15 Hobby Lobby Savings Secrets YOU Must Know to Save BIG

top hacks tips secrets deals – Hobby Lobby HacksWith over 822 locations, Hobby Lobby is one of THE hottest craft stores in the United States! If you love shopping at Hobby Lobby and are looking for ways to get the most bang for your buck, check out these money-saving secrets before stepping foot inside their door. Like hundreds of other Pinterest pinners, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of Hobby Lobby Tip #3!

Reader Amy says: “I love love love Hobby Lobby. These are great tips!”

8.) Headed to the Beach? Check Out These 7 Beach Trip Hacks!

top hacks tips secrets deals – use baby powder on the beach to remove sandWill you be one of the millions of beachgoers spending time in the sand this summer? Every year, this post explodes in popularity all over again, due in no small part to these timeless, creative, helpful, and inexpensive tips to HACK your next beach trip like a pro 🏖! Enjoy the sun!

Reader Emily says: “Lol I love the disposable diaper idea for keeping your valuables! That is a good one!!”

9.) Kids Eat Free (or Almost Free) Restaurants

top hacks tips secrets deals – Chick-fil-A Kids eat freeWith 25 million kids in the United States aged 12 and under, it’s no wonder so many of you with kids in tow checked out this list of restaurants where kids can eat FREE (or almost FREE) — SWEET!

In fact, our “kids eat free” posts are one of our most popular posts every time they hit the site (especially this post from 2016)! Note that offers may vary by region (and an adult entree purchase may be required).

Reader Brooke says: “I love the kids eat free app! We do a lot of traveling all across the country through my husbands work and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve used it. I’d say it’s accurate about 95% of the time.”

10.) Anyone Have an IKEA Obsession? We are Here to Feed it…

IKEAHomeI know you love IKEA as much as I do (almost 100,000 of you found this post via Pinterest)! IKEA has the BEST selection of clever storage ideas that all have a chic, modern look to them, and you CANNOT beat their prices! Check out this 2016 post for some of our favorite items – including spice racks, utility carts, dollhouse shelving, and more!

Psssst!  Check out our latest IKEA hacks post with tons of great tips!

Reader Angela says: “I thought it was a great post — I love IKEA and think it’s a blast to use some of their cheap organizational items in different ways around the house. 🙂”

What’s your favorite Hip2Save post? We’d love to hear!

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Comments 33

  1. Katy

    Lived the dollar tree hacks and the beach hacks were lifesavers with 5 kids on vacations. Thanks for all your tips.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are SO very welcome Katy! Glad to hear how helpful those hacks were for your family!

  2. LeeLee

    You guys are great! Love all these ideas, thanks for sharing. I wake up looking forward to reading these posts for your 10 year anniversary. I feel the excitement! lol 🤪

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! Thanks for the super sweet comment! Super glad you are as excited as we are to celebrate 10 years of Hip2save!!

  3. Cortney

    So grateful to you & your team! You were a huge part of our debt free journey!! Wondering if you’d ever consider a post series, similar to your Friday reader posts, on followers who become debt free or who are on their debt free journey and how you, your team or a specific deal has played a part. Would be a huge encouragement to see.

    • Mrl

      Love this idea!!!! As our personal economic situation has improved in the past few years, I feel like I haven’t been as diligent in my budgeting and have been less intentional in my spending. I would love Something like this. It would help me become more and stay more accountable with my finances.

      • Cortney

        Community makes for some incredible accountability & motivation!!😊

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      What a neat idea! Thanks a bunch for the suggestion! I will be sure to pass this along to the rest of the team!

  4. Cb

    Love this post! I really like these life hacks and tips! Specially the Dollar tree things to buy and not to buy, also the Air fryer tips! ❤️

  5. Mary

    Love hip2save tips. Thank for all you do!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome, Mary!

  6. Melissa

    I love to read these hacks! The last one that I read and shared was for make up organization. Great ideas!

  7. Stacy Patel

    Happy Birthday H2S!!! I’ve been a loyal follower from the beginning!!! Thank you for all that you do all year around!!! It is definitely a labor of love…especially when you give up time on holidays for us!!! Congratulations on your success!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, Thank you! So awesome to hear you have been with us through the years! We sure appreciate YOU!

  8. orie4reel

    LOVE, LOVE, 💕 LOVE all these tips & Tricks❣️❣️❣️😘😘😘😘 🙏🏼 Thank You Hip2Save, Collin & Everyone there❣️

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You are very welcome! Thanks for your super sweet feedback! It is truly appreciated! 😉

  9. Stephanie

    On the posts for the giveaways can you tell me do we enter each time you post? Or do we just enter one time and that enters us for all the giveaways? I’m sorry I’m just a little confused. Thank you

    • michelle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Please enter on every giveaway post!

  10. Tia

    These are all fairly new posts. I thought I was going to see something from the Hip2Help Tour!

  11. Suzanne H

    Daily reader since March 2009! This is my favorite site, hands down.

    • animity

      Me too! I think it was Christmas of 2008 because I remember a friend telling me about your site and I was getting ready to have my first baby and I was stocking up on diapers around Christmas time. Thanks for the all the money saved over the years!!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks for being such a loyal follower!!

  12. Keesh

    I love all the hacks but dollar tree is one of my favorites.

  13. Michelle

    These are great. I have been a member since 2009. You should post top 10 funny or Controversial posts, can we say Lemons and Olive garden!! 🙂

    • Am i

      I’ve been thinking about the Lemon controversy lately too 😉

      • Julie Rogers

        How do I NOT have any idea about this? Spill the T..

  14. urchinrk

    I’ve been along for the 10 year ride. Couponing certainly has changed in that period of time. I remember the “good old days” of couponing. 😉 Thank you for all you’ve done, Collin.

  15. Haley

    Happy 10 year anniversary!!
    Have been a loyal follower for so many years!! One of my favorite posts, and i visit it frequently because it has the links to recipes, is when you did a video on foods you can make ahead when you have company coming, and freeze it. There are these sour cream blueberry muffins you posted….. yummy!!

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  17. Barbi

    I can not narrow one specific post. Many posts satisfy so many of my needs and spark quit a few curiosities. What sticks out most in my mind is your truly genuine compassion to share. No one has to pay you a cent for your wisdom. I know you may get a few kickbacks here or there, but you completely deserve every penny. Not one single Hip2 Save follower…whether a newbie, casual or complete fanatic would ever be able to duplicate what you provide for us. You are a life changer! I am truly blessed to have found you 10 years ago! Pennies do make dollars. What sets you apart from all the other blogs is YOU. You have invited us into your life, whether it was good, bad, ugly or life changing. You have made us laugh, cry and taught us how to save money. Collin I think I speak for everyone…we all want to grow old with you because the we can not do this without you and your team. Kudos to you all! Thanking you in advance for all you are yet to do!

  18. Shannon

    Happy birthday h2s! You guys are the best! Thanks for all you do.

  19. Am i

    I remember that dark day when your website got shut down! I was so worried!

  20. Sandy Greer

    THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO! YOU are the cutest and I love your site! You sure enjoy what you do and it shows! I have followed you for years now and I’m not leaving! PLEASE don’t leave us! God Bless You!❤️

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