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A little about me…

I’m a young mom to three adorable kiddos, two boys and a girl. I also have one amazing husband who serves in the Marine Corps and does his best to provide for the five of us – every single day! We are a typical American family, struggling with finances, budgeting, and the challenges that come with raising children in today’s fast-moving world.

My frugal journey started after the birth of my first child. My husband and I were young (and still are 😉 ) and not prepared for the many responsibilities that come with adulthood and parenting.

In all honesty, our focus was way more on materialistic things – making sure that the kiddos looked adorable and that we did too. Going out to buy new clothes and driving flashy cars were at the top of our list. We worked hard to make it look, at least on the outside, that our lives were perfect. The sad truth was that we had started digging a big financial hole – one that was going to be very difficult to get out of. I was depressed on the inside, but I just ignored that feeling and pushed it to the side by purchasing more and pretending. Soon enough, our credit card debt was out of control, and a vicious cycle had begun. The more depressed I became, the more I spent.

I began blogging, under the name of Hip2Save, as a way to chart a new path for myself and to get my spending habits under control. My family and friends were my readers and my support base. Blogging gave me the courage to try out new behaviors, use my imagination, and explore new possibilities. At the same time, it helped me shift my priorities: Family and the simple pleasures in life came to the forefront, and material things took a back seat.

Fast forward ahead: My life has changed in so many positive ways. I have discovered that it really is Hip to save and a whole lot more fun and rewarding than overspending and dealing with debt. I have climbed out of a very deep hole and am learning to be accountable to myself, my family, and now to you too.

Who knows what’s around the corner, but, with all you amazing Hip2Savers in my life, I definitely look forward to the journey ahead.

Have you ever had moments when you're either out of time or out of printer ink, or both, and you really want to keep track of a "Hip" deal or print a valuable coupon in the next day or two? Or what do you do when an outstanding, but pricey, deal is posted and you want to save it for discussion with your significant other? Well, now you're in luck! No more searching through pages of posts to find the coupon or the deal. Simply move the post to your Hip List and access it at your convenience.

How Does the Hip List Work?

It's easy! To use this feature, first head on over here and register and log into your account. Whenever you find a great deal that you want to come back to later at a later time, just click on the HIP List icon located on each post (see images below) and the information will be saved in your account. To remove a post from your HIP List, just click on the HIP List icon and it will be removed.

When logged into your account, you will see the HIP List icon at the bottom of every post if you are viewing in classic view.

If you prefer to view in river view, you will see the HIP List icon located on every post above the post title and to the right.

If you're wanting to print a certain deal, blog post, or the Weekly Store Matchups from your HIP list, click on the small blue printer icon in the upper right corner of the HIP list. This will allow you to customize the information that you want or don't want to include when printing from your HIP list so you're only printing the information that's most important to you! If there are deals (or portions of deals) that you are not interested in printing, just click on the red x button to remove them. To restore a section, click on the green arrow icon in the upper right hand corner.

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