This is What We’ve Been Up to Off the Clock in February!

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Here’s what our Hip2Save team members have been up to when we’re off the clock.

woman and children smiling standing outside

We’re back with more exciting behind-the-scenes at Hip! 🤩

We’re continuing our super fun off-the-clock Hip series and giving you all a sneak peek into our lives behind the scenes every month!

Whether it’s something we’re buying, something we did, or how our lives are ever-changing, we’re bringing you along for the journey with us!

We celebrated Valentine’s Day by making special memories.

man and woman posing in front of heat backdrop and balloon arch

Melinda and her hubby enjoyed a special date night at their church. ❤️ After an incredibly rough month losing her Dad, just 6 months after losing her Mom, they were able to enjoy a night to themselves.

love dare book on night stand

One of the most memorable things from their night was receiving this book, Love Dare, which will carry into the next 40 days as they learn how to rekindle and love each other unconditionally in new, discovered ways.

Collin loved the book idea so much, she already ordered one for her and her husband and we just posted a deal for it since it’s currently on sale!

Erica tie-dyed some shirts with her kiddos for Valentine’s Day. 

kids sitting on floor wearing tie dyed shirts

Our favorite tie-dyed kit is currently on sale on Amazon (under $17 shipped!) so it gave Erica and her kids a reason to get crafty! Don’t they just look adorable in their new shirts?! 😍

Hip Tip: Read more tips on this tie-dyed kit from our DIY gal Lina who also got crafty with this kit.

Lina’s new floors are complete and she’s getting things back in order.

living room with hardwood floors

We had high expectations of Lina’s new floors and we couldn’t be more in love! While they originally planned to be on vacation during the whole process, she and her family managed to get through this reno project seamlessly. In fact, they even repainted downstairs and added molding to the walls! It’s like they’re living in a completely new home! 😍

Flooring contractors can find Lina’s flooring HERE.

woman standing next to tall fiddle leaf fig tree in corner of white living room

You may have already noticed, but Lina’s also been adding some new home decor to her recently renovated space too. She recently scooped up this faux fiddle leaf tree and a trendy boho planter which couldn’t look more perfect, just like her floors! 🤩

Hip Tip: Check out these 10 faux plants from Hobby Lobby that look totally real!

Emily has big plans for a space in her home too.

living room with exposed brick and mirror with project drawings

It must be something about the end of winter that has us all dreaming up amazing home projects, and Emily has also been tackling a few of her own. She just recently added this round mirror which she scored at Target for just $45 and even comes with a convenient kit for easy hanging. It inspired her to go big at home and redesign this section of her living room.

As you can see, we’ll have more to report back with soon regarding this home project! 🤩

I have my own project in the works for my daughter’s 6th birthday.

white bed pieces standing in pile on floor

It may not look like much now, but these pieces of wood are going to be the biggest surprise of my daughter’s life come April! I scored this Playhouse Pottery Barn Bed on Facebook Marketplace in perfect condition for just $520 which would have cost me $2,435.88 brand new. 😳

After selling a few things of my own from around the house, I recouped $350 making this incredible score just a mere $170 – that’s a savings of $2,265.88! 🤣

Here’s what the bed will look like!

pink and white playhouse bed in girly room

I’m still on cloud nine from this score and have it patiently stashed away in our basement until her birthday. I cannot wait to show you the finished product come April! 🥰

Hip Tip: I’ve put together so many more tips on how to maximize saving money around your home – especially for you new homeowners.

Jenna and her family adopted the sweetest new doggy.

brown spotted white dog sitting on couch with red blanket

Our Hip hearts are bursting this February with the new addition of Missy! Sadly, she came from a divorce where no one wanted her. 🥺 She also currently has a severe bladder infection, a double ear infection, is 23 pounds overweight, and still needs potty training at 5 years old. She also doesn’t know her name or how to walk on a leash so their family is essentially starting from scratch.

close up of tired dog resting on couch with red blanket

However, we know she couldn’t be with a more loving family now!

Jenna says Missy is the sweetest girl in the world and is so gentle with all their kiddos. Just look at that precious face! 🥰 Welcome to the Hip fam, Missy! ❤️

Gary’s making moves in the sticker industry. 

sleeping dog with selfie sticker leaning up on red toy

As you can see, Gary is totally thrilled about his new stickers Angela scored on Sticker Mule where you can grab 10 for just $1. The deal is currently available and you don’t need a dog as cute as Gary to have a reason to score these custom stickers! 😉

tons of dog stickers on black table

Angela says these are so fun and really great quality!

Oh, and in case you were looking for an even better Gary update… we found out he has a sister. 😯 More on that later…

Shane scored an $88 roundtrip flight to Arizona.

man standing at scenic view in Arizona

With some flights being so cheap right now, Shane was able to score a roundtrip flight for under 100 bucks and do some exploring in Arizona! However, he did say that with a cheap flight comes extra costs, like paying to bring your luggage.

Regardless, he had an amazing time and we thoroughly enjoyed his awesome photos!

Be sure to check out our travel deals page for so many ways to save on your next vaca!

Something incredible came from Shane’s trip, too.

two dark haired woman standing outside taking selfie smiling

Shane knew our Hip sidekicks, Lina and Chelsey, lived in Arizona (which spans 390 miles at its widest point) so he thought what a great idea it’d be to ask for sightseeing recommendations on Slack (our business messaging platform)…

slack conversation with people realizing they live close to each other

Come to find out, Lina and Chelsey discovered they not only live in the same state but are just a 5 MINUTE WALK from each other’s homes. 😱🤯

Ya just can’t make this stuff up! 🤣

We still can’t get over it and are living vicariously through their recent coffee meetup! Cheers, ladies! 😍

We didn’t forget about Stetson this month either…

man with helmet on in fighter jet

While he’s not one to share much of his behind-the-scenes, he did want everyone to know he’s just out here, battling harsh winter weather trying to find you all the best deals. If you’ve ever wondered how he gets from one store to another…well, now you know. 🤣

On a serious note, if you really want to see what Stetson’s up to, follow us on Instagram where he makes regular appearances and even hosts his own Takeover Tuesdays! 🙌🏻

Well, Hip2Savers, on that note, we’re going to get back to bringing you all the hippest deals on the internet!

I’ll be back in March with some more fresh Hip news!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 17

  1. Whitney

    I love to read about your lives off screen! I’ve been reading your blog to save money since I became a young stay at home mom 12 years ago, and now I’m 35! Hi from Denton, just across the city from Collin in Dallas! Gotta go, need to go pick up my Walgreens Dove moneymaker, it’s ready for pickup. Lol! Love y’all!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      We’re so thrilled you love these posts and your comment means so much to our team, Whitney! Thank you for being such a valued reader for the last 12 years – we sure appreciate you!

    • BlueWaterGirl

      Did you get your Wags cash getting the deal? I got ZERO when I picked up my order today. Going to call corporate in the morning since the manager said she can’t do anything for an app order for pick-up.

  2. Becca

    I love this post so much and reading and seeing all of your life updates. Thank you for not only sharing such amazing finds with us but also how you incorporate the deals/finds into your living spaces (room updates/remodeling) and life (travel bargains and ideas).

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so very welcome, Becca! I am so thrilled you enjoy this post and find so much value in it. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Ailine

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Ailine! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Beverly

    Melinda, so sorry to hear about your recent losses. Asking God to give you continual comfort and to bless you and your husband on you Love Dare journey!

    • Melinda Dilione (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you so so much for taking the time to comment, Beverly! It means so much. We are on Day 8 of The Love Dare and it’s been so wonderful. <3

  5. Lisha

    Glad you have an incredible hubby by your side. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your parents. I pray that God continues to comfort and strengthen you and those affected. For you: our loved ones may be gone physically, but they live with us and through us for all the remaining days of our lives. Stay well and rejoice, your parents are in His care. Blessings.

    • Melinda Dilione (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you so much, Lisha. Losing both of my parents in just over 6 months has been extremely, extremely difficult. I can’t imagine getting through these last several months without the support of my siblings, friends and of course my amazing team here at H2S. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment and encourage me. It means so much! xoxo

  6. smoresto

    I’d love to join your team! Everyone seems to have so much fun! Thanks for doing everything you do!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for being such a valued reader! We truly do have the best team ever! 🥰 If you’re interested in working at Hip be sure to check out our Careers Page for our current open positions.

  7. Crystal

    Absolutely love Missy. So glad you decided to give an older dog a loving home.
    I’m sure with a lot of patience she will become the best dog ever.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      She is such a sweet girl! Thanks for stopping by to show Missy some love, Crystal!

  8. Bunny

    A big shout out to Jenna for taking in Missy. If you need any help or suggestions in getting her to lose weight, I’ve got experience with that. Our dog Woz (a former guide dog for a blind man) gained 53 pounds (that is not a typo!) while he was a working dog. The guide dog school released him to us (my husband and I were his puppy raisers) and over several months we were able to get the weight off safely. Missy is one lucky pup to have you and your family!

    • jennap

      Hi there, Bunny!! Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so grateful to have such a wonderful pup come into our lives 💖 Woz sounds like he lucked out with you and your husband as well! I’d love to hear any tips you have! We are currently measuring and monitoring what she eats and making sure she gets plenty of exercise – as directed by our vet 🥰

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