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

man wearing purple wig sunglasses and studded jacket

Ever wonder what’s happening behind the scenes at Hip?

Our team works tirelessly around the clock on a daily basis to source hot deals, test products, create delicious recipes, and so much more! We’re undoubtedly committed to bringing you all the best content & adding value to your lives whenever possible.

That said, some of our best (and funniest) conversations happen behind the scenes, so we thought it would be fun to get a little personal with you all. In fact, we’re turning it into a whole, new series!

Whether it’s something we’re buying, something we did, or how our lives are everchanging, we want YOU to be a part of it too!

This is what our Hip team has been up to in September…

Jen is planning a scary prank amidst her kitchen remodel. 😱

skeleton prop in kitchen remodel cabinets

When September 1st rolls around, we jump into full-on Fall mode over here, but my Hip sidekick, Jen, took it to a whole other level with her skeleton prank idea. 😬 I totally didn’t realize that a major kitchen remodel is the perfect opportunity to hide a skeleton in a blank space between cabinets. 😆 It’s sure to be a scary surprise for whoever discovers it during the next kitchen remodel. 💀🤣

That is some serious commitment to a prank! LOL!

skeleton decor in kitchen for prank

She scored one for $28.88 at Walmart and is gearing up to stash this guy away once her kitchen cabinets start to be installed!

Jen also transformed her hair in minutes… 

before and after of root touch up to hide gray hair

Buy it on Amazon – $33.99

Last month, we posted an awesome deal on some Style Edit Root Touch-up which Jen was sure to snag immediately given the incredible online reviews. This month, she gave it a try and is completely flipping out over her results! Here’s what she shared with us:

“This stuff does EXACTLY what it says – I love it! It only takes about 2 minutes and my roots are hidden. It does such a phenomenal job at hiding the line of demarcation when hair grows out which means I can go longer in between hair coloring! So amazing!”

Krystal made all of us get baby fever when she welcomed her new addition.

newborn baby on moms chest

Team member, Krystal, who’s one of our awesome deal content writers, welcomed her adorable new baby this month and he couldn’t be any cuter! Congrats, Krystal! 

The exciting news even made Stetson’s emotions act up a little bit…

man holding tissue and crying with Netflix on tv in baxkground

…And he said he’ll be staying away from the water. 😂 Oh, Stetson!

Lina got the cutest & most unique essential oil diffuser ever. 

woman holding succulent planter with cord

Buy it on Amazon – $35.99 

  • Plus, save an additional 8% with Amazon’s clippable coupon!

If there’d be anyone on our team to find an essential oil diffuser that looks like the cutest succulent potted plant ever, it would be Lina! We can’t get over how cute it is! 😍

potted succulent plant lit up on kitchen counter

Oh, and it lights up! 😍 We’ll take them all, please!

Lina also scored the Birkenstock Costco deal we recently posted. 

hand holding a pair of white birkenstock sandals in front of mirror

Working at Hip is such a blessing that none of our team takes for granted! That said, almost all of us find it hard to keep ourselves from doing way too much online deal shopping. Lina is obsessed with her new trendy sandals!

I started a major DIY backyard project, so I’m basically working two full-time jobs. LOL! 

comparison of before and after backyard

And I’m already wondering what I was thinking! 🤣 I’m half kidding. LOL! On a serious note…WOW, I have a newfound respect for people who do this type of work for a living, because with raising 3 kiddos, football every day (and my significant other is coaching), our regular work, etc. I am TIRED! Phew!

Needless to say, it’s progress pictures like this one above that keeps me going and I’m so excited to share more about my frugal backyard when it’s done. We just finished up our patio which cost us just $300! Stay tuned for more. 😉

Stetson apparently loves spending his free time thrift shopping.

man wearing purple wig and black studded jacket in store

We honestly never get tired of seeing what Stetson’s up to so when he shares his random free time escapades, we only love him more! Man, you can find anything at Goodwill. 😂

man dressed as old lady holding up bag

We’re honestly not sure which look we love more. LOL! 🤣

Hip Tip: Check out these Stranger Things thrift store costumes our team put together last Halloween!

Melinda & her family said goodbye to their summer, house tent.

white tent porch with yellow chairs and plants

One of our newest team members, Melinda, just moved back to the US with her husband and three kiddos from Jamaica! Imagine starting a new job, making an international move during a pandemic, and living in a tent for the summer! We’re convinced this chick can do it all!

Even more exciting, they’ll be spending fall in their new home!

family standing in front of house with sold sign

After losing her mom to COVID ❤️😥, we were so thrilled to see Melinda and her family enjoy an uplifting and exciting milestone this month! While it may have been bittersweet to say goodbye to their cozy tent, they closed on their new home. Congrats, Melinda!

Speaking of new homes, Jenna finally found her dream home! 

victoria style house with grass and sidewalk

After many months of searching, 20+ house showings, and many emotions, team member, Jenna – finally ended her many months of searching for the perfect home! We got a sneak peek and we can’t get over all the character & charm inside! Congrats, Jenna!

We’re all mind-blown over Angela’s trash can cleaning service.

trash can cleaning service outside on road

While all of Angela’s friends left town for Fall break adventures, she’s living life in the fast lane by splurging on her monthly trash bin cleaning. Yes, it’s a real thing. 🤣 And yes, our entire Hip team wants to do it now. 😂 She said it’s $9.99 for the first bin and $4.99 for each additional bin!

Who else needs this in their life?! 🙋🏼‍♀️

While Angela’s trash bin was getting cleaned, she was working from her favorite new computer monitor. 

large computer monitor and small laptop sitting on desk next to each other

Buy it on Amazon – $348.96 (regularly $400)

If you’re dreaming of a shiny new Mac computer, Angela’s hack may just be a total game-changer for you. She recently purchased this monitor on Amazon to hook up to her Macbook, Magic keyboard, and mouse so now all those pesky, hard-to-see open tabs are a whole lot easier to manage. Here’s what she said about her new setup:

“I feel like I have an iMac again but for a lot less money. I’m so obsessed with this monitor! It’s 4K, and also works as a TV so you can pair it wirelessly via AirPlay 2 with your Apple Devices, even your phone too!”

Hip Tip: In the market for a new laptop? These are the best laptops on the market right now.

Jessica scored a mega deal on this sectional from Costco.

gray sectional couch in store

Jessica was so stoked to share this bad boy she scored at Costco for just $1,000.99! And she even scored a French door Samsung stainless steel refrigerator for just $999.99! This means she stayed $700 UNDER her original shopping budget for two major home items she can now check off her list AND it paid for half of next year’s Costco membership! So Hip2Save, Jessica! 👏🏻

Hip Tip: These are other wildly popular items Costco has that are worth the membership alone.

Eden scored what might be the cutest purse of all time.

hand holding a black cord telephone purse

Buy it on Amazon – $25.99

A shiny black purse with a black matte phone – we honestly couldn’t be more obsessed with Eden’s style and this find is one for the books! 🙌🏻 While she scored hers with free shipping on Zulily, we found it for all of you on Amazon, which also ships free with any Prime membership. Sweet!

Melinda, Emily, and about 10 other Hip team members grabbed the OXO cookie press deal we shared.

hand holding oxo cookie press in box

Buy it on Amazon – $33.95 (was $15, hopefully it drops in price again soon!)

We’re not shy to admit that we’re always influencing each other at Hip2Save. In fact, when we shared a super hot $15 sale on this OXO cookie press, about half our company decided they needed one too. 😆

woman holding a cookie press and plate of cookies

Needless to say, I expect to receive ALL the cookies this holiday season! LOL!

Be sure to read Lina’s full review of this cookie press here.

Emily learned how to get the most out of her thought-to-be expired eggs.

clear drinking glass with water and fresh brown egg inside

When you work remotely with 40+ other people, you learn quite a few life hacks. For example, this month at Hip, Emily learned that when you have a dozen eggs past their best buy date, you can easily test them for freshness by putting them in 4 inches of water.

Fresh eggs will sink to the bottom, whereas eggs that should be tossed will float to the top. You learn something new every day! 🙌💡

Lina is loving her new washable dining room rug.

dining room with table chairs and washable rug

Buy it on – $57.99 – $139.99

Lina can’t say enough good things about her new, washable rug she scored off Zulily (no longer available, but we did find it on! If you haven’t hopped on this washable rug trend yet, you’re totally missing out!

woman holding up a large area rug

It’s fashionable, practical, and affordable. What’s not to love?! 😍

Stacy saved nearly $5,000 by switching her old skylights to Solatubes.

two circle lights on ceiling with fan

After receiving multiple quotes to replace her broken & leaking skylights for around $5,000, Stacy discovered she could affordably replace them with Solatubes instead! Here’s what she said about her home upgrade:

“Oh my gosh, the quote to convert our skylights to Solatubes was crazy low! Like thousands lower! We had them do the conversion and it looked and felt so much better. No more heat AT ALL but lots of natural light.

We loved it so much that we had them install two in our kitchen. The part I’m really excited about is that our kitchen and attached dining area were so dark and dungeon-y but this totally fixed the problem. Plus, we ended up paying less for the two conversions and two additional Solatubes than we would have paid for just the two updates based on our other quotes. How crazy is that?!”

Collin moved to Texas over the summer and is still getting settled! 

woman on rattan bed with dogs

As many of you know, Collin recently moved to Dallas, Texas from Reno, Nevada. She is still getting in the groove of living in this new and very big city, but is lovin’ it so far. This picture above cracks me up! 😆 #reallife

She already found a nail place she loves…

woman showing off fall nail art design manicure

How fun is this nail design?!

Well, Hip2Savers, on that note, we’re going to get back to bringing you all the best deals.

Until next month!… 👋🏼

In the meantime, we LOVE connecting with you, so let us know your favorite mentions in this post! And don’t forget to stay engaged with us on Facebook and Instagram where we often get pretty personal too. 😏

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 53

  1. Kaylee

    Collin I had no idea you moved! Now we really can be besties! We are in Rockwall 😊

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, Yes! Love that! Thanks, Kaylee! 💖

      • Lisa

        I’ve followed you a long time and u have moved quite a bit. Lol

    • Whitney

      I didn’t know either! I’m in Denton! My husband went to Rockwall High School!

      • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

        So cool… Hi neighbor! 👋

  2. Glenna Rominger

    I loved reading this! Thanks!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, Glenna! We’re glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Kellie

    I just love posts like this! So fun getting a little behind the scenes glimpse of your team💗

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      SO happy you’re loving the post, Kellie! Thanks for the sweet feedback!

  4. VickiL

    This was a fun read!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      So glad you enjoyed this post, VickiL!

  5. AngieM

    Why did you move to Texas Colin?

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Hi there! We were wanting to be closer to family.

  6. atank

    Thank you Hip2Save for including “us” in behind the scenes of your everyday lives. I appreciate this post very much and have been a follower since you first started! Congrats and be blessed

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so very welcome, atank! Thank you for being a valued reader with us for so long! We sure appreciate you and your support!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      How sweet! You’re so welcome! Thanks a ton for the kind words and for being a longtime reader! It sure means a lot. 💕

  7. Timothy

    This is so much fun to read through – I hope y’all continue these, brightened my morning! 😄

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      We’re so thrilled you loved this post, Timothy! We plan to do this monthly, so keep your eyes peeled for what shenanigans we get into for October! LOL!

      • Timothy


  8. pico nix

    Lena’s home looks so zen. Would love to see a tour of her home!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      I couldn’t agree more! I tell her all the time I’m moving in. LOL!

  9. Peaches

    I love the trash bin cleaning service. I would totally sign up if it was around here. What a great idea.

    • Angela (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there Peaches! The service I use is – I know they are in different areas. I first saw people talking about this type of service on Tik Tok! I found them by Googling “trash bin cleaning service”. I keep my bin in the garage so this makes it so much better!

      • Peaches

        Thanks. That is where I keep mine too and it gets stinky. Washing a trash bin that is bigger than me is not fun.

  10. Steph

    I love this post and think you are all awesome! Thank you for not only providing us with great deals and including us in your lives but for becoming our friends via this app! We are truly all a great group of people!! 😃

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      WOW! Thank you so much, Steph! We sure appreciate you being such a valued reader!

  11. Tonya S

    Love it 💕

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      We’re thrilled you enjoyed this post, Tonya!

  12. Materof6

    This was so fun and great to read! Thanks for sharing! I’ve followed Hip2Save a long time, and it brings me joy to see this! I will look forward to future posts. Many blessings to all of you!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed this post, Materof6! Thank you for being such a loyal Hip2Save reader – we sure appreciate you!

  13. Sheila

    What a fun post! It reminded me of those 80’s movies where they say what happened to the person in the future (like Fast Times at Ridgemont High)! Love the Hip fam!!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Haha! We’re so glad you enjoyed this post, Sheila! We sure appreciate you!

  14. Elizabeth Kelly

    Love being able to know this “family” even more.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      So sweet, Elizabeth! Our readers sure do feel like family, thanks for being one of them!

  15. amandaa

    Collin, you mentioned your significant other was coaching. Is that your husband or do you have a different special person in your life now? Please feel free to ignore this post if you don’t want to share or it’s too personal. I only asked since you shared and I didn’t know if I missed something 💕

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Amandaa! Thanks for asking! That portion above was actually about Sara. Hope that helps!

    • Hipgrandma

      I was wondering the same thing but wasn’t going to ask. Glad you did so we could clear up the confusion for those of us who’ve followed Collin for a long time and watched her family grow up, move, lose Ma…..❤️

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Ohh yes, that is my significant other, Amandaa! Collin and her hubby are going strong and just as cute as ever! 🙂

  16. Joan

    Collin, Do you think TX will be your “forever home”? I totally understand wanting to be closer to family. I remember you lived on the east coast, then Boise, Reno, and now TX. Wowsers! Are you moving so much due to your husband being in the military? Which place was your favorite? I think you should give CA but I’m biased because I live in CA and I love it. I guess I kinda feel like I know you since I’ve been a fan of your site for over 10 years, maybe since the very start.

    • Kim

      She moved to Boise when her husband got out of the military. All the moves since then haven’t been military related!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      I’m honestly not sure what the future holds, but for now we are definitely excited to call Texas home and get settled here. We are also very happy to be back by family. 💖 We did move quite a bit when my hubby was in the military. To answer your question, it’s a hard one, but I would have to say one of my favorite places we’ve ever lived was Jacksonville, NC (a Marine Corps town on the coast). I miss living on base and having that wonderful community feel, and I also miss living by the coast and taking the kids to the beach on the weekends. I’m so grateful for those memories.

  17. acgold

    Thank you for sharing all the info. Especially the new baby news. It is always great to read good news in this day and age!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You sure are right about that, isn’t he a cutie?! Thanks for stopping by, acgold!

  18. Rosa

    Collin, I usually go to Costco in Rockwall!!! I hope you are enjoying Texas! I can recommend great Mexican, Thai and Japanese places around Dallas.

  19. Becky

    I think the person that hid the skeleton should hide something with the skeleton sort of like a time capsule. A tin box with a picture of you and your family inside(names on back). Maybe a list of prices of gas, a loaf of bread, and a gallon of milk. You could possibly include your family’s favorite recipe. Another possibility could be a newspaper. It’s just an idea.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      What a cute idea, Becky! I truly love this and will be sure to make sure Jen sees this idea!

  20. TD

    Best post ever! I’ve been following for quite some time and miss all the fun details of your life. This is fantastic, and shows how much you have grown…individually, and part of a great big team. It makes us feel like we are a part of something, and that is what I keep coming back for. Thanks for all your amazing efforts!! Lots of love to you guys!!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so sweet, TD! We’re so happy that you are a part of our team’s journey and are so thankful for your support!

  21. Kristen

    Love this post! More please!!

  22. Susan

    I love this so much!! Please keep posts like these coming. Thank you for all that you do.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so very welcome, Susan! Thank YOU for the sweet comment and request!

  23. Haley

    Jenna’s dream home!!! WOW, gorgeous. Curious where she’s located. Super fun post. Been a follower for so long you all feel like old friends.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How sweet! Thanks, Haley! I just spoke with Jenna. She’s in central Wisconsin and she can’t wait to get even better pics to share with everyone! 💕

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