There are just soooo many great blogs out there. We know it can be hard to keep up with the ones you love, let alone find new ones. So to help you out, we’ve created a new weekly column here at JoeShopping.com: The Blog Spotlight!
Each week, we’ll cover a unique money-saving blog that’s doing something a little bit different than just your average penny-pinching blog. So if you have or know of a blog you’d like to submit for spotlight consideration, please shoot an email to email@example.com with all the info!
Meet Collin Morgan from Hip2Save.com
If you’re looking to save money, Collin is your new BFF. She’s bright, fun, extremely helpful, and a veritable Coupon Master. With a husband in the Marine Corps and three young kids at home, Collin began Hip2Save back in 2008 to help herself and her family save money.
How did you first get started blogging?
I simply started blogging because I was so passionate about saving money and felt the need to share my passion with anyone who would listen. Blogging enabled me to share my great finds with family and friends all across the country.
What 3 words best describe your blog?
Fun, Personal, Humorous
Okay, how about describing your blog in 5 sentences or less?
Hip2Save is a national coupon and savings blog that focuses on all the latest freebies, samples, coupons, drugstore match-ups, online bargains, and more! In addition to providing you with all the hottest (and hip!) deals, I offer money-saving tips, give you frequent glimpses into my personal life (it’s not always pretty!), and infuse most of my posts with lots of humor. My goal is to help you save money while having fun at the same time. The community of Hip2Save readers are largely what makes the site so successful today as they make every effort to welcome new readers, answer questions, and to provide words of encouragement.
What’s your favorite part about blogging?
I absolutely love that I can work all day in my pajamas if I please and that I am my own boss.
There is never an end to blogging… it is literally a 7 day per week 24 hours per day job. There is no break, no 2 week vacations etc. so it can easily become overwhelming.
How has blogging helped you save money?
Blogging keeps me accountable, not only to myself but to my readers. And honestly, because I am on my computer literally 12+ hours per day, I do not have any time to spend money!
What’s your best advice for saving money?
Follow Hip2Save.com! All kidding aside, I think that it is important to set a budget, use coupons, and always try to shop with cash only – that way when it’s gone, it’s gone!
EO Bubble Bath 3 pack for 96¢ shipped (regularly $40!)
Rite Aid Halloween Candy Craziness (can you say stomach-ache?!)
How can you tell if a deal is legit or not?
If I am skeptical about a company that is offering a hot deal, I will often pick up the phone and call the company directly to find out whether the deal is legit. I also use the Better Business Bureau as a reference. Finally, I always keep in mind that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
What’s the coolest freebie you ever got online?
FREE Pro-Force Cleaning Kit from Sam’s Club
Google Chrome finger sweatbands (they really did come!)
Visit Collin at Hip2Save.com
and be sure to tell her that JoeShopping sent ya!
A big honkin’ thank you to Collin for taking the time to answer our questions! If you’d like to be spotlighted in a future post please shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with all the info!