Recently I was at a baby shower in Boston. My table was a mix of new, experienced, soon to be and non- moms. I brought up a couple of my favorite websites that help me save money and I was floored that I was the only one using them. Since this was a special and classy occasion there was no way they could get out their phones and take notes so for my Boston Mama’s and my local Mama’s I will list my top sites through out the week….
Site #1: Hip2Save.com
What is it: Run by a military wife, Collin trying to help your family and her family save money by sharing the deals she find. This site is a must for everyone during the holiday season.
What I like:
- She does not list every deal out there. She only list what she thinks are the best deals, saving you from sifting through crap.
- She will break down a purchase to show you how to get the most bang for your buck using promo codes.
- If you are willing to read (I am not) she teaches you how to do that whole extreme couponing thing at your favorite local retailers.
- I have gotten a ton of great stuff for very little money.
What I don’t like:
- Outside of Christmas shopping time this site is hit or miss and grocery store coupon heavy.
- She is associated with Jill’s Steals and Deals on the Today Show. There is a big Today Show sticker slapped on her site. So that small town housewife image is not exactly accurate any more. Keep in mind that most the time you are clicking on a link for her site she is getting a kick back. There are times where she does not disclose that she is being paid by retailers to talk about a product or drive you to her site. Legally she is supposed to but all is fair in deals and mom blogging.
- Her fan are diehards that accept zero criticism of Collin and worship her. I get the impression there is a whole on-line gang of moms in Pj’s couponing the day away until their kids get home from school.
* You can follow Hip2Save on Facebook but they do not send you email updates when a new deal comes in so you can get pretty addicted to checking the site.
* Is it worth it? YES. I bought at least $120 worth of Melissa & Doug wooden food for the play kitchen for only $30 this Christmas. Among a ton of other things for super-duper cheap.