Hip2Save began as a blog from a mom who wanted to help friends and family save money. Fast forward ten years and it’s one of the most popular online deals sites in existence. Hip2Save has many of the same features that the other online deal sites do, such as coupon codes, discounts, and cash back offers, but it has many features that make it unique enough to be your go-to deals platform.
First, you can become a Hip2Save Insider, which allows you to create your own profile so you can earn badges and get deals that are unique to YOU. Why waste time going through offers that don’t matter like kids stuff if you don’t have kids when you can tailor it specifically to your needs?
This can be in the form of the deals you see on the site to the newsletter offers you receive. And once you’re an Insider, anything you do on the site will earn you points that you can redeem for entries into exclusive contests and giveaways through Hip2Save.
For those of you glued to your phone, Hip2Save offers mobile apps like most other sites, but one thing we loved was the ability to receive text alerts for the hottest deals posted on the site. It’s filtered down so you won’t get bombarded with constant offers for everything—just the absolute best ones.
Finally, Hip2Save has a massive database of printable coupons. For those of you who like to shop in-store and use paper coupons, this is a win-win. You can even find Target Cartwheel offers, as well as Ibotta and Checkout51 rebates for compound savings. Hip2Save isn’t a massive, public company like Groupon, which is one of the things we like about it—it’s run by a family, and it’s still an excellent site to save a ton of money.
Introducing Hip2Save and 5 tips to start couponing
Not a couponer yet? No problem! Here are five tips to get you started from Collin Morgan, Hip2Save’s founder and primary blogger.
1. Take baby steps. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by this whole couponing thing. Just clip a few coupons, or get a feel for how couponing works at one of your favorite stores. “You don’t have to go out there and save $500 the first time,” Morgan said. “Even if you save a dollar, that’s a dollar back in your pocket.”
2. Don’t be brand loyal. Be open to giving new products a try if you find good coupons for them.
3. Request free samples and product coupons. When a manufacturer has a new product available, freebie opportunities abound. Just call or send an email to the company’s customer service department and ask about samples, coupons and discounts.
4. Score products for free. When you buy a smaller item with a coupon, it can equal bigger savings — and you often can bring that item home without paying a dime. Try using a $1 off coupon on sample or travel sizes of products, for instance.
5. Use cash. You’ll tend to spend less money if you shop with cash only and leave your credit and debit cards at home.