Saving money is crucial, I don’t care who you are. Emergencies, illness, job loss are all reasons to build up savings accounts not to mention old age and/or retirement savings.
If I was president of the universe, I would give each person a smartphone pre-loaded with my favorite money-saving app: Hip2Save. It’s the only saving money/ deals app you need this year. It’s free! And it’s for both IOS and Android 🙂
An app isn’t going to magically build your savings. However, if you’re paying a lot less for items you need, that’s going to free up money to stash away for monsoons and the like.
The Creator Behind the Money Saving App
Hip2Save grew out of an Idaho woman’s emails to her mom and sisters about couponing deals. That woman is Collin Morgan. For Collin’s full story, see here.
While I’ve been a reader of Collin’s blog for a few years now, I just downloaded the app last year. And I’ve checked it multiple times a day since.
You Don’t Have Time to Search for Bargains
If you’re like me, you probably work full time. Maybe you have more than one job. Perhaps you have children or other relatives to care for. You might have a hobby or two. Or maybe you’re trying to maintain your own blog, which sucks up vast amounts of time and energy.
You don’t have 24 hours a day to find all the deals you might use/want/need. And there’s no need to when Collin and her team of bargain hunters are so good at tracking things down.
Plus, Hip2Save has been around since 2008. That’s ancient in blogging years. Every six months of blogging time is equal to five or six years in a brick and mortar business. During all those years, Hip2Save has created a following of shoppers and other bloggers who send her alerts about deals and sales.
“Note: a deal isn’t a deal if you don’t need it or won’t use it. If you are a compulsive shopper, please skip this app.”
What kind of deals have I scored from Hip2Save?
1. Carhartt pants for $9.99 = savings at least $30+ a pair!
What’s been my most favorite deal ever? Several pairs of $9.99 Carhartt pants. For the uninitiated, Carhartt pants are sturdy wear for construction workers and others in the trades. Carhartt pants, at least in my expensive and rural corner of the world, start at $39.99 and go up to $80 + depending on style. The cheapest I’ve ever found them on sale in a brick and mortar store is for $29.99. And did I mention my husband, Mr. 47, is a stone mason? The chemicals he works with eats through fabric, even sturdy materials, so we have to buy several pairs of new pants every year.
2. Philosophy Purity Cleanser 8 oz for $7 = savings $17
I’m a Philosophy girl, have been for several years. Just last month I got a compliment on my skin even though I’m on the downhill slope to being nifty at fifty.
I cleanse daily with Purity, which is more than I like to spend on facial cleanser. Remember what your grandma said, it hurts to be beautiful and it’s usually expensive too. But it doesn’t have to with Hip2Save. I’ve gotten two bottles this year at $7 a bottle for an 8-oz bottle. Those are usually $24 on the Philosophy and Sephora websites.
But That’s Not All
But wait, there’s more. Beauty deals at Ulta, free magazine subscriptions, free samples of granola bars, pet food, deodorant (sometimes full-size), are all regular scores you’ll find on her app. Collin has a restaurant deals section too.
Plus, Collin posts about Target Cartwheel deals for everything from groceries to socks as well as weekly updates of don’t miss sales at Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS.
Collin has created and maintained a supportive, encouraging community of readers–no easy task when you have hundreds of thousands of followers (all of whom have their own personalities…). If you’ve got a question about a deal or about a product’s performance or need suggestions for a difficult situation, Hip2Save readers and Collin and her staff are happy to offer input.
Ease of Use
The Hip2Save app is fast, easy to use, and glitch-free. That’s not something you can say about many apps.
Lights, Camera, Action: Hip Videos
Collin routinely posts videos of shopping trips she’s taken to Target and Walgreen’s. The videos can be encouraging, especially if you’re new to looking for bargains.
But even if you don’t have a smartphone, you won’t miss the deals. Everything on the app is posted on the Hip2Save website. It’s just more convenient, especially if you’re out shopping, to scroll quickly through the app.
If you like to see cute outfits, follow Hip2Save on Instagram. Collin has a fun personality and she often posts stylish outfits of the day, including where to find them, on Instagram.
Your turn: What’s your favorite money saving app?