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Flipp. Why You Should Be Using It. It’s not just about the Grocery Money.

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sav·ing

n.
an economy of or reduction in money, time, or another resource.

 –Google

Flipp

I’m fairly picky when it comes to apps. I like to keep my phone clutter free. It may be the only area of life that I’ve mastered the art of minimalism. Whenever I upgrade to a newer phone only a few apps make the cut. Yes, time and time again, Candy Crush keeps on…keepin on. My latest discovery will definitely make it to my newest upgrade. It’s an app called Flipp.

What is Flipp?

It’s a one-stop shop for all of those pesky weekly paper circulars that fill your mailbox. It’s truly green. 

According to their landing page:

“Flipp makes weekly shopping easy with the most digital circulars and coupons for the brand you love.”

I think they’ve hit a homerun with this one!

Why it’s a Keeper!

With Flipp, I receive the latest, most up-to-date circulars for my area. Stores in our locale often feature a Weekly One-Day Wednesday Sale. These sales typically offer grocery items at a steep discount. In the past, I’ve often missed the sale due to a late mail delivery of my weekly ads. Flipp has removed the middleman by sending a notification as soon as ads are available in my area. I plan out my grocery shopping trip much earlier in the week.


Easy Setup

When you first sign up for Flipp, they simply asked for your ZIP Code. Based on this, a list is generated of all current local circulars. You are then able to narrow down the ones that you would like to see most often.

For quick access, flyers are also listed categorically: Automotive, Baby and Kids, Electronics, Fashion, Grocery, Home and Garden, Office, Pets, Pharmacy and finally Sporting-Goods.

Features! Unless you’re from Jersey, in that case…Fee-Chas!

Shopping list

If you typically buy the same thing weekly you can save time by creating a base list. Items are easily added by three methods.

Speak, type or simply take a picture of your paper list.

Here is where it gets even more awesome. As soon as you add an item to your shopping list, Flipp runs a search of current circulars. If it’s in an ad, Flipp shows you the price and location. I simply touch the ads that I like and Flipp saves it to my list. (If only car shopping was this easy.)

Search

The search feature is probably the one I use most frequently. I am able to locate particular items of interest quickly. When I began adopting a healthier lifestyle, my concern was that vegetables would be far more expensive than meat. Growing up my mother always said, “Eat in season.” Using the Flipp app, I researched which seasonal vegetables were on sale. This has expanded my horizons with food. I’ve seen a Jicama in the store many times. However, after seeing it featured in weekly ads, I decided to give it a try. My daughter loved it and it’s now part of our diet.

Price Comparison

During a recent leg workout at the gym, I noticed that I was still having a lot of burning knee pain. I Pinterested it and found that cucumbers may remove acid from joints. That night I began blending Coconut Water, Pineapples, Lime and a Cucumber. It worked so well that I begin drinking this blend regularly. This increased my cucumber consumption exponentially. 

To minimize cost, I simply went onto my Flipp app and did a search for cucumbers. Within seconds Flipp pulled up all of the local ads. I compared prices and found that the price ranged from $.59 per cucumber to  5/$1.00, of course, that was a much better deal. Avocados are also a huge mainstay for my family and I. Performing a search weekly saves both money and time.

Coupons

I have yet to use the coupon feature. Flipp features a price matchup. For example, it compares current coupons to advertised items and shows the savings. If you live in the United States, Flipp can add coupons directly to your store loyalty and reward cards, which saves money right at the checkout. Just click on My Account and sign in with Google or Facebook. It lists available loyalty cards that you can sync with your Flipp account. For me, that’s a win-win because I hate clipping paper coupons!

Sync and sharing

Flipp now allows you to seamlessly sync your shopping list to all of your devices. I like this because if you’re on your Ipad at home it’ll automatically send it directly to your phone when you’re out. You can also create a shopping list and share it with your family or friends. This is cool. When something runs out at home a family member can simply just added to the list. 

Possible Bonus Benefits

I know that a lot of local retailers offer Price Match. This is where they will lower their price to meet or beat the advertised price of a local competitor. Big stores like Walmart have policies like these in place. I’ve never checked to see whether or not this works with the digital Flipp ads. I’ll definitely have to check into that one. If you already know please feel free to get back to me or comment below.

Eating healthy is important. Saving time and money are key. Flipp helps my family do all three. Which is something that I am definitely Flipped about! Now, you didn’t think I’d  write an entire post and NOT write something corny?

Check them out today!

Note to self: Add my Loyalty Cards to Flipp this week.

 

 


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