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Saving on 376 School Lunches with Flipp!

Christa Clips sends her kids back to school with lunchbox savings by FLIPP

Our kids started grade 1 and grade 3 today – they’re super excited and I’m pleased as punch to get back to the blog! First up: how to save time & money on lunchboxes with the Flipp mobile app!

I have 376 school lunchboxes to pack between now and next summer – YIKES!  In addition to saving on all of the fruit, vegetables, bakery and deli items that I’ll pack, pre-packaged lunchbox items are another easy category for savings at the grocery store by using the Flipp app! I commonly stock up on 100% juice boxes, granola bars, pots of fruit sauce, and yogurt tubes (they freeze well!). Before filling our pantries and fridges with lunchbox items that “seem” like a good deal, though, there are a few things to be mindful of:

Know your needs

What are you permitted to take to school when it comes to nutritional ingredients, allergens, and packaging?

Know your limits

How many lunchbox items will you need by the end of the school year and/or the product expires?

  • I have 160 lunchboxes to pack before Christmas (80 days x 2 kids)
  • 96 lunchboxes between New Years and March Break (48 days x 2 kids)
  • 120 lunchboxes between March Break and the end of the school year (60 days x 2 kids)

Know your prices

Keep an eye on sale prices and stock up on your favourite items when they’re on sale. Try to match the sale price with other layers of savings such as coupons, store perks, specially marked packaging with coupons or useful offers, cash back rebates, etc.

The absolute EASIEST way to keep an eye on prices and be ready to stock up on back to school lunchbox items is with the Flipp app! I’ve been an avid Flipp user for over a year now and have been able to save hundreds of dollars and a WACK of time. Here’s how!

How to Use Flipp to SAVE time & money on groceries:

Step 1. Find out if an item you want is on sale this week by typing it into the search bar of the Flipp app

Step 2. Based on the search results, choose the flyer that has your item for the lowest price this week, regardless of where the store is located

Tap the screen to add an item to your Clippings list

Tap the screen to add an item to your Clippings list

Step 3. Add that best price to your Clippings List by tapping on the item

Step 4. Buy the items on your Clippings List and enjoy your savings, knowing that you bought your items at the lowest price offered this week without having to scour the paper flyers on your own!

Tip: Put items on the conveyor belt in the same order as your Clippings list for fast & easy price-matching!

Tip: Put items on the conveyor belt in the same order as your Clippings list for fast & easy price-matching!

Yah … but …..

How can Flipp help me save money if the best price is at a store that’s far away?  

No prob! Simply flash the Flipp app at the cashier of your local store that price-matches! Walmart, Giant Tiger, and Real Canadian Superstore are my three favourite stores to price-match in my neighbourhood.

It doesn’t make sense to pay for an app that will save us money.

Apparently the folks at Flipp agree – it’s a FREE app available for iOS and Android!

I don’t buy processed or packaged foods for our lunchboxes.

Try searching for the best prices on fruit, veggies, dairy, meat, etc. Then price-match them and save on ALL of your grocery needs! One of my many saving mantras is “Grapes are always on sale, somewhere!” Here’s my blog post with 4 Ways to Save on Fresh Produce.

I don’t have a data package on my mobile device.

Even though many stores offer free WiFi access now, there is the odd “dead zone”. To remedy this, the Flipp app has a great cache system. Simply open any flyers that you might want from home or wherever you’re connected to the internet. Then when you’re out shopping, anything you’ve previously opened and/or clipped will be accessible without internet connection when you open the app next!

I get embarrassed about holding up the line when I’m trying to price-match and/or use coupons.

Fumbling through paper flyers while trying to organize our items on the conveyor belt can trip up even the most seasoned couponer or price-matcher. Flipp makes checking out while price-matching SO much easier! I put all of my regular items on the belt first and put a divider bar down before placing my items to price-match in order as I scroll through my clippings list on my phone or iPad.

  • Me: “I’ve got a few items to price-match after the divider bar”
  • Me: “Grapes are on sale for $.99/lb at FreshCo. this week”
  • Show the cashier the sale price on your Clippings list
  • If the cashier needs to scrutinize the date, size, brand, etc., simply tap the clipped item and it leads directly to the online flyer with all of those details.
  • Cashier: “My oh my, you’re a smart shopper.” *
  • Me: “Why yes, yes I am!”

Hmmm … I really must shoot a quick video to show how fast and simple it is to save time and money at the grocery store with Flipp. Stay tuned! *some parts of the example transaction may be exaggerated!

Christa Clips Coupons in Flyers!

Flyers are another place to find coupons to clip. Christa Clips shares 3 Easy Steps to maximize your coupon savings!

Flyers are another place to find coupons to clip. Christa Clips shares 3 Easy Steps to maximize your coupon savings!

I’m often asked about where to find coupons to save on groceries. Now that I’m relying more and more on online flyers and mobile flyer apps, I have to remind myself to check my flyer bag for coupons to clip – there are often 5-10 coupons to clip each week. And while I may never redeem the coupons, I feel it’s worth the few extra minutes of my time to clip the coupons and have them handy as I’m building my shopping list or for when there’s an unadvertised or clearance sale while I’m out shopping.

3 Easy steps for Using Coupons in Flyers:

  1. Scan your flyers and clip coupons for products that you use, even if you don’t don’t shop at that store
  2. Use the Flipp app to find out if the product is on sale anywhere during the dates that the coupon is valid and “clip” the best price to your Clippings List
  3. Redeem your coupon AND price-match your clipped price with Flipp at a store that price-matches and accepts competitor’s coupons.

Mix + Match your flyer coupons while price-matching for Extreme Couponing Savings!

Walmart is an example of a store that will permit you to price match a competitor’s sale price and use a competitor’s coupon. The stores don’t have to match each other, either!

Example:

  • Coupon for FREE Axe shave gel with purchase of men’s Axe facial care product clipped from Jean Coutu flyer
  • Axe facial care products on sale for $3.99 in Shoppers Drug Mart flyer
  • Price-match the flyer sale price and redeem the coupon for the FREE product at Walmart

Don’t stop there … keep adding on more layers of savings!

To add more layers of savings to the coupon and sale price, check for a cash back rebate using one/all of these cash back rebate apps:

Using coupons from flyers, price-matching a competitor’s flyer, and claiming cash back rebates are all easy ways to cut your grocery bill. Here are some other blog posts I’ve written with more step-by-step tips about how to price match and use the cash back apps here in Canada:

Happy Couponing!

The Little Coupon that Could! (How Couponing Has Changed My Saving Philosophy)

The Little Coupon that Could!

Christa Clips: Save-at-Home-Mom shares how small savings like this have helped shape her savings philosophy and justify leaving her career as a teacher to save her family money.

This little $1 OFF coupon would only make a small dent against the full price of $10.99 for 24 rolls of toilet paper. I totally “get” why the naysayers believe “it’s not worth my time to clip coupons!” and certainly would never expect anyone to buy into the notion that couponing allows people to quit their jobs.
Yet…that’s exactly what I did!

Added to a sale price and another $1 cash back rebate from Snap Saves, this little $1 OFF coupon (from GoCoupons) ended up contributing to 88% savings. And while I certainly don’t save that much on every item on my grocery list, it’s rare for me to pay more than 50% for most items.

Having the time to watch for sales, clip coupons, and stay on top of the latest apps and saving programs is one of the perks of being a Save-at-Home-Mom! I’m working hard to find ways to cut our spending in all areas of our family budget, and let’s face it. This is one grocery staple that I’m not willing to cut!

Learning to coupon has played a big role in helping me shape my philosophy about saving & spending.

Couponing on it’s own does not provide enough weekly savings for me to justify leaving my career as a teacher trainer in order to save money. But learning to coupon over the past 3 years has played a big role in helping shape my saving/spending philosophy. In a nutshell, I find myself thinking “I just spent a few minutes trying to save $2 on that item, I’m going to be careful not to waste it on something else.”

This frame of mind has helped me embrace some good ole fashioned frugality that I’d lost somewhere along the way:

  • do not waste.  Hydro, water, food.
  • new-to-me is just fine.  Hand-me-downs, consignment, garage sales, community buy & sell groups are a great way to save AND earn.
  • wait for a sale. Appliances, vehicles, insurance, phone/tv services, clothing, entertainment, groceries. It all goes on sale, has a coupon, or comes with a perk at some point. Spending a bit of extra time and effort can result in big savings.

And so my new job includes finding ways for our family to save money so that I can be home with our children. Bit by bit, it all adds up, and so far, our weekly savings and work-from-home income are greater than what I’d be making if I was to return to a job outside of the home (saving over $40/day on daycare is a good start).

Can I continue to find ways to save as the cost of living increases and our children grow into more expensive activities, appetites, & apparel?

I know i can. I know i can!