Saving money at the grocery store has become so slick thanks to all of the new mobile apps out there. Whether you want to save on the sly or are an extreme couponer, there are two types of FREE mobile apps to help you cut your grocery bills:
- Flyer apps – used for finding the best sale price and price-matching
- Cash Back Rebate apps – used for claiming money back by snapping a photo of your receipt
At a recent #CDNmoney twitter chat, co-hosts Christa Clips and Common Cents Mom lead a lively discussion about Mobile Apps that Save You Time & Money at the Grocery Store. In this post we’ll recap some of the tips & tricks that the #CDNmoney community shared when it comes to using apps for grocery flyers and price-matching. Check back in for our next post about the Cash Back Rebate apps!
instantly turn a regular price into a sale price!
Finding the lowest possible price for each item on your grocery list is the foundation to being a savvy shopper. Many stores will price-match or ad-match their competitor’s advertised prices and the new mobile apps for viewing grocery flyers make the checkout process super slick: simply show the cashier the flyer on your mobile app and they’ll adjust the price. With only a couple of extra seconds of time, you can instantly turn a regular price into a sale price!
Tip: Putting items on the belt in the same order will speed up the price-matching process if you’re ad-matching multiple items (which we HOPE you are!)
Price-matching isn’t for everyone. Not everyone has access to stores that will price-match, or perhaps the extra planning and care at the checkout stage just isn’t your style. No worries! Identifying how you currently use your grocery flyers to save money will help you decide which grocery flyer app is best for you:
a) “I look at the weekly flyers to see what’s on sale at my favourite grocery store and I plan my meal plan and grocery list around those items.”
b) “I look at the weekly flyers to see what’s on sale at all local grocery stores and I plan my meal and grocery list around those items. I price-match the sale prices at one store.”
c) “I make a grocery list of what I need then check the flyers to see if any of the items on are on sale at a store that I can visit.”
d) “I check the flyers to see if any of the items on my grocery list are on sale at stores that I can price-match.”
Flipp – currently available for iOIS and Android devices, Hollie and I agree that this is the most comprehensive grocery app to date – in fact, she has signed on as one of 6 Brand Ambassadors for Flipp in 2014! Type a grocery item into the search bar to find the lowest price. Once you’ve decided which store you will visit or base your price-matching on, use the handy clipping feature to add that sale price to your Clippings page. Do this process for each item on your grocery list and the app will arrange them in a tidy shortlist of clippings no matter how many store flyers you’re using!
When shopping, simply “flipp” through your clippings when the cashier is ringing in your items and I say “I’d like to price-match this flyer price, please!” Flipp has a great cache system so you don’t need wifi or data access to recall the list and flyers that you’ve previously opened on your device. Travelling? Use Flipp in any Canadian or U.S. city.
Techie Tip: Deleting items from your clippings list right after you’ve bought them will keep your app clutter-free and keep your price-matching fluster-free!
Reebee – this app is available on Android, iOIS, and BlackBerry which makes it the most accessible flyer app, although it does not have the search and clipping features of Flipp. Reebee is our preferred substitute for paper flyers in terms of browsing to see what’s on sale because it’s the same layout as the paper flyers and there is never anything expired to delete (Flipp’s clipping list needs to be manually emptied). If you’re a price-matcher but don’t have an iOIS device, you can also use Reebee to “flash at the cash” just make sure that the date and store name are showing on the screen by tapping lightly on the bottom right corner. Reebee also has a strong cache system and as long as you have opened page 1 of a flyer, you can access that entire flyer without wifi or data access.
Techie Tip: make your own “clippings” list like the one offered by Flipp by taking individual screen shots of the items that you’ll be price-matching, then simply scroll through them in your photo gallery when you’re at the checkout.
Go green by using these mobile apps to view your flyers.
And stay in the green by using the apps to save on your weekly groceries!
Ready to add more layers of savings to your grocery shopping? Stay tuned for our upcoming post about the mobile apps to claim cash back with your grocery receipts. Sound too good to be true? I’ve typed this post on my iPad which i PAID for with these cash back rebates! ~Christa Clips
Christa Clips shares her Save-at-Home-Mom story on her blog along with frugal living tips. Christa is partnering with Common Cents Mom to share posts with more ways to save on groceries, shopping, and household costs.