Sunday, August 21, 2016

Saving and Savouring with Flipp #FlippFoodChallenge

I'm always up for a challenge, as you know, so here I am taking part in the Flipp Summer Food Challenge, using the Flipp app to help me source the best deals on ingredients for a delicious summer family meal. I normally receive flyers at my door each Thursday, with the local free paper, and I do use them to plan my meals and grocery shopping for the week. When I'm doing this carefully, it involves jotting lots of notes as I review each flyer and then going back and comparing prices to decide where to shop. It takes a fair bit of time.

Flipp provides an alternative. This is a free, location-based app delivering the latest flyers digitally to your mobile device. It allows you to browse the flyers, "clip" items you want to add to your list, search for specific items across all flyers to compare prices, and more. Flipp includes an in-app shopping list and coupon matching features, so you can quickly and easily find the very best deals on what you need, and receive instant savings at checkout! If you do price matching, just show the cashier your phone instead of hauling in all the paper flyers.

I gave the app a try on my Android phone, sourcing out the best deals on a summer dinner, with chicken breasts (a family favourite) as the protein. Boo loves green beans, so I had to check those out too. I just added these items to my shopping list, and Flipp went looking for them. The circled numbers after the items in this list indicate where I've "clipped" something in a flyer.

I love that Flipp will grab products from each of the current flyers and display them together so I can easily see where I can get the best deal. For the green beans, Farm Boy has a great price on Ontario green beans, but I have no idea where that store is. The standard price this week seems to be $1.99, which I found at the Real Canadian Superstore as well.

I checked out prices on chicken breasts too. Anything appearing in one of the weekly flyers will show up in your Flipp search.

Research done, on to shopping, and now it's time to get dinner ready and on the table. Everything for this meal was done on the BBQ, which is a bonus for me. I love to cook (and eat!) outdoors, and I appreciate any night the kitchen isn't getting heated up by the oven.

For the local, new potatoes I washed them and sliced 1/4 inch thick. Add some sliced onion, a few pats of butter, salt & pepper. Wrap in foil and cook on the grill at medium high, about 20 minutes.

I cut the zucchini into wedges and tossed it and the green beans in some olive oil, salt & pepper. We have a veggie basket for grilling them. For the chicken breasts I drizzled them with olive oil and sprinkled on one of our favourite seasoning rubs. Simple!!

And here's dinner, done. So easy, so tasty. And healthy too, with all local veggies and Ontario chicken.

It did take me a little bit to get used to the Flipp app and how it worked, but I'm happy with it now. Definitely easier than working with the paper flyers, pen and my notepad. What about you? Have you tried Flipp yet? If not, you can download the mobile app from the App Store or Google Play, or check it out online.

Also note - Flipp includes ALL the local flyers, not just for groceries. So you can use it to help in your back to school shopping as well. Staples, Best Buy, Sears, Giant Tiger, etc., are all included in the app's offerings.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Flipp. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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