Wednesday, 5 July 2017

You Hungry? Eating well on a Budget Part 2 - The Apps

Let’s pinch some pennies, people!

On Monday we talked about how to cut your overall food costs by planning out our meals in advance and by changing our ideas of what constitutes a meal (starch, vegetables, meat protein). Today we are going to tackle the other half of the equation – shopping smart.

First, make a list. I cannot stress this enough. You don’t want to run back and forth to the store five times for missed objects. Not only is it a waste of your time, it is also wasting money on things like gas or wear-and-tear on a vehicle. I use an app to make my lists for two reasons: It keeps everything organised and compact and I tend to never leave home without my phone, so I never forget my list. My absolute favourite app for lists is Out of Milk by Bonial International Inc. You can either type in your items or scan them in using your phone to create a grocery list quickly. my favourite part of this app you can put notes with each item (like whether you’re price-matching or have a coupon).

Screenshot of Out of Milk
  Next, let’s talk about price-matching. A lot of us ignore the pile of flyers that come through our house every week, but again, there’s an app for that. Flipp is an app by Flipp Corp. that allows shoppers to view all of their local flyers in one convenient spot. You can highlight which deals are worthwhile then go over to Out of Milk and add a note to your grocery list reminding you to price match the item. Flipp is accepted almost everywhere now for price matching, so just make sure you have it with you when you go shopping! Another thing to keep in mind is that Flipp has recently added a coupon section as well. Make sure to check there for more deals.

Screenshot of Flipp

Speaking of coupons, there are some amazing apps you can use to find coupons and rebates. The one I use most is Checkout 51 by SmartSource. This one is fantastic if you are in Canada or the United States. I find it has a huge variety of different things I can get discounts on and all I have to do to get the rebates is scan my grocery receipt. It’s compact and easy to use which makes it a fantastic tool. The biggest drawback is that it’s a delayed payback and you can only cash out once you hit $20. If you use it often, though, you won’t have a problem hitting that goal again and again.

Screen shot of Checkout 51
Do you have any saving strategies you would like to share? What apps do you use for groceries? Share your budgeting strategies in the comments so we can all save some cash!


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