The key is to plan ahead when it comes to shopping for family meals, kiddie lunches, and baby supplies. Many shoppers make lists and that’s a good first step in the planning process, but odds are your list isn’t optimized to slash your grocery costs.
Here are five ways to plan your weekly grocery shopping so you can maximize savings.
1. Making a digital shopping list.
You probably already make paper lists, but the best way to plan ahead for family meals is to make a digital list. On Flipp, you can use the shopping list feature, to automatically round up all of the circular deals for each item—plus coupons— so you’ll know where to shop to max out your savings every week.
2. Let the sales help you plan meals.
One of the best ways that parents can save is to plan dinners and lunches based on sales in the weekly local circulars. Flipp puts all of the local weekly circulars at your fingertips and lets you quickly browse dozens of them. When you’re scanning the circulars, you can tap on the juiciest deals and those items will automatically be added to your shopping list.
3. Plan your weekly shopping trips.
When you add an item to your shopping list on Flipp, you’ll quickly and easily be able to spot which stores have the best deals on the stuff you need to buy. And they might not be the places you usually shop for groceries. For example, you might find that the best deal on milk is at your local CVS this week. So when you go to pick up that prescription, you’ll know to snag a gallon of milk too!
4. Plan to divide and conquer.
No time to go to Dollar General for rock-bottom prices on Jif peanut butter and Oreos? Plan ahead to share the shopping duties with a spouse or friend using Flipp’s Family Sync feature. On the Flipp app, go into your Shopping List and simply click “Invite,” and share the Shopping List. Anything you add or check off within that list will be synced on both your devices, which means no more forgetting or buying doubles! Bonus: Flipp can send you reminders so you know when deals are expiring—and it will even ping you when you’re near a store that has deals you’ve clipped on the app.
5. Plan to pair up with other parents.
It almost always pays to buy in bulk when it comes to items that you’ll be using every day for kid lunches and snacks, such as juice boxes, granola bars, and plastic baggies. Plan trips to warehouse clubs with other parents and split the bill on items that you’ll both be using for school lunches and family meals.