Feeding a family is expensive, especially when you're trying hard to make healthy choices.  It would be nice if produce, dairy and whole grains were as cheap as many junk foods, but unfortunately some of the healthier options that you're probably wanting to put on your table for your family are also often some of the more expensive.

My kids are total produce junkies. They've never met a bean or berry they didn't like. My little monkey eats bananas by the bunch and my tween is nuts over all the sweet corn and watermelon that's starting to come into season. I'm grateful that they love eating these healthy choices and usually prefer them over sweets, but when I'm watching my grocery expenses, produce costs can often blow our budget if I'm not smart about where I shop.

When I started couponing many years ago, you used to have to dig through the Sunday papers and compare them side by side for the best deal. Fortunately, Flipp helps me compare ads and find the best prices on produce in town. It helps me save time every week by bringing the ads right to my tablet or smart phone and allowing me to find the lowest prices on fresh fruit, groceries or whatever I’m shopping for that week. I personally also love the ability to use the app to not only create shopping lists, but to add my store saving cards and clip savings to use while I’m at the check-out.

So what good things are we making at home with all our savings that we find on Flipp? One of our favorites this time of year is a fresh fruit salad. This easy to make salad takes only minutes, and keeps well for a couple meals. It's totally kid friendly since it's tasty and easy to eat with forks or fingers. I often change up the ingredients based on what we have in the fridge or what was a great deal that week, but here is our favorite mix for a Watermelon Berry Salad Recipe. Feel free to add in or swap out with your own family's favorites.

  • 4 -5 Cups Diced Seedless Watermelon
  • 1 Pint Blueberries
  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 pounds Green Grapes
  • 1 tsp Lemon or Lime Juice
  1. Dice watermelon and wash and rinse blueberries and grapes.
  2. Place in large mixing bowl and toss with juice.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.
  4. Keep leftovers (if there are any!) in an airtight container

While shopping for healthier foods can be a challenge when you are on a budget, fortunately resources like Flipp can help moms like me save money and still offer smart and tasty options for my family.