This post is sponsored by Flipp, a free shopping app with everything you need to save time and money. All opinions are my own.
Because we homeschooled last year, our back-to-school shopping was pretty much non-existent.
I think I picked up one pack of mechanical pencils while I was grabbing groceries and ordered some textbooks and workbooks online. Easy-peasy.
This year was less straightforward and significantly more expensive.
Both the girls had school supply lists from their teachers and I definitely got a little bug-eyed at all the things they needed, from paper towels to dry erase markers and about ten million things in between.
We went to the store as a family and spent approximately 10,000 hours going up and down the aisles, and circling back to pick up something we’d missed.
Then when I came home and sorted it all out so that the right items went to the right school, I discovered I’d missed three things on the list and bought three things that weren’t on the list.
Not to mention the items I absolutely could not find (dry erase crayons, anyone?).
I feel like most of my life right now is spent deciding whether I value time or money more, and Flipp makes it so I don’t have to choose between the two.
Once you download the free Flipp app, you simply enter your zip code and then it aggregates all the fliers from the stores near you. I receive the grocery store fliers in the mail, but I never get ones related to school supplies, so I never know who is having a good sale or what store I should be shopping at.
One of my useless talents is that I remember the price of almost everything I buy on a regular basis, so it’s easy for me to price-match in my head, but I buy school supplies only once a year, so I never know what a reasonable price is for a box of crayons or a package of notebook paper.
With Flipp, I can just type in the product I’m looking for in the search bar and it shows me the price at all the stores around me (also very useful with groceries!) so I know which store to shop at and if it’s worth going to multiple stores.
The app also has a great shopping list function. For example, if you have a supplies list, you can snap a photo and it’ll upload it right into the app, creating a digital shopping list (you can also share the list with someone else via the “invite” function, so you can each go to a different store and check things off the same list making sure you don’t double up on items).
Once items are on your shopping list (entered manually or by photo upload) you can easily see which stores carry the product and at what price, making it easy to see at a glance which stores are most worth your time to save you the most money.
Plus, if you have a store loyalty card, you can sync it up to Flipp, which means I won’t have to keep getting a new Kroger card every single time I go to Fry’s (I’m embarrassed by how many I have now).
For those who want additional savings, the app also has coupons. You can add these right to your loyalty card – which you now have in the app – and use them in the store straight from your phone.
And the feature that basically blew me away? Store mode! With this feature, you select the store you’re at, choose store mode and it will tell you what aisle every item on your shopping list can be found. That would have easily reduced my shopping time in half a month ago.
Thanks to Flipp, I also now know that I wildly overpaid for dry erase markers. Also Ticonderoga pencils.
Happily, because most of you probably haven’t started school yet (since Arizona starts ridiculously early), you can use Flipp when you make that big back-to-school shopping trip and snag the best deals on all those very exciting purchases like pencil sharpeners and rulers.
For someone like me who loves to find the best deal whenever I can, this is basically like having a little superhero app on my phone.
The fact that the app is free is just the icing on the cake!
And then use the money you saved to buy something that’s more fun than a pencil sharpener (Ella would contest that there is nothing more fun than a pencil sharpener).
Photos by Christie Knight Photography