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When we lived in South Dakota we really only had 2 major grocery chains to shop at. Sure you could compare pricing and/or price match, but since there wasn’t much competition we generally just went to the one closest to our home (especially in winter!). Then we moved to Texas. Goodness, it was a grocery shoppers’ paradise. You could literally shop at a different store every week for your groceries for over 2 months without repeating the same one. I soon realized though that there were advantages of some over others and it was time consuming finding the best place to shop that balanced quality with savings.
We’ve lived here for three years y’all and I still don’t know whether balance points, savings catchers, discounted organic food, coupons, store cards or any of the other things are actually saving me money or time.. and then last week I was introduced to something I wish a knew about a long time ago, the FREE Flipp Circular Shopping App.
Flipp brings your store ads to your phone, letting you see the items on sale at the stores you shop at all in one place.
When Flipp asked if I was willing to take the Flipp Summer Food Challenge using their app, I was eager to try it out and see how it could save me time and money.
We spend a lot of time getting together with friends for grill outs and parties over summer. Of course our gatherings are filled with great food. It seems like I’m always being asked to bring a dessert. What can I say, I guess I’m a ‘sweet’ person LOL! 😉 So a couple of the desserts I get asked to make a lot are Chocolate Crumble Bars and Apple Pecan Crisp. They both require ingredients that I don’t always have around the house. Specifically chocolate bars for one and quick oats for the other. When you first open the app, you are guided through the features which really helps you make the most use out of it. You can peruse your local circulars just like you would with the paper ones, but the way I like using Flipp is by searching for specific items that I need. I really didn’t need to do a whole grocery run, so I just typed in the ingredients I needed in the search bar and voila Flipp showed me which stores were featuring those items as part of their weekly ads.
So you can see in the above screen shot that Flipp found that butter was on sale at Target. By tapping on the item I could “clip” it – that great yellow circle around it means that it’s been clipped, that’s part of the app and not some photo editing of my own! Alas Target did not have any quick oats featured this week, but Walgreens did! And not only can you clip items from the circular you can also add them to a shopping list, so that you can have every thing you need in one spot, even items that are not in any flyers. It will even find you coupons relevant to the items you are looking to purchase.
After going through and ‘clipping’ the items needed, you can go back to the main page and at the bottom of the screen you can view all your clippings from all the different stores.
So off I went to get my ingredients. I first took a walk to our local Walgreens to pick up the quick oats. That allowed me to get some exercise and hit up a couple of Pokéstops too… LOL. Without Flipp I would never have thought to have purchased this item at Walgreens of all places! And sure enough just like Flipp told me the quick oats were on sale…
Then I headed to the rest of the stops to get the other items I needed.
Now let me share the recipe for these delicious Chocolate Crumble Bars with you.
- 2 sticks of softened butter
- 1¾ cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 6 Hershey Chocolate Bars
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
- Beat butter on low speed until creamy in a large mixing bow. Add and beat in sugar, flour and salt until the mixture becomes a crumble. Press 2 cups of the crumble mixture onto the bottom of the pan.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden.
- Break up four of the chocolate bars. On low heat in a heavy saucepan, stir together the sweetened condensed milk and the broken Hershey Bars. Stir until you have a smooth mixture with all the chocolate melted. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Spread the chocolate condensed mixture on top of the crust.
- Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top of the chocolate mixture. Break apart the remaining two chocolate bars and place randomly on top of the crumb mixture.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until chocolate filling is set and the crumb topping is golden. Cool completely. Cut and serve once cooled. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
Want to see what I did with those quick oats and pecans?!
This is a favorite around here! My family and friends just love it.
Apple Pecan Crisp
1 can of apple pie filling
1/4 cup of softened butter
3/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of halved pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put pie fililng on the bottom of an 8×8 pan. Blend butter, oats, sugar and nuts until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple pie filling. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm.
I’m telling you the entire process of using Flipp has now transformed my shopping, it’s a fabulous resource to save both money and time.