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How To Use the Flipp App And Why You Should to Save Money on Your Groceries

a woman looking into a refrigerator holding a phone with the Flipp app open.

I started using the Flipp app in May and my grocery shopping hasn’t been the same since! To put it simply, Flipp helps make my shopping a breeze!

The app has literally revolutionized the way my husband and I shop, so I wanted to take a moment to share it with you today, specifically the Shopping List feature.

This app review was originally published in August 2017. Scroll to the bottom for an update in April 2024.

Flipp Offers Helpful Synced List

Although we utilize many of Flipp’s features, the shopping list is the core feature that has turned us into loyal users. I say we because my husband and I take full advantage of Family Sync, a new feature to Flipp that allows you to share your Shopping List with a significant other, friend or family member who also has downloaded Flipp.

Now, when we go to the store, we can edit the exact SAME Shopping List in real-time, meaning we can both edit from our individual phones, ensuring that we’ve picked up everything needed and allowing us to divide & conquer.

You guys know how it is. Your spouse is at the store to pick up 10 items. You realize after they leave you need bread too.

So you send him a text. Five minutes later you realize you also need bananas again. So you send another text. Then you remember you need chicken broth, apples, and carrots, so you call him.

Then you realize you also need trash bags, so you call him again. (At this point, he’s getting a little tired of you blowing up his phone while at the store.) He arrives home and he forgot apples because you mentioned it over the phone when he was in the cereal aisle.

2 gallons of milk inside of a refrigerator and a hand holding a smartphone infront of them.

Now that we started using Flipp, that scenario doesn’t happen anymore in this house.

If Orin is at the store shopping and I realize we need toilet paper, bananas, and cold medicine, I open up my app, add them to the Shopping List, and immediately they are going to sync with the Shopping List he’s already looking at.

Adding Items is Easy

When it comes to adding items to your Shopping List in the Flipp app, it’s really simple. You can click on the Recently Added icon to select any items you frequently shop fort.

There is also a Popular Items list, where you can check off a bunch of items you’re most likely going to want added to your list (things like bananas, cheese, eggs, bread, butter, etc.).

Screenshots of the shared list from the app.

If you don’t see an icon for an item you want to add to your list, or you’d like to list a specific brand name, you just click the Add+ button and type the item.

Items are added to your list and grouped according to category. The app is very intuitive and knows that Tide should be added to the Household section, while Frosted Flakes is going to show up in the Pantry section.

Items are listed in each category alphabetically and you can check them off as you put them into your cart.

You Can Take A Picture of Hand-Written Shopping Lists

Do you like to handwrite your shopping list? No problem. Flipp’s Photo List feature lets you take a photo, and all of your items are transcribed into a digital Shopping List. (Yes, it really works, I’ve tried it!).

I’m a list writer myself and I’ve written my fair share of grocery lists……only to forget the list at home or in the car.

This feature has been a Godsend because inevitably if I forget my list, I forget items on it, and have to make another trip back to the grocery store sooner than planned.

Easily See All Local Circulars

Lastly, if you’re a budget shopper like me, you can scan the the circulars in advance on Flipp to find out which store has the best deals that week. What I do each week is search for the most expensive items on my list.

For instance, this week I knew that I needed to purchase more Tide and I usually buy the big containers. I did a quick search for Tide, and Flipp told me which stores feature a sale on Tide that week.

Once I decide on the store that offers the best sales on my biggest items, I then use the store circular to plan our meals around the other items they have on sale that week.

For example, if I am going to Martin’s Foods because they are offering buy one get one free on Tide and I see that their chicken breasts, hamburger, and pork chops are also on sale that week, I plan our weekly menu around those meats.

I also use the circular to find items we frequently use and if the sale is good, stock up while I’m there. By adding Flipp to my shopping routine, planning ahead by browsing circulars in advance, and creating a digital shopping list that is always with me, I estimate I’ve already saved hundreds of dollars since I started using the app in May!

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, as I’m looking through the circular, if I see a sale item I want to be sure to purchase, I don’t even have to type it into my list.

I simply tap on the item in the circular, Flipp will circle it for me, and then it will add the sale item to my shopping list under the my clippings section. You can see an example below.

Screenshots from the Flipp app showing digital circulars.

So there you have it. That’s the basics of how the shopping list portion of the Flipp app works. It is truly so simple and easy to learn.

Using it saves us time and money every week and best of all, the app is completely free!

Flipp is free to download in the App Store and at Google Play.

Review Update April 2024

As I mentioned earlier, I originally started using Flipp in 2017. Now, 7 years later, I thought I would share a brief update.

I actually no longer use the list feature on Flipp. I do all of my grocery shopping now directly on a grocery store app (either Walmart or the Martins grocery store typically) so that I can pickup my groceries without going into the store.

With 7 children, it’s just easier that way.

What I do frequently use Flipp for is to search for sales on the items I need to buy, and items I stock up on when they go on sale.

For example, with the cost of groceries going extremely high these days, I use it to check it every week to see if my favorite butter, Kerrygold, is on sale. When I do find a good sale on it, I stock up! Last time I found Kerrygold on sale I bought about 100 packages of it and froze it because the sale was so good.

Using Flipp for sales on the items I need to buy has proven to be a great way to save my family money on groceries. It’s the #1 reason I use Flipp these days.

Maria Egan

Friday 19th of April 2024

I would like to try the feature of taking a picture of my list to be transcribed. This would be helpful.

Gotowe Ciasto

Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

I just wanted to express my gratitude for this post. It has been immensely helpful in solving a problem I was facing. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise!

Obraz do Domu

Monday 18th of September 2023

This post has been a great resource for me. It's well-written and covers the topic comprehensively. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise!

Erica Carrie

Thursday 7th of September 2017

The flip app saves time and money


Thursday 7th of September 2017

I love the shopping list where you can share it with others and sync it in real-time.