Winning during Black Friday comes down to one tactic… research. This major shopping holiday is extremely competitive, so a plan of action is key if you want to get in and out of the store quickly with the items at the top of your list. Start by exploring ads for must-have items and adding them to a ‘Black Friday’ shopping list. Refine the shopping list by comparing the prices listed on each retailer’s weekly ad to find the lowest price offered. Keep the best deals on your list and cut out the second-rate deals.
Top retailers have already released their Black Friday sales to lure shoppers in, so take advantage of the information by browsing the sales in Key Ring.
Share your Black Friday shopping list with your shopping partner so that you can divide and conquer by simultaneously checking off items. This will save you time and eliminate the need to call or text each other from across the store. Learn how to create an interactive shopping list painlessly by reading our tutorial.
This holiday season, you no longer need to struggle to hold on to several newspaper sales sections and your shopping list while calling your friend from across the store. Key Ring simplifies your holiday shopping experience by uniting the sales, lists, offers, and interactive capabilities all in one place.
Happy bargain hunting! For more holiday shopping tips, follow Key Ring on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Several variables including phone type, scanner type, and ambient lighting can result in situations where the phone will not scan in the store. Not all phone screens are equal. It depends on the device. Flatbed scanners in the grocery store rarely work because the laser tends to refract off of the reflection on your phone. If you can, always try to get the cashier to use their handheld scanners when they’re available. The optical handheld scanner will work 100% of the time and laser scanners might work depending upon your phone screen. Optical scanners work best because they are designed to work on phone screens. If your barcode won’t scan, have cashier type in the number. Push the “Won’t Scan” button so that the number is easily displayed on the screen for the cashier to read. It still beats carrying around all those cards!
The good news is that technology to scan a barcode off any type of phone is available today. Scanners at places like CVS, Kroger, Walgreens and Toys R US work very well – others are catching up. While it’s not going to happen overnight, we think this is where things are going.
You’ve got all of the ingredients you need to cook a scrumptious traditional turkey feast this year, but do you know what you’re cooking the next day? Your guests may expect the feast to go on for the whole weekend, and chances are there will be a surplus of leftover turkey in your kitchen after Thanksgiving Day. Re-creating your leftovers into something new and delicious will help maximize your budget while still feeding all of your guests. Make this Turkey Pot Pie recipe to disguise your leftovers as a well-planned meal. Some guests may not even notice!
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
4 cups mashed potatoes
3 cups cooked turkey meat, shredded
1 1/3 cups peas, frozen
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1¾ cups chicken broth
1 sprig rosemary, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and coat a 12-inch glass dish with cooking spray.
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and rosemary to the skillet. Add the salt and pepper to season and sauté until onion and celery begin to brown.
- Sprinkle flour over the mixture and cook for about three minutes, stirring frequently. Stir the broth in gradually, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan. Cook the mixture for about five minutes, or until it starts to thicken. Stir in the turkey and peas.
- Pour the mixture of vegetables and turkey into the 12-inch glass dish. Tip: Use ramekins for individual servings. Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes, and then spread the potatoes on top.
- Cook for 20 minutes. The filling will be boiling and the potatoes begin to brown. If you’d like a crispier potato ‘crust’, broil the pot pie on the top rack for 2 minutes.
Save even more by checking the offers section for local coupons and browsing your local grocery store’s weekly ad in Key Ring. If you find an awesome deal, you can add it to your shopping list! For more frugal holiday tips and coupons, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Happy Thanksgiving!
Your Recipe Could Win a $10,000 Ad Campaign
For Your Blog
One lucky blogger will be awarded a $10,000 mobile advertising campaign in the #1 mobile shopping app to promote their blog. We’re calling all mommy bloggers to post their best holiday recipe & mention Key Ring! Our mobile advertising campaigns are usually purchased by national CPG companies and retailers, but we’re reserving a holiday spot to connect our valuable users with one lucky blogger!
Download the Recipe Contest Packet
Write & post a blog including:
- An original holiday recipe
- A screenshot of your recipe ingredients in a shopping list in Key Ring App
- Your experience using Key Ring App to shop for your ingredients
- A link to the Key Ring website (keyringapp.com)
Email a link to your blog post and your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contest runs November 14, 2013 – December 4, 2013
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If you’re new to Key Ring App and you need a little help getting started, read our tutorials here.
Inevitably, life gets messy. Staying organized in the areas you can control will help reduce your stress level on even the busiest of days. Here are 8 quick tips to set you on your way to an organized, stress-free lifestyle even if you’re on the go.
- Put Items Away Now, Not Later
- Use the 2 Year Rule. If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes in two years, chances are you won’t miss it. The time to donate or toss forgotten items is now.
- Categorize your lists and make them digital. Ditching paper lists and adding them to Key Ring will make them easy to find and almost impossible to lose. Take it one step further and separate your lists in categories: To-Do, To-Get, To-Contact, To-Clean, etc.
- De-Clutter Your Key Ring by adding loyalty cards, gift cards, and membership cards to Key Ring. You might even take enough cards out of your wallet to be able to fit your entire phone in!
- Keep three separate hampers (whites, colors, and delicates) to streamline laundry time.
- Organize books by genre (entertainment, educational, reference, etc.) to make it easy for you to find a good book even if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.
- Transfer the last few ounces of shampoo, conditioner, body scrub and lotion from the old bottle to the new bottle.
- Invest in glass storage containers for pre-chopped fruits and vegetables, leftovers, and pre-made meals. The expense is worth it.
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for more tips to stay organized. Have any organizing tips of your own? Tweet them to @KeyRingApp! We’d love to share your ideas with your fellow Key Ring users.
It’s frightening how much the average American is willing to spend on candy corn, costumes and spooky decorations this Halloween. The National Retail Federation reports that Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes alone this year. The average person spends an estimated $75.03 on candy, costumes and decorations combined. If you have a family of four, that could mean spending around $300 on ghoulish goodies.
Don’t let these numbers scare you away from taking part in the festivities! You can still send your kids trick-or-treating in costumes they love and have enough candy for the neighborhood without going over your budget. Here are a few tips & tricks:
DIY Kids Costumes. Your kids are probably only wearing these costumes once, so they are not worth dishing out a lot of dough. DIY costumes are also usually more unique and creative too!
Have a Halloween Costume Swap Party This is a great excuse to have a Halloween party and everyone gets free costumes!
Wait to Buy Candy Most stores put candy on sale right before Halloween to try to get it off the shelves. Wait to buy until it’s marked down!
Buy the cheapest candy Kids are excited to Trick or Treat; they don’t care that you have the best chocolate in the neighborhood.
Make Your Own Halloween Décor There are plenty of spooky decorations you can make from items you already have! If you’re stumped, then keep it classy with a few carved pumpkins on the porch!
Follow our Halloween board on Pinterest for frugal DIY Halloween costumes and décor. Remember to create a Halloween list in Key Ring for all your ghoulish goodies. Happy Halloween from the Key Ring team!
After you click the “create card” button, you’re asked whether or not you would like to add photos of your card. If you chose not to take photos of your card, you might be experiencing a few regrets. Maybe you didn’t feel like taking photos of your card, maybe your card was having a bad hair day; whatever the reason was, it’s never too late. If you did take photos of your card right after you created it and you’re wondering how to find them, the steps below will help you out too.
Here’s a quick walk-through:
Select the card you would like to take photos of from your cards list. Then select the card to show its barcode.
Now find the “front picture” and “back picture” text at the top of the screen. Swipe to the right to view the front picture. Swipe to the left to view the back picture.
If you haven’t taken photos of your card already, click the “take a picture” button. Follow the prompts to take a photo. Tip: Make sure you take the photos of the front and back of your card on the correct sections.
You’re done! Pretty simple, right? If you’re having trouble adding cards, you can read our user guide here. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for smart shopping tips and tricks.
You have all the ingredients for your award-winning barbecue feast, the coolers are packed with beer and the neighbors are bringing side dishes. Are you sure you’re covering all the bases? Forgetting one item can cause an enormous hiccup in your tailgating plans. You can’t mix drinks without a spoon, you can’t open the wine without a bottle opener, you can’t dance without music and you can’t avoid a sunglasses burn without sunscreen. Here a few staple items that can save the day at your tailgate:
- Bottle/Wine opener
- Plates and cups
- Plastic Utensils
- Trash bags
- Paper Towels
- First Aid Kit
- Fuel for the grill
Don’t forget to add these items to your tailgating checklist in Key Ring! Add all your tailgating recipe ingredients and your fan gear to one big checklist to share with the tailgating crew. Sharing the list will cut out the need to coordinate over the phonewho is bringing what items. Learn how to share lists with as many people as you want by reading our user guide.
Tip: You can assign items to certain people in the notes section! Just click into the item to fill out the details.
Do you generally do your shopping on Sundays? Lower prices and shorter lines might make it worth it to reschedule your shopping trip. The majority of grocery stores release their weekly sales on Wednesdays, making hump day the best time to restock your pantry. According to Lifehacker, some stores even honor sales from the previous week. We’ll take two sales at one time any week of the year! The weekly sales section is updated in Key Ring as supermarkets release new deals, so make sure you check it out to see what’s available to you. If you want to learn how to subscribe to the sales section of your favorite supermarket, read our user guide. Remember that even though the majority of stores release sales on Wednesdays, every store has a different routine. Be sure to double check with your local supermarket to learn when they usually announce new sales.
Want another tip? Wait a second before you plan your shopping trip for right after work on Wednesday! The 5 to 7 pm time slot during the weekdays is the absolute worst time to go to the grocery store. Most people stop by the store for a “quick trip” to pick up a few items on their way home from work, so you might be facing crowded aisles and long lines. Try to wait until around 8 pm on Wednesday. The later in the day, the faster grocers want perishable items off the shelves and into your cart. You’ll notice more markdowns on items such as meat, fish and baked goods. Another benefit of going later in the evening is extremely short (or nonexistent) lines. Want to shorten your trip even more? Put your grocery list in Key Ring so that you know exactly what you need the minute you step in the store.
We hope this helps you save some time and money! For more frugal tips, follow Key Ring on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Plan Your Grocery List
The first step towards stretching your grocery budget is planning. Make a grocery list ahead of time and strive to stick strictly to the items you planned to buy. Choose a reasonable grocery budget per month, planning around one trip per week. If you’re the type of grocery shopper who runs to the store for groceries here and there throughout the week, this might be a big adjustment for you. The key is to pick out a weekly ‘menu’ filled with recipes that use similar ingredients. This way you can make one trip per week and none of your food goes to waste. Add the items to your list in Key Ring as you browse recipe ingredients, updating the quantity of each item on your list as you go.
Search for Sales Pre-Grocery Trip
Most people rely solely on checking out sales once they’re actually in the grocery store to save money. Looking at the weekly sales pre-grocery trip will help you plan your menu in a more frugal way. For example, if there’s a sale on chicken breasts in the coming week, you might want to look up recipes that list chicken as a main ingredient. If you go shopping without a plan, you might be pushing a squeaky grocery cart around packed aisles wondering how you’re going to make a meal out of the haphazard items you found on sale. Add items to your grocery list in Key Ring as you find good deals so that you won’t forget any sales.
Join the Club
The number one advantage of signing up for your grocery stores loyalty program is saving money. The majority of stores that offer loyalty programs only give sale prices to rewards members, so the weekly sales may not apply to you unless you sign up. Some rewards programs, such as Price Chopper, Kroger, and Safeway, even reward you with gas discounts. Bonus! Many grocery stores will send you coupons based on items you buy frequently so that you can save on them the next time you need to stock up. Don’t forget to store your loyalty card on Key Ring so that you can keep up on weekly sales and view available coupons.
Want some more frugal tips and tricks? Make sure you keep up with our Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We’re always thinking of ways to save you time and money!