{Video} How to Use Favado 2.0 on iOS

The Favado 2.0 is now available on iOS. (Coming soon for Android.)

The Favado team pulled together a ‘how-to’ video to help you find all the great features of the new layout of the app.

In the video, you’ll learn to:

  • Sign up or Sign in.
  • Add stores by zip code or location.
  • View trending sales.
  • How to add items to shopping list.
  • How to customize shopping list.
  • Email your list to print coupons from your computer, or print your list to take to the store.
  • Find coupons and sale details.
  • Compare prices at multiple stores.
  • Search for particular items.

Favado 2.0 FAQ

How do I compare prices across stores like in the older version of the app?

From the “View Trending Sales” page, swipe left to get to the “Compare Sales” page. From there you can choose categories, which stores to compare, just like in version 1.0.+.

What do the little icons mean under the prices?

  • The printer icon means there is a printable coupon available for that item.
  • The mobile phone icon means there is a load to card or cash back offer from another mobile app.
  • The newspaper icon means there is a newspaper coupon available for that item.
  • The magazine icon means there is a magazine coupon available for that item.

Click on the product tile to see the ‘sale details’ page for all the specific coupon information.

Meal Planning 201

The idea of remembering everything you need for a week of meals is overwhelming, right? WRONG. Meal planning and money saving is easy when you use a few very simple tools to organize your week (or month), making your time at the store a breeze. Here’s a few of our favorite steps and tips.

Meal Planning 201 at Favado.com/blog

Get Out the Calendar!

You can’t successfully plan a week without looking at the week ahead. See which nights are busy and which nights are free and clear for more complicated meal preparation. Also, do yourself the favor of scheduling a night of leftovers (trust us, it’s so very satisfying). Write in meal ideas for each day with ingredients next to the menu, OR on a master list that accompanies your weekly spread.

Keep a Running List

Remember, lists are your friends. Keep a running shopping list on the fridge for staples and snacks, and then add those to your weekly meal plan items. Use a simple spreadsheet to organize ingredients for a large shopping trip or use Favado.com’s list feature to keep everything in one place from week to week. Organize by store, by floor plan, or by category (dry goods, perishables, bulk items, weekly sale items, etc), then get down and dirty with a cross-reference system to your calendar. Cross things off as you go in case things happen out of order to ensure that you don’t forget anything.

Scan the Store Systematically

Remember that the outer edges of the store are usually the refrigerated, fresh, and frozen items, so if it’s going to be a long trip during a hot day, you want to leave those items till the end. This step also ensures that a thorough list ends up being a complete list.

Keep Things Moving

If you can’t find something at one store, carry it over to the next stop’s list or check Favado to see where the best deal is before you start. If you aren’t sure which brand you liked better last month, make a quick decision and remember to pay closer attention to that item this time around. There’s nothing worse than feeling worn out by inefficient use of time and energy – shopping is supposed to be fun!

Revel in Your Success!

Being prepared feels good, and you just prepared yourself for a whole week of easy meal preparation. Pat yourself on the back, eat that cookie you’ve been saving, and enjoy the ritual of putting your nicely planned groceries away.

In case you missed it, you can find more tips in Meal Planning 101.

8 Ways to Use Leftover Easter Ham

For many families, next weekend will bring a delicious ham dinner to the table.  We know that planning and cooking meals for a whole family goes beyond special holidays – which is why you were smart enough to buy the extra large ham!  Extra large ham = extra large leftovers!  To that end, Favado.com has gathered 8 slam dunk recipes to guide you through getting the most out of your big holiday roast.  With recipes like these, you might just want to cook a ham every Sunday, or at least have it for dessert!

8 Ways to Use Leftover Easter Ham (White Bean and Ham Soup from Simply Recipes) at Favado.com/blog

Hamming it Up with a Soup and Sandwich Lunch

Nothing is easier than a big pot of soup and a yummy sandwich to satisfy a hungry group in early spring.  Pair this White Bean and Ham soup from SimplyRecipes.com with this super fast Ham Salad from allrecipies.com for a cafe-quality lunch combo without the cafe pricetag!

8 Ways to Use Leftover Easter Ham (Ham Breakfast Casserole from Food.com) at Favado.com/blog

Get the Day Started with the Other White Meat

We’re not sure why all eggs aren’t served in a crispy ham shell because this recipe for Baked Eggs and Mushrooms in Ham Crisps from epicurious.com is one of the greatest ways to use a cupcake tin for a breakfast food that we’ve ever seen.

This Ham Breakfast Casserole from Food.com has all your favorite parts of breakfast baked into one easy dish!  Great for attending a group brunch or to pop in the oven while going about your morning routine, you will love this tasty take on a classic breakfast combination.

8 Ways to Use Leftover Easter Ham (Creamy Pasta Shells with Broccoli and Ham from myrecipes.com) at Favado.com/blog

Get Down with Dinner

Keep even the picky eaters happy with this quick-and-easy Creamy Pasta Shells with Broccoli and Ham from myrecipes.com, and satisfy your meat-and-potato lovers with this ultra-creamy Scalloped Potato recipe from Food.com.  For a great side item with a southern vibe, try this Collard Greens with Ham  (and bacon!) from Foodrepublic.com for a double pork whammy with your dinner.

8 Ways to Use Leftover Easter Ham (Honey Cupcakes from cupcakeproject.com) at Favado.com/blog

Ham…for Dessert?

Stay with us: these cupcakes have a ham liner instead of a paper liner, making it the most creative (and delicious!) use of ham on the list.  Try making these Honey Cupcakes with a candied pineapple topper and cinnamon cream cheese frosting from cupcakeproject.com to bring down the house at your next birthday brunch.


Tips for Freezing Fresh Produce

Tips for Freezing Fresh Produce at Favado.com/blog

Getting a great deal on seasonal produce can be super satisfying, but there’s nothing worse than throwing that last bundle of asparagus or box of raspberries away because your family simply couldn’t eat it all before it spoiled.  Solution?  Make friends with your freezer!  Here are some tips for freezing fresh produce successfully.

What You’ll Need

  • Freezer bags
  • Glass or heavy plastic containers with a tight lids
  • Sharpie for labeling

What You’ll Do

1. Clean the fruits and vegetables like you would if you planned to eat them fresh.  Wash berries, trim beans, slice mangos or apples, take the peels off bananas, chop greens and herbs, etc.

Note: Raw vegetables with a high water content (zucchini, mushrooms, potatoes) don’t freeze as well as ones with low content (beans, carrots, corn) because when vegetables freeze, the water inside their cells expands and bursts.  When those vegetables defrost, the burst cells = soggy, weirdly textured foods.  Proper preparation helps minimize this problem.

2. Prepare the fruits and vegetables.  Blanch the vegetables (this step is skipped with all fruits) by dropping them in boiling water for 3-4 mins and then plunging them into ice water to stop the cooking process.  This keeps the cell bursting mentioned above to a minimum.  Also, any fruit or vegetable that turns brown when you cut it (like an apple or avocado) should be quickly brushed with a lemon/water mixture. The acid helps maintain the normal color and texture when freezing, but be sure to let the liquid dry fully to prevent freezer burn.

3. Pack um up! For whole/dry items, fill large freezer bags with a single layer of vegetables and lay flat in the freezer. The more air circulation and the colder the temperature, the better.  For items like fruits in syrup, pureed vegetables (think baby food!), or fresh salsas, use the heavy rigid containers and be sure to leave space at the top to allow for expanding.

4. Label bags and containers with item name and the date.

That’s about all there is to it!  Feel free to go for the 5/$1 deals on avocados this spring and take advantage of the low cost of apples this fall. With a few simple steps, you can stretch those savings by freezing your fresh produce items for later use.  Your future self thanks you!





3 Great Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day Leftovers

Let’s face the facts. Even the Queen of the Meal Planning Universe can get stumped on how to use up leftovers from time to time. This week, we have a few great ideas that can make standard St. Patrick’s Day leftovers into a week-long adventure through Ireland! You waste less, save more, spend less time cooking – an all around win!

3 Great Recipes for St. Patrick's Day Leftovers (Corned Beef Hash from Food Network) at Favado.com/blog

1. Corned Beef Hash! When the Corned Beef and Cabbage have parted ways, here’s a fast solution to breakfast AND to clearing that last pound of corned beef from the fridge. Hint: you can use leftover potatoes instead of fresh potatoes to make this recipe even faster!

2. Colcannon! Can’t get your kids to eat kale or cabbage? We’re pretty sure you can if you mix it into creamy mashed potatoes. Use leftover ham, bacon, and cabbage to make this old Irish standard into something extra flavorful.

3. Shepherd’s Pie! When the corned beef has officially left the building, use the leftover potatoes from both dishes listed above to make the cheesy top of this delicious comfort food. Let the leftover revival begin!

With new ideas for getting the most from your meals, we know you’ll be inspired when it’s time to plan, shop, and cook this week! Slainte!

Spring Break Dinner Plans (without leaving your kitchen)

Sometimes Spring Break means trips to exotic locales and warmer climates…and other times it means staying home and just dreaming of warmer climates. We like to think that if you can dream it, you can do it, so meal planners rejoice: here are three recipes that yield 4 servings. All are inspired by international cuisines, and all use chicken as a main ingredient.

These 3 easy-peasy recipes will help you plan ahead on shopping day and enjoy great dinners all week long during Spring Break! Let yourself travel without ever leaving the kitchen!

Spring Break Dinner Plans (Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas from food network) at Favado.com/blog

photo credit: foodnetwork.com

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas

  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatillos
  • 1-2 serrano chile peppers
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Kosher salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella and/or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese

View the full recipe at foodnetwork.com.


Spring Break Dinner Plans (Honey Cashew Chicken from My Recipes) at Favado.com/blog

photo credit: myrecipes.com

Honey Cashew Chicken with Rice

  • 1 cup rice – instant or long grain
  • 2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted cashews, unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha (or omit for non-spicy eaters!)

View the full recipe at myrecipes.com


Spring Break Dinner Plans (Tuscan Baked Chicken and Beans from My Recipes) at Favado.com/blog

photo credit: myrecipes.com

Tuscan Baked Chicken and Beans

  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) roasting chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 slices center-cut bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups packed torn spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans cannellini or other white beans
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

View the full recipe at myrecipes.com.

With Favado, you can plan ahead to get the best prices on great dinners during Spring Break and all year long.

#MyFavado Sweepstakes Winner Shares What She Loves About Favado

#MyFavado Sweepstakes Winner Shares What She Loves About Favado

We loved reading about how Favado helps you save money in our recent #MyFavado Sweepstakes. Allyson, who won the $1,000 sweepstakes prize, shares with us her favorite Favado feature, what she says to her friends about Favado, and how much she saves on shopping trips.

What’s your favorite feature about Favado?

Allyson: I love that it works anywhere, since we travel and move a lot, and I also love the photos. Some couponing websites list a product/deal without pics and its so difficult when I am shopping to be certain that I have the right product. Sometimes the store doesn’t have the deal showing on the store label, so the photos really help me.

When you tell your friend about Favado, what do you say?

Allyson: It’s a cool mobile app that helps you to find the best store deals instantly, create shopping lists, and best of all no printing required. All your deals, lists and stores are right there on your mobile device.

What’s the biggest savings you’ve had using Favado?

Allyson: I don’t recall a certain amount, but my best deals are when I use Favado along with matching coupons to those deals, especially during double coupon time at my favorite retailers. It’s not uncommon for me to save 70% or more on a shopping trip – how fun is that?!

Your Shopping Trip Brag – #MyFavado Gift Card Giveaway

Brag about your grocery store savings using Favado and you could be one of 10 winners to receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

It’s a wonderful feeling when you go grocery shopping and all your efforts to find the best deals and/or coupons pay off, right?!

So why not brag about it?

(It could mean winning a $25 Amazon gift card!)

Use the Favado app to help you save, and share your savings with your Facebook friends, on your Instagram, or on your Twitter by taking a photo of your groceries, a particular deal you found, your receipt, or any shot that helps you brag about your savings.

Be sure to use the hashtag #MyFavado in your post.

From all the #MyFavado posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we will randomly choose 10 winners each month to receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate!

You can even share the same savings photo on all three sites and get three entries. We will reach out to winners on their social media posts, so be sure to look for our comment or reply from Favado.

Here’s a great example of a Tweet from Brenda. You could also use a photo like the one pictured above with the Rice Dream price and coupon. Anything that shows how Favado helps you save on your groceries each week!


No Coupon? No Clipping? No Problem. 5 Ways to Save!

If you are new to the world of coupons or if one week finds you too busy to plan ahead, fear not – there are still plenty of ways to save on groceries without ever clipping a coupon.

No Coupon? No Clipping? No Problem. 5 Ways to Save! at Favado.com

1. Sign up for the rewards programs in the stores you frequent.

This ensures that you will automatically get sale prices just by swiping your card at checkout. Also, some stores track your shopping habits and send you cash back or vouchers specifically for things you already use.

2. Eat seasonally.

Produce prices fluctuate based on their harvest season and availability. Do some research to become familiar with which fruits and vegetables are in season in your area, and avoid those that aren’t. This practice keeps only the freshest foods on your table and gives you a chance to mix things up during the year.

3. Keep an eye on sale cycles.

Items typically cycle into sales every 8 – 12 weeks, which means you want to stock up for 2 – 3 months at a time when you can. Also remember that items usually stay on sale for a week, so check the end date on sale items, if you need to stretch the budget and save those items for next week’s shopping trip.

4. Check the reduced price shelves on every visit.

The items on these shelves vary daily and can often include big discounts on anything from wines to meats to baking supplies. Sometimes a simple bent corner will put an item on the reduced price shelf, while other times it is because a perishable item is nearing its expiration date. Be strategic and use perishable products asap, or stockpile those bent boxes of tissues for cold season.

5. Take advantage of BOGO offers.

Stores sometimes offer BOGO deals on certain brands, so keep an eye on what products are made by each brand in order to maximize the buy one, get one opportunities when they come up. These sales often happen at the start of a new year or for the school season, which helps make space in your budget for some splurgy celebration items!

It’s easy to noticeably reduce your grocery bill with these few easy steps, but it’s even easier to use the Favado App to see huge savings with less effort than ever before. With Favado you know exactly where the lowest price is each week, and instantly get the savings of coupons without having to clip a thing!

5 Shopping Frustrations and Solutions

There’s nothing more satisfying than those perfectly timed and executed grocery runs. The parking lot is a breeze, your kids (and yourself!) are fed and well-rested, the aisles are cleared in anticipation of your shopping route, and that new register opens at the precise moment you decide to checkout. So satisfying, so delightful – and so, so rare. For the other 364 days in the year, Favado brings you the top 5 potentially day-ruining scenarios and their perfectly zen-like solutions.

5 Shopping Frustrations and Solutions at Favado.com

Scenario #1: Saturday Afternoon Strolling

Yes, it’s enjoyable for people to be out and about after a hard week. They meander down the aisles, call their friends to see which cheese would go best with which crackers, and stop unannounced to reply to any and all social media stimulation. Life is good for these casual shoppers, but for a seasoned veteran shopper like you, this behavior is a major roadblock. What do you do?

Solution #1: Take a deep breath – you got this! Politely maneuver past the lingering cheese deciders and the cell-phone leaners. Steer clear of any and all sampling stations to maximize your efficiency, but if those tiny grilled cheese sandwiches smell too good to walk past remember: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

Scenario #2: Your Day is a Ticking Time Bomb

You think you can just ‘grab a few things’ on the way home, but quickly realize that your coupons are forgotten, your list is on the back of a napkin in your car, and your window of time is slowing slipping away while you try to scan the weekly ads mid-shopping session. It’s not fun when you (or your family) are tired, unprepared, and hungry. Ever. What do you do?

Solution #2: FAVADO to the rescue! Let Favado keep you organized and ahead of schedule by telling you what’s on sale and where to find it. No need to track down clippable coupons or wonder if the price of chicken is lower at the other store. With your Favado.com app handy, you have it all under control!

Scenario #3: Great Shelf Massacre

You saw a great deal online in the morning and you headed out to cash in on the savings that same afternoon. As you turn into the paper products aisle to score those almost-free paper towels, you realize a very sad thing: sometimes the early bird really does get the worm. What do you do?

Solution #3: Check in with management on when the shelves will be restocked and get strategic. Most sales last for a week, and shipments come in daily. Most of the coupon clippers will have satisfied their needs with the first batch, leaving you to reap the benefits of a mid-week restock.

Scenario #4: Fresh Food Fiasco

You like to shop once a week and eat healthy, but by Thursday you either suffer from empty-fridge or smelly-fridge syndrome. There’s a delicate balance that must be reached, but your Sunday shopping excursion seems to always overdo it or fall a little short. What do you do?

Solution #4: Plan out those meals! Go into your store armed with weapons of mass-organization so that every ingredient has its place in the week and is bought in the right quantity.

Scenario #5: One-Two Checkout Punch

You’re in the home stretch, but your relay team is letting you down as they come around the final lap. Your cashier is confused by your couponing strategies, while your bagger seems to have a greater interest in his weekend plans than making sure your loaf bread doesn’t turn into pita bread. What do you do?

Solution #5: Channel your inter yogi and your outer sensei and turn this moment into an education for this unfortunate pair. If your enthusiasm and expertise still doesn’t make headway, calmly ask for a more experienced cashier or manager to finish your transaction.

Not so hard, right? No matter what scenario pops up on your shopping and savings journey, know that Favado has your back! Keep these 5 scenarios in mind the next time you hit the aisles to ensure you leave feeling victorious. Let your inner coupon and shopping master shine!