App Review: Hy-Vee Coupons, Deals & More

Each week our family shops the deals at two local grocery stores in our area getting the best deals at each. Being a tech fan I was pretty excited when I found out that one of them, Hy-Vee, had their own mobile app.

I’ve been using it for awhile now and have been pretty impressed with it.  A checker the other day when I used it said, “Oh good.  I’m glad you’ve got the app.  I try and tell everyone about it.”

With the Hy-Vee mobile app on your phone you can sort through their weekly ad.  The advantage of the app over the physical paper flyer is that you can filter the results.  Don’t care about the deli? Exclude it from the results.  Only want to see what the Fuel Saver perks are for the week? You can choose to see only those.

If you find a good deal as you’re scrolling through the specials you can add it to a list.  Then when you get to the store you can pull out your phone, open they app, and check things off the list as you put them in your cart.

The list function works really well.  My wife and I share a Hy-Vee account so the things she adds to a list on her phone show up on my phone as well.  We still use the Our Groceries app for lists for other stores but the Hy-Vee list gets handled through their app now.

The app will even show you online coupons that you can digitally add to your account.  When you scan your Perks Card or account barcode in the app at checkout the coupons get taken off your total.

Each week there is an exclusive deal that is revealed inside the app. Recently it was for 99 cent Oreos.  This week it’s for 99 cent shredded cheese.  All you have to do for the deal is have the checker scan your app at checkout.

Another benefit to the Hy-Vee app is prescription refills.  You can use your camera to scan your prescription bottle so their pharmacists know what to refill.  I’ve done it and it’s really pretty slick the way it works.

You can also use the app to keep track of your Fuel Saver perks to can make sure none expire before you can use them.

The Hy-Vee app is free and available on iTunes and in the Google Play Store. If you use it in conjunction with the Ibotta app and physical manufacturer’s coupons you can really score some great deals.

Does the grocery store you shop at have a mobile app?  If so, what’s your favorite feature in it?

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Memory Monday – What Was That?

After years of wearing headphones, I sometimes don’t hear that well.  My wife and daughters would probably say I have selective hearing… but I really notice it on the phone.

If the conditions are just right I don’t have any trouble at all.  Add some road noise or other people talking in the same room and I might not understand you correctly if we talk on the phone.

That’s a little back story for today’s memory that surfaced earlier today as I took my oldest daughter to an appointment.  We passed a Chinese restaurant.  She pointed it out, mispronouncing the name as she did.

I corrected her and then went on to tell her this story.  She thought it was funny and laughed so I thought I’d share it here, with you, too.

This particular Chinese restaurant is one I used to eat lunch at quite frequently some 20 years ago… before the radio stations I work at moved way out West.

The food was always great; big portions at a fair price.  It’s a small place with maybe enough seating for 20. You’d barely be in the door when the owner would greet you with a friendly “hello”.

English didn’t appear to be his native language and the cheerful way he greeted you almost sounded sing-songy (If that makes any sense).

His accent and my trouble hearing on the phone led to a funny situation when I called one time to place a carry-out order.  It was probably Mongolian beef or beef and broccoli… with egg drop soup, an egg roll, and a crab rangoon.  They were my usual order.

The owner took down my order and asked me a question. “You want _______?”. I understood the first two words but was stumped on the last one.  It was like I was talking to Charlie Brown’s teacher.

I asked him to repeat the question.  He did and I still didn’t understand.

We must’ve went round and round a few times until in desperation he changed it up and said, “Fork and spoon! FORK and SPOON. You want UTENSILS!”

That time I got it! “Oh. Fork and spoon. Utensils. Sorry about that. Yes. Please include them with the order,” I said, feeling pretty dumb about our exchange. Utensils was the word I didn’t pick up on.

I had to laugh after hanging up because replaying the conversation in my head it sure sounded like he dropped an F bomb before the word spoon. “#&!! and spoon!”  Once again, this was caused by my trouble hearing on the phone sometimes and his accent.

Sharing this story with my daughter made us both laugh… and made us hungry for Chinese carry-out.  We’ll have to stop soon and see if the same owner is still there waiting to greet us at the door.

Have you ever had a conversation where you couldn’t quite understand all of it?

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Weekly Verse – Love

Valentine’s Day was earlier this week so a lot of people have had “love” on their mind… me included.

When I think about it there certainly is a lot for me to love lately. Some of those would include:

  • My wife.
  • My daughters.
  • A surprise valentine.
  • A sunny 75 degree day in Iowa… in February.
  • Watching my daughters & their friends dance as they start a new competition season.
  • A 3 day weekend.
  • Good friends.
  • A successful weekend for our community’s high schoolers and their numerous extra curricular activities.
  • Seeing the enthusiasm of a young child at Church.

With so much to love (and be grateful for) I decided to share a favorite Bible verse with a “love” theme.  1 Corinthians 16:14 (ESV) is a favorite of mine.

It shares common traits to many of my favorite verses.  It’s short, easy to understand, easy to remember and repeat, and offers good advice.  Perhaps 1 Corinthians 16:14 is a favorite of yours too.

“Let all that you do be done in love.”


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