Does this sound familiar: You’re out running errands or picking up a child from a playdate or afterschool practice and you drive by it – that store that you need that thing from! Except…you can’t remember exactly what that thing was. Or you remember one of the items, but not the other 12 that were also on your list. Gah!
The solution? Kiss your paper shopping lists goodbye. Use one of these shopping list apps to ensure your list is always with you as you’re out running errands. Most shopping apps allow you to create lists for multiple stores so you know what you need at the grocery store and your favorite beauty store and farmer’s market all the same time. Plus you can even share the list with others so, you know, your husband could grab milk and tampons on his way home from work…..a girl can hope right?
I love that the OurGroceries app has a web-based portal too so that I can enter items whether I am on my computer or my phone. The app also remembers items I’ve entered in the past and makes it easy to up the quantity of items on my list. I haven’t used it before, but the app also has a recipe feature that lets you add your family’s favorite meals. It does take some input time since you have to put in all the ingredients, but then, each week you can look at your list of favorite eats and and then easily add all the needed ingredients to your list at once. Meal planning and shopping list making made easy. (free, iOS, Android)
2. Buy Me a Pie
First, they had me at pie. Second, this is another great shopping app! It too has a website for entering list items online or via the app and lets you make separate lists for different stores. Buy Me a Pie is one of the prettier apps, and I love that when you’re adding items, you can type them in or choose from past items you’ve added organized in one of three ways – by alphabetical order, their color-coded category (dairy, veggies, etc.), or your most frequently used items. Love this! This app is also one of the best for syncing with an Apple Watch since it doesn’t truncate the item name. (free, iOS, Android)
3. Grocery Pal
Are you a couponer? If you love to clip and save while you shop, you’ll love the Grocery Pal app that allows you to build your weekly shopping list while you check sales and compare prices at dozens of local grocery and chain stores. Whether you shop at Target or CVS, Fred Meyers, Vons or Kroger, this app helps you find the best deals in town. (free, iOS, Android)
Aspiring chefs will love the Paprika app for menu planning, recipe finding and shopping list making. It’s like if your Pinterest recipe board and a shopping list app had a baby. Browse through Paprika’s beautiful collection of recipes on the app or website or add your own from your favorite recipe websites with a single click. Then add the ingredients seamlessly to your shopping list. You can also adjust the number of servings (which will automatically adjust your ingredients), set multiple timers for cooking, and store nutritional info about your meals. There is even a calendar to help you plan out meals for a week or month at a time – you over-achievers, you. ($5, iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook)
What’s your favorite shopping app?
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