I posted a teaser about this app in my first “Apps I Love” post (long, long ago) & am finally getting around to revealing it.
— Amy Carrigan (@blovdprincess) January 30, 2011
Do yourself a favor & download this one. Then go download it on your spouse’s phone. It’s available for both iOS & Android.
Then, head on over to GroceryIQ.com & set up an account that you can use to sync all the lists together. Go ahead & bookmark this page on all your computers, too.
Because, if you’re ever away from your phone & remember that you totally need toothpaste, you can log into your account & add it to the list. Then, when you’re shopping & pull up your list, toothpaste is on the list.
Aside from the automagical list updates (which get pushed to all phones linked to your family account, so those 2, no 3, no 6 things you need your spouse to pick up on the way home, yeah, all there).
The default list screen shows you all the items that are on your list, organized into aisles. This is one of my favorite features. When I walk into a section or an aisle, I know exactly what I’m getting there. For the most part anyway, sometimes a particular store will put something in a weird spot or have combined aisles that don’t make sense. But generally, this cuts way down on the amount of backtracking I do.
Next on the favorite features list, the ability to only display the items that pertain to the store you’re actually shopping in. It will also display items that haven’t been added to a particular store.
To add an item to your list, click the (+) button, and then it will take you to an item search. You can type in the text box, voice search, enter a barcode number, or scan an item. Personally, I only use the text search, but that’s just because I’m a text searcher. I haven’t even tried any of the other features. The database that it comes preloaded with is quite extensive & I’ve only had to add a few items out of the hundreds that we’ve used it for.
It is tied in with a coupon site that will let you know when a coupon is available for an item that you’ve added to your list. Since you still have to go to your computer & print out the coupons, I don’t often take advantage of it. But it’s there if I ever get the couponing itch.
This is all the stores you’ve added to the app. I have found it more helpful to add the stores as we need to shop at them rather than trying to set them all up at once. It’s less overwhelming for me.
Clicking the arrow next to a store name allows you to edit the store, including its aisles. You can add, rearrange, or delete aisles. For instance, it doesn’t come preloaded with a “bulk” aisle, so I added that to our Winco store.
And the web interface. Pretty similar to the app, so it works very similarly.