Grocery shopping has gotten a lot easier with the introduction of free and low-cost mobile apps for use on today’s smart phones. Cost-conscious shoppers can download these apps and perform a whole host of grocery-shopping-related tasks, from meal planning to creating shopping lists, finding coupons and deals, and comparing prices. Here are five grocery apps, available on the iPhone and Android platforms, that will save you time and money.
Grocery iQ is genius in its ability to help you quickly create shopping lists that perfectly synch with your grocery shopping needs. The app lets you type in items or scan an item’s barcode to create your list. You can create general or store-specific lists, organize your lists by category and aisle, and even print and email coupons. Start typing in your items, and Grocery iQ will produce a list of suggestions that you can choose from to quickly build your list. You can even enter item details such as size, price, quantity, and aisle of the store in which items are found.
Instead of spending hours searching through newspapers, magazines and circulars for coupons and even more time clipping them, Coupon Sherpa lets you easily collect and manage your grocery store coupon stash on your smart phone. Hundreds of name brand grocery coupons are available, as well as coupons featured at stores in your local area. Browse coupons by category, save the ones you want to use, and present them on your smart phone to the checkout clerk so they can be scanned for the discount. Smart phone couponing is helping save trees and cutting down on waste in landfills.
Ziplist is another grocery list app. What makes it unique is that it is connected to a huge database (over 400,000) of recipes. Ziplist lets you save recipes to a universal recipe box; sort them by source, ingredients and cook time; and plan and schedule meals for specific days of the week. Then, when you’re ready to go grocery shopping, simply add items to your list directly from the recipes you’ve chosen and touch the screen to cross off items as you add them to your cart. Ziplist also finds coupons and deals for you on items you actually purchase, saving you time as well as money.
In addition to meal planning, list creation and organization, Grocery Gadget lets you share your lists across an unlimited number of devices. Every time you update your list, it updates on all the other devices on which you and your family use Grocery Gadget. You can even take photos of items so there’s no confusion when a family member shops from your list. Like Ziplist, Grocery Gadget lets you import ingredients to your list directly from recipes. Best prices are highlighted in green, and you can search for e-coupons offered by 28 participating grocery chains such as Safeway and Kroger.
Grocery Store Apps
Speaking of grocery chains, major retailers, such as Safeway and Giant, are getting on the mobile app bandwagon. These store apps have features that are similar to the grocery apps already discussed–you can use them to plan meals, create shopping lists, and compare prices. They go a step further, letting store customers check their club card reward points, receive sale offers on store items they typically purchase, and access in-store coupons and deals. Grocery retailers view these apps as an excellent way of building and solidifying their customer base.
If you prefer to really get the most when it comes to savings, joining an online coupon site is definitely in your best interest. That way you can both download and print grocery coupons and enter them into your favorite grocery shopping app. So whether your goal is to save time, money, or both, grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a chore when you have the right smart phone app to lighten your load.