I have found something monumental in the world of grocery shopping, people! It is a free app called “GroceryIQ,” and here are the reasons I adore it:
1) It eliminates the need for paper and pen every time you think of something to add to your list.
2) It eliminates the possibility of forgetting your list and leaving it at home (as long as you don’t forget your phone, that is;).
3) It allows you to break your items down into categories (i.e., fruits and veggies, dairy, pharmacy and personal care, etc).
4) And here is one of my most favorite features…drumroll, please!……..It allows you to sync your list with someone else’s. (In our house, this is monumental because my husband currently does the grocery shopping, and I can be in the middle of work, think of something we need, and add it to the list. It will update his list immediately so he will know to get this item without me having to send him annoying texts, “hey, we need this, and oh, don’t forget that.” Love it!!
5) It also gives an option to email your list to someone, and I could see this coming in handy in more temporary situations like you are recovering from a surgery or birth of a child, and someone has offered to run to the store for you.
6) It also suggests coupons for you based on your list. Now, they are not always a perfect match to the exact item you want, but still, pretty cool feature! And, once you have “clipped” all your coupons, you can send them directly to your printer wirelessly, and they will print without you having to even get out of your chair. (well, ok, you eventually have to get them off the printer…)
7) It also has “virtual coupons,” I like to call them. With each item you add, you can click the arrow for more options and it will offer for you use your savings card for this item. Now, this feature, I believe, is supposed to allow you to load coupons electronically and then use your store shopper’s card to redeem them. Unfortunately, my favorite store (Publix) does not seem to participate, but I will be checking into that. May be a great feature for shoppers whose favorite stores are listed.
8) Bar Code scanner-fabulous!! O.K., so, say there is that one item that comes in fifty million varieties and the shopper of the house finds it confusing…you can scan the bar code on the item, and it will add it to the list for you. Once you (or your shopper) are in the store, you can scroll over to see a picture of the item, the actual size or weight, and which local stores carry it. Or, you could always just use the bar code scanner to avoid having to manually type items in.
I am sure that there are many other ways to benefit from this really cool app, but these are just the ways that I have found in the short time I have been using it. We are all about organization and efficiency around here with the pace that we run, and anything that improves those areas is worth gold to me. Hope some of you find it useful as well! Happy Shopping!