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I use a LOT of apps on my phone. It has largely replaced my computer in my daily life, making it faster and easier to check email and facebook, moderate blog comments, do quick internet searches, and much more.
It has also replaced other items in my daily life: my Bible, the alarm clock, the phone/address book, the paper grocery list.
Of all the apps on my phone, I think the one I use the most times during the day may be Our Groceries. Here’s what I wrote about it back in April (slightly edited and updated):
Our Groceries – I tried nearly every grocery app on the market, and this is the best as far as I’m concerned. It combines all the features that other programs charge for and it’s free. I use this several times each day to keep a running grocery list for each place I shop.
- create and maintain as many individual lists as I want (even to-do lists!)
- share them instantly with hubby or anyone else with a smart phone or iPod, even editing the list while he’s in the store (and he’ll never know!)
- access and edit my lists from a computer as well as my phone
- easily move items from one list to another
- drag and drop to organize items on the list
- create categories to make it easier to organize my list
- delete with a single touch as I shop
- add items by speaking, typing or choosing from a list of items I’ve bought in the past.
The interface is clean, and the program is free unless the unobtrusive ads bother you. The ad-free version is $5. I’m tempted to buy just to support the developer because I like it and use it so much.
I still love it just as much, and I now have the ad free version. I love how many options it has to let me tweak things to work just the way I want, but I also love how easy and intuitive it was right out of the box.
Any time I need to add something to my list, I do it in just a few clicks. It’s so easy that even I don’t procrastinate, so I actually remember to put stuff on my list!
Another plus: because my list is on my phone, I always have it with me both for additions and for actual shopping. Now I never arrive at the store and realize I forgot my list. Even if the trip was unplanned, I always have my list with me.
The only feature that’s missing is barcode scanning, but I don’t consider that a problem. I tried some programs that allow the user to create a list by scanning barcodes and while it was very cool as a concept, the simple truth is that it was much slower than just speaking or typing.
It also has a whole host of recipe functions that I’ve barely begun to explore. This allows you to save recipes or “meal ideas,” integrating them with your shopping list so you can add ingredients with a single touch. I may start using this to plan a weekly menu.
The free version of this app has all the same features as the paid one, but with a small strip for ads. At $4.99, the paid version of this app may be a little on the high side, but whether it’s free or $5, this frugal momma believes it is completely worth the money.
disclosure: The opinions expressed herein are completely my own, unswayed by any filthy lucre. I requested and received compensation for this review, then decided to refund the compensation so I could support the developers of such a great application. See? I really do love Our Groceries!