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Six grocery shopping apps to replace your paper list

Kirk McElhearn | July 22, 2014
If you're used to consulting paper grocery lists, you know that they're easy to lose--and to forget. If you carry a smartphone with you, it makes a lot of sense to put your grocery list on your mobile device. A number of apps can help you organize your shopping, create master lists of things you buy every time you go to the store, and even share lists with your spouse or partner. Here are six great grocery list apps you can use on your smartphone.

If you're used to consulting paper grocery lists, you know that they're easy to lose — and to forget. If you carry a smartphone with you, it makes a lot of sense to put your grocery list on your mobile device. A number of apps can help you organize your shopping, create master lists of things you buy every time you go to the store, and even share lists with your spouse or partner. Here are six great grocery list apps you can use on your smartphone.

Basic list managers

The simplest way to create grocery lists is to use the basic list apps available on iOS or Android. On the iPhone, Apple's Reminders app lets you make lists, and it syncs them to your iCloud account. You can share lists with others, so you and your housemate can use the same list, adding and deleting items as needed. (Though you can't share from the iOS Reminders app; you'll need to do it on a Mac, or on the iCloud website.) And you can create as many lists as you want: You could set up one for each store, for example, or one for each person.

On Android, you'll need to download Google Keep, which syncs lists to your Gmail account. Unfortunately, you can't share lists, at least not so more than one person can edit them. (You can share them by email.)

With both iCloud and Google Keep, you can also access your lists on the web, so you can easily update them from a computer as well.

Another general list app that you can use for groceries is Wunderlist (free; iOS and Android). This app lets you create to-do lists with due dates, alarms, and the works, but you can also use one or more lists for your groceries. It's free for the basic service, and $50 a year for a pro version, designed for businesses, with more advanced collaboration features. You can share lists with others who use the app, and they can add, edit and check items. When you've finished shopping, you can uncheck the completed items to use for your next trip to the supermarket, or delete the ones you don't need again.

Apps like this are useful if you already use them for other task lists, and don't want a separate app just for groceries, but they lack the food-specific features of apps designed for groceries.

Just for groceries

AnyList (free; iOS) is a tool specifically designed for grocery lists and recipes. When you start typing to add a new item, AnyList displays an auto-complete list. Tap an item to add it, and AnyList groups items in your list by store sections: Bakery, dairy, meat, frozen food, and so on. You can create multiple lists — one for each store you usually frequent — and you can share them with others who use the app. You can also add recipes, so each item needed gets added to your grocery list. An AnyList Complete subscription, for $8 (individual) or $12 (family) a year gives you web access, lets you add photos, and more.

 

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