I’ve joined the electronic planning bandwagon – at least as far as my grocery list. My daughter told me about this great app called Grocery IQ and I decided to try it. I was sure I would hate it and that my first grocery store trip using it would be a disaster but it worked perfectly and I didn’t have any trouble at all.
In case you’re wondering why I decided to mess with perfection (my old system has served me well for years and years and years) and try something new, there’s a very simple answer.
Several times lately I’ve gotten to the grocery store with my paper list and didn’t have a pen or pencil to mark off the items as I put them in the cart. I don’t know about you, but I HAVE to mark them off as I go or I get confused about what I’ve purchased and what I haven’t and I don’t have the time or desire to look through my list to figure it out.
So out of frustration over not having a pen when I need one, I decided to give the app a try.
Here’s what I like about it:It’s convenient. I always have my phone with me so it’s easy to add an item when I think of it.
- It keeps all the items I’ve ever entered, so when I’m making my list I can go through the history to see if I forgot anything.
- It allows me to enter the prices and keeps a tally of my current grocery list.
- I don’t need a pen.
- I mark things off as I put them in my cart.
- It’s easy to move items from the “history” list to the “grocery” list so I don’t have to re-type them.You can print the list if you want to.
- You can have shopping lists based on the store where you’re shopping.
- It’s free.
- There’s a way to see what coupons are available, but I haven’t used that feature yet.
- Bar code scanning is also available but I haven’t used that feature yet, either.
Here’s what I don’t like:
- It’s a little bit tedious to add the prices.
- I wish I could create my own category list.
- Sometimes I just want to enter a simple product name, like Tums, but it adds the official product name which is longer and more specific.
Here’s what it looks like:
If you’re interested in taking a look at the app, you can see it here:
I still keep a paper list on the refrigerator so David can add items or I can add items if my phone isn’t handy. When I’m finalizing my grocery list, I transfer those items to the app.
I don’t use many apps – I’m still a pen and paper kind of girl – but I do love this one! If you haven’t checked it out, take a look and see what you think.
DISCLAIMER: I am not being compensated in any way for this post. This is a product I like and I wanted to share it with my readers.