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grocery shopping softwareI’ve recently made many trips to the supermarket as a result of not writing down the items I needed, which is why I’ve set out to go back to good ol’ writing a grocery shopping list. Since I own an iPod and would rather not use more paper than I need, I started to look for grocery shopping software that would be easy to use, and would let me share the list with others, like my roommate. You might have noticed that I try to use my iPod Touch for a lot of things that usually involve use of paper products, such as flashcards How To Make Digital Flashcards With Google Docs Spreadsheets How To Make Digital Flashcards With Google Docs Spreadsheets Read More .


This time around, the search for the ideal app came to a halt when I found OurGroceries. There are many list-making apps for free on the iTunes App Store, that range from being very simple to those that have more features but offer complete features in the ad-free, paid versions. Very few of them allow sharing lists by features other than email. If I really wanted to email lists back and forth, I could just use the email app, but the OurGroceries grocery shopping software makes sharing grocery lists so simple. It really makes everything easier, especially if you have a family 10 Free Android Apps A Busy Mom Will Love 10 Free Android Apps A Busy Mom Will Love Read More .

OurGroceries [iTunes link, BlackBerry App World link, Android users just need to search for OurGroceries in the Market app] is an incredible free find that does a few unique things, proving it invaluable for anyone that has more than 1 person in his/her household. Let’s see why OurGroceries is a must-have.

Only One User Has To Make An Account

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The first thing I thought after reading OurGroceries’ description of having to use one master email address to access the lists, was, “Well, I could just let my trustworthy friend access my wunderlist Wunderlist Syncs Your To-Do Lists Across Windows PC and Mac Wunderlist Syncs Your To-Do Lists Across Windows PC and Mac Read More with my email and password, so I don’t see how this app’s doing anything better.” In reality, with OurGroceries, only one person needs to set up an account and password, but does not have to share the password with anyone. As the owner of the master email address, you can grant others access to your lists. You only need to share your email address with your, say, your roommate Anna, who will input that address in the login information screen in the OurGroceries app, and then, you will get an email about whether or not you give permission to the owner of “Anna’s iPod” to access your account.

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Share & Sync All Lists Instantly

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Once you grant your roommate (or family member) access to the account, the items sync unbelievably quickly with no need for manual refresh.

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You will have the option to create as many lists as you want, but keep in mind that all of them will be shared with your roommate, or whomever has access. You can also add and edit items on the web interface, which sports a very similar look to that of the iPhone app and thus, could be used if you’re on a mobile browser of an unsupported phone model, like a Symbian or Windows 7 phone.

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Additionally, you can create recipe lists with only items to buy so if you have planned a weekly menu with KitchenMonki, you will know exactly what you need for that recipe.

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Use Categories To Classify Items By Supermarket Aisle

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Not only can you use pre-existing categories, but you can also edit and add more categories to match the layout of the supermarket you frequently go to and make navigating it a lot easier. If you go with, say, your spouse to get groceries and both of you own a supported phone, you can even split the tasks, go on separate ends of the supermarket and cross each item off as you each pick up a product. Not only do you save money using a set grocery list, you can also save time.

Create & Share Wishlists

Since you can create all sorts of lists of items to buy, writing a wishlist just makes sense and would ease trying to figure out a gift, and especially, trying to figure out if the other person likes the gift or not.

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You could also create a list for all the things you want to try out together with your roommate or family member, like restaurants, movies, places to go, etc. which are all purchases, so OurGroceries could essentially be a planner of sorts, because more likely than not, you will be doing all those things with someone else.

So now that I’ve listed the features that make OurGroceries shine over other grocery shopping software, we should also mention that the apps are ad-supported, which isn’t bad, but you can always upgrade with the Android app and get rid of the ads. Another thing that would be nice to see in OurGroceries, is the ability to choose what lists to share. All lists get shared, so if you have a gift list, you will probably have to use another app to house that list, unless you want your surprises ruined. Also, like I mentioned earlier, there’s no mobile-friendly site yet, but the web interface sort of makes up for that, as it resembles the iPhone interface and thus, there’s not as much zooming and panning involved.

If you’re looking for a similar app, but that can scan product bar codes to instantly add an item to your grocery list, check out GroceryIQ. Also, if you don’t have a smartphone, check out this list of websites 5 Websites To Create Printable Grocery List 5 Websites To Create Printable Grocery List Read More that can help with your printable grocery list!

What do you use to simplify your grocery shopping experience? Let us know in the comments!

Photo credit: Matt MacGillivray

  1. Scott Priestley
    March 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    We love this app, but there is definitely room for improvement - as the author mentioned, Private Lists and barcode scanning would be nice, but I'd also like an option to track "per unit" prices and which store I bought the item at that price along with the date of purchase.

  2. Jessica Cam W.
    February 2, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Taking a photo of the list is a good idea! What about other people in your household? Do they all have to take pictures of the list?

    I think it's less hassle to have an app that can I use to share the grocery list with my roommate, for example.

  3. MagentoThemes
    February 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I think this is going to reduce all those unwanted wastage of time on shopping offline and most specifically the traffic jam. Thanks a lot ourgroceries.

  4. Buh
    February 1, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I use Dragon Dictation. Read your list and post it on your notepad. Done and done.
    Easy to use and you don't spend time typing in stuff that will be crossed off later.

  5. Buh
    February 1, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I use Dragon Dictation. Read your list and post it on your notepad. Done and done.
    Easy to use and you don't spend time typing in stuff that will be crossed off later.

  6. Josh Fox
    February 1, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Personally, I've started using wunderlist by 6wunderkinder for all of my list needs. It lets you sync with desktop clients, share with other wunderlist users, and email. The sharing works both ways as well, so when the person you share with edits, the edits will be shown on yours. Plus it simply looks really slick with high quality graphics and customizable backgrounds.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      February 2, 2011 at 5:58 am

      Good suggestion! The backgrounds are indeed, very nice-looking.

  7. Richardschmauss
    February 1, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Software for groceries seems quite interesting.

    Here's my solution to the lost or forgotten shopping list:

    The fad of refrigerator magnets of years gone by is no stranger to my household. The kitchen is still the nucleus of many homes and the refrigerator a focal point of activity.

    I keep a small whiteboard with magnets affixed to the back on my refrigerator.
    As food stores show signs of depletion, I write the items on the board.

    At times I may remember some items and pick them up when the course of the day suits. If not, I photograph the whiteboard with my iPod or iPhone prior to a planned shopping trip. No big deal to open the photo when shopping to check the list.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      February 2, 2011 at 5:55 am

      Taking a photo of the list is a good idea! What about other people in your household? Do they all have to take pictures of the list?

      I think it's less hassle to have an app that can I use to share the grocery list with my roommate, for example.

  8. Richardschmauss
    February 1, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Software for groceries seems quite interesting.

    Here's my solution to the lost or forgotten shopping list:

    The fad of refrigerator magnets of years gone by is no stranger to my household. The kitchen is still the nucleus of many homes and the refrigerator a focal point of activity.

    I keep a small whiteboard with magnets affixed to the back on my refrigerator.
    As food stores show signs of depletion, I write the items on the board.

    At times I may remember some items and pick them up when the course of the day suits. If not, I photograph the whiteboard with my iPod or iPhone prior to a planned shopping trip. No big deal to open the photo when shopping to check the list.

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