5 Free iPhone Apps That Make Grocery Shopping a Little Easier

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The biggest hurdle for me in cooking is grocery shopping. I often have to go to multiple stores to get what I want for dinner, and invariably I forget something. Of course, once I'm at the grocery store or farmers market I enjoy myself, but there are still questions that arise, like is this cereal better or worse for me than another cereal brand? And do I have cinnamon in the pantry, or do I need to buy it?

These five grocery apps alleviate some of these shopping annoyances.

These apps are a few of my favorites that I've tried out, and are also rated highly on other sites. I have an iPhone, and all of these apps are compatible with iOS.

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1. Grocery IQ

This app is my favorite all-around grocery shopping app. It allows you to quickly and easily manage your grocery shopping list by either manually typing, scanning a barcode, or through your voice. You are able also able to see if there are any relevant discounts/coupons for food item you're purchasing.

You can share this app with whomever you live with, so they know what is needed in the house, and what has already been taken care of. There have been a couple complaints on the iTunes store that the the app isn't as aesthetically pleasing as it use to be, but I still love it.

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2. Fooducate

This app allows you to scan a food item, say, cream cheese and it will give it a grade (A to D) and explain why it is or isn't the healthiest option. Then it will compare other food items like it so you can make a educated decision as to what's best for you. This means that real food without a lot of additives or preservatives will have a higher grade.

The algorithm for this app is based off of information that is made available to the public (the ingredient list, nutritional facts).


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3. Farmstand

This app helps you discover farmstands wherever you are, and it lets you share photos of the things you would recommend at the stand.

Basically, it makes it easier to shop local wherever you are. Awesome.


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4. Ziplist

This app is very similar to Grocery IQ in that it organizes your grocery lists for you and helps you see what you need aisle for aisle. You can also share the list with the people you live with. This app has the added bonus of being able to search recipes and add the ingredients you would need to make for that dish to your grocery list.

This would be perfect for someone who frequently doesn't know what they want to eat to make before they go to the grocery store.


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5. Out of Milk

This app is super straightforward –– it lets you manually create grocery lists and share them with people in your home. The best part of the app, and what sets it apart from the others, is that it has a section to keep a list of everything that's in your pantry. You'll never buy something you already have.

Do you use any grocery shopping apps that you'd recommend? Let us know in the comments!

(Images: iTunes)

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