Free App Friday (iOS): Grocery IQ
GroceryIQ is one of those apps that might sound rather boring at first, because it really only does one thing, but it does it so well that it deserves mention here. If you couldn’t have guessed, GroceryIQ is an iOS app that builds your grocery shopping list. Basic enough in concept, but in execution its power transcends its primary function.
Why such high praise for a grocery list app? As somebody who seems to buy a good deal of groceries every week, for a hungry family of three, we’re always on the verge of running out of one vital foodstuff or another. Fortunately with GroceryIQ as soon as one of us notices that we need more of a given item, say Tajín Classico, we can grab an the nearest iPhone or iPad fire up the GroceryIQ app, and add the dwindling item to the list.
Adding an item can be done either by scanning the barcode from an existing item (or scan numerous items in succession!) by typing in a few letters of the item to search the absurdly massive database of grocery items, or even by tapping on the microphone icon in the app and speaking your list. Once you’ve added an item, you can modify your list to quantitative “three apples” or by weight “three pounds of apples” to remind you to purchase the precise quantity you need.
What’s great is that with one cloud account shared between the three of us, any of us can add an item to the list, and anybody can go to the supermarket to shop for the list. Toss it in your cart, check it off the list, and everybody else knows it’s already been purchased.
Once again, a little bit of technology makes your life easier, for free. Enjoy!