How to Share a Family Shopping List by Keeping It in the Cloud

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You can also remove an item from a shopping list from the list’s Prepare mode by lowering the quantity to zero and confirming the deletion. The item remains on the Favorites list and on any other shopping lists you’ve put it on.

When you arrive at the store, press the Shop button on the top of the screen to change to Shop mode. When you buy an item, check it. The checked items will move to the bottom of the list.

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When you’re finished, tap the red Reset button in the lower-right corner (iPhone), or press the Menu button, then tap Reset (Android). Select Shopping Done.

Bells and Whistles in the Grocery Bag

Grocery Gadgets has more features than I can adequately cover here. You can manually reorder the items on a shopping list, then switch back and forth between the order you created and the alphabetized version. You can assign categories to items. There are tools to help you analyze your food spending, and access to coupons that might help you keep costs down.

Your phone’s camera can come into play, as well. You can photograph an item in your kitchen and attach that photo to the listing. And if you don’t want to type in a product’s name, you can photograph its barcode. This doesn’t always work, however. I tried it with Trader Joe’s Honey Nut O’s cereal, and Grocery Gadgets identified the product as a 2005 Toyota Tundra Pickup Fog Lamp Assembly (you don’t want to eat that for breakfast).

Like virtually any tool that can help you organize your life, Grocery Gadgets takes some setup time. But once you get it going, you won’t know how you managed without it.

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