I’m having an app attack, and both my iPhone and Nexus 7 may need a break. Over the last while I’ve been iTuning and Google Playing with a series of flyer apps, shopping lists, recipe sites, and virtual coupon apps to bring you a list of my favorite favs.
Because grocery shopping and food preparation take a huge bite out of our household budgets, trying out a few free apps with an aim to lessen cooking costs is a delicious idea. Spending less time shopping works for me too.
Since we rarely go anywhere without our phones, grocery apps are also an awesome way to never forget shopping lists or leave coupons at home. Unless, of course, you forget your phone.
My list of free grocery apps is humble, so be sure to leave a comment and share the apps you love too. OK? OK! Now, let’s get dinner done!
1. Flipp — Flyers (iOS, Android)
I’m flipping over Flipp, which says a lot since I tend to not flip over anything. Gymnastics was never my thing. Anyways, Flipp is worth a weekly cartwheel if you sleuth for sales in piles of grocery flyers and you’re tired of recycling and bandaging paper cuts.
By entering a postal code (Canada) or zip code (US of A), shoppers can aggregate every darn possible flyer in their vicinity. Narrowing down the stack is simple — just favorite your top shops and click the heart button to see your preferred flyer sales. Whenever a new faved flyer is available, Flipp automatically sends the sales to your Favorites heart tab. No more hunting for the flyers you use. I’m in love.
Need to find a specific item on sale? Flipp’s Search feature is a thing of beauty. Search for chicken, soup, chicken soup, and even chicken nuggets — Flipp finds the deals and organizes them for you. This makes stocking up on the stuff you need simple since Flipp searches mountains of flyers and finds you the good stuff.
When you find a sale you wish to shop, just tap the flyer — Flipp circles and saves the deal to the Clippings tab. Congratulations, you’ve just compiled your shopping list from dozens of flyers, searched the needed sales, and clipped the deals worth your time. Now use this information to ‘Price Match’ at another store to nab the same deal with fewer trips. You’re welcome.
- Flipp: flip.com
2. Reebee — Flyers (iOS, Android, Blackberry)
I have a few Android devices in my house so I feel the need to share a flyer aggregation app that supports those not buying into the Apple ecosystem. So there’s Reebee, a distant second player to Flipp’s winner of a flyer game. Like Flipp you access local flyers and aggregate the lot in one handy place. But Reebee lacks Flipp’s search capability and forces you to read every page in your chosen flyers to find the needed deal.
Reebee is an attractive app, but being able to search through dozens of flyers, ads, and circulars is just too good a feature to not offer users. So Reebee, go build us a search.
- Reebee: reebee.com
3. Checkout 51 — Coupons (iOS, Android)
I surveyed Squawkfox readers on Facebook and Twitter, and so many people said they love saving money on groceries by not clipping coupons with Checkout 51.
Created for Americans and Canadians who hate perforated paper, the Checkout 51 app highlights weekly deals and lets you redeem virtual coupon savings by snapping a photo of your receipt.
Here’s how Checkout 51 works:
1. Browse the offers that are updated every Thursday.
2. Buy the products from any store.
3. Take a photo of your receipt to redeem your deal.
4. Get cash back!
Note: Cheques are mailed when you hit $20 in savings.
I was skeptical at first, but here’s how it works.
- Checkout 51: checkout51.com
4. Grocery iQ — Grocery Lists (iOS, Android)
Grocery iQ wants to be and do everything for you. Make and share shopping lists, find local coupons, match coupons to listed items, identify local stores, sort listed items by your grocer’s aisle, barcode scanning for list building, more list sharing, lists lists and more lists. Also, more coupons, more stores, more aisles, more more more.
Touted on their Facebook page as the “#1 Mobile grocery list application of all time,” I think Grocery iQ is worth your brain matter. My problem is it does a lot, but not anything well enough to take my intelligence higher. Maybe I’m just not that smart.
Another grocery listing app I like is Out of Milk (outofmilk.com) — the user interface is attractive and it’s a lot simpler for people who just want to make a dang grocery list. What sets this app apart from the other grocery list apps is the ability to list everything stocked in your pantry, so you’re unlikely to duplicate purchases when you can’t remember what to buy.
Technology aside, my Printable Grocery Shopping List gets the grocery list done without having to recharge a single battery. Maybe the simplest solution is still best.
- Grocery iQ: groceryiq.com
5. Allthecooks Recipes (iOS, Android)
Beautiful photographs, real recipes submitted through social sharing, and a variety of foods for picky palates makes Allthecooks Recipes a spectacular free app to try.
The gorgeousness of the user interface is one thing, but the ability to search by ingredient is what makes this app useful when you’re trying to make dinner with just the stuff in the fridge. You can even upload your own kitchen creations and strut your foodie stuff online.
- Allthecooks Recipes: cookpad.com
Happy flyer hunting, virtual couponing, list building, and community cooking. Dinner’s nearly done and hopefully your meals cost a little less.