Love the app but there have been no updates for years! What's up guys??????
By Kari Liz
I have used and depended on this app for years. It's just right. I can check off items I need plus add ones not on the list or customize with brand names like the type of bread. For some of my regular recipes I have added the ingredients with the quantities and a photo. Then when I'm going to make that, I just choose that recipe and it also was up on my shopping list. You can then take off any ingredients you already have. I've also created a couple of specialty stores that I go to for special ingredients. I open GroceryZen when I'm in the store and check things off is it going to my basket. I highly recommend this app. In this day of increasingly complex apps, this one is simple and elegant.
I love this app, but the iOS 7 version is less visually efficient. Please put some grey in the aisle headings to separate them from the items listed!!! The white really confuses my eyes and frustrates me. I can't fast scan items in aisles. It looks like one long list. I understand you wanted to be cohesive with iOS 7, but it's not functional.
Overall, it meets my needs in a way that a paper list can't. My phone is always with me so I can always add items when I have a random thought about something I want to buy. I live how editable the item list is. I created a Trader Joe aisle so I have a TJ shopping list as well as a grocery store list.
I love that it sorts my shopping list by aisle! My trip through the store was so efficient before this white design change.
One of my favorite apps! Saves time and I save my recipes so it helps me pick out what I'm going to make for the week! No more forgetting an ingredient
I use this every shopping trip!
This app is awesome for so many reasons! I like selecting the items as opposed to typing each of them out. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that I can email the list. I email it to my husband from time to time and all he has to do is import it. AMAZING!! I never grocery shop without it!
I would rank 5 full stars if they would make an iPad version. Right now I run the iPhone version which is adequate, but you know... Also, cloud functionality would be awesome for my lists so I don't have to email them to myself if I make a list on my iPad and just take my phone grocery shipping.
Still the best
I keep coming back to this app. It is still the only grocery/recipe app that runs off of a database of ingredients, which makes adding your own recipes very quick and easy. Most other apps just give you a text box to write the ingredients in. That is tedious.
I hope the developers will resume working on this app.
Features I'd like to see:
High res graphics
Item combination in grocery list: i.e. one recipe calls for 2 onions, another for 1, the grocery list says "3 onions".
Cloud syncing for backups. I lost all of my recipes once with this app. Still debating entering them all in again.
4 Could be a 5
I agree with other reviewers. Need to be able to alphabetized isles. I am like most other I shop in the same sequence. So if I could put the isles in my stores order, that would be great. I find myself missing isles because it was so far down the list. I use this ap all the time. Looking forward to an update!
Very useful, but...
Like others, I use the "recipes" as sub-lists and add aisles for different stores. I add to it throughout the week and use it every time I shop.
It's a 3.5 stars. Alphabetization would make it a 5.
Best Grocery App
I've tried about every grocery app and this one works best for me but it's still pretty terrible. Grocery apps seem so simple and there are so many why are they all so weak?
I like that you can create your own master list of items easily so you don't have hundreds of things in the main list you'd never ever buy. Searching for items is great.
The killer feature is the "recipe" feature but this is poorly named. It's really sub-lists. So you can have a recipe of things you normally buy every week and you can easily go through that list and add what you are out of. Or quickly add all the ingredients of a dish you're going to make.
The biggest problem is the incredibly, no, amazingly, awful way it handles quantities. You can advance the quantity forward by tapping the quantity of an item. But if your default is 3 then it advances by 3s (one tap = 6), if your default is 1 1/2 pounds one tap gets you to 3 pounds. Any other quantity change (including removing from your shopping list) requires going to an edit screen and selecting quantity and then saving. And then the app often erases the aisle info for that item.
Developer responded quickly to say I was wrong about this bug. When I gave them step-by-step instructions that always recreate it they didn't respond.
I don't know if it's been updated in months. If so the changes were minute.
Basically it's useful but obnoxious but still the best in a surprisingly weak class of apps.
Best app for the way I shop
I love the ability to select a recipe & add to list. I use this feature as I use weekly menus containing recipes or when I am at the store and need ideas, or when I find an ingredient on sale and want to use it for one of my recipes. I also use recipes to list items I buy at specific stores (i.e. Health food store, etc.) and I have a recipe "Every" for basics to get every shopping trip. My couponing method is to separate coupons by month, so I have month "recipes" with ingredients that I have coupons for that expire that month. Here's the catch, I would like to see a program upgrade that flags the ingredients that I have coupons for so that when those ingredients are added from a meal recipe or store recipe, I will be able to see I have a coupon and should pull it from my file. Right now I add a dollar sign to the name of the ingredient as my flag, but it can disappear with long ingredient names.
I also will second the request for some way to handle long lists of recipes. Perhaps the ability to search that narrows the field with each letter entered?
No no no
1. There is no undo- so if you press an item on your list it disappears forever. What if you click on something accidently- and you are not sure what you clicked and an important item disappears forever? You would never even know it.....
2. It doesn't display the whole recipe line by line, if one ingredient is more characters than the line you cannot read the whole thing!!
3. It is hard to read recipes for said reason.
This was a waste of time to set up, and of money to buy!
Idea for an upgrrade
By Catagories for the recipes
Love this app and use it all the time. I cut and paste recipes into all the time and use it for every trip to the grocery store. One thing that would make it even better though, is if I could catagorize my recipes: main dishes, holidays, side dishes, etc. I now have so many recipes, it takes awhile to sort throught them all. :) Thanks for a great app though!