Did you know Michelangelo wrote grocery lists, too?
His work of art, which details illustrations of bread, pasta, wine, and fish, is on display at an art museum in Florence, Italy. While the artist’s list never got lost in the produce section or left at home upon the kitchen countertop, these scenarios are all too familiar for the average homeowner.
Because your grocery list won’t be encased for visitors to ogle at, let’s swap the scraps of paper for a few of the best grocery shopping apps on the market. Here’s a list of Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing’s favorites:
BagIQ: This app, available for iPhones and Androids, is a one-stop shop for everything food. Connect to stores to snap, track, and record all of your receipts, get information on your last transaction, and understand how much you spend per category. Create personal insights based on your favorite foods, highlighting what matters most in the nutrition information, and peruse suggested recipes based on your BIQ score.
Cellfire: This free app is “the premier destination for valuable savings on groceries, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.” If you have a rewards card to your favorite grocery store, you can access and virtually clip or print coupons from your personal computer and/or mobile phone.
Epicurious: This iPhone app gives users more than 35,000 recipes from Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Random House. The app automatically updates its repertoire with the change of seasons to prepare busy homeowners for the holidays. (Hello, Thanksgiving recipes.) Epicurious also offers a hands-free mode and cooking timer, so you can focus on cooking while still receiving instructions.
Farmstand: This iPhone app connects users with locally sourced food. “Find markets in your area, share photos (with fun stickers), post deals you’ve found, and help support your local community by telling everyone what’s great at your farmers’ market.” Users on Farmstand can even update information like times, vendors, and location as well as filter markets that accept nutritional benefits like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Favado: This app, available in the App Store and on Google Play, lets users price-check their favorite items. It shows you which ingredients are on sale at more than 65,000 grocery stores and drugstores around the country and allows users to build their grocery list according to printable coupons. You can also set alerts for when your favorite ingredients go on sale.
Ibotta: This free app, available for iPhones and Androids, pays users cash to shop via PayPal, Venmo, or gift cards. Homeowners can shop at hundreds of stores, and earn rebates by submitting a receipt, linking a loyalty account, or purchasing in-app.
Key Ring: This organizational app, available in the App Store and on Google Play, lets users keep all of their membership and loyalty program cards in one place, so you don’t have to fuss around with a key ring. You can also find sales and coupons near your local grocery store and create shopping lists in the app or on the web.
ListEase: This app, available in the App Store and on Google Play, allows users to “effortlessly create shopping lists.” They scan barcodes using the phone’s camera then add the item to a virtual shopping list. When the list is complete, you can share it with family and friends to see if anyone wants a last-minute lunch treat or late-night snack.