Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Grocery Lists



My husband and I were at our local Target store tonight picking up some basic grocery items. We use an app on our phones for a shared list and add items as we think of them. It’s also helpful in making our trips more efficient, because we can each view the list and go separate ways to pick up needed groceries. We have been making our shopping lists like this for many years. Imagine our surprise when we saw another couple of similar ages discussing the items on the paper list one of them was holding!  After passing them in the aisle, we turned to each other to comment on this oddity and laughed that we both noticed.

It should not surprise YOU that I started wondering about how people make shopping lists, if age is a factor, and what apps people like best.  I am guessing that the use of paper for grocery lists is much more prevalent the older you are. However, I do wonder if those with smartphones are more likely to have made the switch from paper to their phones. If they use their phones, are they using apps designed for making lists or are they just keeping a list on their notepad?

I have used a couple of different apps but currently use “Out of Milk”.  It works well for keeping multiple lists for Target, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Lowe’s, etc. I know that my son and his family use Alexa to keep their grocery list. My grandkids have had some fun adding items to the list, but there is a failsafe check system that catches unwanted or unnecessary items.  I also use Wunderlist to keep track of meals I’ve bought or prepared. Then I can plan out my meals for the week very easily.

I’d be interested in hearing what your experience with shopping lists has been and if you have any recommendations for apps that you especially like. I’d also love to hear if you’ve noticed differences in paper versus smartphone lists with the people shopping when you are. Is there an age difference, or was this just an oddity?  Let me know!

Have you found your tech joy today?


1 comment:

  1. We've been using "Our Groceries". I think I did try Out of Milk, but I don't remember. It's too long ago. I just really love apps like these. Especially for longer lists, like the pre Christmas-dinners shopping. He takes one part of the supermarket, I take the other. The shopping cart is parked in the middle and we'll just meet again once we're done. Then we'll move on to the next part of the supermarket and repeat the steps.