Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thing 22: Discovering Apps

There is a bit of overlap between this Thing and the previous (not shockingly), but despite the fact that I found several apps that I suspect I will use more than is good for me, I went on an mission to find even MORE apps using Quixey.

My goal: find a shopping list/task list app that is even simpler than the already-simple Springpad.

I searched Quixey for "shopping list" and got a number of results (again, not shockingly). I liked that the apps had user ratings, and the hits were listed, as far as I could tell, in order of these ratings. I ended up selecting the second on the list, myShopi, which is supposedly the most popular shopping app in Europe, for what that's worth.  Also, it works offline, so I don't need to use any of my data plan to consult my list while out and about.

Here's the description from the myShopi listing:
Create multiple shopping lists
• Add items to your list by tapping images or searching by text
• Select from a database of more than 1,000 predefined items or add your own
• Add notes, quantities or sale prices
• Track frequently purchased items for easy adding to current lists
• Share lists by email or SMS

So I downloaded it, and although you can make a list of just random items, you can also make lists for individual stores: Albertsons, Costco, Fry's, KMart, Kroger, Safeway, Sam's Club, Smith's, Target, Trader Joe's, Walmart, and Whole Foods.  Luckily, two of the three go-to stores (Costco & Trader Joe's) are included, so it was fun to make an imaginary shopping list by tapping on icons of various items - coffee, milk, sunscreen - and then adding notes re: brand, quantity, etc.

Of course, the imaginary shopping list quickly morphed into a real shopping list as I realized that I hadn't been grocery shopping this week.

I think I'll find it useful.

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