Grocery IQ is an iPad app (maybe iPhone too, I’m not sure) from Coupons.com. I had seen it on a demo at one point before we got the iPad, and thought it was really neat so when I finally got my iPad I downloaded it.
It took a little while to get used to, but I love it!
Here’s what you can do with it:
- Create your grocery list (and separate it by store if you plan multiple trips)
- Save your favorite items and their prices
- Download coupons to a savings card (if you have one)
- Print paper coupons
- E-mail your list to yourself or spouse.
It takes a little while to get everything set up. I started by taking my receipts and inputting the items I buy a lot like pasta sauce and Dr. Pepper. You can put in the details of the item (if it’s not one of the many brands that are pre-programmed into the app) and add the price.
To make your list you can add items from your favorites or history, or add it straight to the list. At the bottom of your list, it totals the items for you (obviously it can only add up the items that you have a price added for, but it updates as you update the list). The list is also separated by which aisle or area of the store the item is located in such as deli counter or canned foods.
Once you get an item you click the little box and it goes to your cart. The list then shows how much you’ve spent in your cart and what your list of items still to get totals to.
I really love this app. It makes budgeting a grocery list incredibly easy. I used to make my lists on index cards and then add the items up as I went, but this is so much easier! I’ve used the iPad by itself for my last few grocery trips and this app is just so easy and helpful! Best of all, no more index cards to recycle!