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iPhone grocery list app caters to the unorganized

February 5, 2009 |  7:17 am


I’ve had this little program called Grocery IQ installed on my iPhone for months and finally got around to using it a couple of weeks ago.

Now, I kind of love putting my shopping list together. Type the first few letters, and the program completes the word and adds it to your list in the appropriate “aisle.” For example, if I type "cilantro," I choose “bunch” and the entry automatically goes into the “fruits and vegetables” aisle.

If I need canned tomatoes, I can specify San Marzano and place it in my favorites listing so that each time I go shopping I can add it to the list, if needed, with the tap of a finger. Yogurt? I can specify a quart of whole-milk yogurt from Straus Family Creamery and, again, save it to my favorites.

You can write in your brand names, move the aisles around or eliminate them and -- very handy is this feature -- e-mail your list to someone else in the family who can do the shopping for you.

Using Grocery IQ at the farmers market and at the grocery store, I find that I forget fewer things I meant to buy because my list is so organized. And I love checking off each item so it goes gray and fades into the background.

Grocery IQ, $.99 at the Apps Store section of iTunes.

-- S. Irene Virbila

Image: Screenshot of Grocery IQ from my iPhone.