by Jeff Dubois
you pick up milk, green olives and sour cream for the
baked potatoes on your way home? I printed the
email Nancy sent me before I headed out the door, and
then promptly forgot the document on the printers
paper tray. Three hours later, in the grocery store
adjacent to the transit station that I passed through on
the way home, I placed milk, cream and stuffed olives
into the cart, then proceeded to the cash. As a result,
we did not have baked spuds and sour cream as a side with
our dinner that evening. We did, however, have extra
cream in the fridge for our coffee.
I dont know how many times I have forgotten to pick
something up that Nanz had asked for. Nor, conversely,
how many times she has arrived home, only to assert:
I knew I forgot something. With all the
technology in our household, I knew there had to be a
simply and pragmatic tool for keeping something as simple
as a grocery list synchronized between our two phones.
Not surprisingly, there are a wealth of alternatives to
choose from. After much consideration, I finally settled
on one which met our needs: OurGroceries
is the simplest way to keep your grocery lists instantly
synchronized on all the smartphones in your household -
and its a free app!
When you use OurGroceries, you will never leave home
without your shopping list again. (Unless you leave your
phone at home!) Moreover, shared shopping lists are
synchronized in real time so its ideal for
One other feature I really liked was the ability to
access your shared shopping list using a web browser by
logging into your account on the OurGroceries website.
This has proven to be real handy in the summer when
Im at the cabin. Nanz generally does the shopping
in the city (where prices are better) and comes up on the
weekend so the list of needed items are at her
OurGroceries is a creation of HeadCode, a software
company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with
an R&D office in Waterloo, Ontario. Though the app is
free on Google Play (and iStore) it is ad-supported.
If, youre like me, and you not only find ads
annoying but you also like to support software
development outside the advertising stream, you can
purchase OurGroceries Key from the Play Store for $4.99.
OurGroceries Shopping List (Freeware)
Originally published: May, 2017
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