Simplify your grocery shopping on Android

Here's an app that can help you save time and energy when shopping.

Grocery shopping--it can be fun, annoying, relaxing, or done in a rush, but it is always necessary. So why not use a grocery app for your phone that can help make the process go smoother every time? While the number of grocery apps in the Android Market is mind-boggling, the amount of features per app varies greatly. Out of Milk is relatively balanced on features, ease of use, and quality in comparison to many others. Here's how to use it to simplify the necessary task of grocery shopping:

Step 1: Grab Out of Milk from the Android Market.

Step 2: Open the app. Create an account with Out of Milk, or bypass this step with the "Signup later" link in the bottom right corner.

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Step 3: Decide which list you want to work with first. Flipping between the Shopping and Pantry lists will still save any items you have added to either list. You can use the in-app buttons or your phone's back button to navigate back to other lists.

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Step 4: Name the list you're working with, and then open it.

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Step 5: Add items to your list with the + button. You can manually type items in, scan the item if they have barcodes, or in the case of the pantry list, use the suggestion feature under the text box.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma
Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 6: Grocery shop! The app lets you long-press on foods to mark them off the list as they get added to your cart. If you make a mistake, no problem, the crossed-out foods are at the bottom of the list and can be restored with another long-press.

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(Optional) Step 7: A single tap on any item will open a menu to let you mark it done, edit the item, move it to another list, delete it, or copy it.This is super handy for adding the foods you just bought to your pantry list without having to enter them individually.

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Out of Milk also offers the ability to calculate prices with an adjustable tax rate, change lists to alphabetical order, keep a history of your lists and sync them online, and even set reminders for your shopping needs. They also offer a pro version for $4.99 that lets you share lists, use real-time syncing on lists, track coupons, and includes a widget.


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About the author

Nicole Cozma has an affinity for Android apps and devices, but loves technology in general. Based out of the Tampa Bay Area, she enjoys being a spectator to both sunsets and lightning storms.



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