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Handy iPhone apps to help with grocery shopping

by Kate Currin

Grocery shopping can be enjoyable, but mostly it is the bane of my existence. I always spend more than I mean to and I always forget my coupons and my loyalty card. Plus, I never seem to remember everything on my handwritten grocery list. But, I love to eat and like to cook so it cannot be avoided. Here are some handy iPhone apps to help make grocery shopping a little easier.

Must-have Recipes from Better Homes & Gardens

Loved by working moms and housewives alike, the free Must-have Recipes from Better Homes & Gardens app is remarkable for completing a successful trip to the grocery store. With more than 500 mouth-watering recipes and a built-in grocery list generator, you will not want to go to the grocery store without this app. Impulsive shoppers will love the opportunity to find recipes based on one ingredient. For instance, if salmon is looking might tasty today, you browse salmon recipes to see what else you will need to make a delicious meal. Plus, you can organize all your favorite recipes into a virtual recipe box in the app, making it easy to grab your meatloaf recipe on the go!

Real Simple Recipes: No time to cook?

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is slave over a homemade meal. If you are looking for quick dinner ideas, check out the Real Simple Recipes: No time to cook? app ($4.99). This cooking app is perfect for folks who do not like to order-in all the time, but also do not want to spend hours making dinner. The app even has no-cook recipes and an easy way to email grocery lists if you need your roommate or significant other to do the shopping. With more than 850 delicious recipes, a shopping list generator, and how-to videos, this iPhone app will be your weekday meal savior and is totally worth five bucks. It will be your best friend for last-minute dinner parties, too.

In Bloom

Do you buy pre-made guacamole because you are stumped when it comes to buying a ripe avocado? Do you run screaming at the thought of picking a fresh melon? Never fear, simply get the In Bloom iPhone app ($0.99). This handy app not only informs you of what fruits and vegetables are in season, but also tells you how to pick the best one from the crop. Do not be caught in the produce section without this app.

Coupons and Shopping – GeoQpons

Does anybody still sit around on Sundays and clip coupons from the newspaper? Why bother? Just get the free Coupons and Shopping – GeoQpons app and get access to coupons galore. Before you buy an item, scan the barcode with this app to see if a coupon is available. There are not a ton of grocery store coupons available within this app, but it is great for finding restaurant coupons when there just is no time to shop.

CardStar

Tired of carrying around all those store loyalty cards? See if the free CardStar app will work for you. Import your cards to your favorite stores and just pull up this app when it is time to check-out. You can also access coupons and savings via this app that link directly to your card for an easier checkout.

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