Friday, February 19, 2010

Zip List Love

Have you ever taken the time to write out a grocery list and then left it at home.  When that happens to me, I never realize it until I've taken the kids out of the car and gotten them situated in a shopping cart with snacks and entertainment.  As frustrating as it is that I carefully took inventory of my cupboards, fridge, and freezer only to forget what we actually need, there is no way I'm disturbing my babies (who are currently acting like angels) to run back to the house and start over.  The end result is that our pantry ends up being filled with fruit snacks, oatmeal, and chips and the freezer is overflowing with 15lbs. of ground beef because I keep buying more always thinking that I'm almost out.  A waste of time and money.

Thankfully, I came upon an awesome online service called ZipList.  Did I mention it's FREE??  Head over to and see for yourself how wonderfully fun and efficient it is!  If you're wondering why you should take some of your precious time (if you're reading this you're probably a mom, which means that every minute of every day is valuable) to check out this service then here are the top 10 reasons why I love ZipList:
  1. You can access the list by the web, mobile web, email, text, or IM.
  2. An online recipe box is included with your membership that allows you to add the ingredients directly to your shopping list.
  3. As you add items to your list, they are automatically organized by category (i.e. produce, breakfast, meats).
  4. There is a store database with an aisle map of each store which will organize your list in order of the aisles.
  5. You can enter coupon info for each item (never forget to save money again).
  6. The site is very easy to navigate, super user-friendly.
  7. It's free!
  8. Meal planning is so much easier with all of these tools rolled into one.
  9. If you take advantage of all ZipList has to offer you will save time and money when you shop.
  10. ZipList has already released an iPhone app which doesn't really do much for me, but I asked if there were plans for an Android app and they said that if there is enough interest then they will develop one.  Woohoo! 

As if all this weren't awesome enough...head over to and check out her ZipList Gift Pack giveaway.  While you're there, check out all of the money and time saving info this brilliant blogging mommy has to offer.  In the short time I've been following, I've learned lots of tips and tricks that have made my life as Mom so much easier.


GW said...

Hey! I'm an Android user, too, and so's Howie. ZipList sounds great. I've been using Evernote, which is handy for a lot of things, but ZipList sounds like it would make more sense for a shopping list...especially since it organizes items by area. We need to write the ZipList developers and lobby for Android. Before going to a smartphone, I did my list in Excel and sorted by store and department columns. Google Docs app is still kind of clunky, so I haven't been using it regularly.

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