ZipList: Shopping List Meets Recipe Box

How many times have you come back from a shopping run with a bunch of grocery bags, only to find that you have forgot the items (again) for which you made the trip in the first place? Even when you don’t have a mom or a significant other to yell at your mistake, forgetting items after a shopping run is no less annoying.

If you plan to be a more efficient shopper in the future, try ZipList. The web app lets you create and manage your grocery shopping list, find and save your favorite recipes from across the web, get great savings and share with your entire family. Let’s go take a look.

Overview

ZipList makes meal planning and grocery shopping a breeze. Using this web app, you can create your weekly meal plan, organize your grocery list and get money saving coupons, all the while sitting on a couch or a coffee shop.

Overview

Overview

That isn’t all that ZipList does. More than 300,000 recipes in their database makes it a great online destination for fine dining ideas. Once the recipes are found,you have got a quicker way to add your favorite recipes to your personal recipe box. Popular shopping checklist templates (for planning a picnic, party etc.) and the ability to sync your list and recipes up with your smartphone are additional perks.

Ease Of Use

Recipes Section

Recipes Section

You can search for and check out recipes without having to sign up for the app. But beyond that, creating an account will stand to benefit you more. Besides being free, ZipList lets you sign up using your existing social accounts, in a single click.

Creating a Shopping List

Creating a Shopping List

Creating a Shopping List

ZipList sports an intuitive interface with a selection of colors that go easy on the eyes. Creating a shopping list is the first page you will land on after signing in. If you have used a to do app in the past, you can go ahead and create a list in a few seconds, building on top of the sample list. Automatically moving items to their respective categories is a real nice touch!

Sample Checklists

Sample Checklists

Looking for the shopping list templates I mentioned above? You can find them in the Checklists section. There are hundreds of prebuilt lists available and you can create and share yours with the community too.

Planning a Meal

Planning a Meal

Planning a Meal

To plan a meal, you will need a recipe to start with. After finding the recipe that tickles your taste buds, use the Add to Shopping List option to bring up an editable list of all the ingredients you need to prepare it.

Editable List

Editable List

Instead of mindlessly adding items to a list, the web app lets you pick and choose. ZipList even tries guess what items you might already have in the kitchen, but in my case, the app failed miserably! Since each user can create multiple lists, you can use the drop down to pick an appropriate list or create a new one altogether just for this recipe.

Stores and Coupons

Shopping is fun, but grocery shopping might not be as much fun. One might end up criss crossing the store multiple times to pick up one item after another. That’s where ZipList steps in. From the Stores section, search for the grocery stores near your location. Just add what you need to your list and the app will then automatically sort your list by aisle!

Multiple stores can be added to your account and you can also share your list with family members so maybe they can shop for you at times.

Grocery Coupons & Printable Discounts

Grocery Coupons & Printable Discounts

Another tedious task that ZipList helps eliminate is hunting for best prices and coupons for your weekend grocery run. ZipList shares coupons with you for the items you add to your list each week. Or, if you are planning to stock up when there is a good deal for an item that isn’t in your list, use the Coupons section of the app. Subscribing to to regular email alerts will ensure that you don’t miss any good deal.

Final Thoughts

Planning your shopping run in advance for sure will help you save time and money. ZipList stands to benefit everyone and excels at everything it does. ZipList takes care of shopping lists, offers better deals, hosts recipes, helps you plan meals and what not. However, it isn’t like ZipList is perfect. The app is ambitious and tries to do too many things all at the sametime.

It took me a few minutes to figure what ZipList can do and what it can’t. I’m sure not many would complain to get the job done under one roof, but from a pure Web 2.0 standpoint, apps that are simple enough to understand get traction faster. And the UI of the coupons section is horrible and doesn’t gel well with the overall design quality.

Share Your Thoughts!

How do you keep track all your shopping lists and recipes? Do you think an app like ZipList would be better off when used primarily from a smartphone?


Summary

ZipList lets you create and manage your grocery shopping list, find and save your favorite recipes from across the web, get great savings and share with your entire family.

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  • http://www.freebears.com Teddy Bear

    This sounds like something worth trying. I always forget to get all of the items specified by my wife. In fact, she is convinced that I do it on purpose so I don’t have to go again. While that is true sometimes, I often forget the good stuff that I wanted. I will post again after trying the program.

  • Lindsay

    This app tries to do too much and is muddled. I use Grocery IQ which is great (am not an employee or anything, I just like apps that do what they’re supposed to do and keep it clean). It’s much simpler – it allows you to keep a list of your favorites, so you can check that list every time you shop to make sure you don’t miss anything. It allows you to add special items. It allows you to keep lists by stores. It allows you to add items together in aisles. And it has a great coupon feature. It syncs across your computer, phone, and iPad. And it’s free. In short, it focuses on one key task — keeping a shopping list–and doesn’t try to get recipes involved, which are major management task on their own.

    • Sebastiaan

      Agreed, ever since GroceryIQ was featured on here i’ve been using it. You can actually use it across multiple iOS devices too which is how my wife manages to add things to the list while i’m picking up groceries.

      Personally i’ve never been one for trying loads of recipes, i prefer to keep things simple.

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