I Use ZipList: A Grocery List App To Keep Track Of My Shopping Lists And Recipes
A reader, Mary Jane, shared her Ziplist review, and how she uses a smart phone app to make a grocery list that she can carry around with her, no matter where she is.
***UPDATE: THIS APP IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. IT WILL STOP FUNCTIONING ON DECEMBER 10, 2014.
I've added my own comments above Mary Jane's review of this app, since this free app has just announced it will not be available, as of December 10, 2014. (This is being written on November 10th, the day of the announcement.)
What does this mean for you?
If you've been using the Ziplist app to keep your recipes or your grocery lists, you will need to take action within the next month to save these items.
In regard to your recipes, Ziplist has partnered with Epicurious so that you can transfer your recipes from the Ziplist recipe box to the one for Epicurious. You will need to do this before the month is over!
There is no way to move your shopping lists to another service though. So, if you'd like to export them so you can manually add them to another app you can do that. Again though, you'll need to do it within the next month and the process is much more involved.
You can read the entire blog announcement from Ziplist here
What Does Ziplist's Closure Teach Us?
I like technology as much as the next gal, and paid apps could go away just as easily as this free one did. But I think the closure of this app gives us a lesson about keeping our recipes or shopping lists only online, or in the cloud.
You can do it, but be prepared to deal with transferring to a new service if something happens. And I'm trying to give you a heads up because I don't want people to be surprised if all their recipes just disappeared on December 10th.
Recipes can often mean a lot to us, sentimentally, because many become family favorites, while others are actually passed down from generation to generation. So, be careful with how you collect them.
This isn't to say not to use an app for recipes and grocery shopping lists. I still recommend several (and if you used Ziplist obviously
you're in the market for a new one, so scroll down to see my other reviews on this site), but just know that those apps and programs could close at any time as well, and have a back up plan in place to keep your precious recipes in the family!
Mary Jane says:
I do everything electronically...I use ZipList on my desktop and laptop and have an app on my ipad and phone so I always have access.
You can create multiple lists (I tend to run one a week) and add or subtract as I go. I can also email the list to my husband in a pinch.
I like it because I store all of my recipes there in a recipe box. Each week I select my meals from my recipe box which allow you to "add to a shopping list" - giving you the opportunity to verify your on-hand inventory and add only the items you need.
The items are listed as they are grouped in the grocery store (ex: produce, meats, frozen, etc).
I usually print out the list (I love to check mark as I go), but using the phone app works too, and match up coupons I have clipped before I head out.
There is also a note section for each item on your list to make note of any sales at specific stores (ex: b1g1 at Kroger).
I also manage my grocery store perks card on-line and add store specific and product specific coupons that are tracked through my perks card (Kroger is really easy).
Thanks Mary Jane for sharing how you use this app to make a grocery list and keep track of your recipes.
The ZipList app is available for both Apple and Android products, and is free.
I have found that many of the electronic recipe organizer programs
have multiple related functions, including organizing recipes, making your list, and helping with meal planning.
I would love to hear from even more people who have used this, or similar apps or software programs, to hear what you think about them, good or bad. Please share your reviews with me in the Great Organizing Apps section of the site
In addition, check out all the recommended apps for home organization and management
I've compiled as a resource for everyone!