Category Archives: Shopping

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Grocery List – Buy Me a Pie! Is As Easy As Pie

Total Score:  28.5

Buy me a Pie - iconThere are a lot of list making apps and even specific grocery list apps on the app store.  I’ve tried a number of them and have used a few for years, but Grocery List – Buy Me a Pie!  for iPhone and iPad is my new favorite.  Probably because it is so easy to prepare a list.  And, it is equally easy to prepare a list and share it with friends and family.  Give it a try and see what you think.

 

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Use a Photo Instead of a Search Word With CamFind

Total Score:  29.5

CamFind allows you to take a photo of something to find out more about it.  That sounds simple when you try an object like an iPod.  You get the expected results, what it is, where you can buy it (relative to where you are) , product reviews and general info.  That is impressive, but nearly as impressive as taking a picture of a flower or a building around you and having it respond, fairly quickly, with everything you would want to know about it.  CamFind delivers amazing results and is likely to settle a bar bet or two.  Continue reading

Save Money With the Apps Gone Free App

Total Score:  29

I don’t mind paying for an app if it makes my life easier or is just fun to use.  However, I really like getting a deal. Many developers allow their apps to be free or at reduced cost for short amounts of time.  Finding them would just be luck if not for apps like Apps Gone Free.  I don’t download a new app every day, but usually three to four times a week.  I doubt you want that many apps, but my job (and my passion) is testing apps.  Apps Gone Free has helped me discover some really great apps.  I suggest you give it a try.  Continue reading

Home Décor On Your iPad With Lowe’s and Home Depot Apps

Total Score:   29

  Would you like to give your home a new look?  Do you buy home decorating magazines to spark ideas?  If the answer to either question is yes, then you will enjoy both the Home Depot Style Guide and Lowe's Creative Ideas apps.  Yes, Lowes and Home Depot are trying to sell you something.  But is that a bad thing?  Most do it yourself types already shop at one or both of these stores.   I recommend getting both.  Each offer great ideas for your home and there is no such thing as too much inspiration. Continue reading

Discovr Finds Connections Between Apps

Total Score:  28.5

 I have to admit that it is counterintuitive for an app review site to suggest an app that can help you find new apps.   Nevertheless, I have to recommend Discovr.  It is in the entertainment category and is both informative and entertaining.  The simple explanation of this app is that you type in the name of an app you like and it plots possible connections to other apps with similar features.   For instance, if you type in KINDLE, you are connected to iBooks, MegaReader, Bluefire Reader and Book Crawler.   It’s a visual, “If you like this, you might like this.” Continue reading

The Green Guide App Helps You Make Environmentally Friendly Decisions

Total Score:  25.5

  The Good Guide App helps you choose products that are good for you, good for the environment and good for society.  This is all about making informed choices.  With this app you can determine which factors are important to you and find out if your product choices match your commitment to a healthier, greener life. Continue reading

Walmart’s App Offers you Savings Opportunities

Total Score:  28.5

  The Walmart iPad and iPhone app are helpful additions if you are a Walmart shopper.  They provide you the opportunity to browse what’s available online, and then check to see if it is in your local store.  It’s a full featured app that allows you to create grocery lists, order prescriptions and generally explore their stores.

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Expect More – and Get it – With Target.com Apps

Total Score:  28.5

Target is one of my favorite stores.  I can always find what I need, and at a good price.  There is a store within a decent driving distance and they have a good selection of products with my preferred brands.  And, of course, they sell a lot of things so I can combine the effort of shopping at several stores with the convenience of finding what I need in one place.  This isn’t a commercial for Target, this is to acknowledge that having the Target iPhone or iPad app can save you time and help you make the most of your trips to the store or ordering online. Continue reading

Shoes, Wonderful Shoes – Shopping is Easy with the Zappos Mobile App

Total Score:  28.5

”" Zappos.com has made a name for themselves in the online shoe world by their quick service and easy returns.  Now, with this Zappos Mobile iPhone or iPad app, you can shop more easily and add to your shoe wardrobe.  The app allows you to shop anytime you have a few minutes of free time and want to invest into the world of shoes.

 

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Shop Your Neighborhood Pharmacy with the Walgreen’s App

Total Score:  27.5

 In my area, there is pretty much a Walgreens within easy driving distance of where ever I am.  I stop there often for a quick pick up of items and they are my go-to store for prescriptions.  Exploring the Walgreens iPhone and iPad apps has helped me to see that I can improve the quality of my shopping experience by taking advantage of the various features.  I have used it to renew prescriptions and it was incredibly easy. Continue reading

Sam’s Club – Using this App Makes Savings Simple

Total Score:  27

     We lead busy lives and any app that saves time and helps organize my life stays in my frequently used apps space.   Sam’s Club iPhone and iPad apps make that cut.  They offer a full featured shopping and list making experience, with a few bonuses – like recipes – in the mix.  I like a personal, in the store,  shopping experience, and never expected to find apps like this so handy.  Shopping in warehouse stores can be overwhelming.  There is so much to see and explore that you can forget the key items you expected to pick up.  With this app, that worry is over. Continue reading

Shop for Christmas and Manage Your Expenses with Christmas Gifts List Free

Total Score:  28

 You may already be finished with your Christmas shopping, but if you are not, you may need the Christmas Gifts List Free app to help you keep track of who to buy for and what you are buying.  I can actually visualize using this app all year.  I have a tendency to buy small presents during the year and then tuck them away and forget them.  With this app, I can monitor my gift buying – and spending – all year.  In addition, for those of us who have barely started, this app is just what we needed.   I don’t mean to make this sound boring.  The displays are colorful and the list easy to use.  Why wouldn’t you want to use it? Continue reading

RedLaser – Barcode Reader, QR Scanner, Nutrition Info and Food Allergen Scanner (Oh My!)

Total Score:  25.5

  Have you ever found yourself standing in a store, wishing you could find someone who works there to tell you the price of an item?  Or, stood in an aisle wondering if this store had the best price?  RedLaser can be your friend.  You can scan items, discover the price, and determine how the price compares to other outlets – both local and online. Continue reading

Wholesome Food Made Easy – Whole Foods Market Recipes

Total Score:  25

The Whole Food Market Recipes app for iPhone and iPad offers you an opportunity to research, shop and cook new and traditional recipes.  You can find a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables – many locally grown – at your local Whole Foods Market, but the recipes aren’t dependent on shopping at that particular chain. Continue reading