Apps that help users stay connected.

Apps that help users stay connected. Credit: AFP / Getty Images

Unless you are one of the few who actually enjoy going to the supermarket, your goal is to get what you need and get out quickly. If you check out these apps, they may help you check out faster next time you go grocery shopping.

Our Groceries

(iOS, Android; free)

For families where shopping is a shared responsibility, this app syncs a master grocery list over multiple devices. As soon as one family member buys an item, it is crossed off on everyone else's list, so you don't begin the day with no bread and five pounds of cream cheese. You can sync your lists on as many devices as you want, or access the list on the company's website ( A rather expensive key ($4.99) removes the ads, but the free version is otherwise fully functional.

Out of Milk

(iOS, Android; free)

This app lets you create a shopping list by entering items or scanning bar codes. It also features a Pantry List mode where you enter an inventory of what is already in your home. You can sync your lists and share them by text or email or access them at the company's website ( It also totals up your tab as you cross off items on your shopping list.


(iOS, Android; free)

For those with special dietary needs, ShopWell not only creates a grocery list but offers suggestions on foods that are right for you and foods you should avoid. Among the common conditions you can set up the app for are diabetes and hypertension. Those with food allergies can tell the app you want to avoid gluten, lactose and other foods that contain allergens that trigger your specific condition.


(iOS, Android; free)

Fooducate is primarily a weight-loss companion, but it can also help you eat healthier because it goes beyond calorie counting to offer nutritional guidance. Once you set up the app by telling it your goals, use the scanner to snap a product's bar code. A readout offers nutritional facts with a grade from A-D based on your dietary information. In-app purchases ranging from $2 to $15 add coverage for specific conditions such as gluten intolerance.

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