To use an automated grocery list maker, you need a smart device or computer and access to an application such as Shop Calc or Plan to Eat’s Automated Grocery List Maker. In addition, you can add information from meal planners for special nutrition programs such as Weight Watchers.
While some list makers only keep track of items on a shopping list, most smart apps also track budget and price. To use an automated grocery list maker that can track prices, start by writing down prices from the grocery stores you shop at. Audition several apps to find one that has the features and functions you need.
Shop Calc from Panagola, a stand-alone app available for Android from Google Play Store, allows you to set a budget, input items with prices, calculate discounts from buy-one-get-one deals and coupons, and calculate sales tax. Save lists for different stores, share lists, and export information for use in spreadsheets and other tracking software.
Online menu planners such as Plan to Eat take the grocery list maker one step further with the ability to generate a grocery list from recipes in a meal plan. Sort and group items by category or store, and then print or export your list or restore previous lists.