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That Unforgettable Grocery List – ShopGetWhat.com

Two weeks ago I posted about my new approach to making a grocery list. A comment on that post by “Yoshi” contained some blatant advertising for his site, which claims to make your list-making easier. But, hey, it’s not about the advertising if it’s a good product, so I went to check it out at ShopGetWhat.com.

It’s a very basic program that allows you to login to your account and edit a printable grocery list. I don’t know if it fits my needs, but it’s well worth a look if you are the type that has two (or more) grocery lists going at the same time – one on your refrigerator, one at work, and one in your purse or wallet!

So, my view on this new website? Well…

1. It’s convenient for those who often think of things while at work. You can log in from any computer to add to your list. Of course, if you are like me and rarely leave the house (or so it seems) this may not be the most efficient way to make up a list unless your computer is running all the time.

2. The program is basic – no frills, no fancy features. I actually like that a lot. The programmers were obviously thinking of the people who might use this program – busy people who don’t want to deal with slow loading pages or a huge variety of features. People who don’t want to sit down and learn a program just to list groceries.

One of the problems I’ve run into with similar programs in the past was the fact that the program included pre-defined grocery items. It was difficult to insert something not on the list – like stevia sweetener or Big Train Chai (yum.) Worse yet, some programs started the list for you, so even if you didn’t need milk, eggs, and butter, there they were on your list!

At ShopGetWhat, I was able to simply type in what I wanted. It gives you some prefilled items in a drop down box if you are in a hurry.  Click the box to the left and it crosses the item out. Hit the trash button on the right and it removes it from your list. That’s it!

3. Items can be reordered – you don’t want eggs right after canned soup? Drag and drop “eggs” wherever you would prefer them to be.

4. I did have one problem with this simple program – there is a choice to “add a group” – I’m not really sure what it’s for, and I couldn’t find an explanation on the site. I tried adding several groups – “produce,” “dairy,” and “meat.” When I started adding regular items to my list, these “groups” disappeared. I’m writing the web site owner with a link to this post – hopefully he’ll answer here or by email so we can figure them out!


2 Responses

  1. […] ShopGetWhat.com reviews Published January 22, 2008 Web Applications ShopGetWhat.com was reviewed recently in two blogs: 1) The Bad Penny: https://thebadpenny.wordpress.com/2008/01/19/that-unforgettable-grocery-list-shopgetwhatcom/ […]

  2. Another option for creating an online grocery list is http://www.grocerywiz.com.

    I use it a lot at work and at home.


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