Money-Saving iPhone App #14: ZipList

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There’s no question that shopping lists help to save money by keeping you from buying food you already have at home, which is especially good as it relates to perishable items, like milk, eggs and produce. So, of course I love the free ZipList app for iPhone and iPod Touch users.

The free ZipList app has a shopping list as well as a recipe search component, which is useful for meal planning. From your iPhone or iPod Touch you can create shopping lists, sync your lists with your spouse or kids, and filter your lists to show items only for specific stores.

The nice thing about ZipList is that it also automatically categorizes items you add to your list. You can even mark certain items as important, which is great for quick shopping trips. If you have an iPhone 3GS or higher, you can also scan in product barcodes to add items to your list (iPod Touch users and users of the iPhone 3G and lower can add products by keying in barcodes).

As for recipe search, ZipList lets you search 100,000s of recipes and add the ingredients to your shopping list on the spot. You can even these recipes to a universal recipe box, which is nice for menu planning purposes.

Have you tried out any other free or paid iPhone shopping list apps? I’d love to hear about other apps you found useful.

Be sure to check out all of the posts in my 30 Days of Money-Saving Apps series.


  1. Jessica says

    I have “GroceryIQ” on my 1Gen iPhone. It allows you to scan barcodes and automatically categorizes the item for you. I’m still in the process of setting it up to match the “flow” of my favorite grocery store but when I get that done my trips should be much quicker!

  2. says

    I love this series!!! While I have many of these, I don’t have all. Some due to my cellular being Android vs Iphone – others because I had yet to discover them. Thx!

  3. says

    DX is a really amnziag store with lots of choice and interesting products and also some of them you can’t get anywhere else. Free shipping is additional bonus and a real minus is a very long delivery time (in my case sometimes takes even 2 months. I’m purchased quite a few items and I would recommend this store for everybody. Keep up the good work and maybe do something to shorten delivery time.

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