Family Friendly Apps from the Editor
By Johanna Calfee
A well-designed app makes life a little easier, whether it’s designed to track calories, budgets or progress. Thankfully, for busy moms there are a multitude of great apps for your smart phone and devices designed to help keep track of everything from local deals to your grocery list and more. Here are three food-friendly apps I use often to make everyday life a little less chaotic:
Local discounts are at your finger tips with the new Carrot Saver app, developed by Lynchburg entrepreneur, Dustin Slightham. Simply download the app, register a free account and gain access to dozens of discounts at local restaurants like Catalano’s, Robin Alexander, Mangia, dish and many more, as well as deals at nearby services, retailers and recreational outlets, from the LaHaye Ice Center to Snowflex, Romp N’ Roll and Bikram Yoga. There’s even a special section for students, a deal of the day and Freebie Fridays—a local weekly giveaway. Buying local while saving cash—sign us up!
Choosing healthy foods for your family has never been simpler. Scope out real foods, eliminate unnecessary sugars and additives and even track your dieting progress with the Fooducate app. Simple scan a product’s barcode and the app gives a food a letter grade from A to D, letting you know about the item’s nutritional pros and cons. Acing the grocery store minus the homework equals a win in our books.
Need milk? Just add it to this simple grocery list app. Save frequently bought items as “Favorites” for quick adds to your list and watch this handy device break groceries items down into store aisles for faster shopping. It even suggests coupons that might score you savings, offers a bar code scanner to capture specific names, prices and quantities of groceries you buy, and even allows you to email lists (so your husband has no excuse for forgetting the butter!). Also available online at www.groceryiq.com, Grocery IQ can be downloaded onto your iPhone, iPad or Android.