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17 Apps Designed to Simplify Grocery Shopping, Recipes, And More

17 Apps Designed to Simplify Grocery Shopping, Recipes, And More

Don’t you love apps for your smartphone? Especially those designed to make our lives easier. There are many apps that make your life easier related to groceries, grocery shopping, mixing drinks and recipes.

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Like saving money? This app provides coupons for those who enjoy coupon-clipping or have always wanted to give it a whirl.

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    Pinterest

    This popular social media site is FILLED with fantastic recipes. Trying to cut down on carbs? Search low-carb dinners on Pinterest. Want to find something very specific that you thought was delicious at a past event? Look it up on Pinterest.

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      Fooducate

      Trying to eat healthier? Trying to see if a certain food is good for you? It gives you grades for each thing you enter in the app and it explains why it has a certain grade.  It has a barcode scanning feature, so you can scan the barcode on your food products and it’ll tell you just how good or bad it is for you. Fooducate will suggest healthier alternatives to whatever you’re scanning on there, too.

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        TrueFood

        This app informs you what exactly is in your food. Trying to avoid Genetically Modified Ingredients? No problem.

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          GroceryIQ

          This app organizes your grocery list for you. It also has a feature that suggests food items as you type, which is good for those forgetful people who always forget that one item every time they go shopping. It will automatically use coupons for specific products you add to the list, which saves you money.

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            How to Cook Everything

            I’ve mastered the art of cooking for most meals, but I have friends who have cooking skills that will make you cringe and want to run away every time they start cooking a meal. For people who wish they knew how to cook something better, this is the app for you.

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              Grocery Pal

              This app searches local supermarkets and stores for the weekly specials and lets you compare prices between competitors. Great resource if you’re looking to save money. It also lets you make grocery list and ORGANIZE your shopping trip by aisle, so you aren’t walking back and forth because you forgot to get something from the first aisle you walked through.

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                FarmStand

                Locates nearby farmers’ markets, which you can save to a list. Who doesn’t love fresh fruits and vegetables?

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                  Substitutions

                  Need to replace an ingredient with something else? This app comes up with other suggestions to use if you’re missing an ingredient or can’t use one due to dietary reasons.

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                    Yummly

                    Need recipes? Yummly has plenty of them. You can also scan a product and the app will come up with recommendations of how to cook that certain product.

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                      Pizza Compass

                      Where are the local pizza places near you? Pizza Compass will locate them for you.

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                        Craft Beer New York

                        Who doesn’t love craft beer? This app tells you where the best breweries, bars, and shops are in New York City.

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                            Mixologist Drink Recipes

                            Trying to decide what to drink tonight? This app will tell you what you need to make each drink. Trying to remember a specific name for a drink? This app will help you out.

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                              Paprika

                              This app is really cool- it clips recipes you’ve posted online, like those recipes on Pinterest and it’ll even create shopping lists based on those recipes.

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                                myfitnesspal

                                Myfitnesspal lets you track calories that you’ve consumed throughout the day.

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                                  Fast Paleo

                                  I have friends whose families follow the Paleo diet, so this is a great recipe app for people who follow the Paleo lifestyle.

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                                    Postmates

                                    This app will find places that will deliver ANYTHING to you, not just food. (This app is widely used in NYC). Of course, you have to pay fees for delivery, but convenience > price, right?  Fascinating concept- I’ve never personally tried this app, but some of my friends have told me about this.

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                                      Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                                      How to Overcome Boredom

                                      How to Overcome Boredom

                                      Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                                      I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                                      If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                                      What is Boredom?

                                      We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                                      You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                                      It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                                      If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                                      When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                                      Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                                      If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                                      Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                                      Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                                      In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                                      It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                                      Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                                      Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                                      In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                                      3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                                      1. Get Focused

                                      Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                                      You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                                      Here are a few ideas:

                                      • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                                      • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                                      • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                                      2. Kill Procrastination

                                      Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                                      So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                                      Here are some ideas:

                                      • Do some exercise.
                                      • Read a book.
                                      • Learn something new.
                                      • Call a friend.
                                      • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                                      • Do a spring cleaning.
                                      • Wash the car.
                                      • Renovate the house.
                                      • Re-arrange the furniture.
                                      • Write your shopping list.
                                      • Water the plants.
                                      • Walk the dog.
                                      • Sort out your mail & email.
                                      • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                                      3. Enjoy Boredom

                                      If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                                      Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                                      So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                                      Final Thoughts

                                      Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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