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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.

Checkout51

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 July 23, 2019

                                      5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                      5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                      In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                                      Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                                      How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                                      • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                                      • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                                      • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                                      • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                                      • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                                      • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                                      When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                                      1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                                      Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                                      2. Find What Inspires You

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                                      Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                                      On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                                      3. Give Yourself a Break

                                      When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                                      Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                                      4. Shake up Your Routines

                                      Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                                      Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                                      When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                                      5. Start with a Small Step

                                      Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                                      Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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                                      Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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