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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 January 21, 2020

                                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                        Why You Need a Vision

                                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                        What Do You Want?

                                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                        Some tips to guide you:

                                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                        A few prompts to get you started:

                                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                        • What would you be doing?
                                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                        • How are you dressed?
                                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                        Plan Backwards

                                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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