ZipList for the iPhone

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Aidelis, Sarah, and Lisa!

Several months ago I asked on Twitter about a good grocery app. A few people gave me suggestions, but many of the apps cost a few dollars and I really wanted to find something for free.

The I heard about ZipList. As soon as I saw this incredible FREE meal planning, recipe, and shopping tool a few weeks ago I loved it. I was very excited to learn that they launched an iPhone application last week. This means your meal plans, recipes, and shopping tools can go with you to the store on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

You can set your preferred stores, configure the aisles, and even take pictures of barcodes (if you have a 3GS) with your phone to create your list! Technology is amazing, isn’t it? Plus, if you are like me, you never go anywhere without your phone, so there is no worry of forgetting or losing your shopping list!

Here are a few of the features of the free ZipList App.

  • You can add items to your shopping list using your iPhone, or you can add items online at, by text message, email or by IM.
  • You can use your iPhone to scan or key in product barcodes to add items to your list. Plus, unlike other shopping lists, the ZipList app auto-completes product barcodes as you key them in, saving keystrokes.
  • ZipList auto-categorizes items as they are added to the shopping list (e.g., dairy, frozen foods, etc.). You can also set and filter grocery items by level of importance or by grocery store.
  • With ZipList, you can synchronize your shopping list not only with other iPhone users, but also with users of other mobile devices (e.g., Android, Blackberry, etc.), as well as online users. No other online shopping list app can do this either. This feature is perfect for mom to send the list to dad so he can pick up a few items on the way home from work, or vice versa!

The app can be downloaded in a few minutes and a simple text message will sync your ZipList app on your phone with your web account. I cannot tell you how much I love this application! Even if you don’t have an iPhone you can still use the web version of ZipList to simplify your meal planning.

My favorite feature by far is the recipe clipper, it makes creating your shopping list so easy! If you are like me and use the internet as your main source of recipes, this is an awesome feature.

ZipList Recipe Clipper

ZipList has partnered with Blue Avocado and is giving away three starter kits on my blog. I have one of their bags and I love it! Even the bagger at the grocery store comments on my bag from time to time. With many stores charging for bags this is a great way to save some money.

To enter to win one of the starter kits leave a comment. Giveaway ends Friday, April 30, 2010.


  1. So clever! Off to explore the site and download the app – I’m forever writing lists on my ‘notes’ app but it annoys me LOL – and I do love when I can sync stuff from ‘puter to cell!

  2. Jennifer J says:

    Love those bags!

  3. Aidelis Duran says:

    I hope to be a winner this time, these bags are amazing, perfect for a mom of 3 boys!!!

  4. Totally awesome! I’m really excited to try this app. Heading to the app store now to download it.

  5. I’d love to win these bags 🙂

  6. Two exciting things! I want to look into the ziplist some more and those bags are oh, so cute! Would love to win the set!

  7. I love reusable bags. I use them for everything not just shopping.

    Thanks for the info about the app. I am looking to upgrade our phones next month and was looking at an iphone. Great information.

  8. Andrea Watts says:

    I would love to win!

  9. That looks so awesome! My hubby & I were just talking about that the other day–when I dropped my grocery list somewhere, & didn’t have it in the store!! I’m going to have to check that out…

  10. Merry Jo says:

    Thanks for the chance! I’m trying to update my stash of reusable bags and get rid of the old ones. This would be perfect!

  11. Nice! I’ve been using Grocery Gadget Lite from time to time, but still find it easier to jot down a few things on a piece of paper that I throw on the fridge. Haven’t gotten use to inputting things into my phone as it is not always at my side during the day. I’ll probably try this app though since it’s free…thanks for the tip 😉

  12. Sounds like an awesome program – as an avid iPhone user, I’m off to check it out!

  13. I would love to win a starter set. I like the veggie bag.

  14. I am going to check out the app. I love new apps., I especially love new apps that are free! Thank you for sharing! I also took a look at the grocery bag Starter Kit and I love all the bags they offer. I also wanted to let you know that I enjoy your blog and seeing all that you do with food and your family! Thanks again for sharing!

  15. This is EXACTLY the kind of tool I’ve been looking for! Thank you so much for the information.

    And I’d love to put my name in the hat for that starter kit 🙂

  16. Sooo Cute! I love using my bags, they hold way more than those flimsy plastic grocery bags and make it much easier to get everything in the house.

  17. I would love to win one of those bags!

  18. I love those bags! I hope Ziplist is a Blackberry app soon!

  19. Kate DiAntonio says:

    Love the bags and I will download the apps!

  20. Those are great! Love them!

  21. Love those bags!!

  22. Sara Jane says:

    Such cute grocery bags! One of my goals is to start using reusable produce bags too, so this would be great.

  23. Awesome, I hate using my “to-do” list or “notes” app for grocery lists, I hope this one will help me more! Sweet giveaway too!

  24. I think I’m going to put this on my iPhone now!

  25. Sarah Blomgren says:

    I don’t have an iPhone, but my husband does. What a great way for me to send him a grocery list when he stops on his way home!
    Oh, and I love the bags. So cute!

  26. I love your feeds – I always get so many great ideas from you!!!! I already signed up for Ziplist and I can’t wait to use it! I am totally digging those bags – they look great! Plus, we get cents off for using our own bags and these are so cute!!! Save money and look good!

  27. Ashley S says:

    Best looking bags I’ve ever seen!

  28. Love the bags! They are super cute 🙂

  29. LOVE those bags! Super handy and WAY too cute!!

  30. Jennifer Dodder says:

    What a great giveaway!!! Love the bags!!

  31. I agree… those bags are very cute!

  32. Chatty Cathy says:

    I am a bag junkie and I love these. My challenge of late is just trying to remember to always have some with me. I guess that’s my excuse for needing to have so many. Great give-away!

  33. I’m going to go check out the ZipList site and app. They sound like they might be really good for me.

  34. I love FREE apps for my ipod touch! Can’t wait to check this one out. And to win a few new reusable bags is a nice bonus. Thanks!

  35. violachick says:

    Those bags are super cute! Will definitely remember to check them out again.

  36. These bags look so neat. I would love to win!

  37. stephanie says:

    LOVE this! Just got an iphone so I am SO excited! Would also love those cute reusable bags!!

  38. Thank you for sharing this! I’ve been looking for a good grocery store app!

  39. I want that app for Android!!

  40. Sounds fun…and who doesn’t want grocery shopping to be more fun?

  41. Looks like a great site…I might have to give it a shot. Thanks for the info!

  42. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! Someday I am going to win. . .maybe this time. Going to go look up the app.

  43. Kimberly M says:

    Love the bags! I could definitely put them to use!

  44. Great app and I love those bags!!

  45. I can’t wait to try ZipList! I always forget to take my shopping list when I leave the house!

  46. I am working on my menu/grocery list today. I think I’ll have to try out the website (no iphone for me!) and see how it works.

  47. Oh my goodness, those are so cute. How fun would it be to be organized and stylish when you grocery shop!?

  48. I am a mom of 6 little ones and always looking for ways to organize my shopping trips better..Thanks! I am checking out the app. Also, I love the bags!!!

  49. Rachel C. says:

    What a great giveaway! I have a Motorola Droid, so I’m hoping they come out with the droid app version soon!

  50. I’ve never heard of these bags, I’m so out of the loop! I’m getting an iPad touch this week, can’t wait to download that app! Thanks!

  51. Oooohhhh, I’d love to win!!!! 🙂

  52. Jennifer says:

    Those bags look like a great deal. I especially like the produce bag.

  53. I love those bags! I hope I win some because otherwise they are a little out of my price range right now!

  54. April in CT says:

    What a great set of bags! I could use the smaller one for my purse and I’ve been wanting to try a produce bag and can always use an extra grocery bag!! Awesome!

  55. I am on my way over to ZipList right now! This sounds like a great resource for any list addict such as myself 😉

  56. Beautiful bags! I would LOVE to own one!

  57. Kimberly says:

    Love the bags!! I have to say I have bought a couple from the store and they have already ripped at the bottom! Would love to try these!!

  58. I would love to win.

  59. Erin Stanford says:

    Awesome bags! The app sounds neat too. I guess I need an iPhone now. I’ll have to talk to my husband about that one. 😉

  60. Marianne Warren says:

    Cute bags!! I love your website and all the great ideas you give. Thank you so much and keep up the good work!

  61. I’m going to check out the app. Sounds like a great tool! I also love the bags. I’ve been trying to get in the habit of taking my own bags, but they often end up in the wrong vehicle! Thanks for the chance to win!

  62. I have to check this out! I have paid for two grocery apps on the iphone and only put up with one cause I haven’t found anything else that works better. Gotta go check this out!


  63. I love the bags!

  64. Jennifer Weigant says:

    Super cool app! I’m hoping it works on my Blackberry Storm!

  65. Those bags look awesome!

  66. LOVE the bags and so excited to check out the app right now. Thanks so much!!!

  67. Thank you for letting us know about this app! I’m excited to try it out!

  68. LOVE those bags.

  69. Gena Webb says:

    What a great app, I am ready to try it!

  70. Love the bags! And, the app looks fabulous! I’ll have to try to get it tonight!

  71. Adding this app to my iPhone right now… and thanks for the giveaway!

  72. I have been looking for a free program to do that too. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I wish they had a similar phone app for a Blackberry! (hint,hint) Haha! Thanks again for the giveaway!

  73. LOVE the bags!!

  74. This looks amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  75. These bags are awesome I would love to carry these into the store with me!

  76. I’m going to get this app for my ipod touch, thanks!

  77. I do believe those are the cutest grocery bags I have ever seen!

  78. Anna Wolf says:

    LOVE that bag!!!

  79. Sara Burns says:

    i totally just put the app on my iPhone. i have been searching for a tool like this for months!

  80. Pretty cool! Technology is steadily making its way into the grocery store.

  81. the bag kit from Blue Avocado in the lime-avocado color/pattern print screams ME!!! it is just too stinkin’ cute!! I hope I get this!! Thank you also for sharing ZipList — it is just geniuous!! I’m downloading that right now on my iPhone

  82. This sounds great. I would love to win this.

  83. I’m forever looking for better apps and I’d prefer ones that sync with my computer, this looks perfect! Thanks!

  84. Wow, it’s like evernote, delicious and allrecipes in one! I don’t know if my heart can take it!

  85. Looks like a very helpful app. I’ll have to download it to my iPod touch and give it a try. I’d love to win that starter kit with the reusable bags too, I have a few that I’ve purchased from time to time (love my huge Sam’s Club bags), but these are so pretty!

  86. I would love to win the bags!! I have been thinking about some for produce especially.

  87. What a neat application! I could really use that right now. We’re PCSing AGAIN (by again, I mean we PCSed 2 months ago) due to landlord foreclosure (Praise the Lord that the military PCSes in this situation!) and once the packers get here today, I really won’t be able to find anything. To top it off, we’re PCSing again July-Augustish, and by then I think I may have lost a kid or two in a box. Keeping everything in my phone like that would make life much easier! Thanks for sharing!

    Oh, and that is a gorgeous bag! I better make sure I have my meager bag collection in my van before that’s packed, too. What can I say, I’m not fast with unpacking.

  88. I will have to download that app. I have a different app, but this one seems better!! LOVE the bags!

  89. I’m going to ck out Ziplist and those bags are soo cute I need to get some new ones.

  90. I have lots of bags that I did pay for, but these would be great! Really interested in trying out the ziplist site. Thanks for the information!

  91. The bags look really nice. I use reusable all the time.

  92. Those bags are so cute! The ziplist sounds interesting – I’ll have to check it out!

  93. These bags are cute and have many uses! I would love to win one!

  94. Looks like a great app ! I am going to try it out 🙂 I would love to win the bags 🙂

  95. love the bags and the app!!!

  96. Ashly Lowe says:

    Thanks, I’m going to check this out for my phone. The new starter kit would be nice too!!!

  97. Amomto4sweeties says:

    I love this idea! Thanks for the tip!

  98. Would love to win!!

  99. Pick me pick me! You can never have enough bags. 🙂

  100. TheHappyHousewife says:

    Please enter Jean for the shopping bags.

  101. I’d love to win some bags!

  102. I love this app! Awesome! and I wouldn’t mind winning those bags either, soooo cute!

  103. This sounds AWESOME! I just got a blackberry (i’m usually behind on technology) but don’t use it for half of what it can do. This app sounds amazing and I should start using it – even if at home. I love organizational and time-saving tools! Thanks for sharing!

  104. How cool! I am going to download today! This will help a lot. I also use the Notes app for my grocery list but it’s never organized the way I want it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  105. I need some shopping bags and those are nice looking!

  106. Oh, fun! I wonder if they will come out with an app for android phones? Right now I use google docs and access via my phone… but this sounds way BETTER!

  107. man!! I hope they come out with an app for the Droid Eris!!! Those bags are awesome as well!

  108. You must have a large following! I downloaded the app and then went to the site and was working on my stores when it gave me an error message bc so many people are on right now! 🙂
    These bags look great! Thanks for the drawing and sharing great info!

  109. Christina says:

    These are too cute! All I got are the green commissary bags 🙂 They work but sometimes a girl wants something pretty. I’ve heard a lot of ZipList and am going to look into it.

  110. What a great giveaway and info. Always looking for a good grocery list/recipe app, Thanks!

  111. Love the bags! I hadn’t heard of ZipList or Blue Avocado- going to check them out now. Thanks for the great info!

  112. Thank you for the recommendation! I have been needing something like this to help keep me organized. What cute bags ! Would love to tote them around.

  113. Oh so cute bags!

  114. Thank you so much for this great app! We’ve been looking for one fit our needs and this one seems to be it!

  115. The bags are neat and can hold so many things. Extremely important to any busy mom.

  116. I always love your advice. You make me really rethink how we are leaving our planet for our children. i have tried a lot of your receipes. Because of you I love my ipod touch each day and my android phone even more. Thanks for the tip and the blue acovado bags are awesome. I get strange looks when I take my walmart bags in turned inside out but I am saving the world a bag at the time. Thanks for the great work

  117. The iphone app version will make my shopping so much easier. thanks for the great tip!

  118. ZipList looks terrific – thanks!

  119. I’m a little behind the times, I don’t know much about apps. Guess I will have to try to figure this out.

  120. Kristine in WA says:

    Wow those are some cute bags!!! Thanks for the fun.

  121. I would love one for those bags. They are gorgeous!

  122. I checked this out and it looks awesome. I don’t have an iphone but to even be able to text to my phone or email to husband at work! The bags look great too!

  123. The bag looks adorable and I am going to check out the site. I have an Iphone so as soon as I am done here I am downloading the ZipList app.

  124. That site looks handy! Too bad they don’t have a Blackberry app.

    Ok..just looking at those bags made me want one, but the fact that they hold up to 50lbs? I’m in! Seems like most of those totes you usually buy at the stores hold around 30lbs if I’m not mistaken. I have several of those but something that 1) is incredibly cute, and 2) holds more weight is definitely more appealing!

  125. Hi! I just found your blog and I really like it — added it to my list of faves! 🙂

    Those bags are so cute & i’d love to be entered to win one. Also, I am dowloading that Zip app to my IPhone — sounds wicked helpful.

    Thanks! 🙂

  126. Heather H says:

    I would love to win! I’m in need of a few new bags!

  127. Those bags are soooo cute!

  128. OH!! Thanks so much for this information. We recently got our Iphones and I’ve been trying to find a good ap for groceries, so I can’t wait to try this and it’s FREE – that’s the best part!! I also use my own collection of “bags” and would love to win these – the blueberry avocado is my favorite color! Love your blog – I come by every morning to see what’s new!

  129. Thanks for sharing. Very cool….

  130. Anoither great reason I need an Iphone for MOther’s day!

  131. Ziplist looks so helpful, I’m going to give it a try!

  132. You should check out Grocery Pal as well. While its not the best list type, I like how it has all the local sale ads in it and if you add something to the list, it’ll tell you if anyone has it on sale.

  133. I love my iPod Touch. I hope this App works on it! I’m downloading it today.

  134. Kristine says:

    I would love this giveaway

  135. Love the bags!! I have a blackberry, so hopefully they’ll make this app for that too 🙂

  136. Thanks for the link to ZipList! I’m going to start using it asap! I would also LOVE one of these bags as well.

  137. Both the app and the bags look great!

  138. Heatherj says:

    Count me in!! I love those bags. Not like the square, bright blue ones I have ~ sigh.

  139. So cool! Awesome giveaway! I would love to have these!

  140. I wonder if they have an android version yet?

  141. Love the bags, love the ZipList, I will totally be checking that out as soon as I’m done writing this. Thank you for your blog, I recently found it and being a new Military Wife, my husband is in the Air Force, I find it very comforting!

  142. This is nifty! Thanks for all your great tips…really love them.

  143. Thanks. I can’t wait to get the app.

  144. TaylorBunch says:

    Love the grocery bags!

  145. Courtney says:

    Very cute bags!! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  146. Oh, how I would love to get some bags from Blue Avocado! I do already have a grocery app, but I might check out ZipList, too!

  147. Christina H says:

    I would love to win this starter kit. Would be great to have.

  148. Pick me! Pick me! 🙂

  149. I think I’m going to really love this app. Thanks so much!

  150. I like how small the bags fold up – mine are very bulky.

  151. Elizabeth says:

    Love the bag! Thank you for the info on Ziplist.

  152. Imamom09 says:

    Downloaded the app. Look forward to using it. You have made it sound so great. With our family expanding, anything that makes life simpler is great. Thanks!

  153. I can’t wait to check this out! I don’t have an iPhone, but I do get alot of recipes from the web. Thanks for the give away!

  154. I’m joining the ziplist! Sounds like just what I need. The bags look awesome! I would love to win.

  155. Those are way cool — and they look a lot sturdier than my Michael’s bags that are ripping…

  156. What a great giveaway!

  157. WOW!! I have ‘bags’ for the groceries, but THESE are GREAT! Stylish, unique and look pretty sturdy!! Wonderful!
    Hope I win! And if I don’t: CONGRATS to those that do!

    PS – the ziplist app for my iPhone is incredible!! thanks SO much for pointing it out to us!!!


  158. The bags are adorable!

  159. I love these bags!

  160. I love using my own bags! More product fits, they are more sturdy, and super cute!

  161. I would love to win these bags. I just got my first free reusable bag through Costco.

  162. Sounds like a great idea! Thanks for the opportunity.

  163. Love these bags! My little ones would love to help me carry the groceries in these colorful bags.

  164. Those bags are beautiful, and I am looking up the app right now.

  165. These bags are new to me, but they look really useful! Love the plum colour

  166. oh these bags look GREAT!! I dont have an itouch though, but maybe they have something like this online too? getting ready to check it out!

  167. OldNuffToKnoBtr says:

    The Zip list looks great. I don’t have an I Phone maybe it is time to update my phone. I would like to win the bags.

  168. Lauren Nguyen says:

    I just downloaded ziplist for my iPhone. Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the tip!

  169. Love those bags!

  170. Awesome…Will this app work on the iPad too?

  171. Too cute! I love the bags but don’t have a phone to download the app to 🙁

  172. Off to explore this app…I must get an iphone….

  173. Super cute bags that are so practical!

  174. Downloading the app now….how awesome are those bags!?

  175. Love the bags…I love my reuseable bags and these are 100% nicer than any bag I have seen!!!

  176. Love those bags.

  177. Choose me! Choose Me!

  178. Now I wish I had an iphone! But I’d be thrilled witht he bags!

  179. Excited to try the Android App!

  180. I’m loving these cute colors! And reusable produce bags are always helpful… I hate the little plastic ones that are essentially too small to reuse well anyway.

  181. These bags are gorgeous!

  182. Mercedes says:

    oops! would love to win them!

  183. Those bags are super cute!

  184. Love the bags…thanks for the chance to win.

  185. These bags are so cool! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  186. Those bags look awesome! I live in South Dakota and have to travel about 30 miles to the nearest decent grocery store – these would be great for my shopping adventures.

  187. I would love one of those bags!

  188. Rachel C. says:

    I’d LOVE to win this giveaway! Thanks for your website and all you post–such a help!

  189. These are way cuter than my homemade t-shirt bags! Fun stuff, thanks!

  190. Brandi Jones says:

    These are too cute! I love the green and brown color combo.

  191. I love your site!! I’m trying to get my life more organized and you have such GREAT suggestions and ideas!!

  192. Love these bags!!!

  193. JessicaMcG says:

    Thanks, I’m going to go and download ziplist now. 🙂

  194. I wish ZipList would have been out earlier! I’ve spent just about $8 on seperate grocery and meal planning apps and don’t care for either of them. I really like the idea of the recipe clipper. I use a lot since it’s such a great resource. This sounds like it really makes the whole grocery/mail planning issue easy. Wasn’t Avocado at BlogHer last year? I could have sworn I spoke with a rep on the floor.

  195. Karin Alvarado says:

    Love Ziplist and look forward to using it. Thanks so much for the tip!

  196. Elizabeth KS says:

    Adorable and “green” – what more could a girl ask for!

  197. My husband and I could really use an app like this to help us with weekly meal planning.

  198. Heidi Owen says:

    Love the app. Great idea 🙂 The stater kit for the Blue Avocado would be so great to win. I love to try out new things from great companies…

  199. Great giveaway. count me in please
    kathleen_rementer AT hotmail DOT com

  200. thank you for sharing ziplist. I am going to be getting that for my iPhone. I currently use my notepad on the phone for my lists, but its crazy and I don’t like it.

    And those bags are uber cute!!

  201. Ohhh – so useful!! I am going to check them out as soon as I have entered for the contest!! 🙂 Would love to win!

  202. Wow. I had no idea about this. Thanks for sharing! I just sent this link to my DH!

  203. I love those bags! So cute!

  204. I will have to check into this app! Sounds great!

  205. Off to check out ziplist. Another reason to to tell DH why I “need” an iphone!