I have a list of things I buy at the grocery store, drugstore, hardware store, or wherever. This is something we have developed over 7+ years of using the tool. Made the first few uses laborious though: “We need paper towels. Are they on the list? No? gotta enter that one”.
Then I have a list of the various stores we go to, e.g. Safeway, Giant A, Giant B, Giant C, Whole Foods, hardware store, drugstore, etc.
For each grocery trip, I go to the “list everything” view and check off everything I need to get, including quantities (3 cans tomatoes, 4 pkg paper towels etc.).
Then I go shopping in Giant A. I go to the “what I need” view, tell the tool that I’m shopping in Giant A, go to Paper Towels, check the store layout and enter aisle 12 for its location. I go to aisle 12, grab the towels, and check them off the “what I need” view.
Repeat with tomatoes, in aisle 6.
Sounds like a pain.
BUT - the next time I go shopping for those same things, I put the tool in “Giant A” mode, and it tells me I need to go to aisle 6 then aisle 12. It sorts things by the previously-entered aisles. I can’t tell you how much faster the trip goes, with this ability.
Now, say I want to shop for tomatoes and paper towels in Safeway. Same thing. I’ve got my list, no aisles set up for Safeway, so I have to find 'em the old fashioned way first. Then I update the aisle info.
Next time I need towels and tomatoes, I go to whichever store is more convenient, tell the tool which one I’m in, and it tells me which aisles to go to.
As far as I can tell, Splash Shopper pretty much duplicates this but it’s not availale for the Android platform. OurGroceries does not - you can enter the list of things, and what aisle they’re in, but you can’t store different aisles depending on which store, and you can’t (yet) sort by aisle. I believe the makers are working on adding that sort, but not yet the “different aisles for different stores” feature. They do have something pretty nifty though - if I read their site correctly, if you and your spouse both use the tool, and you check off “paper towels” because you bought some… it disappears from his copy as well. Neither SplashShopper nor HandyShopper (the Palm tool) does that at all gracefully.