Shop smart with these handy in-your-pocket supermarket and high street apps that help you keep lists and make informed purchases.

Forget a scrap of paper with a hurriedly penned shopping list or a quick Google in the wine aisle to try and decipher the best bottle of plonk. There are now brilliantly designed apps that you can download and take along with you in your pocket to make informed decisions about your purchases. Some can even collaborate on your weekly shop with live, synced lists to share with friends and family.

And it’s not just for the supermarket either. If you need a little help reacclimatising to being back browsing in clothing stores, we have some suggestions to help you shop for your summer wardrobe sustainably and in style.

AnyList




We love this brilliantly intuitive shopping list and recipe app. You can even use your voice to add your essentials to your list, or simply start typing and the clever auto fill software will suggest items for you to add. You can invite other people to collaborate on lists and even add photos to ensure they buy your favourite brand. You can import recipes from websites and blogs and automatically add the ingredients you’re missing to your list, too. Download it here.


Mealime




If you’re stuck in a meal planning rut after a year of eating at home 24/7, Mealime allows you to personalise your profile with food likes and dislikes, allergies and preferences (low carb, vegan etc), then browse a filtered list of recipes, tailored specifically for you. Once you’ve chosen your next meal, simply tap the ingredients you need to add them to your shopping list. A great way to find foodie inspiration or stick to a new healthy regime. Download it here.


Yummly




Need inspiration on what you can cook up with the contents of your fridge? Simply type in the ingredients you have to hand and Yummly will scan its two million-plus recipes and give you your options. Starting from scratch? Browse the recipe bank and bulk-add all the ingredients you’ll need to the in-app shopping list. And hey presto, you’re ready to hit the aisles. Download it here.


Vivino




Dubbed the Shazam app for wine, Vivino uses image recognition software to ‘read’ wine labels and give you the insider knowledge, with tasting notes and reviews. It will even price-match with other local stockists so you can compare at a glance. It also allows you to snap and track your favourite buys so you can repurchase in future. A great app to take the guess work out of wine buying. Download it here.


Good On You




If you’re back browsing the high street and considering which brands to support that have real sustainable and ethical credentials (rather than just green-washing), check out their vital statistics on the Good On You app. The independent review software looks at how 3,000 brands impact the people they employ, as well as their effects on plant life and animals. The clear rating system makes it easy to stay informed and vote with your wallet for a more conscious wardrobe. Download it here.


Shopstyle




Take the hard work out of shopping the high street with the Shopstyle app, which sends you cleverly curated recommendations from its 18 million product inventory, all tailored to your specific taste. It can also alert you when your earmarked items go on sale, or your favourite store’s latest collection drops. A great way of cutting out the legwork of shopping online, plus a savvy way to bag a bargain, too. Download it here.


Like to Know It




The Like to Know It app allows you to shop your favourite Instagrammers’ looks, all without having to scour the web. Once registered, you simply have to ‘like’ any of their posts containing a Like To Know It link and the app will send you an email containing a shoppable list of their whole outfit, from multiple stores. From social media into your wardrobe with a click. Dangerous stuff. Download it here.

By Lydia Mansi
April 2021

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