With Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday, many Americans will be doing a lot of grocery shopping this week to get turkeys, potatoes, and other ingredients for traditional dishes eaten on this holiday that originated with the colonists in the 17th century. As always, your iPhone and iPad can be valuable tools to help you stay on track and we’ve put together a round-up of a few apps to keep you organized as you brave busy grocery stores and create tasty dishes in your kitchen.
If you like saving money at the grocery store but don’t have time to clip coupons, check out the Coupons.com app. The app will let you browse manufacturer coupons and print them wirelessly via a networked printer. If you have a savings card from a participating grocery chain, you can also opt to add coupons directly to your savings card account to make shopping even easier.
If you’re into extreme couponing, you may want to have the coupon policies of the stores you frequent in hand since each can have different rules about exceptions, stacking and more. These policies aren’t always easy to find, especially if you’re already at check-out with a long line of customers waiting behind you, but Diligent Media has you covered with the Coupon Policy app. It debuted in the App Store late last month and provides instant access to the policies of several major chains in the U.S.
I am not a fan of grocery shopping. I don’t know why but I always seem to get stuck behind people who take their sweet time browsing in the aisles, leaving their carts right in front of the shelves I need to get to. And then the check-out lines are super long. And I end up behind the one person with hundreds of coupons to scan who plans to pay by check. If you’re in select cities on the east coast or in the midwest, Peapod can help you avoid going to the grocery store altogether. Once you create an account, the app lets you order groceries for delivery to your home from a participating local store. It even lets you scan barcodes using the iPhone’s camera to add items to your list more easily.
If you’ve got more than one cook pitching in to create your Thanksgiving meal, managing a shopping list with multiple contributors can be difficult. While there are several shopping list apps in the App Store, few offer a simple interface and the features to make it easy to use among multiple people like Buy Me a Pie. The app can be installed on multiple iOS devices and logged in to the same account, which will then reflect the updates made by other users. Shopping lists can even be edited on the buymeapie.com site, with changes and additions made there synchronized automatically to the app on each linked iOS device.
Once you get all those groceries, how do you turn them into tasty concoctions that will be enjoyed by your guests? If you’re like me, you may need some detailed recipes on hand to guide you through the cooking process. iCookbook, an app that hit our radar earlier this year when it debuted with voice control features to offer hands-free navigation to make it easy to use while cooking, was recently updated with compatibility for the iPhone (the voice command feature is also available on the iPhone).
If you want to focus solely on the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including some exotic versions of them, check out Thanksgiving Recipes HD by Mahalo.com, the popular how-to site that claims to be the human-powered search engine.
Know of any other apps that will help you stay sane as you get ready for your Thanksgiving feast? Share them in the comments!