Do you experience sticker shock when you reach the check out line in the Grocery Store? We ran across an interesting Windows Phone 7 app that might help lessen the shock and help you manage your grocery budget a little better. Grocery Total is a Windows Phone app that helps you add up your grocery bill (including tax) as you place the items in your shopping cart.
The interface is straight forward with a static field for your local tax rate and another field to enter the price of your item. At the bottom of the screen you have controls to add the cost or subtract it. A ditto button is also available to help enter multiple items at the same pricing point. Just beneath the entry fields you will see the total number of items, total amount in sale tax, your shopping total and an itemized listing.
Along with tracking your grocery expenses, Grocery Total also includes a utility to compare costs of items. How much do you save when comparing 16 ounces of cereal at $4.99 to 24 ounces at $5.25?
Grocery Total is a free application and you can download it here (opens in new tab) (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
As the developer of this app, thank you. I will also mention that there has been an update since the initial reviewer looked over the app I have since added a couple other features. A produce calculator for calculating the cost of produce (you still have to weigh it out using the scales in the produce section though!) As well what I call an "X for Y" calculator. So for instance, when the price is labeled 4 for $10 its pretty straight forward, but when it s labeled "3 for $7" or "5 for $8" etc, its not so straight forward for everybody. So it will calculate the individual price per unit item. Nothing super complicated, but it keeps you in the program not going to a calculator, making it much more convenient. If anybody can think of any other useful tools to have when grocery shopping please let me know and I will consider adding them. Ya know, other then a magic button to make everything cheaper!
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