One Recipe Shouldn’t Require 3 Trips to the Store

One Recipe Shouldn’t Require 3 Trips to the Store


Like most other people, I’m trying to rethink my eating habits for the new year.  I’m not doing the best job at it, but at least it’s in the back of my mind.  For Christmas, I received a much-needed Crock Pot upgrade. I decided to start planning a meal for the Crock Pot for each Monday since we have after-school programs that make planning dinner a headache. I also made a point to start scanning my various cookbooks and Cooking Light magazines for healthier dinner alternatives.The very first week that I did this, I picked out three new recipes. Since I try to do all my shopping on one day, I usually make a decent list then head to the store. That Friday, DH said “Let’s grab some lunch then hit the grocery store. We’re out of bread and other stuff.” He was right, we couldn’t even make school lunches let alone sandwiches for us. I said “Sure, let’s go get the necessities.”

We got to the local grocery store and he glanced at my hand-scribbled list. Baffled, he asked “Where are all the ingredients for the new recipes?” I said “I haven’t written them down yet.” He replied “I thought that’s why we were coming.” Misunderstanding, I guess. I thought we were just getting the basics. That afternoon, I sat down and wrote my grocery list for the new recipes.

So the following day, we headed out to WalMart. Figured we could get everything there while picking up a present for one of Miss M’s classmates. Guess what… they didn’t have one of the ingredients I needed. I would need to stop by the grocery store, again, the following day. Good thing, because I realized that when I transferred my recipe list onto my grocery scratch pad, I missed something anyhow.  Three grocery trips in three consecutive days just for the sake of a few new recipes is not reasonable.


But this past week we hit Sam’s Club a little more prepared. Then the other day flew through WalMart with a nicely prepared list including notes about which products to use coupons on.

It wasn’t that I had created a new shopping style… it was because I was using my brand-new SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer.  OMG.  It’s the coolest gadget.  It’s magnetic and sticks to your fridge (or has mounting clips for hanging elsewhere.)  When I realize we’re almost out of something, I walk to the SmartShopper, press the button and say “Milk” and it brings up a list of three items that it thinks I may mean.  If the item is among them, I click the select button and it adds it to my list.  Trying to use it when you have a cold is a little more difficult since the computer can’t decipher stuffy-nose language.  Even Miss M (age 6) and Miss K (age 4) have added items to our list!

When I am running through a recipe, I remove it from the fridge and set it next to me to record the items as I realize I need them.  No more chicken scratches on note paper to decode while at the store and no more missing items when I recopy my recipe list onto my grocery list.

Let me tell you though, keep the printed master list of items handy until you get the hang of it.  All four of us tried to get the SmartShopper to recognize that we wanted to buy “Pears” at the store but none of us could get it.  No matter how we enunciated or spun it, it just couldn’t figure out Pears.  I finally broke down and looked at the list to find that it isn’t included.  But no biggie, there’s a feature to add items AND record the voice to go with it. So next time we say it, it knows what we want.  It also recognizes some brand names so be sure check the list or ask for something by name first if you have a preference.  If it’s not on the list, you can always add it.

A cool feature is that it can maintain two separate lists.  I keep one for the grocery store/WalMart and another for Sam’s Club.  If you only want to maintain one list, you can utilize the second one for errands.  You can choose from the 65 existing – such as bank, library, post office and even ones like “donate blood” – or add your own.As I said before, there’s an option to add a coupon note or even change the quantity.  When you’re ready to go, print out the list and head off.  It’s all separated by categories like produce, dairy and pet.  Click on the picture for a better view.

This is such a cool gadget that I’ve already started using it daily!  If you think this will help you organize your life, check out SmartShopper’s website for participating retailers or Amazon.  Otherwise, here’s your chance to win one!

The Prize

One SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer.
Participants –
…must provide a US mailing address.
…must provide an email in the first comment, email me directly with an email address or have email accessible from their profile. Winner has 72 hours from posting/notification to respond.  If winner cannot be contacted, I will move on to the second random selection.Sometime on February 6, 2009, a winner will be chosen at random (using from all comments left.

How to enter:


About Nicole

Founder and owner of, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

125 comments on «One Recipe Shouldn’t Require 3 Trips to the Store»

  1. FunkyFrum says:

    It runs on double a batteries.

  2. they sell refills on the site

  3. I like that it has a built in thermal printer and will never need an ink cartridge!

  4. gahome2mom says:

    The unit comes with nearly 2,500 grocery items already entered into it’s memory. Wow! Neat. If I don’t win one, I’d like to review and test one out. (My dear hubby would really like to try it because he shops for us most of the time.) Thanks.


  5. gahome2mom says:

    Button on blog – abc order

  6. The Smart Shopper is (almost) light as a feather 😉 “Weight: 17 oz.”

    *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  7. Your blog and button are in my blogroll :

  8. I’m following you on Blogger 🙂

  9. I blogged about the giveaway :

  10. I blogged about the giveaway :

  11. I linked to SmartShopper :

  12. Thermal printer included!

  13. Baba says:

    The Smart Shopper not only saves you time shopping, but it actually saves you money because you aren’t looking at all the extra items the store offers, you go right to the items you need that are on your list. No extra buying of items you don’t need.

  14. Baba says:

    I subscribe via feed demon

  15. MaggieM says:

    The SmartShopper unit is a compact 7-1/2″ x 4″ and is 1-1/4″ thick. Because of it’s thermal printing ability, it will never require an ink cartridge. Yeah!! I have been trying to win one of the units for months now.

  16. Nyssa says:

    No messy printer cartridges! And with the coupon notation, I won’t remember the coupon only after I get home and I’m unpacking my groceries.

    Nyssa AT concentric DOT net

  17. Nicole says:

    I am a subscriber!

  18. Nicole says:

    I like that it can flag coupons!

  19. Teresa says:

    Wow, there are so many great things about this grocery list organizer. It has a durable hard plastic casing with a brushed aluminum front. Press any button to turn it on. There is no off button, it will automatically go off in 30 seconds. TRigell at aol dot com

  20. Teresa says:

    I spread the word on Twitter.
    TRigell at aol dot com

  21. Teresa says:

    I subscribe 🙂
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  22. Teresa says:

    I have your new button at
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  23. Teresa says:

    I blogged about this great giveaway at
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  24. Teresa says:

    No. 2 entry for blogging about this great giveaway at
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  25. Teresa says:

    No 3 Blogged about this at
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  26. valmg says:

    I’d love to win this!
    You can add custom items to the product library.

  27. valmg says:

    I stumbled you, I’m valmg

  28. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I had no idea that you wouldn’t have to buy ink for this – amazing! guill888 at yahoo dot com

  29. Rhonda says:

    Love that I don’t have to spend money on ink cartridge refills!

  30. Rhonda says:

    This would be so helpful, awesome!
    I am a follower! 😉
    Thanks for the chance!

  31. Prpldy says:

    There are 2,500 pre-loaded items.
    Would love to win this

  32. Prpldy says:

    I posted your button on my blog:

    The Purple Lady

  33. Prpldy says:

    I’m also following your blog.

    The Purple Lady

  34. cherice says:

    “Because of it’s thermal printing ability, your SmartShopper will never require an ink cartridge”… that is so nice! Thanks for the neat giveaway.

  35. Danetta says:

    Besides making grocery lists it also has a errands list so you can make a list of errands you need to run.


  36. Danetta says:

    I have Twittered this giveaway: username talonsmom731


  37. Danetta says:

    I am following on Blogger.


  38. I have a smart shopper and love it. One thing that was not mentioned is that it runs on batteries, is easy to change the paper, etc. I LOVE the master list. Mine is an older version. I would love a newer one and be able to give mine to my mom.

  39. it uses thermal printing paper, doesn’t need ink to print!

  40. millaa says:

    It can categorize based on department..

  41. millaa says:

    subscribed by email.

  42. barbara says:

    It has a thermal printer. great gadget.

  43. I like that it prints out the list instead of voice it back to you. I am hard of hearing and this would be an excellent Shopping companion for me.
    THanks for the opportunity!

  44. Wow, too cool! Even better that it organizes your list by area in the store. No more making 7 trips through the store to find everything!

  45. MelissaT says:

    i like that you don’t need ink cartridges!

  46. Jean says:

    I like that it can categorize the items for dairy, produce ect…

  47. Cricket says:

    oh i love that it can keep track of other errands, too!!

  48. It has a 90-day warranty!

  49. It had 2500 memory

    Ask Ms Recipe

    Where is your twitter ID?

  50. Following on Blogger Now.

    Ask Ms Recipe

    Ms Recipe

  51. Lisa S says:

    It has “Pompano” listed under meats…what is it anyway?
    Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1

  52. Courtney says:

    The unit is a compact 7 1/2″ x 4″ and is only 1 1/4″ thick. Thanks for the chance to win.

  53. susan says:

    There are no ink cartridge refills (great!).

  54. Carolyn G says:

    It has thermal printing so it doesn’t need ink.

  55. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t know that it came with 2500 grocery items preloaded OR how small it is/how little it weighs. What a useful gadget! Thank you. bb8y29 at yahoo dot com

  56. lisainkc says:

    It only weighs 17 ozs. woohoo!!! Easy for me to use with my diseased hands!!!

  57. lisainkc says:

    I am a follower (rss)

  58. Aura says:

    I love that it doesn’t need ink, it uses thermal printing! (what list would I write new ink on anyways?)
    aahaft at gmail dot com

  59. The SmartShopper will not adhere to stainless steel appliances!

  60. kbksmama says:

    Love that you don’t have to buy ink or those expensive lithium batteries that alot of things like this require!

  61. Jill says:

    The list is printed by category for you- all frozen foods together etc.

  62. amweeks says:

    Even the stars are using them! Celebrities like Constance Zimmer, Swoosie Kurtz, Chef Elizabeth Faulkner, Montel Williams and even the ladies from Desperate Housewives have them! I definitely need one, since I usually start a list then jot down something on a different list & on & on, so I have about 6 different lists. This way it would all be in one place!

  63. amweeks says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  64. amweeks says:

    I follow your blog! (amweeks)

  65. You can also keep track of your errands along with your grocery needs.
    charlies_secret_angel2006 at yahoo dot com

  66. It has a thermal printer so no ink cartidges! So cool!

  67. Samantha R says:

    It has a thermal printing ability, so the SmartShopper will never require an ink cartridge.
    sras7508 at gmail dot com

  68. iseekids says:

    It can be mounted on the countertop, wall or magnetically.

    I’ve been wanting one of these for ages!

  69. iseekids says:

    I subscribe via email.

  70. I like that it has a thermal printer so you’ll never have to replace the ink!


  71. Anonymous says:

    Your electronic SmartShopper has an LCD screen shows your currently added grocery list items in alphabetical order with an easy to read 9 point font.


  72. Dumaurier says:

    It only weighs 17 ozs…Which is amazing with all the little things this gadget does

  73. Sarah S says:

    I like that you can print the list

  74. Nicole says:

    You can mention on the list if the item has a coupon.

  75. You did not mention that the ink does not need to be replaced!

    nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

  76. Jessica Jarrett says:


  77. Dina says:

    What a great gadget! It has a LCD and an embedded thermal printer.

  78. chani says:

    They have a patent pending to use this technology with other gizmos. Cool!


  79. Cher says:

    It uses a thermal ink printer. It is so cool!

  80. Cher says:

    I stumbled!

  81. 4in4 says:

    It uses thermal printing paper.

  82. Grammy says:

    There’s a new model now. Check it out!

  83. Andreah says:

    I learned that there is a thermal printer built right in and you can get paper refills on their website.

  84. I have your button on my blog: Here


  85. I am a follower!


  86. I stumbled your giveaway

    Username: wastebasketsa


  87. Anonymous says:

    I have seen the Smart Shopper used and I think that it is great that anyone wanting to add to the list can do so because the high tech voice recognition is not limited to just a single user.
    This thing is really cool!

  88. Mitzo says:

    I am now a follower! #143 was me also

  89. Mitzo says:

    Also a subscriber!

  90. Stef4916 says:

    It will never need a new ink cartridge!!!

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