Is there more than one grocery shopper in your home? Perhaps you’re at work, and your spouse is headed to the grocery store, and their idea of what to get at the grocery store isn’t the same as your own.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could all share a common grocery list, so that whenever either of you are at the store, everyone would see the list? Wouldn’t it be convenient to simply add recipes onto the household list, have all the items sorted by aisle, and just tell your spouse to simply check the free app for the list when at the store?
Starting today, you can do all that, and it’s free.
Share your list and menu plan easily.
Today, BigOven announces the immediate beta availability of shared grocery lists and menu plans for households for our mobile apps and website. This new feature allows multiple separate BigOven logins (free or Pro) to view and change a shared grocery list, once simple permissions have been set up. This list is available anywhere, anytime.
Now any home can use a common grocery list and menu plan
If you’re married, or have a significant other, or simply have one or more roommates, it saves time and money to share a common grocery list. This lets each of you add items to the list wherever you like, and then, when the other person is at the grocery store, they’ll see the full list of items. No need to call, text or go home to grab the list off the fridge. It’s right there on your phone on the free BigOven app, or your wherever the closest web browser is.
BigOven grocery lists are flexible. You can add whatever you’d like to a BigOven grocery list. Line-items don’t have to be part of a recipe, but you can also add entire recipes at a time, or generate a grocery list from a date range of recipes on your menu planner. Items are automatically grouped for you by aisle. You can add items to your list from the web and it’ll be updated on all devices that share that list.
Household sharing is easy to set up. Simply choose someone in the household to own the master list and plan, sign into the BigOven website, and do this:
- Visit your Account Settings on the web (http://www.bigoven.com/account/me)
- Click on the “Account” tab
- Scroll down to “Household” and enter the email address of the person you’d like to invite.
- The person you’re inviting will receive an email. If they are not yet a BigOven member, they will be asked to get a BigOven account and download the app if they aren’t yet a member. You might want to separately contact them and show them the app.
Once the invitee accepts your invitation, you will all be using the same grocery list and menu plan in the apps and the website. That’s it! You can invite multiple people to share your list and menu plan.
Add items once, see the changes everywhere
With BigOven, everything syncs and is changeable everywhere. Make a change on your iPhone and it’s available on the web. Add items to the web grocery list at work, and it’ll show up on your wife’s Android device. You get the idea.
Though you will be sharing the same grocery list and menu planner, you will not be sharing the same recipe library, favorites, folders, etc. This is intentional. You have your favorites, and the other household member may have theirs.
As of this writing, we do not send out notifications when changes are made to the list. But we could. (Would you like us to add a push notification to you when this happens? Let us know in the blog comments below.)
To see your list, simply load (or reload) the grocery list and menu planner to see the current state of the world. If you know there might be changes that have just happened (for instance, your spouse is adding items as you’re driving to the store), you should refresh your list manually before you begin.
Forcing a refresh of the grocery list:
- On the web, you can see the latest simply by reloading the page.
- On iPhone and Android, tug down on the grocery list to force a refresh. On Android and Windows Phone, simply navigate away from the grocery list and back to it to force a refresh.)
Change your mind? Move on from the household? You can easily unlink yourself from other members by clicking the “Revoke” button. This will send them an email and immediately unlink your grocery list and menu planners, reverting you each to your own private lists and plans.
We want to hear from you! This feature is one of your most common feature requests. What do you think? Our goal is to be the most-used, best-loved app for home cooks. What could make it better? Add a comment below, or jot us a note.
Notice a bug? If your list is out of sync, make sure you’ve forced a refreshed the view on your device (see above). One thing to know is that the website always reflects the latest version of your grocery list, at www.bigoven.com/grocery. So first, try check the list using both logins on a web browser; they should both be the same if the accounts are linked. Check the Account Settings area on both logins (Account Settings > Account area) to ensure they’re linked. If you’re still encountering difficulties, let us know by posting in the comments below, or jotting us a note.
Get the App
The award-winning BigOven apps are free on iTunes, Google Play and the Windows Phone Marketplace.