Friday, December 12, 2008

SmartShopper Review and Giveaway - Make a List (and Check it Twice)!


Routine activities like grocery shopping provide the perfect opportunity for kids to learn new words and encourage early reading skills. You can show them letters on food labels and have them help with the grocery list. Hmmm...grocery list. Handwritten ones are great, but there's even a better way to make that list. Have you heard of the SmartShopper?

The SmartShopper is an electronic grocery list maker that uses voice recognition technology. The handy gadget sticks magnetically to the fridge so that grocery items can be added to the list at anytime. By simply pressing the record button and speaking the item's name, your list is easily updated, organized and always available. And, when you are ready to go shopping, the SmartShopper prints out your list, arranged into shopping categories to help make your shopping experience more efficient.



In this economy, one of the best ways to save money on groceries is to create an organized shopping list. The SmartShopper is perfect for me because it is readily available right in my kitchen and provides a fun, organized way of keeping track of my grocery items.

Here are my favorite features:
Mounts magnetically to refrigerator or also has wall-mount option
• Uses four standard AA batteries (not some strange, expensive type)
• Comes built with 2,500 Pre-loaded standard items in the "library"
• You are easily able to add your own custom items
• The coupon flagging feature marks items you want to buy using a coupon
• At print-out it organizes items into categories like dairy and health & beauty
• You can maintain multiple lists for different stores

Like any gadget, it does have a few quirks. The voice recognition works best if used in a quiet location without a lot of background noise. The items that are stored in the library vary. Sometimes brand names are included, like Coke and Pepsi but sometimes you must use a generic label like diapers (instead of Pampers or Huggies.) I was surprised the library didn't include a few standard items in my kitchen like freezer paper or cooking sherry (it uses the term cooking wine instead) although those were easy enough to add myself.

While the device is great as is, it would be amazing if it included a computer interface so that you could add items to the library using the computer and print lists from your computer, a cheaper way than buying the special paper rolls. One of my friends would also love to see a way for it to print pictures along with the food so that young kids could follow the list at the store. I'd also like to see rechargeable batteries included with the product or some sort of solar power used. Maybe we'll see some features like these added in the future?

This time of year Santa is making his list and checking it twice. Wonder what he'd think of the SmartShopper gadget? It's probably already on his own personal wish list! Is it on yours? What a great way to start the new year off with a little organization!

Order your SmartShopper today for only $79.99! Use the exclusive promo code: PW59391 until December 31 to receive $5 off your order. Also, all orders placed between now and December 31 will receive free ground shipping (although be sure to order before December 18, if you want the SmartShopper by Christmas).


Related links I found about SmartShopper and a few bonus tips for grocery shopping with kids:
SmartShopper on Rachel Ray
PBS Kids - Quick Tips at the Grocery Store
Disney Family Parenting - Grocery Shopping With Young Kids


Win it! SmartShopper has kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway. One (1) of my readers will receive their own SmartShopper!

To enter, leave a comment letting me know what you think you'd like best about SmartShopper.

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132 comments:

shelburns said...

OOH! I'm first for this one! I would love this because it prints the list and I won't have to write it.

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

Abby said...

Wow That is one nifty device. I would love one of those to help me out!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

kpmomma said...

I would love the smart shopper to help keep my shopping list together. I only go grocery shopping twice a month so normally items that are written down on a piece of scrap paper early on are lost and forgotten by shopping day. This makes it frustrating when I finally need the item and it was never replenished! This would keep my shopping list updated in one place! HURRAY!

Kara said...

I would love this because of the voice recognition- easier than writing, with a baby on my hip!

www.notesfromthenest.com

cpullum said...

I love the coupon flagging! This would make my Saturdays go alot smoother!!!!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jenna said...

I would like the fact that I could eliminate the sticky notes hanging all over the kitchen counter reminding what to buy at the store. Thanks!

Kama @ Today's Housewife said...

I think this is an awesome giveaway and would love one of these!! I like that it puts them in catagories because I find myself going back to different places because I forgot something on my list. It's also nice that it flags coupons which would help shopping go faster (now that I have a 3 month old, I'm all about that). My husband usually just tells me when we need something instead of writing it down, so that would really be helpful to keep us both organized there too!

Erica said...

I think my favorite feature would be the fact it organizes the items into categories!

AmandaSue said...

This is awesome! I'd expectually like how it organizes the items by category! And that you can note that you have a coupon for that product! I'd love this because I am the queen of lists since thats the only way I actually remember anything lol. Thanks for entering me!

Shel said...

I like the fact that I can add custom items to it and that it can hang on the refrigerator.

Shel said...

I'm following you on twitter (username:auntiethesis) and I tweeted http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/1056245876

valerie2350 said...

blogged it
http://sweeps4bloggers.blogspot.com/2008/12/brimfulcuriosities-smart-shopper.html

pestkaj said...

I would love the coupon flagging function- I hate it when I forget to use a coupon i have.

Jill said...

This is so cool! I love the voice recognition feature!

Thank you!

Jill said...

Blogged about your contest here

http://www.contests4mamas.com/2008/12/smartshopper-electronic-grocery-list.html

cari_and_kevin_king said...

What I love best is that I won't have several different post it notes all over the place listing things I need...and then forgetting something.

charlies_secret_angel2006 at yahoo dot com

Betsy said...

this is soooo cool! it would definately help me get organized for once! i hate have tons of lists everwhere. thanks!

dejonge7@msu.edu

Jayme said...

i like that it organizes my groceries into categories so when it comes time to hit the store i'm not running back and forth looking down every isle for things. i could really use this!!

jayme[dot]bouwens@yahoo[dot]com

onangelwings said...

Awesome! What a great gadget for so many of the moms I know.

We all keep lists but lose them. This would be great because of the voice recognition. I have been meaning to get one of those. This has so many features. I love that it is magnetic too. If I don't have time to print out I can simply take it along and attach it to the shopping cart.

The Barnharts said...

the facthave to that I don't have to search for a pen when i need to add to my list!

crystal said...

I love the fact that it has 2,500 pre-set items already in it. This has some great features!
Thanks!
ericbrooks75(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sammie said...

I like the way you can create an organized shopping list. It would save me time when in the supermarket, instead of having to go back to different isles.

sweepstakeshunter2[at]gmail[dot]com

ddurance said...

I like the part about organizing everything into categories and then printing it out.

Deidre

Deb said...

I can never find a pen in my house! My favorite feature would be the voice recognition. Also, no one would pick up my list and see my occasional poor spelling...haha!

Deb said...

Twittered at
http://twitter.com/HopelesslyDeb/status/1057701350

Julie said...

This would be great because i always forget to write things down
:0)

Julie
jeweles1@verizon.net

Sam said...

I love the fact that you can keep an ongoing list and then print it out - sure beats the system I have now!
sras7508 at gmail dot com

iseekids said...

I would love the coupon flagging! I can never seem to remember what I have coupons for.

Skywaywaver said...

I like that organizes the lists into categories. I can never write my list the way it should be.
hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

Bettina said...

Coupon flagging is awesome! My hubby does most of the grocery shopping so this would be so much help!

bewell75 at gmail dot com

lindabelle said...

I think I would favor the preloaded standard items. Those seem to be the ones I always forget to buy!

Teresa said...

I love the fact that the SmartShopper is portable! I am so unorganized, this would be a great help! TRigell at aol dot com

cdziuba said...

I like that it has VOICE RECOGNITION. That is just so neat! cdziuba@aol.com

sgibbs58 said...

I would love never again having to look for a pin to write an item down.

andrea v said...

I love the voice recognition and that i can print and go.
vickers at comcast dot net

aajacques said...

I would love this for when I go shopping. It will eliminate all my scraps of paper I have written lists on.

Theresa N. said...

I like the fact it prints the list.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jingle said...

I love that it is so easy to use! I need something that I can get a list into quickly and I wouldn't lose this, so that would be great! My husband would use it, too, which makes it even better!
jinglesells at gmail dot com

mrigell said...

I would give this to my mom. She always makes grocery lists on the backs of scrap pieces of paper, then loses them!
chisaijoyu(at)aol(dot)com

Michael said...

We'd love this, half the time the list is forgotten at home, and if we remember it some of the items on the whiteboard list dont make it on to the other list...

adennispac said...

I would like this product because I can keep separate lists for the different stores! Thanks!
Amy B.
adennispac@yahoo.com

MJ said...

I love the coupon flagger function i AM the coupon queen! lol


mj.coward@ gmail.com

Janel said...

I love that I can keep it in my kitchen and add something as I run out. No need to go out to the living room and my computer.

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Janel said...

I posted this in my right sidebar at:

http://janelsjumble.blogspot.com

Jennielee said...

I love that it organizes your list by department.
jennielee685(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennielee said...

i blogged
http://thebestthingsinlifegiveaways.blogspot.com/2008/12/i-really-want-to-get-orginized.html

Fantacy so Sweet-n-Stuff... said...

Maybe this would get my boys to let me know what has ran out and keep me from forgetting what i need to pick up! :D I guess what I am saying is that the thing I like best is that I think this might be easy (and interesting) enough to intrigue not only myself, but also my 13 yr old my 10 yr old and my hubby ;) Thanks for the chance to win!

Nicole said...

This is so neat. I like that you can note if you have a coupon for the item on the list.

Lynne said...

I love gadgets! I like the coupon feature too and the voice recognition feature. Currently I sit down with all the ads, write down what sale items I need and then have to remember what else I need. I'm always forgetting something.

one6ylady said...

I'm always struggling to get the kids to add to the grocery list when they use the last of something... they always say they couldn't find a pen or pencil. This would be a great way to take that excuse away from them. There's nothing worse than coming home from grocery shopping only to have one of them say, "by the way, we're also out of...."

one6ylady@aol.com

Sarah Speaks- Savvy SAHM Reviews & Giveaways said...

I blogged about this on my Fantastic Friday post at http://sarahspeakssavvysahmreviews.blogspot.com/2008/12/fantastic-friday_18.html

Christa ~*~KooldaddyKreations~*~ said...

Oh WOW! This would be a real time saver not to mention SANITY saver to me! I have been so forgetful since having my 2 little boys! I would LOVE to win this! Thanks!

Aimee said...

I love that this has the "coupon flagging" feature - that would definitely come in handy!!

libby_design at yahoo dot come

CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

Oh wow! I do love the little list being printed out, so official and organized! I would love to have this. I never even knew it existed until now!

onlycancan at hotmail dot com

Jackie said...

I always have a shopping list hanging on the fridge that I add items to. The worst is when I can't find a pen...and forget to add an item. With the SmartShopper, I wouldnt have to worry about locating a pen.

alissa4illustration said...

I'm always going shopping and looking for a great deal. What a good product, I'd love it.

Ellen C. said...

I like that it does not require ink cartridges. Thanks for the chance.

sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

judybrittle said...

I just love the idea of being able to print out my list and I never have to replace an ink cartridge. That really gets to be quite expensive. Thank you so much!

jamielz said...

I love that it sticks on the fridge. There is no losing this sucker!

jamielz@verizon.net

Betty N said...

What I think I would like best is that it would be so simple to keep adding items to a list and then it would also be categorized when printed out.

stephie said...

this is an awesome concept and it is something i can really use.

Candie said...

I would like this because I always make lists (and lose them). Actually my husband and I usually have seperate lists and this would help a lot

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Dawn said...

I would love this because it prints the list for me. I think it would help to get me better organized.

boobles2 said...

I love the coupon flagging option and the fact it prints out the list for you

Vanessa Sue said...

I love the coupon flagging option as I tend to forget what coupons I actually have - even though I have a coupon organizer! Thanks for the giveaway!

vanessasuethompson@gmail.com

Linda said...

I like that you can maintain separate lists for multiple stores.

Reva Skie said...

I love that it prints by the category in the store. I keep a master list then rework it into the way I shop the store, this would be so handy.

Julie D said...

The coupon flag. I don't get very many coupons, but when I do, I usually forget to use them.

Sara said...

I like that the built in printer doesn't require cartridges. how'd they do that?

3boyzmom said...

What I would like the best about the SmartShopper is that it has its own built in printer and does not require ink refills!!! That is very convenient.

Annie said...

I like that it might help my guys actually add something to the shopping list instead of just telling me!

Liz said...

I like that you can print this out, and you don't have to take forever to write everything out. THanks

lizzydearlife at gmail dot com

Bender House said...

This SmartShopper would be great for me as I wouldn't have to worry about writing my list on the dry erase board and having my son climb on the counter and draw all over my list and I have to start over. It would save my list and print it when I need it, how great! Thanks for the chance to win!

JeansandTs said...

I think I would like that it groups simular items so your not searching all over your list to make sure you got everyting in "this" isle. I try to do that on my own but I'm not very good at it.

donna444444 said...

This would really help save money on shopping.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Elsie said...

I am curious to know,
And wonder if it's true,
That the Smart Shopper has a memory,
And lists everything too.

I sure could use a friend,
Like this, including magnet,
I'd never misplace the little guy,
Or forget where I put it!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

1stopmom said...

I think I would like the printing feature of it the most. My hubby claims he can never read my writing and I definitely can not read his so this would be perfect for us.

bacon74(at)1stopmom.com

Carolyn said...

You don't have to frantically search for pen and paper!
Yeah!!
Great giveaway...Thanks!

z. Smith said...

I really like the fact that you can print out your list the best!

windycindy said...

Hello, I think these SmartShopper List Makers are fabulous. I would love to win this wonderful gadget for my husband. He keeps a pencil and paper list during the week. Invariably, he forgets to write an item down or the list gets lost!
I like the wall mount option, the customizable items, coupon flagging and the print out in categories!
Please add my name to your drawing.
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

JenReg said...

Oh, I want one of these so, so bad. It sounds like just what I need to get myself organized.

There are so many features that I would like, but I think the best one is that I can flag items that I have a coupon for - too cool! I also like that you can just print out your list!

JenReg said...

I've posted your contest on my blog:
http://letsventandshare.blogspot.com/

JenReg said...

I've tweeted your contest on Twitter:http://twitter.com/mtejen/status/1086638453

Thank you!

Teresa690 said...

I love EVERYTHING about this! My favorite part is that it flags the products I have coupons for! I always forget and have to dig through them, so this would be great! Thanks!

Teresa690[at]gmail[dot]com

lorides said...

I love the coupon flagging, I am a huge coupon person and this would be great

pugsley085 said...

this looks a great gadget. The coupon flagging feature is great.

mtonyx@aol.com

Samantha P said...

this sounds so awesome, it's easy to use so that when you realize that you need something it's easy to make a note of it instead of actually writing it down on a list (that i can never find)

definitely will save me trips!