BigOven has become one of my most beloved apps. I use it to meal plan, build my grocery list, and collect recipes all in one place.
The feature that I use the most is definitely the grocery list. I choose what I want to cook for the week and BigOven builds the list from the recipes that I've selected. I can also add items individually. And, the list can be sorted by recipe or by department (produce, canned goods, etc). Sorting by recipe is a great feature for those days when you just want to purchase what you need to get dinner on the table. Sorting by department will get you through the store more efficiently.
Since the list can be accessed from all of my devices, I add things as I think of them from wherever I am. I've recently put my husband in charge of the weekly Trader Joe's shopping. BigOven allows him to access the grocery list using the app on his phone. You can share the list to whomever you'd like by adding their email address to your "Household" in the account settings.
BigOven has much more to offer than creating a grocery list. Here's a quick run down on some key features that I use, as well as areas for improvement and pricing.
Whenever I try a new recipe, I follow it to the letter the first time that I make it. If needed, I'll adjust it the next time to get it just right for our family's taste. The private notes feature allows me to keep track of any tweaks that I'd like to make to the recipe in the future. Sometimes I also make notes about yields or on the fly changes that I made that worked out well or fell flat.
There are literally thousands of recipes in the database. You can search by an ingredient, a recipe name, or a meal course. Can't think of anything to cook? Start playing around in here and you can get lost for days.
Do you ever wonder what to do with a few random things in your refrigerator? Enter up to three ingredients and quickly find recipes that use those things.
Type them in manually, copy / paste from a file, or use the "clip from a recipe site" feature. You can also have a scanned recipe transcribed by BigOven. When you use your allotment of free scans (number varies depending on price plan), more can be purchased for a small fee.
Use folders to organize your recipes in a way that makes sense to you. Folders for "Added, Favorites, Try, and Made" are created by default. However, you can create your own folders. For example, I created "Cook This Week, Guests, Smoothies, and Household Faves."
At this time, there's a free version and Pro paid version ($25/year). I've been paying for the Pro version for several years now and can't imagine living without it.
Check out a feature comparison here.
My husband and I just took a much needed vacation to Southern France. For the past several years, we've been using TripIt to organize, share, and coordinate all of our travel plans. Instead of using multiple apps or heaven forbid an old school paper file, we simply email all of our confirmations to firstname.lastname@example.org from a known email address. TripIt then imports all of the relevant details (location / time / flight numbers / restaurant reservations) into your account so that you have everything in one place. On this trip we took planes, trains, and automobiles and we moved around quite a bit. So, we had many details to manage and TripIt is a wonderful tool to keep things on track.
There's a free version that provides quite a nice suite of features. However, I prefer the paid version ($49 annually) which gives me the ability to grant family members access to all of my trips automatically, track points and miles, get real-time flight alerts, and be notified if a previously purchased airfare has dropped so that I can request a refund. There are many more benefits besides these, but these are the ones that I enjoy the most.
Here's a link to a feature comparison on the TripIt website.
TripIt is one of my most used apps as I travel a fair amount. It's also nice to have an archive of past trips so that you can find that hotel that you liked, or reminisce about that restaurant that you went to or concert that you enjoyed. It's all right there at your fingertips by web / smart phone / tablet.