Last Updated: August 21st, 2013

There are many powerful to-do list apps out there that can be used to help you remember the milk, but given the sheer number of features they provide, relying on these apps for such a singular purpose could feel like overkill. Even the somewhat barebones Google Keep may come with more weight than someone needs for their weekly shopping runs. If you want an app that just strives to do one thing - in this case, be a shopping list - and do that thing well, then you may want to consider Buy Me a Pie!, the latest popular iOS app that has made its way over to Android.

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Here are the goods that Buy Me a Pie! brings to the table. Far from being a simple shopping list, this app comes with an adorable interface dripping with both color and functionality. Shoppers can add items manually or pick selected items from a dictionary. New words are automatically added after they've been entered once, reducing how many times users will have to type out such finger-friendly terms as "asparagus" and "deodorant," or personalized terms like "Dad's prescription."

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Items can be grouped automatically or assigned color-coded labels, and users are free to assign numerical values, like measurements and quantity. To top it off, lists can be shared. If your significant other can never remember the brand of cheese they've been eating for the past five years or that they've had to buy a loaf of bread every week since time immemorial, send it to them via email or SMS on their way home from work. You could even take it further by collaborating across both of your devices.

The free version of Buy Me a Pie! covers the basics, but the sharing features are excluded. The paid version also throws in support for multiple shopping lists and cloud syncing, but it will set you back $3.00.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Thomas

    I've been enjoying the Out of Milk (grocery list/todo), plus it lists local grocery deals. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.capigami.outofmilk&hl=en

    • Oleg Nederev

      Out of Milk is great app of course! But we are a bit different. We focus on minimalism/simplicity also please keep in mind that this is just first release of an app and we'll keep improving over time. We've already released a couple of updates since this article went live. Give us some time, we work hard to make it the best shopping list app on Google Play:-)

  • rogue3

    GroceryIQ was one my wife & I loved on our iPods (back before we got smartphones). It allowed for separate lists for different stores, and favorite items also separated by store. When they brought it over to Android, the removed the "Favorites by store" feature which totally ruined it for us. I don't want to look through my favorites for ALL stores just to find my favorites at Target. I submitted a request to the devs several times to add that back but they never did. We've not found anything since that matches it in features and ease-of-use.

  • duse

    Have been using Out of Milk for awhile on both Android and iPhone, works great, easy to use, nice interface.

  • Matthew Fry

    It always makes me giggle when the app images have spelling mistakes in them. Oh developer with the same name as the application, it's grapes not Gpares.

    • L_Kess

      Thanks for pointing that out! We'll fix the image in Play Market.

  • traviswhayne

    rShopping is still the best Grocery list making app out there on Android. For anyone who used HandyShopper this is your best alternative on Android. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.RayDarLLC.rShopping

    • makapav

      Thanks but no thanks - no shared lists? It's just a baby.

  • Owen Finn

    OurGroceries is the best one, hands down. Simple, cross-platform, web interface, free.

    • John Whitworth

      And live syncing :)

      • Owen Finn

        Totally! My wife has an iPhone, and I have a Galaxy S3, and we tackle our grocery shopping at the same time (split up, etc.) and check things off as we go!

  • Kevin Lauscher

    is there an app like this that does syncing across devices....ie I can have a list in the cloud that will sync on my phone and my friends phone? Like a google docs like syncing. Especially crossplatform

    • alexcue

      I know OurGroceries does, as that's why my wife and I use. I'm not sure you can share specific lists, though.

      • John Whitworth

        You can :)

    • L_Kess

      Hello, Kevin!
      This very version of "Buy Me a Pie!" for Android can be synchronized with iOS version of the app installed on other devices.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      have you found one that has a desktop app like evernote?

  • wekebu

    ToMarket app. I've tried many grocery/purchasing list apps. This one has the ability to have your grocery list in alphabetical order, but it can then reorder into aisle view when entering a certain store. As you walk up aisles, you see what to buy. Useful if you go to different stores. It also has the ability to have different lists. Say a grocery, a hardware, pet store, etc.

    Oh, Bertel, great article. This looks like a visually appealing app.

    • John Whitworth

      Yikes. That's definitely a function over form type app! Time for a UI update!Thanks for the recommendation though.

      • wekebu

        Haha, never even realized it was outdated. Probably because it works so well. It's not always about pretty. I'm committed to this app though. I've got 265 items on my list and just need to hit a check mark to add it to the Need list.

  • http://www.gregorystrike.com/ Gregory Strike

    My wife and I just use a shared Google document and can update it wherever we are.

  • Erin Lane Richardson

    Congrats on the Android release. We are supporters of ZipList in our household because of how easy it is to add a recipe to the shopping list but we find Buy Me a Pie to be very impressive.

  • Sarah SS

    I tried a lot of list apps, including Buy me a pie. But now I'm using Tomatoes: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tomatoesapp

    The reason why I choose Tomatoes is because I can quickly add items with amount and price. And, besides that, it calculates the total of my purchase.

    And, like the most list apps, it also syncs my list with other devices. So I can share my lists with my husband.

  • Safi

    My favorite one is Carrot. Very easy to use - without the unnecessary bells and whistles. Also free and has no ads!