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Has this ever happened to you?
You go to the store and buy something you think you might need only to find out you had two of them already at home.
Not only have you purchased things you don’t need right now, you have potentially blown your food budget. For slow moving items, you now have to store them which takes up valuable space.
The only option at this point is to wait until the inventory cleans itself out (or consider returning the items to the store).
So What Is Pantry Check?
Pantry Check is a grocery list and home food inventory app that you can use to optimize your lists and understand what’s in your pantry.
It runs on IOS devices.
The app has a barcode scanning feature through your phone’s camera so that items can be quickly added to the inventory.
Its well organized and visually stunning database is a breeze to use and understand. It automatically puts food into categories such as;
- Baking ingredients
- Breakfast food
- Canned food
- Cooking oil
- Jams & jellies
- Prepared meals
- Vitamins and Supplements
Smart shopping lists can be created by accessing the image library of inventory items. There is also an option to use the barcode scanner to add items to a list. This is helpful when you use an item and need a quick way to remember to buy it the next time.
There is also an “auto generated shopping list” feature that works by analyzing your use patterns, then suggesting items to buy.
Pantry Check saves you money.
There is less chance of over buying when you know what you have on hand.
Food budgeting is easier since the app automatically adds up the expected grocery bill based on the items added to the list.
Goods that have expiration dates can be tracked so you have a heads up in advance when they are expected to expire. This can help you manage your inventory better with plenty of advanced notice.
The majority of common items are already in the library. So, when you scan the barcode you can immediately add that to your inventory.
If you scan an item that’s not in the library, you can take a photo to submit to the crowd sourcing database. This not only helps you it helps the community as well who now have access to the new product.
You only need to scan an item once even if you bought a case. To add more items while you’re scanning, slide the recently scanned product image to the left then hit the green + sign to add as many of those as you need.
Grocery budgeting is easy. Not only does it add up expected costs, it also keeps a running tally while you are at the grocery store. As you check off items, it adjust the final bill amount in real time. This saves sticker shock when you get to the checkout stand.
The only way to add new items to your inventory is to scan them. You cannot use your existing inventory items as a template to add more when needed.
This is a bit limiting. They already have a feature to add more during the scan (say to add a case instead of just one). Why they didn’t add a feature with an existing inventory is a mystery.
When creating lists, you only have 2 manual options, either add based on barcodes or add based on items in your pantry. There is no option to add something you have not purchased before. I found this to be somewhat awkward since it forced me to create a second list for those things I never purchased before. Seems like a quick fix to add this feature.
No Android version.
The Bottom Line
Despite a couple of quirky glitches, the app is useful and can help you tame your food budget. For those with a large pantry, having an accurate inventory with you when you go to the store is a plus. It reduces over buying and the frustration associated with it.
Their large database of products and handy barcode scanning ability, means that you can quickly take an inventory of everything you own.
We recommend this app because of all of these benefits plus the fact that the app is free.