One less trip to the grocery store

Grocery shopping is my least favorite things to do. I have teenagers, so I do it a lot. My biggest peeve is getting home with 10 bags of groceries and someone asking if I remembered Almond Milk or Frosted Flakes. Of course I didn’t, it wasn’t on the list. If it ain’t on the the list, well, you get the point. In the end, it doesn’t matter who forgot to tell who. I’ll be making another trip to the store. Ugh.

Since I started using Cola to create a collaborative shopping lists, I have seen the number of extra trips to the store go way down.

Creating a Collaborative Shopping List

When I go to the store, I use the To Do List Cola Bubble to create a shopping list. It has totally changed the way we shop. For instance:

  • Everyone can see the list. Like I said before, if it ain’t there, I ain’t buying it.
  • Everyone can add and edit items on the list, even while I’m still shopping.
  • People can see when and if an item has been checked. In case someone else is shopping, we don’t end up with doubles.

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How to Create a Shopping List

Tap on the bubble picker and add the To Do List Cola Bubble to a new or existing conversation.

Add the To Do List Cola Bubble to your conversation.

Add the To Do List Cola Bubble to your conversation.

Name the To Do List whatever you’d like. We’ll use “Shopping List” and add an emoji just for fun.

Rename the To Do List something like "Shopping List"

Rename the To Do List something like “Shopping List”

Add items to the list.

For multiple items put a number in front of it, or in parenthesis.

Adding items to the list. Just type and tap return or the "new item" button below.

Adding items to the list. Just type and tap return or the “new item” button below.

Send the To Do List bubble so everyone on the thread can see it.

Adding items to the list
Tap on the shopping list bubble to maximize it. Add more items, or edit existing ones.

Tap on an item to edit it. Add an item by tapping on the "add item" button.

Tap on an item to edit it. Add an item by tapping on the “add item” button.

Claiming items on the list
Everyone in the thread can claim items on the list. This let’s people know who’s responsible for what. Maximize the bubble by tapping on it. Swipe the item to the right to reveal the claim button and tap on it. Their name will appear under it as claimed.

Swipe right to reveal the claim menu.

Swipe right to reveal the claim menu.

Checking off items
Once you have an item, simply tap on the radio button next to it to check it off the list.

Check items off your list as you go.

Check items off your list as you go.

Deleting items
Lastly, you can remove items from the list. Just swipe left to reveal the delete button and tap on it.

Swipe left to reveal the delete menu.

Swipe left to reveal the delete menu.

That’s all there is to it. Creating shopping lists in Cola is simple and powerful. You can send this shopping list bubble to everyone in your contacts. If they have Cola, it appear in the thread. If they don’t, they’re receive a link to a web version of the exact bubble they can interact with.