What do I do when I’m done shopping but didn’t buy everything on the list?

There’s now an easy way to deal with a shopping list that isn’t quite finished; that is to say you have stuff on the list that you couldn’t find at the store or maybe you ran out of time. ShopIt 4.8 adds a Done Shopping button on the right side of the toolbar.

How to handle items on your list

Touching the Done Shopping button brings up an alert where you can choose.

  • Save for later
  • Ignore

If you choose save for later, the current shopping list is finished and any remaining items that haven’t been checked off are moved to a new list.

When you select Ignore ShopIt crosses off the remaining unpurchased items.

Using the Done Shopping button allows ShopIt to put this set of purchases in the history book and can utilize that information to make estimated suggestions when you might need to repurchase items.

Can I mark frequently purchased shopping items as favorites or get ShopIt to suggest when I need an item?

Yes! In version 4.8, we’ve added the convenience of tagging a shopping items as favorites. ShopIt also utilizes your shopping history to estimate when you might need to resupply on frequently purchased items.

An empty heart button shows the item is not a favorite. Touch the button once to mark the item as a favorite.

Favorites are shown with a filled in heart button. Touch the button again to clear the favored status.

To view your all your favorites, touch the Suggestions button.

The new suggestions screen.

Shows all your favorites first followed by suggested purchases based on your shopping history.

To add items from the suggestions scene, check them off and touch the Accept button.

You can view your shopping history for a particular item by touching the history button next to the item.

Change your sort preference using the toolbar button. It toggles between alphabetically and chronologically.

Purchase History

Here’s an example of the detailed purchase history, ShopIt’s estimate for how frequently you purchase the item and when you might need to repurchase it.

Can I use ShopIt to change the servings of a recipe?

Yes! In version 4.7 we’ve added recipe scaling. Simply tap the stepper to increase or decrease the number of servings. ShopIt will recalculate all the ingredients quantities for you!

Make sure you’ve set the yield by pressing the more info button in the top right corner of the page to bring up that screen.

ShopIt adds recipe sharing in V4.4

Recipe Sharing

You can now send a copy of a recipe to family or friends by tapping the Share button while viewing a recipe. The standard iOS dialog will appear allowing you to AirDrop, text or email a link to the recipe. When your friend clicks on the link, ShopIt will launch and import the recipe to their device. Since it’s only a copy, your friend can customize their instance of the recipe without changing yours.

The Share button is at the bottom of the screen in the middle.

More Recipe Websites

We’ve added support for importing recipes from more websites. If your favorite cooking site isn’t currently supported, ShopIt will prompt you to send us a request with the website URL.

New Cooking Websites Supported
  • http://gamechangersmovie.com/
  • http://www.acouplecooks.com/
  • http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/
  • http://easyfamilyrecipes.com/
  • http://sweetsimplevegan.com/
  • http://www.budgetbytes.com/
  • http://jewishfoodexperience.com/

Latest devices

ShopIt has been built with the latest Apple tools to support all their new devices.

Web Browser

The internal web browser used to display the help screen and the product description has been updated for better performance.

Sync button

The sync button is now disabled after you tap it so you know the synchronize request is being processed. After the sync completes, the button is reenabled.

ShopIt changes in V4.3

    Recipe Import

        You can now import a recipe by pasting the recipe website address directly into ShopIt. This is useful when you find a recipe using an app that doesn’t provide a Share To link to ShopIt.<

To import a recipe from a website, type or paste the URL address in the ‘Import recipe from web link’ text field and tap <Return>


A bug was introduced when we moved our server to a newer, more powerful machine. The problem was imported recipes did not include the ingredients. If you delete and reimport affected recipes, the ingredients will be included.

ShopIt adds recipe folders in V4.2


Folders add the same great organizational features to recipes that Categories provide for shopping, wish and to-do lists

  • Order your folders however you like (e.g. favorite recipes first, then breakfast recipes, salads, new and interesting, …).
  • Collapse (to hide) and expand (to reveal) certain recipes in your catalog.
  • Move recipes from one folder to another with edit drag-and-drop.
  • Use the powerful search function to find recipes using partial word matches in the title and optionally ingredients.

ShopIt V4.0 is all about Recipes!

Recipes go hand in hand with grocery shopping. If you see a recipe you like while browsing the web using Safari, you can quickly send the recipe information from the cooking site to ShopIt by tapping the sharing button.

Here’s a cooking website.

If you don’t see the ShopIt icon when you tap the sharing button here’s a quick video to show you to enable it.

Once ShopIt is enabled as a destination, you can send your recipes to it.

Share the recipe with ShopIt

Returning to ShopIt and choosing Recipes, you’ll see the imported recipe. ShopIt captures the recipe name, ingredient list, instructions, prep/cook/total times, website URL and notes have been captured; left behind are all the advertisements.

List of recipes

Tap on the recipe name to bring up a page with ingredients and instructions. At the bottom of the recipe page are two buttons, ? (Shop for recipe) and ⚙ (Settings).


You can view or edit ingredient detail information by tapping an individual ingredient, likewise for instructions.

The ⚙ button launches a settings scene where you choose a preferred grocery list for new items and a subset of all your shopping lists. The preferred list is the list where ingredients you haven’t purchased before are added. Below that new items list button is a table of all your shopping lists. It is helpful to limit the recipe ingredient search and display to just grocery lists (otherwise ShopIt might want to match ‘oil’ in a recipe with ‘motor oil’ from the hardware store list).

When you plan to make a recipe, tap the ? to add needed ingredients to your grocery list. ShopIt uses powerful search techniques to match the ingredients in the recipe to grocery items you’ve already purchased. On this page, each ingredient is displayed along with the grocery item matched to it. Checkmark the ingredients you need to purchase.

Checkmark ingredients to add them to your shopping list

If ShopIt made a matching mistake, you can easily correct it by tapping the item name (e.g. [Cauliflower]) and make a correction. If ShopIt couldn’t decide which item to match to the ingredient instead of a name, the button reads [Please add or match an item]. Tapping the [Item Button] brings up all the recipe details about the ingredient (quantity, unit of measure, name, & comments) and a list of your grocery items with the best matching items at the top of the list.

Checkmark the correct one or tap the + button to add a new item (Pearl Onions in this example) to your preferred grocery list. If you just added the ingredient, now is a great time to assign it to a category. You can also search through all your ingredients to find a match by tapping the ? button at the bottom of the page.

Here are some more details about the recipe page.

Other recipe actions

Here’s what the edit recipe screen looks like.

Recipe information page

ShopIt with recipes is awesome! The details about your recipe ingredients show up on your grocery list and your recipes are right there on your iPhone at the store if you need to review something.

How convenient is that?

How do I hide infrequently used items in ShopIt?

You can hide infrequently purchased items with a setting from 1 to 36 months.
  1. Tap the ❓ button (About/Help) on the right side of the toolbar
  2. Tap the ⚙ (Settings) button.
  3. On the settings page, there’s a slider that lets you choose to hide infrequently used items ranging from Never (old items are always visible) to 36 months.

Quickly reveal the hidden items when planning a shopping trip.

  1. Tap the ▷ (Expand) button on the right side of the group name to unmask the rarely used items in the category. The button changes to ▽ (Collapse) and tapping it again will hide the older items.
  2. The search ? feature also finds the infrequently used items, even if they are currently being hidden from view.