Price compare

Price compare feature allows you to pick items with the best price from your shopping lists. Unit price, Compare price or price per piece in package can be used for comparison. In addition to item name, Generic name can be used to match items for comparison.

Here’s example of how it works:

  1. Add an item to your shopping list, e.g. Lipton Iced Tea pack of 12, unit price $6.45. Add another item to your shopping list, e.g. Nestea Iced Tea pack of 24. unit price $9.99. Set Pack units for these records.
  2. At this point items can’t be compared because they have different names. You need to make sure that items have the same name or set same value for Generic name fields.
  3. Open first item and long-tap the Name field –> select Generic name –> enter Iced tea. Repeat the same steps for the second item.
  4. Tap the Notification portion of the Price compare row. The price compare screen shows that first item has better price: $6.45 vs. $9.99.

In the above sample items are compared by unit price. However, such comparison is not valid because first item has more cans in package. To set number of items in package:

  1. Open the first item, tap the Compare units field of the Price compare row. Choose Each. Enter 12 as Package size.
  2. Repeat the same steps for the second item, but enter 24 as Package size.
  3. Tap the Notification portion of the Price compare row.
  4. Now Price compare shows that the second item has better price per ea: $0.42 vs. $0.54.
  5. Finally, add a new item “Iced tea”, tap units field and make sure you selected Each, unit price $0.80.

Price Compare Row

There are a few areas in Price Compare Row from left to right:

  • Notification section displays price comparison summary. Tap to open listing of other comparable items.
  • Price indicator – green bubble indicates the best price, orange triangle indicates that some other item has better price.
  • Compare price shows unit price or unit price per smaller unit which is used for price compare. Tap to set Package size.
  • Compare units shows units used for price comparison between differently packaged items.

Long-tap to open a popup menu with the following commands:

  • Generic name — set generic name which is used for price compare. Same as long-tap on Name field –> Generic name.
  • Delete other items — deletes other comparable items. This is handful when you decided which item you’d like to purchase and want to get rid of other items with worse prices.

Notes

Generic name

Price compare feature matches items by name. Sometimes you may want to compare similar items of different brans or sizes such as “Nestea pack of 24″ and “Nestea pack of 12″. This is when Generic name is useful.

To change Generic name, long tap the Name field and choose Generic name.

Listing of comparable items

You can see comparable items by tapping Price Notification portion on the Price Compare Row or by tapping Link button (top-left of the screen) –> Compare prices.

Price compare scope

Items from shopping lists can be compared with items in other shopping lists only. Favorites can be compared with other Favorites.

58 Responses to Price compare

  1. Lori says:

    luckily I came here to check this put.I thought compare prices compared process at different stores. . the feature I was expecting was “, I’d this proved better than what I got last week. I can do price per volume calculations on my head or on the phone calculator.

    • Alex says:

      Lori, thanks for your feedback. You may want to try History feature which shows changes of item price. Just open an item, tap Link button in the upper-left corner and choose “Show price history”. We will consider implementing your suggestion going forward.

  2. LovingOurLifeNow says:

    We really love this app. We have multiple homes each having their own pantry and food items we need to shop for. We use the bar scan to manage the inventory in the pantries and the shopping history to ensure we stay within our monthy food budget. Keep up the great app development. Thanks!

  3. Jon Shields says:

    Would you consider allowing & showing more decimal places, especially for unit prices? Example: I want to compare prices for laundry detergent where grocery store sells 50oz bottle, supermarket sells 100oz, and warehouse store sells 150oz. Price per ounce is very small but extra decimal places are needed to find best price. Also, would be convenient to use small units instead of quarts, liters, etc. for some items.

    • Alex says:

      Hi Jon, thanks for your comment.

      If you want to compare 50oz, 100oz and 150oz bottles, then you need to use “Number of pieces” feature in the Price compare row. I.e. all three items will have “X bottle” as Qty and Units. But “Number of pieces” will be different. You can enter 50, 100, 150 if you want to compare price per oz. But if you want larger unit, you can use 5, 10, 15 or even 0.5, 1, 1.5. You just need to make sure that proportion is correct and then price comparison will work just fine.

      Hopefully this makes sense. Please let me know if you have any further questions or comments.

      • Jim Chester says:

        I would like to know if I can compare prices of products in different units. Many times some the same items are only listed in Liters versus another brand in Quarts or pints. Or sometimes grams, kg, or lbs. Also there should be a store tracker. I am not sure if that is in the full version. If it is let me know. The main reason I would buy this app if it allowed to price compare between different stores. Thanks

        • Alex says:

          Jim, kindly note that you can compare prices between different (lists) stores, but all prices should be entered manually. Unfortunately, there is no way to easily compare liters vs. pints. This can be accomplished using “Number of units”, but math is pretty complicated. We may consider simplifying this in the future.
          Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you again.

  4. Toftegard says:

    I’m really enjoying this nice app (v 1.3) and right now I’m trying to use it’s full potential for me.
    It seems I don’t get the hang of this compare feature. As an example I want to compare bottles of maple syrup with different quantities. I’ve got one with 250 ml and another with 375 ml. As a general unit I chose “bottle”, but when I tap the Compare units field of the Price compare row to choose Milliliter (ml) it only changes the unit, but I can’t specify the amount which is in the bottle. I only get something if I use Number of pieces.

    Am I doing something wrong? How can I compare packs with different fluid and weight measurements.

    • Alex says:

      Toftegard, thanks for your feedback!

      In order to compare products of different size you need use Number of pieces. In your example of maple syrup, number of pieces will be 250 and 375 (to compare price of milliliter) or 0.25 and 0.375 (to compare price of a liter. Hopefully this makes sense.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions or comments.

      • Toftegard says:

        I thought so and used it that way, but I have to admit that it doesn’t really make sense to me if I can choose liter or milliliter via the ‘dropdown menu’ but have to choose pieces if I want to compare such quantities.

        Besides that I would think it a better idea if the compare scope would include anything within the pick list. If it only compares within a shopping list or the favorites I myself have to remember that there might be something cheaper. If compared to the pick list anything that could be compared would be compared.

      • Alex says:

        Toftegard, thanks for your feedback. I like your idea, we could indeed allow entering bottle volume when you select mL. We will consider this change in the future. In the meantime Number of pieces should be helpful with comparing different quantities.

        As for price comparing in Pick list, unfortunately Pick list has no link to stores at the moment so even if we allow comparing prices in Pick list it won’t be possible to tell which store has the lowest price. You may want to consider List-specific favorites in order to build database of store products and compare their prices.

  5. Lou dube says:

    3.Open first item and long-tap the Name field –> select Generic name –> enter Iced tea. Repeat the same steps for the second item.
    4.Tap the Notification portion of the Price compare row.
    After doing the Generic name setup I still don’t see a Price compare row anywhere, so what am I missing?

    • Alex says:

      Hi there, thanks for your question.

      Kindly note that Price compare row is always visible under the Aisle field and Total price field as shown on the image above. Please make sure you are running the latest version of Mighty Grocery which is 1.1 at the moment. The app’s version is available on the Home screen in the top-right corner.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      • Wendy says:

        I have a similar problem. I have several items setup with the generic name Juice. The Price Compare row says No other items to compare with. Linked items doesn’t show them either. I have purchased these items now a few times and they have a history. I do have version 1.1

  6. wendy says:

    Store name would be very helpful. I use this feature to compare prices between the warehouse store and the grocery store to decide if an item is worth buying in bulk

    • Alex says:

      Hi Wendy, thanks for your comment. We are looking for ability to get store prices in the future. In the meantime you can add items to different shopping lists and compare prices by tapping Link button –> Compare prices.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions or comments.

  7. Myronb says:

    Any reason that this isn’t an option? I don’t care about compare as it isn’t relevant to where I shop or what I shop for. Costco is a great example. If there are two or more similar items the per unit price is shown. I’m not going across the street because the apples are $00.10/pound cheaper.
    If you’re referring to TV sets at Best Buy v Costco, then there are better ways / apps to do it.

    • Alex says:

      Hi, thanks for your question.

      The main goal of Price Compare feature in Mighty Grocery is to make it possible to compare prices of items with different packaging and discount options. 10 cents per pound is not a big deal, but it’s 10 bucks if you are planning to buy a hundred pounds of apples.

      By “being an option”, do you mean you’d like to hide Price Compare row from Edit Item screen?

  8. Kelly H. says:

    The ability to compare prices between stores would be fantastic and extremely helpful. However, as it’s been noted, prices fluctuate from week to week (which drives me crazy). When I pull up an item, it would be nice to know which store I last purchased it from, so I will know if it’s a price change or just a store difference.

    • Alex says:

      Hi Kelly, thank you for your feedback. We will consider your suggestion as part of future improvements.

      Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you again.

  9. Figueiredo says:

    I do not think it should be done.. because prices change day-by-day and item to item… I think it will not help if you make a shop comparisions. The market is so sensitive…

    • Alex says:

      Yes, I agree. The feature only makes sense when it is possible to compare prices at this exact moment. Hopefully this will be possible eventually.

  10. Muthu Kumaran says:

    Hi there,

    Greetings.

    Price comparison is very good and handy too.

    My expectation for long is Shop price comparison.
    ie, which shop is offering cheaper over long time?

    I think it needs ‘shop name’ field. Feasible?

    Hope it might help lot of people.

    Thanks.

    • Alex says:

      Hi Muthu, thanks for your feedback! We are looking for the ways to compare stores’ price information, and I hope we will allow this feature going forward.

      Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you again.

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