This week I've decided to deviate from Atia's leukemia story because something quite exciting has happened and I HAVE to share it...
My husband has just launched a brand new shopping list iPhone application (app) called, WychList.
Get it? It's a play on our last name - like, which shopping list should I reference: Target, Jewel, Dominick's? Clever, huh? Or, as my girlfriend said today, kinda like "wish list."
It doesn't matter how you imagine it. WychList is awesome!
WychList is a shopping list app designed to create and manage lists using new bar code scanning technology. Not only does it simplify how you build your shopping list, but it tracks the price of the items you buy.
Steve developed WychList because we were always struggling to remember what price, on which item, at what store was the lowest. Our frustration escalated when we had kids. Baby supplies are SO EXPENSIVE, like diapers, formula and wipes. We were always trying to be conscious about how much we spent, but no matter what we did, we always ended up over budget.
Baby diapers got us every time! The packaging is so deceiving. You find that the same exact brand, same exact size, same exact look comes in so many DIFFERENT quantities (100 diapers in a pack, 140 diapers in a pack - who can keep it straight?). I always thought I was being so savvy, only to find upon returning home, that I'd just spent more on a smaller pack than I had on a larger pack the week or month before.
During one extremely aggravating shopping trip Steve said, "Jeez, I wish there was a way that we could just keep track of the EXACT products we purchase and the EXACT price we pay at the EXACT store we buy it.
And thus, the idea for WychList was conceived...
Unfortunately, creating WychList took much longer than anticipated. When Atia got sick, all development ceased (for quite some time). That's why this release is especially significant to our family. It represents the fact that Atia's well enough for us to begin "living and focusing" on activities outside of her medical needs.
So, how does WychList work?
Well, you simply scan the bar code from a product you wish to purchase. Once scanned, information about that product is downloaded (if available) and saved to your personal inventory, which you can then edit and categorize. As you shop and check products off your list, you can enter the price for future reference. The lowest price captured is then compared to today's price entered - the difference is calculated - showing you a savings or overage amount. Over time, you will build a personal inventory of products and prices from which you can quickly create new lists and make informed buying decisions.
WychList has already saved our family money by preventing us from unnecessarily overpaying for products. On the flip-side, it's also verified when sales are truly sales, and as a result, I've stocked up on products because they were such a great price!
For example, during the development phase, I was tasked with testing the app. One day, I was at a local organic grocery store and frozen shrimp were on sale. Intending to buy a bag, I scanned it and then noticed that it already existed in my product inventory (which meant that I'd scanned and probably purchased that exact same item before).
The interesting part was that the "regular price" at Dominick's was $5 less than the "sales price" at the organic store - for the EXACT same shrimp.
With a smirk on my face and victory in my heart, I quickly placed the bag back in the freezer and continued on my merry way. I'd just saved myself from overpaying for something I could get at Dominick's next time I was there. Since WychList is only $1.99, the experience paid for the app two times over.
That was my "ah ha!" moment. Steve had done it. He'd accomplished what he'd set out to do.
Another feature that's pretty cool is that you can share your shopping list with another WychList user. So the next time you need someone to pick something up on the way home, you can simply add it to your list and then send it to them via WychList. All the product information, including its image and price history will be shared. Can't get much better than that!
For further information and a link to WychList on the App Store go to the WychList iPhone Application website.
WychList was also featured on Chicago's Very Own WGN-TV Morning News.