The 3 Best Meal Plan Apps to Reduce Food Waste & Save Money

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Make a fresh start with your fridge in 2019. The thing is, most of us barely have time to scribble together a shopping list, let alone take inventory of what we have in our cupboards and plan our family’s meals for the week. Which is why meal planning and shopping apps can be a great tool for simplifying your life and helping you save money. Here are three of the best apps we’ve found to help you plan meals, organize your pantry, and reduce food waste at home.


Pepperplateoffers features to seamlessly manage recipes and generate shopping lists. You can easily import recipes from your favorite sites to your cookbook. Creating shopping lists has never been easier as you can synchronize across all your devices and tick items off as you go. Use the app offline and take your entire collection with you as you travel. Organize meal plans by week or month, create menus and add them to your schedule.


NoWaste helps you create, easily track, organize, and manage the food in your home. You can create lists for your pantry, fridge, freezer and track your inventory to decide what you should eat first and plan meals accordingly. Our favorite feature is shopping lists, you can see what you need and avoid double purchases and, in turn, reduce food waste and save money.

Add food from a library of 200+ items and synchronize your lists across devices. The app offers a barcode scanner to add food to your list in seconds. The meal planner feature allows you to plan your meals up to 3 weeks in advance.  NoWaste is currently only available for IOS devices.


MealBoard, like NoWaste, offers options to store recipes, create lists, and track your food inventory at home. For $3.99, this app is fully customizable and gives you full management over your recipes, ingredients, food categories, meal types, stores, store aisles, grocery items, and much more.

The recipe management feature allows you to import recipes from websites and organize by categories. You can create meal plan templates, set reminders, and add non-recipe items to your meal plan using a Quick Add feature.

Overall, if you have the time to set it up, this app can be life changing – saving you a ton of time with full control over your pantry, giving you the ability to know what’s in your home.

Do you have a favorite meal plan / food waste app? Let us know in the comments.

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