I know this is going to come to a big shock to my readers, but I don’t like to pay full price for things. In fact, I like to pay as little as humanly possible. So you will often find me in the grocery store aisle with my calculator, computing the cost per roll of toilet paper or per granola bar or per metric ton of flour. Ok, maybe not the metric ton one, but the others, definitely. And, of course, I have to factor in the coupons that I’m planning to use. I can’t just look at the cost per unit on the shelf. That would be way too easy. I’ve solved this problem by doing all kinds of gymnastics, writing down intermediate prices and trying to use the memory on my calculator to keep track.
But not anymore. Enter Price Calculator, by Rhindon Computing. This handy app works on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. I was fortunate to receive a free copy to review. I’ve been using it on my iPhone for the past several weeks, and let me tell you something, I love it.
The premise is pretty simple. Enter information about the different items you plan to buy, it computes the cost per unit, you get the best deal. You can account for multiple coupons for a single item, and you can tell it to double or triple coupon values, if you’re lucky enough to live in an area that offers double and triple coupons.
For the most part, the interface is pretty self-explanatory. After you enter a coupon, there’s an area in the input field where you can indicate that the coupon should be doubled (or tripled if you click it again.) Hit Calculate, and you’ll find the item added to the table on the bottom half of the screen, along with the cost per unit. Have a coupon for some percentage off an item? It can handle that, too! Just enter the coupon value with the % sign! And when you’re done comparing the prices for individual grams of sugar (am I the only one who does that?), just hit the Clear Results button, and you’ll be able to start over!
There’s really only one feature that I’d love to see, and that’s only because I’m rather clumsy when it comes to typing on my phone: a way to edit an item after you’ve calculated its unit price. Sometimes I’ll get a result of $12 per unit for something I know should be a couple of cents, and I’ve just managed to not include a decimal point properly. It’s pretty easy to just enter the item again, but an edit function would be great. (I could also, of course, do better about double checking my fields before hitting Calculate, but I’m not too good at that, it seems.) I’m told that feature may be coming in a future release, so I look forward to that!
Alright, now it’s your turn? Want to have an app that will really help you when you’re shopping? Of course you do! The Price Calculator is available in the App Store for $1.99. I’m pleased to be able to offer two readers a free copy of the Price Calculator app. Note that you should already own an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The unit to run the app on is not included in the giveaway. The giveaway is open to adults 18+, US only. Here’s how you can enter!
First and mandatory entry. What feature, either listed in this post or on the app homepage are you most excited about?
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Leave a separate comment for each entry. The giveaway ends at 12/20 at 11:59pm CST. The winner will have 48hrs to respond after being contacted or a new winner will be selected. Please leave a way for me to contact you in your comment! Good luck!