Supermarket Smarty Review
I’m one who doesn’t mind the process of shopping for groceries.
Throughout the week, I add to a grocery list as we run out of something and add items of interest or that are needed for a recipe or to complete a meal.
I go through my coupons and pull those out and paper clip them to the list. It’s not rocket science, but it works.
That is it works for ME! If Dear Husband goes to the store for me, he takes the list and the coupons and either he doesn’t get everything on the list, he forgets to use a coupon OR both.
Then I was introduced to Supermarket Smarty.
It’s a dry-erase grocery shop that saves time and makes my process all the more simplified!
Supermarket Smarty, S Squared Investments, LLC is based out of Yardley, PA.
I had the opportunity to not only review this product but become acquainted with the creator, Patricia, as well.
The story behind the Supermarket Smarty’s name comes from Patricia’s childhood.
“When I was a little girl, they used to say I was like Lucy from Peanuts, a little ‘smarty’ pants. I want everyone to shop healthy and be a Smarty at the supermarket!”
This product came to be because “I was having some health issues and needed to adjust my diet for healthier eating.”
After using this product, I found it to be unique.
“There’s no other portable, dry erase grocery lists on the market currently. It’s also unique in that it uses symbols to highlight healthy foods and has an embedded magnifying lens to help read the fine print.”
This dry erase grocery list is portable, has symbols to quickly identify healthy foods, a magnifying glass, a coupon pocket, and meal planning insert.
It organizes your grocery shopping and puts you more in control of what you’re buying and eating.
With all that, the creator of Supermarket Smarty says her absolute favorite experience with her product is “Hearing about people who are using it and how it’s helping them shop healthier.”
There was a lot of love and devotion put into the process of creating Supermarket Smarty.
” I conducted extensive research on nutrition through reading books written by medical & nutrition experts and I consulted various nutrition websites and magazines. Once I gathered and sorted through all the data, I employed the help of a graphic designer and created the first iteration of Supermarket Smarty which I call the Core Foods edition. I would like to create future versions for specific diets–like the diabetes version, weight-loss version, etc. I collected much more information than went into this 1st version, that’s why it’s called Core Foods–there are many different foods that can help people who have specific conditions–there was only so much room! ”
Now that her grocery list and process are simplified she finds she has more time to spend doing the things she enjoys.
“I love spending time reading with my children and just hanging out with them. I love the beach and the ocean and spending time with friends.”
As every mother seems to say, her greatest accomplishment thus far in her life is “My children -Tristan and Evan.”
In her future, ten years from now, she’ll be “A Business owner, attending my children’s sporting events, traveling more with my husband.”
“Developing this product these past two years has been a labor of love for me and I’m so excited to be sharing it with others who can benefit from it.”
Patricia’s favorite quote about the product is: “It’s like taking all the important nutrition advice you read about or hear on TV and putting it into a reusable pocket-size guide”. Smarty Shopper
I am not one who does well with the change of any kind.
I’m set in my ways and often fail to see there is another way to do what I am doing.
I spent a lot of time with Supermarket Smarty–looking at it, experiencing it and after five shopping trips feel I’m ready to give you my educated opinion.
While I have come to love Supermarket Smarty, it was trying for me in the beginning.
The store I initially tried it out at was not set up like the dry-erase list so I was either running back to an aisle or pausing in the aisle seeking the item on my list.
That grocery store has since gone out of business so I was forced to go to another store.
At the other store, the list worked much better.
I was more familiar with the list layout and found the items much more quickly.
The kit comes with a dry erase pen which I immediately fell in love with after the first use!
It has a projectable tip, rather than a cap.
This is a great feature as we tend to misplace caps at our house!
I hung the Menu Planner on our refrigerator with the heavy-duty Supermarket Smarty magnet.
My four year old pointed out to me three days into the review that the pen actually can be held by the magnet.
This was VERY good news!
Throughout the week I was able to use the Menu Planner and loved the convenience of it!
I could plan my meals for the week and mark on the Supermarket Smarty the items needed.
There was one week when I was on a cooking rampage and appreciated the dry-erase feature as I had to make adjustments to our menu to accommodate left-overs!
It was a piece of cake.
One of my favorite parts of the list is “FRUITS AND VEGGIES”.
This section is color-coded in Pink, white, blue and green to maximize nutrients.
I found it also complimented my presentation of food as I was buying more colorful fruits and vegetables rather than the traditional greens and yellow.
I’m a coupon crazed shopper.
The Supermarket Smarty has a pouch that holds coupons.
This was a dream as it worked far better than my paperclip method and was far more portable than my binder of coupons.
It was also handy to add my coupons to through the week as my list grew…and Dear Husband never forgot the coupons!
I’m getting old and while I realize this, I still am notorious for refusing to believe I need glasses!
I have prescription lenses, but they only work if I actually put them on. I found myself at the grocery store without my “eyes” and was very grateful for the magnifying feature.
It says it’s to “read find printing on packaging”–it really works…I used it to look at prices and read serving sizes!
It was handy!
Cover your eyes…I don’t read labels.
I’m a “foodie”…we eat because we like food more than for the sustenance.
This being declared, the Supermarket Smarty has a symbol key that lists various items that I couldn’t help but find interesting.
“Healthy Fats” are designated with a “heart”, while “Super Foods” are spotted easily with the Superman Symbol.
As my grocery shopping adventures continued to make Supermarket Smarty part of the routing, I was finding these items more and more useful.
I also learned about what I was looking for when making my purchase…for example, on one trip I needed honey.
I try and buy local honey.
On the Supermarket Smarty it’s listed under “Supplies” it has the Super Man Symbol next to it, but it also says “the darker the better”.
I did NOT know this.
I use the Supermarket Smarty every week now.
There are some parts of it that aren’t even part of my grocery lists like tofu, Psyllium Seeds and the pet section, but I understand it’s a general shopping list and those items may work well for someone else.
Overall, this product does, for me, work.
It is a time-saver, makes me an educated shopper and the portable list, pen and coupon pouch fit well into my lifestyle.
Patricia adds “What I like most about it is that it makes my life easier–it organizes my grocery shopping so I know exactly what I need and don’t forget anything at the grocery store and it helps me easily incorporate healthy food choices (so I don’t have to think about it too much). ”
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