Remembering to bring reusable bags into grocery stores is not one of my strengths. But, I figured out a way to make that happen. Geofencing grocery stores using IFTTT, then sending myself reminders. By the way, I don’t think IFTTT supports doing this on other phones, but there are other ways to do it. There are also apps that can be used to do this on Android phones, but I’d rather use a cloud service for this so I don’t have to recreate these every time I get a new phone.

For example, here’s a recipe I created on IFTTT that sends me a text message to remember to bring in bags when I arrive at Longfellow Market:

IFTTT Breakdown

These are really easy to set up. You just zoom in to the location where you’d like to have an alert triggered. I moved the range to the south a bit after getting some false-positives while driving by Longfellow Market on Lake Street.

IFTTT Map

Then set the message you’d like to receive:

IFTTT Message

The messages automatically pop up on my phone and watch when I enter that area:

IFTTT on Pebble Watch

What this doesn’t do is remind me to put the bags back in the car after bringing groceries home. That’s another step.

Another IFTTT recipe I like using is to adjust my phone’s volume to vibrate mode when I arrive home. This could be done based on a geocode, like the example above, but it can also be triggered based on the name of the WiFi network I attach to.

Small things like this make my days slightly smoother.