Best Before

Best Before


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Best Before is designed to save you food and money.

An average family of four currently tosses out an estimated $590(£373) of wasted food per year! (UA Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology). Not only that, it has serious environmental implications too!

Best Before is an application designed to track when your food goes off and to alert you before this happens so you can use it before it's too late. Using your smartphone's camera it is possible to scan the barcode of a product and add it to a list of food you have. Keep track of what's in your fridge, cupboard or anywhere else!

# Automatic food name discovery
# Automatic food expiration discovery
# Calculates the average number of days before the item will expire.
# Customise what time to be alerted.
# Customise how many days before the food expires to be alerted.
# Customisable automatic expired food removal if a certain amount of days expired.
# Turn off notifications globally or per item

I designed this application as I am a student and have very little money to waste. I hope it can save you money too, as well as helping to save the environment.

If you have any feature requests, comments or queries please do not hesitate to contact me!

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Recently changed in this version

Updated design towards the Material design specification, more to come!
Updated backend to lookup barcode in more sources. Barcode resolution should be better.
Updated barcode lookup code, lookups should be faster now.
Added swipe to delete to the home screen.
New icon.
Added this changelog.
Many more code optimisations for coming features.

Comments and ratings for Best Before
  • (59 stars)

    by Natalia Zarate on 09/05/2015

    It does what it says, but it would be great if I could filter by categories.

  • (59 stars)

    by Darcy Shepherd on 07/02/2015

    We use this app every day to track things in the frig and in the freezer. My one HUGE request is I wish it could sync between devices. Sometimes someone's at the the store alone and doesn't know what might be needed to go with what's in the freezer or frig ... PLEASE add the ability to sync! Please please please!

  • (59 stars)

    by Summer Spring on 06/09/2014

    It reads the barcode fine then display N/A , why?

  • (59 stars)

    by Beau Johnson on 09/04/2014

    It works as a great tracker, but I'm lazy and don't want to type in the whole word.

  • (59 stars)

    by Ben Dixon on 21/01/2014

    This application has helped me keep track of my groceries. The implementation of the barcode scanner makes this the best app of its type! Check it out!

  • (59 stars)

    by James Johnson on 29/08/2013

    Great product keep it up.

  • (59 stars)

    by John P Coates on 16/07/2013

    ... doesn't work because, here in the UK, most barcodes on products are not identified. So, it's necessary to manually enter product information. Pen and paper is quicker - and free!

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