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Practical Magic: Great Smartphone Apps to Organize Your Everyday Life

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Apps, Guest article, Lifestyle, Social Media, Technology, Variety

Remember the days when you had to admit it if you were a disorganized person? Remember the days when you’d forget by the afternoon if you noticed milk was missing from the fridge that morning?

If you’re looking for ways to simplify the day, the answer may be as close as your smartphone or tablet. Technology is making it easier for us to stay organized and informed with an abundance of clever smartphone apps that help with all sorts of practical matters, from organizing your household to budgeting for a vacation.

USING APPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR HOME

If your family is constantly falling behind on chores or craving a new living room look, there are several apps that can help get your home into order – and even make the task a little bit fun.

BrightNest
Availability: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

BrightNest is a popular app that helps you make the most of living in your home. It provides articles, tips and tools for projects, including going green, around the house. You’ll never miss a maintenance update either with BrightNest – so say goodbye to those icky air filters.

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Remember the Milk
Availability: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

Your to-do list will never go unnoticed with this app. Users will enjoy how the application syncs with all your devices, which means you can check your list from home, work or on the road.

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MagicPlan
Availability: iOS and coming soon for Android
Price: Free

MagicPlan makes rearranging your floor plan as simple as snapping a photo. The application takes care of the rest, including measuring the room. You can then save the file using JPEG, PDF or DXF formats.

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MANAGING MONEY APPS

Budgeting for all of life’s expenses is never easy, especially when you’re also trying to save for taxes or a family vacation in addition to paying bills. Let these savvy financial apps show you how to manage your income, plus pay for something fun.

Mint
Availability: iOS and Android – Coming soon for Windows.
Price: Free

Mint streamlines all of your financial accounts – from regular checking to mortgages – and keeps up with your spending so you can see where, exactly, your money is going. Mint can also alert you if you’re going over your set budget, near your balance or near the time to pay a bill.

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The Coupons App
Availability: iOS and Android
Price: Free

Families who are watching their budgets are more likely to use coupons – but who wants to rifle through sections of the Sunday paper in order to find them? The Coupons App, one of the most popular of its kind, helps savvy shoppers find deals on everything from food to apparel.

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Kayak
Availability: iOS, Windows, Android
Price: Free

Planning a vacation can be daunting, but Kayak’s mobile application can make it easier (and cheaper) with numerous deals on flights, hotels, cars and vacation packages. Kayak will also alert you when prices drop, ensuring you get the best deal for your money.

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APPS FOR AROUND TOWN

If you need to know where the cheapest gasoline is, or you’ve gotten lost in a strange neighborhood, these apps can help you make the most of the city you live in.

Schemer
Availability: iOS and Android
Price: Free

Regularly stumped for what to do on a Saturday afternoon? Let Schemer suggest activities within your city. This application will select based on your interests and list concerts, events and other fun ways to make the most of your time. Then, you can save the ones you enjoyed best for later.

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GasBuddy
Availability: iOS, Windows, Android
Price: Free

Gas Buddy lets you search for the least expensive gas by zip code, city and state in the US and Canada. Available for free and updated in real time, it’s one of the most useful applications you can have on your phone. Plus, you can report the prices of other gas stations and help fellow drivers on the quest for cheap gas.

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 Around Me
Availability: iOS, Windows, Android
Price: Free

Around Me makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s an ATM, pharmacy, hair salon or coffee shop. This application is great when you’re just moving to a city, but locals will still find it useful when navigating a new neighborhood.

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Life can be stressful and overwhelming at times, but with the help of these applications, your family will enjoy smoother sailing – and probably have fun doing it, as well.

 

Jessica Johnson works for www.extraspace.com and contributes to the Extra Space Storage blog, exploring various aspects of organizing and storing possessions.

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