Ten Great Apps for Busy Moms
From balancing the budget to bringing home the bacon, these 10 apps are the best for busy moms.
It’s all about finding a little extra time in the day. When the bills are paid, the groceries are put away, and tomorrow’s schedule is set, you can relax. Make some downtime in real time. These top apps for parents can bring a little clarity to these busy days, so there’s more time to relax—and enjoy the moment.
Sync everybody’s busy schedule
When you need to coordinate with others to get the kids where they need to go, there’s potential for some major mix-ups. With the Cozi app, you can sync calendars and schedules, create lists and essentially keep everyone on the same page to avoid those catastrophic confusions.
For newer moms, Baby ESP will keep your nappy-wearing bundles of joy on schedule. Track meals, naps, diaper changes, bottles, baths and more across multiple devices. Create a schedule, sync it with Dad, the grandparents or the babysitter, see stats and use the growth journal to track your baby’s progress.
With older kids, they’re getting used to having a little more freedom, and you’re still getting used to that idea. Verizon Family Locator displays the kids’ whereabouts at any time on an aerial map, delivers arrival and departure updates from predetermined locations and has an integrated messaging capability so you can easily text the kids to remind them that curfew is rapidly approaching.
Create a quick grocery list
Picky eaters, food allergies, coupons and time constraints can make Mom’s meal-planning chore a tricky task. Enlist the help of Out of Milk to receive notifications of deals and savings available at your local grocery stores. Create shopping lists manually or with the built-in barcode scanner. Upload what you’ve got in stock in the pantry and create to-do lists to help manage your kitchen.
Grocery IQ is another app that also enables you to create shopping lists (which you can customize and segment by aisle) and scan item barcodes, but it also acts as a coupon clipper and organizer. You can save your favorites and sync and share lists with other devices (perhaps Mommy’s favorite feature).
Don’t have time to make a shopping list? Pick the dish, like Roasted Chicken and Garbanzo Beans, and Epicurious turns up the grocery list for you. Search by meal, dish type, occasion, dietary needs and more. Quick tip: Check out user reviews before you try it out.
Don’t have time to go to the store? Get it delivered to your door
The Amazon app turns up great deals on items like electronics, books, clothing and other retail merchandise, and now you can get the food shopping done as well. Shop for organic and brand name baby food, fresh flowers, coffee and wine. With this app, anything you can get in the store you can get delivered to your door.
ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner provides smart shoppers an easy way to find the best prices on the things you need. Simply scan a barcode, and the app will provide price drop alerts as well as locations to purchase the item, customer product reviews and the ability to add the item to a wish list.
A balanced budget
The Manilla app combines all of your accounts, including bank accounts, PayPal, subscriptions, travel rewards and bills. Then, the app consolidates the information. With bill-payment reminders, a calendar and the ability to create and share documents, it’s the perfect way to juggle all of your financial obligations and never miss a payment.
Verizon FamilyBase™ helps you track your family’s phone, text and data usage so there are no unpleasant surprises on your monthly bill. You can also set time restrictions and device usage on your children’s devices, so they can’t use their cell phones during school hours or late at night.
Be more productive and organized with these apps, and you’ll find yourself with more time, money and sanity to help you enjoy quality family time.