Top 10 Smartphone Apps We Love

Have you ever wondered what types of apps professional organizers use on their smart phones? Recently the Living Peace crew shared their favorite apps. We hope you will benefit from this list, gaining more time and having less stress. These are not in any significant order.

1. Grocery iQ (Free – iPhone, iPad, Android)
What makes this app great is that it allows multiple people to add to the same shopping list, you can keep track of favorite products you frequently buy and order your list by the aisle it is located in, and you can take a picture of the barcode of an item you just ran out of and it will instantly add the info to your shopping list.

2. CardStar (Free – iPhone, iPad, Android) Tired of carrying all of those loyalty cards either in your wallet or on your keychain? Use CardStar to consolidate all of your cards. All you have to do is take a picture of the barcode on your card and it will save it on your phone for easy access when you get to the register. This includes your library card!

3. Tripit (Free – iPhone, iPad, Tablet, Android)Have you ever traveled for business or on a vacation and wondered what time was your connection, what did I do with the map to my hotel, or did I bring the confirmation number for my rental car? Travel with a peaceful mind with Tripit. All you do is email any confirmation pages to Tripit and it will automatically put your itinerary in order and provide maps between locations. You can also personalize your itinerary by adding attractions or other places you need to make a stop at. If you pay for the pro version, you can get up to date information on flight statuses. 

4. Packing Pro ($2.99 – iPhone and iPad)Wouldn’t it be nice to arrive at your destination with everything you needed? Packing Pro lets you save multiple packing lists such as one for business and one for family vacations. Unfortunately they haven’t made the app compatible for Android. There are packing lists apps available for Android but they pale in comparison to the capabilities of Packing Pro.

5. Realtor.com (Free – iPhone, iPad, Tablet, Android)In the market for a new abode? One of our crew recently looked for a new home and loved the Realtor.com app for finding the lasted selection of homes on the market.

6. Mint (Free – iPhone, iPad, Tablet, Android)Trying to be smarter about your spending? If you fell in love with using Mint on your home computer, then it is time to download the app so you can keep track of expenses on the road. This app comes in real handy when you see those expensive (fill in the blank) and need a little reminder about the exotic vacation you are saving up for.

7. Evernote (Free – iPhone, iPad, Tablet, Android)If you have not discovered the power of Evernote, then this app may just make you a convert. Think about keeping track of a home renovation and all of its details. In Evernote, you can create to-do lists, keep track of scanned receipts, and even take pictures of cute items you want to include in your new space. Everything is searchable by text so you don’t have to worry about “filing” the notes in the right area.

8. ICE: In Case of Emergency ($3.99 – Android)This app by Appventive allows anyone to access your emergency contacts (even through a lock screen) in the event of a medical emergency. It also lists insurance, current meds, and any medical conditions. Although it is recommended that you have this information in paper form in your car and purse, it is nice to have one more place for this info to be found.

9. GasBuddy (Free – iPhone, iPad, Tablet, Android)We all like to save a few cents on gas and we probably have a favorite station we like to visit. But what do you do when you are out and about? GasBuddy lets you search your location for the cheapest gas nearest you.

10. LastPass (Must subscribe to LastPass premium – $12 per year – iPhone, iPad, Tablet, Android, Kindle, etc.)If you haven’t checked out LastPass, then you have either been wasting too much time trying to remember your passwords or you are putting yourself at risk by using the same password across multiple sites. LastPass will work across all platforms, generating safe passwords, saving your login info, and automatically filling in the username and password when you need it. Afraid of losing your phone and having this app on it? Don’t worry, you need a password to get into the app.

Other apps you might want to check out: eWallet and TeleNav

If we missed any favorite apps that you love and that help keep your life together, please leave a comment below and share it with us.

About Gabriela Burgman

Gabriela's mission is to empower her clients with the tools and motivation they need to get and stay organized. Prior to becoming a Professional Organizer, Gabriela worked in a photograph archive as well as several university archives, assisting offices, administrators, and retiring academics to sort through their files for preservation or disposal. She became a professional organizer in 2007 working as an independent consultant before joining Living Peace. When Gabriela is not learning new ways to organize photos or paper both physically and electronically, she is spending time on what matters most to her: visiting with family and friends, reading a good mystery book, or cooking a tasty meal.

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