I love apps. They give me the power to rule my world from the palm of my hand – all from the comfort of my sectional sofa. No more being in the car all day, going from one place to the other, handling all of the errands necessary to run my seven-person household. Here are the 12 apps every mom should have to make handling errands less stressful.
- Grocery App: Having a grocery app is a must, whether you shop in-store, schedule for a pick-up, or need your goods delivered to your door, it is a true time-saver. I’ve used quite a few grocery delivery services and they have all provided me with the luxury of shopping while staring at the pantry or the fridge so I’m getting exactly what we need and saving money by not aimlessly wandering those tempting aisles.
- Banking App: Before moving down south, I almost forgot drive-thru banking existed after living for years right outside of DC with no car. It was great to handle all of my banking from my car, that is until I had my daughter who hated being in the car. To avoid all the screaming and drama, I started relying more on my banking app and eventually stopped needing to go to the bank altogether except for when I need cash. I can check my balances, transfer funds, deposit checks, and pay bills using online banking without having to leave the house.
- GPS App: I get lost, a lot. I also have a bunch of kids who have a bunch of activities and, again, I get lost – A LOT. Having a GPS app helps me not only get to where I need to be without going in the wrong direction, it also lets me know how the traffic is, alerts me to any police lingering around, tells me I’m driving over the speed limit (because who really pays attention to the speedometer in Nashville?), and helps me plan the best time to leave the house based on traffic. The one I love most is Waze, which is basically a social media app for drivers.
- Restaurant Food Delivery App: For those nights when picking up something seems like an epic task, restaurant delivery is always a great option. Whether it’s UberEats, DoorDash, Grubhub, or Postmates, I always love it when dinner is delivered because all I have to do is set it in the kitchen island and let the kids have at it. Best meal planning ever.
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- Starbucks App: Starbucks may not be for everyone, but it is a requirement for me. From a frappuccino treat on a hot summer day to hot cocoa with the kids when it’s chilly outside, Starbucks always comes through in the clutch. And the ability to use the app to order ahead makes things even easier. If I see the line is too long, I will order from my phone and pick up before anyone else. I also love getting rewards because free stuff is the BEST.
- Calendar App: I keep everything on our family calendar app. We all have iPhones (the kids have older models we no longer use), so having everything on one calendar helps keep everyone in the know on activities and events, including kid practices and date nights for me and the hubs. Syncing my work calendar to my phone lets me schedule doctor appointments with ease because I know I’m not scheduling over an important meeting or during one of my busy days, which I did numerous times before finally using my calendar app. While my family uses the Apple Calendar, Google Calendar can accomplish the same thing for those who aren’t addicted to Apple (like yours truly).
- Email App: I always make sure to have my email on hand for work and for personal purposes. I feel better knowing if an important email has come through that I am able to handle it from wherever I am because I was able to catch the email on my phone.
- Scanning App: You would be amazed at how much you can use a scanning app for, especially when you are on the run and need to send the hard copy of something quickly, like an electronic copy of an immunization record while waiting to see the doctor or the business card of someone you just met. It also helps with snapping copies of printed pictures and has much better quality and editing options than if you had taken a pic of the picture. The one I use on a regular is OfficeLens.
- Music App: For me music is everything. When I’m in the car taking the little one to school and she is begging to listen to Trolls I can easily pull it up on my phone. I also love to keep my favorite ratchet material on hand as a saved playlist for times when I’m riding by myself. There are plenty of services out there for you to choose from like Apple Music (we have the family plan so all of us can use it), Spotify, and Tidal, but no matter what service best suits your needs, all of them will help keep you jamming.
- Meditation App: I use my meditation app mainly for the sleep stories, but there are so many other functions I can guarantee you will find something for you. Taking time for yourself is hugely important, and there are so many ways you can use these apps to find some. I use the Calm app and there are daily meditations, soothing playlists, and nature’s own soundtrack to choose from as well as a self-check feature.
- Document Storage App: I keep all of the most important documents on our own cloud for easy access when I am out and about. Birth certificates, tax forms, and even pictures are in my hand and at my disposal. This is especially helpful when I am troubleshooting an issue in person and I’m told to email certain documents. I’m able to send it to the person I am speaking to from my document storage app by way of my email app. For business, all of my clients rely on Google Drive so I make sure to have that app handy. All of our personal documents are shared via the family iCloud.
- Podcast App: Podcasts to me are like when MTV hit our TVs and blew radio out of the water (yep, showing my age here). I no longer have to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch The Breakfast Club and I can listen to Lip Service while cleaning up the bathroom. It helps me feel more connected to the world around me, even when I’ve been in the house for a while.
Bonus, Audiobook App: For a long time I resisted downloading an audiobook app because I love the feel and experience that comes with reading a book. It reminds me of when I would get treated with a trip to the bookstore where I could buy whatever I wanted. Real-life, however, keeps me from being able to read as I want at times so I finally bit the bullet and bought an audiobook. And then another. And then another. Best decision I ever made.