Want a simplified life? There's an app for that

For a more organized, efficient way of living, say sayonara to stress and download these incredible apps today. Photo: Ed Yourdon

HARRISBURG, Pa., December 19, 2013 – With the hectic pace of modern everyday life, a lot of people find themselves wishing they could get everything done with a snap of the fingers, or that a genie would magically appear and take on their to-do list for them.

Apps won’t be either of those, but they can still be an effective way to manage everyday life and save precious time. Yes, that’s right. In addition to all the other apps available for entertainment, fitness and others, now there are apps users can download to make life a little less stressful and much more manageable. Some of the best ones available include:

  • SavingStar
    This electronic coupon app provides coupons for things users want and need such as laundry detergent, paper towels, bathroom cleaner and the like at local grocery stores. When checking out, the user pays the undiscounted price, but the savings generated from coupons are added up within the app. Upon reaching $5, the user can put the money into his or her bank account, use it to redeem a gift card for Amazon or make a donation to a favorite charity. Consider this app to be the updated version of the piggy bank for this generation. SavingStar is compatible with Android and Apple devices.
  • Key Ring
    People who have wallets jam-packed with reward cards linked to a billion different stores will appreciate the simple organization this device provides. Now, all those rewards cards can be stored and scanned in one app. Even gym memberships can go on Key Ring, too. With all that Key Ring can do, what’s not to love? Key ring is compatible with Windows, Blackberry, Android and Apple devices.
  • Ziplist
    Calling all foodies and recipe junkies: the Ziplist app is here to make shopping for ingredients easier than ever before. The app has a database with more than 300,000 recpies from well-known sites such as Food.com and Martha Stewart, and allows users to instantly add ingredients from those recipes to their electronic shopping list. It can even be emailed to spouses, children or whoever is doing the grocery shopping. Ziplist is compatible with Android and Apple devices.
  • RedLaser
    This app is every bargain hunter’s dream. All users have to do is scan the barcode of an item at a store, and they can instantly see the price that other retailers are charging for it. But RedLaser does more than just compare prices. It also allows users to stay fit and trim, displaying the nutritional data of various foods. For bookworms who love to read and are wondering which library has that certain book they’ve been eyeing lately, this app can even answer that question, too. RedLaser is compatible with Windows, Apple and Android devices.
  • Evernote
    Ever feel overwhelmed with all the paperwork and notes lying around? No need to fear — Evernote is here along with its incredible organizational capabilities. Users can enter their to-do lists, and checkboxes will appear beside items so they can be crossed off as they’re completed. When it comes to what this app can do, the sky’s the limit. Entire documents can be scanned in, and videos and pictures can be inserted into notes. Users can also instantly sync their notes, linking them from Smartphone to computer so that everything is stored securely and easily online. Evernote is compatible with Windows, Blackberry, Android and Apple devices.

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  • Remember the Milk
    For the ultimate in to-do lists, download Remember the Milk. This app allows users to organize the items on their agenda by date, level of importance and the nature of the task, whether it’s work-related or something involving home or the kids. If urgent deadlines are approaching, users can even set reminders with text messages and emails. As if that weren’t enough, this app also merges with Siri on iPhones and Google Calendar. Remember the Milk is compatible with Blackberry, Android and Apple devices.  

For a more organized, efficient way of living, say sayonara to stress and download these incredible apps today. With all of this power and potential fitting right in the palm of one’s hand, the Smartphone may not be a genie in a bottle, but it comes pretty darn close. 


Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon

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Katie Elizabeth

Katie Elizabeth is a freelance blogger, content coordinator and communications grad student. She’s always on the lookout for the latest and greatest social media and tech tactics and thinking about the creative ways in which professionals can actually USE them. 

She’s worked in several different industries, including real estate, sustainability and career development. When she’s not writing or studying, she’s probably on her way to a concert or exploring flea markets and antique stores.


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