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6 Apps to Download for a Smarter, Smoother Home

When it comes to keeping your home running smoothly, there’s an app for that. Or several, really! Here are a few favorites that I use on a regular basis for everything from booking a handyman to saving money at the grocery store.

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HomeRoutines

HomeRoutines allows you to upload a to-do list with everything that needs to be done around the home. Stay on top of household tasks by creating alarms to remind you that a chore needs be completed. It’s also great for delegating tasks if you have roommates or a partner who needs that extra nudge to clean the bathroom.

iPhone

 

Mint

Mint allows you to easily and securely pay bills and organize your personal finances. Your checking account, savings account, and credit cards are all synced in one place and displayed in a way that is easy to understand. You can also set low-balance alerts.

Android // iPhone

 

Grocery IQ

Grocery IQ allows you to create a grocery list and saves you money at the same time. For ease and speed, you can also add items to your grocery list by scanning bar codes. Produced by coupons.com, it displays coupons that are available at many local grocery stores and gives you access to them through the app.

Android // iPhone

 

BigOven

Big Oven offers access to more than 200,000 recipes, with an emphasis on fast and easy-to-cook meals. You can create a meal plan by adding recipes to a calendar and also scan in written recipes. For $15 per year, you can upgrade the app and it will automatically generate a grocery list based on the recipes you select.

Android // iPhone

 

TaskRabbit

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done. TaskRabbit makes it easy to hire an extra set of hands to do everything from yard work to picking up your dry cleaning. It’s the next best thing to actually having a personal assistant! For your security, TaskRabbit workers are all prequalified and background-checked.

Android // iPhone

 

Home Away From Home

These gadgets will keep an eye on your property and making sure things run smoothly, even when you're not there.

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About the Author

Kelly Egan

Kelly Egan is the founder of A Side of Sweet, a life and style blog where she shares recipes, DIYs, travel stories, and tips for finding balance in a busy world. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Pat, and their dog, Maddie. When she isn't cooking up her latest recipe in the kitchen of their 100-year-old home, she can be found hiking, running, and working as a pediatrician.

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