8 Apps that Will Save Your Family Time and Money
Managing family finances and dealing with other household chores and emergencies can sometimes seem as if you are juggling a thousand balls. It doesn’t matter how proficient you are, one of these days, one of those balls will fall down. If only you could get some help. Oh wait – you can! Modern day technology can simplify all of these duties and help you focus on things that really matter, such as spending time with your family. Here are the most useful apps that every family can rely on.
HomeBudget is a rather simple expense management software for households. This app has an easy-to-use dashboard, with categories such as groceries or utilities, but eventually you can manually enter your own categories, like baby supplies. The intuitive interface is color coded, which makes it easier to read. It also sets bill due dates. HomeBudget also allows you to connect several devices so that all family members that share costs may be involved.
You Need a Budget – YNAB ($5/month, $50/year)
Similar to HomeBudget, this app has a slightly different purpose. It collects your bank accounts, expenses and debts all in one place, so that you could make sense of your financial picture. Like the previously mentioned app, YNAB offers the possibility of synchronizing devices, permitting partners or spouses to have an insight into family costs.
Grocery IQ (Free)
An app with a more specific purpose than the previous two, Grocery IQ makes shopping much easier and saves you money. All you have to do is enter your shopping list in the app and it will alert you when sales or coupons are available for those items. Another useful feature is that, in some stores, it can organize your shopping by aisles. It’s like your own personal shopping assistant.
Garage sales are a great way to earn some extra cash and get rid of the clutter while you’re there. Still, they can take a lot of your time and aim to a small target audience. The VarageSale app can connect you with other people in the area buying and selling similar products, and presents a true little garage in your own phone.
Despite the popularity of DIY, there are some house repairs that require hiring professionals. However, finding home improvement contractors that you can trust and rely on is more difficult with each passing day. The Smith app helps you get quotes from numerous qualified contractors, see how much a certain project is going to cost, find a contractor and compare pricing.
Floor Plan Creator (Free)
Have you ever bought new furniture, and then realized that it doesn’t fit in very well with each other, or in the room? Well, Floor Plan Creator is here to prevent that. This app helps you design the perfect floor layout. You start with the raw space and then add walls, doors and furniture. When you enter the size of each object you get a scaled view of the space.
Home Improvement Calcs ($1.99)
Things like converting units and deciding on the amount of material needed for remodeling are usually engineer’s tasks. With Home Improvement Calcs you can get many similar useful tips, such as the proper length and pitch for roof rafters and how much concrete is needed to fill a posthole.
DIY Tip Genius (Free)
If you are a DIY enthusiast you are constantly looking for new projects and tips that will help you make something special for your family and, at the same time, save some money. Well, DIY Tip Genius can help you with that. The app features ideas and projects for family handymen around the globe, and it can really make a difference between a poorly done project and a success.
Modern times have placed many challenges in front of us, and managing a household is much more difficult than ever before. The lack of time and money are constant sources of stress, and there is no shame in admitting that you need help. All of these apps have one clear purpose: to make your life easier.