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Double-duty apps for managing home and office

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

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Managing a home or an office are tough enough tasks on their own, but trying to do both at once can leave you pulling out your hair in frustration. Today’s smartphones and the apps that go with them make things easier, but it’s easy to go into app overload when you have apps for home and apps for work. Instead, use these double-duty apps that work to help you manage both home and office, all in one smart little package.

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Managing a home or an office are tough enough tasks on their own, but trying to do both at once can leave you pulling out your hair in frustration. Today’s smartphones and the apps that go with them make things easier, but it’s easy to go into app overload when you have apps for home and apps for work. Instead, use these double-duty apps that work to help you manage both home and office, all in one smart little package.

CoziCozi

“Honey, are we doing anything next Saturday?”

You’ll never hear that question again if you download Cozi. Cozi is a calendar, shopping lists and to-do lists, all kept online and all accessible to your whole family. It works on the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and the web. All you do to set up Cozi is enter each member of your family and assign everyone a color. Every member of your family downloads the app onto their devices and you’re ready to go. You all log into the same account and everyone sees the same info, from the moment that it’s entered. Enter appointments for work, sports, dance recitals, doctor’s appointments and date night -- if everyone’s using the same calendar, there’s no getting your wires crossed! The shopping lists and to-do lists are especially handy; you can put chores on your daughter’s to-do list while you’re at work and your hubby can add items to your shopping list while you’re still at the store. Best off all, this app is free, so it’s as friendly to your wallet as it is to your schedule!

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evernoteEvernote

If you’re a habitual note writer, Evernote is for you. This simple app lets you ditch your drawer full of notecards and keep everything you need to remember in one place. Photos, audio notes, texts, recordings, emails, ideas, recipes and much, much more are quickly entered into Evernote, where they're categorized and filed away for you. Search by keyword, text and even handwritten text inside scanned images when you need to find something. It’ll even sync everything to your computer, so you’ve everything you need, anywhere you might need it, for free.

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MintMint

There’s nothing simple about money management, but Mint makes it as easy as it can possibly be. You’ve got a savings account and a checking account and one bank, and all of your business accounts at a different bank across town, not to mention all the credit cards and loans you’ve got with different lenders. Trying to keep it straight is enough to make your head spin. Mint is a free and secure way to keep it all in one place and view it all at the same time. With just one glance at the screen, you’ll know how much money you really have and where it’s all going. Use Mint on the web or on an iPhone, iPad or Android.

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DatavaultDataVault

You probably have enough passwords, account numbers, logins and other confidential information stored in your brain to make your head explode. Take a little bit of that load off of yourself with DataVault, a secure place to store all of that info. For just $10, you get access to the mobile app and website, both of which are completely customizable to your needs. Create separate lists for business and personal information and sync all of your devices so you’ll have the info everywhere you go. Keep info about credit cards and bank accounts, logins and passwords for websites, membership information, gate and alarm codes and any other information you want to keep away from prying eyes. You can even create a section for storing personal info like social security numbers and medical information. The app offers various security options, so you can make the security as advanced or basic as you like.

TEch Tip

Don't pay for an app without spending some time reading reviews. Other users are the best way to learn if an app is worth the money.

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