Best apps for moms of 2011
Every busy mom needs a little help now and again. These cool apps will help you organize your life, save a little money and much more. Check out some of our favorite apps for moms for 2011.
Get organized and stay organized with the free Cozi app for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Cozi helps parents (and everyone else) to organize your calendar, create shopping lists, leave reminders to yourself, plan meals, manage your to-do list and much more. Plus, you can jot in the family journal to record all your family milestones, triumphs and celebrations. Visit Cozi.com to learn more about this free app.
The ShopSavvy 5 app is like having your own personal shopping assistant. You can find out about new sales, make sure you are getting the best deals, set up price alerts and create wish lists. Simply use the camera on your smartphone to scan barcodes at stores and let the app do your comparison shopping -- on the web and at local brick-and-mortar stores -- before you buy. After scanning, you can also tap on the blue buttons, review your order and slide to pay. It's perfect for buying on the go. Visit ShopSavvy.mobi to learn more about this app for iPhone, Android and Windows phones.
We all know how much you can save by couponing. But who has the time for all that searching, clipping and organizing? Save time and hassle by downloading the free Coupon Sherpa app. Most stores are willing to scan coupons directly from your phone (or at least type in the numbers from it). This app also uses your location to search nearby retailers and create a list of stores offering coupons and discounts. Visit CouponSherpa.com to download the mobile coupon app for Apple and Android devices.
If you aren't using Mint.com to manage your finances -- you should be. This free, streamlined, simple program allows you to set a budget, track your goals and do more with your money. Sign up takes less than five minutes and Mint automatically pulls all your financial information into one place. The Mint iPad, iPhone and Android apps allow you to manage your personal finances on-the-go in real time. You can check your accounts, track budgets and even edit info right in the apps. Visit Mint.com for more information.
MomMaps is a free app for both iPhone and Android that allows you to find nearby kid-friendly spots including parks, restaurants, playgrounds, museums and more. After the spots appear on the map, you just tap for the address, directions, reviews by parents and other pertinent information. So far, over 28,000 locations are supported. Check out MomMaps.com for more details.
We also love a number of other apps, including the Bank of Mom app for managing kids' allowance and other money, the Diet & Food Tracker from SparkPeople, and of course, the Angry Birds app -- to entertain your kids and yourself.