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December 23, 2015
Smartphone Apps to Keep Your Family Organized
Organize yourself and your family with these handy smartphone apps

In todayís hectic world, keeping yourself and your family organized can seem like a full-time job. Luckily, the surge in smartphone popularity has allowed developers to create useful apps to keep your family organized in a variety of ways. Check out some of these organization apps, and enjoy spending stress-free time with your loved ones.

Financial apps

One of the biggest headaches for many families is keeping their finances in order. Certain smartphone apps can help track your deposits, withdrawals and other financial obligations to make sure you are not overspending. recommends apps like Mint, Dashlane and Slice.

Mint is a free app available on iOS and Android that tracks expenses like gas, rent, food, car payments and bills.

Dashlane (free for iOS, Windows and Android) is like a virtual wallet, keeping track of debit and credit cards, and logging receipts on your phone.

Finally, Slice keeps track of online shopping purchases and can alert you as to when you can expect packages to arrive. Slice is also free and is available for iOS and Android users.

File sharing apps

If you have files and documents that need to be accessed by the entire family, a file sharing app is the way to go. recommends apps like Dropbox and Evernote to help you easily share documents and files among various family members.

Dropbox is one of the better-known file sharing apps. Itís available for Android and iOS users, and can be downloaded for free. You can drag and drop files into a shared folder in Dropbox and access it from any computer or smartphone with the app. The app comes with 2 GB of free storage.

Evernote allows you to create to-do lists, task lists and voice reminders, as well as save photos. Itís the perfect place to store recipes, budgets and seminar notes and to brainstorm ideas, and can be accessed from any number of devices. Evernote is free and is available on Android and iOS devices.

Productivity apps

If you have a child in school or college, try downloading a productivity app to keep them on track. Rasmussen College suggests checking out apps like iHomework and School Helper for your student to use in his or her daily life.

iHomework is a to-do list for schoolwork. In this app, you can organize course schedules, homework and appointments and view them easily. The app even sends notifications to let you know when an assignment is due, so you wonít have to worry about forgotten deadlines. The app is available for iOS users and costs $1.99.

School Helper is the ultimate app for the busy student. It manages all elements of your school, work and personal life and keeps track of things like exam times so you donít have to. This app is only available on Android and is free to download.

Travel apps

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, doing it with a family in tow can be a pain in the neck. Verizon Wireless lists a few apps that can help take the stress away from your travel plans, like TripIt.

The TripIt app is designed to keep your itinerary in one easy-to-reach place with minimal effort from you. When you receive confirmation emails for flights, hotels, car rental or restaurant reservations, forward them to TripIt and the app will organize everything into an itinerary accessible from your smartphone calendar. TripIt is free and available on Android and iOS devices.

Whether youíre a family of two or ten, you can surely benefit from some of the organizational apps available on the smartphone market. Just sit back, relax and let todayís modern technology help make your family life easier.

This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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