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8 Smartphone Apps to Keep Caregivers Organized

Whether you work outside the home or you’re a full-time caregiver, you probably wear several other hats: nurse, sitter, chef, bookkeeper, driver, and administrative assistant. Keeping track of it all and getting it all done requires a to-do list of epic proportions, and even the most organized person can occasionally tip into a state of caregiver chaos. Fortunately, a number of smartphone apps are available to help people get and stay organized. Here are our favorites for menu planning, tracking finances, and organizing your and your family’s lives:

Calendars and To-Do Lists

Cozi is a shared online organizer and mobile app. It helps manage the family schedule, organize shopping and to-do lists, plan meals, and set reminders. Multiple users can access it to see schedules, jot notes, or enter appointments and reminders. It allows users to assign tasks to others and send reminders, and it will text or email to-do lists or weekly agendas.

Compatible with: iPhone, Android, Blackberry.

Price: Free.

Evernote is an easy-to-use app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. The app lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders—and it makes these notes completely searchable, so your obligations never slip through the cracks.

Compatible with: iPhone, Android, Blackberry.

Price: Free.

Finances

Expensify helps you manage your stream of expenses. It lets you sync with credit cards and bank accounts to track purchases as they happen, and it incorporates eReceipts (digital copies of the paper receipts) and scans receipts and will pull out the merchant, date, and amount of the transaction. It can also be used to track mileage. In short, you can get a completely documented view of all spending.

Compatible with: iPhone, Android, Blackberry.

Price: Free.

Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. You can set a budget, track financial goals, and target where you spend your money. The easy interface allows users to see what’s happening with all accounts—checking, savings, investments, retirement—at any time of day.

Compatible with: iPhone, Android.

Price: Free.

You Need a Budget helps to keep track of expenses. Rather than tracking where and how you spend after the fact, YNAB is the electronic equivalent of putting cash in envelopes. When you get paid (or receive money), you allocate funds for the expenses you need to cover until you next get paid. YNAB can sync with your accounts to import transactions so you’re always up-to-date.

Compatible with: iPhone, Android.

Price: Free 34-day trial.

Meal Planning

Never run out of groceries again! Out of Milk helps you create an intuitive shopping list, to-do list, and/or pantry list. It features a barcode scanner and the ability to specify price and quantity, and input coupons and notes. The app lets you sync lists on a full-featured companion website, and to search for lowest prices at stores you specify. You can also share lists with other users.

Compatible with: iPhone, Android.

Price: Free.

Menu Planner allows users to store favorite recipes, create shopping lists and meal plans, and keep pantry shelves stocked. You can also import recipes from websites and set item prices per store for comparison shopping and estimating total bill.

Compatible with: iPhone.

Price: $2.99.

MealBoard Meal and Grocery Planner helps organize meals by day of the week and meal type. You can enter recipe ingredient lists and plan meals using those items; the planner displays up to two weeks’ worth of meals at a time. Meal plans can be synced with the grocery list, and the app will pull all the ingredients for a recipe and add it into the grocery list.

Compatible with: iPhone.

Price: $2.99.

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