Make a List and Check it Twice – on your iPhone
As I write this, there’s just more than a month till the most wonderful (and stressful) time of the year. If you’re hosting the holiday festivities this year, there’s a lot to cross off your list these next few weeks.
Internet marketing companies are constantly recommending ways to get (and stay) organized. While now might not be the most feasible time to implement a new life plan, you can put the tools you already use on a daily basis to good use.
And what tool is more useful than your beloved iPhone. Yes, folks, it’s more than a tool to update your Facebook, look at WebpageFX SEO packages, and play Words With Friends. This Christmas season use it to stay on top of household chores, holiday shopping, budgeting, and even cooking.
A Clean House is a Happy House
You have weeks until your in-laws make themselves at home in your guest room, but there’s lots of laundry, dusting and de-cluttering to be done before then.
Stay on top of your everyday cleaning and use the extra time in your schedule to deck the halls with an easy scheduling app like Clean Freak Cleaning Schedule. Or get the kids involved with the interactive Chore Helper app.
Shop Till you Drop
The iPhone offers a variety of apps to help you get organized in the gift-giving department. If you want to plan your Black Friday shopping trip down to the last minute, browse deals early with the TGI Black Friday app. If you’re suffering from Christmas gift overload, track everyone on your list with the Better Christmas List app, which offers checklists to let you see what’s been bought, wrapped and shipped at a glance.
If you’re looking for an easy way to price compare, check out ShopSavvy, which has a barcode scanner and shows prices for other stores as well as online retailers. The Decide app is a great comparing app for those tech-savvy Santas looking to find out if they’re really getting the best deal on that big-screen TV.
A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
It’s easy to throw inhibitions to the wind around Christmastime, but just because you’re caught up in the giving spirit doesn’t mean you have to blow through your budget. While it’s hard to make time to sit down with spreadsheets and complicated software when there are gingerbread houses to make and gifts to wrap, a simple budgeting app can keep you on task. Simple Budget does just that, tracking daily spending within a target goal that you set in advance.
Be a Whiz in the Kitchen
If this is your first holiday cooking rodeo, you might have a few questions – or a lot of questions. Rather than calling mom every few minutes while she’s trying to navigate over the river and through the woods, download a handy app to guide you step-by-step through the entire cooking process. Epicurious has a bunch of holiday sections available, including vegetarian recipes, holiday cocktails and, everyone’s favorite ... desserts.