Have you ever asked your mechanic for a recommendation on which model car to buy or checked with your computer guru before downloading antivirus software? It makes sense to ask which products the professionals you know trust for their own use, and today I’m sharing my favorite tech-based life simplifiers.
Manilla (Web and Mobile)
Manage all your bills, magazine subscriptions, household accounts and even your favorite coupon accounts online with one simple user name and password. Manilla will also remind you when bills are due, so you can avoid wasting money on late fees and penalties, plus keep your credit score in tip-top shape. (iPhone, Android)
Carbonite.com (Web and Mobile)
Nothing makes you sleep better at night than knowing your data is backed up automatically. You just install Carbonite on your Mac or PC, tell it which folders to back up, and anytime something is added to a folder or changed within a folder, Carbonite backs it up. It single-handedly saved my bacon when my 4-month old laptop crashed. (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry)
Evernote (Web and Mobile)
This is my mental notebook! At first, it’s difficult to realize how much you can do with Evernote. Save web pages, links, images, create voice notes, snap photos from your webcam, upload images of receipts, business cards and more. Evernote also features seamless sync functions so your notes are always up to date on all your devices. (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile)
Mail 2 Web (Web and Mobile)
I love this one because even though I don’t use a web-based email client as a rule, I can still check my domain server email from any computer that isn’t mine, whether I’m at a hotel business center, a friend’s house or an Internet café. Mail2Web lets you sign into your own domain as long as you know your password. You can view, respond and delete from the free web interface as well. (The mobile app is $4.95 per month) Mail2Web offers real-time push email to all your devices, plus you can consolidate multiple email addresses into a single address too. (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm)
Send Out Cards (Web only)
When I first learned about SendOutCards.com I liked it so much I became a distributor. Whether you choose a distributorship or you’re a retail customer, Send Out Cards simplifies (and encourages) card sending. It’s ironic that technology killed the handwritten card and yet technology is bringing it back. Send Out Cards is a cloud-based, hard copy greeting card service that allows you to create a font out of your own handwriting, and send actual greeting and post cards directly from your computer to anyone in your SOC database. You can even create greeting cards from your own photographs. With Send Out Cards, I find that I send way more personalized cards in my own handwriting than ever before.
CouponMom.com (Web only)
I admit it, I’m not a big coupon shopper. But I LOVE getting a great deal, which makes CouponMom the perfect site for me. Sign up for free and when you log in, choose to view your grocery deals by state, then choose your store. You’ll get a list of everything that happens to be on sale at the moment, regardless of whether you have a coupon. That’s my favorite way to use the site, because it allows me check the box next to each item I want then print my list. I love logging into CouponMom.com just before I head to the store because I can plan my entire shopping trip around only items that are on sale right now. Unless I desperately need a specific item TODAY, I never pay retail and if I do happen to have a coupon for an item that’s on sale, I just consider that extra bonus savings.
Dropbox (Web and Mobile)
Dropbox makes it possible to easily and quickly view and transfer files between your own machines and devices, as well as with others who have access to your Dropbox folders. Just come back from a great vacation with friends? Forget emailing a hundred photos! Just set up a shared Dropbox folder and give your friends access to it. Then upload your photos, send them a link and they can go there and grab whatever photos they choose. (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and iPad)
Remember The Milk (Web and Mobile)
There are a zillion task list apps in the naked city and I’ve tried a few of them. Although I reserve the right to change my mind, so far, Remember The Milk is working well for me. Its interface is simple, intuitive, and lets me create custom lists and view my lists in various ways. I can see each list by name, or I can filter by due date, tags, or even by location according to what errand destinations I might be near at the moment. The free account limits the number of times you can sync your lists, while RTM Pro ($25 per year) gives you automatic sync. (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry)
ZipList (Web and Mobile)
This handy app for grocery shopping is great for keeping a running grocery list that’s always with you. It’s pretty robust, allowing you to input cost data but my favorite feature is the ease and the recipes feature. You can search for a recipe while you’re at the store and it will automatically add the ingredients to your list! ZipList makes it quick and easy to “jot” something when you’re on the go or anytime you think of it, plus it’s all in one place, sorted by category. No more tracking thirteen sticky notes around to find your complete shopping list. Another great feature of ZipList is the ability to create separate lists for your favorite stores. For example, you can keep a list for Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Office Max, and any other places you frequent and only view products you need from a particular store. (iPhone, iPad, Android)
What are your favorite web and mobile apps that keep you organized?