Essential iPhone Apps for Busy Moms

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Essential iPhone Apps for Busy Moms
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As a mom, you have a lot to do between taking care of your family, yourself and your career -- and it sometimes feels like you have an ever-shrinking window of time in which to get it all done. These must-have iPhone apps are designed to make your life easier by streamlining everyday tasks like meal planning, shopping and paying bills, giving you more time to spend on the moments that really matter.

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner (Free)
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Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner (Free)

Looking for a pasta-based side dish that can be fixed in your slow cooker or a chicken dinner that can be completed in 20 minutes or less? Dinner Spinner is the app for you. Shake the app to randomly select meals or tap an option in each category row -- dish type, main ingredient and time variable -- for more precise results. Recipes include user ratings and nutritional information to make your decision even easier, and if you have an Allrecipes account, you can add the ingredients to your shopping list with a quick tap.

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner

RedLaser (Free)
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RedLaser (Free)

When you're shopping with kids in tow, you don't have the time or energy to run all over town looking for the best deals. RedLaser's bar code scanner and search function allow you to instantly price-check items against both local and online stores to make sure you're not overpaying. For online shoppers, the Deals section of the app lists current sales and coupon codes for hundreds of major online retailers, including ToysRUs.com.

RedLaser

Pageonce -- Money & Bills (Free)
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Pageonce -- Money & Bills (Free)

Keep your finances in order with Pageonce Money & Bills. The app keeps track of due dates and notifies you when payments are due so you won't incur late fees. It also tracks cell phone usage, making it easier to avoid overage charges, and offers an all-at-once view of your current financial status with account balances, credit card debt and (for an optional fee) your credit score.

Pageonce – Money & Bills

eHow Spark (Free)
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eHow Spark (Free)

Set your imagination alight with eHow Spark, the app that puts the creative power of the eHow community at your fingertips. Find inspiration for crafts, games and meals, complete with simple step-by-step instructions so you can create the projects, and clip your favorite ideas to save them for later. The app also makes it easy to upload your own Spark boards to share your creative ideas with others.

eHow Spark

Intuition: Mom's Assistant (Free)
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Intuition: Mom's Assistant (Free)

Intuition: Mom's Assistant is designed to be a virtual helper for the mom who does it all, with color-coded task lists that include calls, errands and groceries. You can tag your tasks with specific locations and receive notifications when you're nearby, and the built-in coupon finder comes in handy at the grocery store.

Intuition: Mom's Assistant

eHow (Free)
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eHow (Free)

For expert advice on everything from tax preparation to playdate ideas, eHow has the answer. The mobile version of the popular website gives you easy access to millions of articles that answer nearly any question you might have. The interface is simple and easy to navigate, with a search option on the navigation bar and the ability to browse by such categories as money, style, food and family. If you see an article you want to come back to later, just tap the heart icon to add it to your favorites.

eHow

Out to Eat With Kids (Free)
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Out to Eat With Kids (Free)

Dining out with kids can be an expensive and sometimes stressful adventure, especially if you're visiting a new city. Out to Eat With Kids solves the problem of figuring out where to eat by locating family-friendly restaurants near you. It also lists menu specials for kids, when available, and you can tap an address to open it in "Maps" for turn-by-turn directions.

Out to Eat With Kids

Fun Finder (Free)
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Fun Finder (Free)

Say goodbye to the rainy day blues with Fun Finder, an app that offers up plenty of ideas to stave off cries of "Mom, we're bored!" Select the appropriate age -- ranging from preschool to fifth grade -- from the first slider, and the type of activity you'd like to find from the bottom slider. You'll find crafts, games and educational activities in categories such as science, math, arts and crafts, reading, writing and games, and with the touch of a button you can add all the necessary supplies to your shopping list.

Fun Finder

Instant Playdates (Free)
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Instant Playdates (Free)

Instant Playdates makes scheduling play time a breeze. Just connect the app to Facebook and set up your playdate, and friends -- from a predefined list you selected when you set up the app -- will see the invite and be able to respond. You can also use the app to search for playdates your friends have arranged nearby.

Instant Playdates

Trekaroo (Free)
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Trekaroo (Free)

Traveling with kids is painless when you use Trekaroo to suss out child-friendly activities, hotels and restaurants along the way. Use your phone's GPS to locate places in your immediate vicinity or use the search function to check out a destination ahead of time. Listings are rated by other parents, so you can decide whether an activity or business is a good fit for your family.

Trekaroo

Grocery iQ (Free)
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Grocery iQ (Free)

A trip to the grocery store with little ones in tow isn't usually something to look forward to, but it can be made a little easier when you use Grocery iQ to streamline your shopping experience. This app organizes your grocery list by aisle, so you'll only have to make one trip around the store, and it's easy to add items by typing or speaking their names into the app. When coupons are available for an item on your list, you're automatically notified and given the option to print or email them.

Grocery iQ

FastCustomer (Free)
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FastCustomer (Free)

Busy moms don't have the luxury of spending half an hour on hold with the cable company, but sometimes those calls are unavoidable. The wait time to speak with a representative, however, is now totally avoidable, thanks to FastCustomer. Just select the company you want to call, choose the department you need to speak to, and let the app do the rest of the work for you. FastCustomer automatically handles the prompts and hold time until a representative picks up, then it rings your phone and connects you directly to the person on the other end -- no waiting necessary.

FastCustomer

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