Thursday, August 9, 2012

Totally Techie Thursday - Favorite Apps

Favorite Apps

Anyone who knows me, knows that techie stuff thrills me. I light up and ya can't shut me up when I get going on that kinda thing. Now I don't claim to be an IT person, I'm not able to "root" or anything that deep. I just like to know all of the in's and out's of the electronics that I buy. I like to research stuff to death and comparison shop before I buy. I'm a big fan of CNET

Today I thought I would share a couple of my favorite apps for Android. I'm guessing that a lot of these will have comparable apps for the i crowd as well. I'm always surprised how many smartphone users don't know of these easy to use time savers.

Key Ring - ya know all those little cards that you carry around on your key ring to get discounts at stores? Well, this free app. let's you scan each of those little cards right into your phone. You don't need to carry them around anymore, shuffling through them when you are at the check out to find the correct one - yahoo! Simply bring up the correct store on your phone, hold your phone up and the store clerk scans it, voila! Quite a few stores have their coupons come right up on the phone. Shoprite is set up so that all of their weekly store coupons are on the app. Simply check off the ones you want to use and when the clerk scans your phone each coupon will be deducted as that item is scanned. AC Moore and Michaels Reward Cards bring up the 40% off coupons right on your phone. You can even create a card for local places like your gym or library by typing your member number in and label accordingly and they work!
Out Of Milk - Awesome Shopping list. So simple, I have not had a paper list in my house in months. My phone is always near by, need mayo? Pick up my phone, open the app. touch microphone, say "mayo" DONE! Or you can type it in. I'll be bringing my phone to the grocery store anyway, so this way I always have my list with me. I scroll through my list as I shop, tap things I get, it crosses them off my list! It will let you edit, delete or move to your pantry list. Yes, there's a permanent pantry. My sister filled her pantry with all of her "staples" and drags and drops to her grocery list. I don't use mine. You can drag items around on your list too. For instance, put all of your dairy together. I separate mine by stores too. It also has a "to Do' List on this app. which I use to list all the places I need to stop on my errand day.
I would recommend buying the Pro Unlocker for $1.99. First you need to install the freebie, then upgrade to Pro Unlocker. With this you have more flexibility of arranging your shopping  lists. A favorite feature on the Pro is that you can share your list with other Pro users. Like your spouse. If he picks up milk and crosses it off of his list it is crossed off of yours automatically. Since my Bill has an old dinosaur phone I have never used this feature but people tell me it's great for busy families.

I hope that you enjoy these time saving apps. You can get them at  Google Play Store  There are a few others that I'm dying to share with you, but I really have to get back to my work  @Tink's I'll show you a couple of more of my favorites next Thursday. Have a great day!


  1. Good job Deb, I LOVE my key ring app! I'll have to check out the shopping list!

  2. Enjoyed reading about these, even though I don't have that kind of phone. Amazing stuff out there! I'll send this post to my daughter.