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Part 1: Must Have Apps Busy Moms Can’t Live Without

Part 1 – Must have apps this busy mom can’t live without!

Like you, I’m crazy busy! I work full time, have three teenagers (ages 13, 14, and 15) who can’t drive yet, and my fiancé travels a lot for work! I’m always looking for ways to make my life more convenient. Here are the top three apps I use all the time and can’t imagine living life without them.

#3  Starbucks Mobile

When I discovered this app, I almost cried. I love Starbucks coffee. Now, I don’t get the frappe, latte, mocha, locomotion with these pumps, and specialty syrups. I just want a hot cup of coffee. If you are a lover of Starbucks, you know the lines can be ridiculous. And if I haven’t had my coffee and I’m forced to listen to people order one drink with 15 steps to it, I literally want to run them over with my car or stab them with a plastic fork (yes, I’m violent before my coffee). So, Starbucks, these genius coffee folks, created an app where you can order, pick the store you want, pay for it, and, drum roll please, you go inside and your order is sitting there waiting for you. You just grab it and leave! That’s it.

What’s so great about it?

  • NO LINES! (In case you didn’t see my comment above.)
  • Gift cards can be purchased and emailed directly to the recipient. This is awesome when I have a birthday, thank you, anniversary, etc., that I completely spaced.
  • You earn reward stars with every purchase (two stars for every $1 spent). Once you receive 125 stars, you get a free item. This is usually when I will order one of those $7, 15-step drinks because they have no cap on the free purchase.

What’s not so great about it?

  • You need to make sure you picked the correct store. This isn’t Starbucks’ fault, but it can be a little confusing at first. It’s a major bummer when you get to a store and your order is nowhere to be found. I have done this twice, and both times the people at the “wrong” store still make my coffee and gave it to me since I paid for it on the app.
  • It will estimate the time it will take to make your item and ask if you are really sure you want to go ahead and place your order. Unless you are an hour away, go ahead and do it. Most stores are still crazy busy, so to ensure your purchase is there when you arrive, order early.
  • Now that it’s so easy and convenient for me to get my coffee, I spend way more money. Good for Starbucks! Not great for my checkbook.

#2  Kroger ClickList

This app will do your grocery shopping for you. You place your order online, park in a designated parking spot, call them and they literally bring your groceries to your cart and put them in your car. Can I get an AMEN?

What’s so great about it?

  • No lines, no people, no getting yourself or your kids out of your car.
  • You can get everything from produce, bakery/deli items, to bouquets of flowers.
  • You can also download coupons from the app and it will automatically run when you place your order.

What’s not so great about it?

  • It’s not available at all Kroger stores, so check before you get too excited.
  • Sometimes your order isn’t ready during your allotted time which forces you to wait. Every time this has happened, they have given me a $25 credit to my bill.
  • They don’t always understand your notes like “green bananas” and you come home with yellow bananas.
  • You can’t get wine or beer on ClickList.

#1  Life 360

My kids call this app “the stalker app,” but I tell them as long as they are living in my house and I’m paying for their phone, they will have this app. You create your circle (which is family for me) and you are able to see exactly where they are. This app also has features you can purchase that include crash detection/emergency response and driving analysis. 

What’s so great about it?

  • Peace of mind. I know I can check on their location at any time.  I can also set it up to notify me when they arrive home, school, etc.
  • The basic app is free. Upgrades include driving analysis and more detailed info. 
  • You can view local crime and registered sex offenders at any location.

What’s not so great about it?

  • You can quickly become a stalker. I really try not to watch every move my kids make every waking minute.  But, it can be very tempting, especially if you know they are out with friends. I personally will check in to make sure they arrive and then I will follow-up with a text.
  • You will get attitude. Teens like their freedom and they don’t want to feel like they are being babied or watched 24/7. We had a family discussion around this app so the kids understood why we were going to do this.

That’s my top three! I would love for you to comment on other apps you can’t live without and why. Be on the lookout for Part 2: Apps That Help Keep a Mom’s Sanity.

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