We all deserve a little help in our everyday lives. The daily grind is hard as is, right? And despite the social backlash against technology these days, we can thank our smartphones for making tedious, day-to-day tasks a little less, well, tedious. With that being said, we’ve compiled a list of the SBP team’s favorite life-hacking apps that make our lives a bit less hectic and a tad more organized so we can focus on what’s really important to us (aka real estate…and food, wine, travel….you get the picture).
Sure, Postmates and Uber Eats are great for casual eats when you’re too tired to cook. But what about those times you want an indulgent meal without having to leave the house? That’s where Caviar comes in, allowing you to order food from your favorite local restaurants in Los Angeles. Think Scopa Italian Roots or Salt’s Cure, delivered directly to your doorstep. Now THAT is living.
Let’s get real—traveling isn’t as easy as it seems from the photos of you sipping piña coladas on the beach. It took some real effort to get there, but TripIt is here to save you from that debilitating pre-trip stress. The app manages all of your travel plans in one place, instantly creating a master itinerary with flights, hotels, car arrangements and other reservations, informing you of all details and changes before they even happen.
It’s hard to set aside some “me time” during the day, but Headspace makes it pretty dang easy. The highly acclaimed app has hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress and sleep to focus and anxiety, as well as bite-sized meditations and SOS exercises in the event of sudden meltdowns. With a quick download, you’re on your way to living a healthier, happier, more well-rested life.
Keeping up with the news is tough, especially when there’s so much happening in the world and we’re constantly on the go. But, worry no longer—theSkimm app offers all the news and information you need to know at the start of your day, all condensed into witty summaries with insightful commentary. Who doesn’t want to begin their morning with a bit of knowledge and humor?
What’s worse than being underprepared for the day’s weather or what you thought would be a sunny vacation? Say adios to the weather app on your iPhone and download Dark Sky, the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information with down-to-the-minute forecasts for your precise location. You’ll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you’re standing. Talk about magic.
If you’re the type of person who sets aside time to grocery shop, all the kudos in the world. But if you’re like us, Instacart is a lifesaver. The app allows you to order groceries from your favorite supermarket and have them delivered in as little as an hour. Get exclusive deals, view nutrition info, chat directly with your personal shopper and tag items for future shopping. Could it get any easier?
How many times have you bought a bottle of wine just because the label was epic? We’ve all been there, and we’ve all lost loads of money on icky wine. But Vivino is here to save you from sipping bad grapes. The app has a photo label recognition system that can bring up information for any given wine, complete with reviews, rating and tasting notes. And better yet, you can order wine within the app with free shipping á la Vivino. Just add sommelier to your list of talents now.