Whether we’re using our smartphone to organize play dates or handing over the iPad to keep the kids entertained, we can’t live without our mobile gadgets. But with more than a million apps available in Apple’s iTunes Store and Android’s Google Play market, our smartphones and tablets are useful for a lot more than calls and games.
From baby monitors to vacation planners to virtual assistants for mom, our annual guide to the 50 best apps for parents has everything you need to get the most from your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Best of all, most of these apps are free or available with free equivalents, so you can give them a whirl without having to put a dent in the family budget.
We hope you have as much fun checking out these apps as we did testing them. Be sure to tell us about your favorite apps, too — we can’t wait to see what you find! — Aaron Burgess
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- #7 Organization
Driving around town running errands usually requires a stop at the filling station, but with GasBuddy, you can help prevent your shopping budget from being diverted into your gas tank. This app serves up the best local gas prices in real-time, letting you search by city, state, or ZIP code. There’s also a handy sharing function that lets you report gas deals the app might not yet have in its database. As a bonus, every time you find and report a unique deal, you earn points that can be spent toward entries in the app’s weekly $250 gas giveaway.
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