You’ve heard of Uber and Lyft. They’re both extremely useful and fairly reasonable when it comes to getting a ride. They’re great if you’re heading to the airport or spending a night on the town when you don’t wan to struggle with finding parking or counting and limiting your drink consumption. Plain and simple, those two apps greatly help your transportation needs. If you’re super busy with family, a job or school, there are quite a selection of apps that can help you survive the day. Finding a house cleaner, movers, a handyman, and a dog walker are all within a few clicks from your Android or iOS smartphones and are super easy to use. Let’s check them out.
Task Rabbit is one of the most versatile services you can get through your smartphone. It scans your local area and matches you to gardeners, house cleaners, movers, handymen, furniture assemblers and general contractors. Tasks are insured meaning you won’t be on the hook for a bill if your gardener for hire destroys your sprinkler system. Task Rabbit will even run your errands like getting prescription medicines from the pharmacy.
I’m a dog owner and know the daily responsibilities of my role. The key to a well-mannered dog is consistent exercise. Without it, the dog will become unhealthy and unruly due to pent-up energy. One of the easiest things you can do to keep your dog healthy and behaved is to walk it regularly. Sometimes you don’t have time but that doesn’t mean your pooch doesn’t need a walk. That’s where Wag comes in to save the day. Wag pairs you up to a local dog walker, each comes with background checks and insurance, so your pup can get regular walks while you’re busy. If you’re not home to meet with your walker, Wag will provide a free lock box that you can store a key in for safe keeping. Prices vary based on the experience of the walker.
One task I absolutely hate to do is grocery shopping. I always end up buying more than I need which wastes money and expands my waistline. Early last year I signed up for Amazon Prime Fresh at $14.99 per month, and it gives me access to free delivery on as many groceries as I want to order each month. This helps me save time and money but also keeps me from eating junk food that grocery stores are always tempting me with. Groceries can be left on your doorstep in ice/dry ice filled cold bags and there’s a wide selection of foods from local markets including Whole Foods. In many cases, organic veggies and fruits are cheaper than non-organic using Amazon Fresh. I like to grocery shop when I am riding my spin cycle in the morning to get two tasks done at the same time.
If you don’t feel like cooking or picking up food, DoorDash is the way to go. DoorDash orders food from your favorite restaurant and delivers it to your door within a reasonable time frame. Delivery charges are minimal ranging from free to $5.99 (with some restaurants requiring a minimum order). DoorDash serves over 450 cities with over 40,000 restaurants as part of its expansive network.
There’s a good chance you drink Starbucks coffee. If you are a regular of Starbucks you need to order ahead to save yourself some time. The Android or iOS Starbucks app will allow you to place your entire order, including items from the secret menu while allowing you to pay before you arrive so you don’t have to wait in line.