The next time you find an article, video or link you want to read or watch later, save it to Pocket. It’ll sync across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you’d like, even when you’re offline. It lets you read what you save in a distraction free layout, i.e. no annoying ads, and if you’re too lazy to read the article you can also convert it from text to speech. There’s an option to subscribe to the Pocket Hits curated newsletter (you can choose how often you receive these emails) that showcase the very best stories in Pocket. I’ve found some interesting and worthwhile reads through this. Plus, the Pocket app is free. Find out how it works and how you get it.
Love Home Swap is a site where you put your home up to swap with others around the world, which means you can save a lot of money when you travel.
It’s not limited to swapping houses at the same time though. You can also earn points by having someone stay in your home while you’re away and use those points for future holidays. There is also the option to rent someone’s home.
The properties range from studio apartments to grand mansions so there is something for everyone. It’s also reassuring having a stranger stay in your home if you’re staying in theirs.
Choice has launched a free augmented reality app, CluckAR, that aims to help consumers navigate the free-range egg market. Very handy given the recent news regarding the misleading claims on numerous free range egg brands in Australia. All you need to do is download the free app for iPhone or Android, point your phone camera at the label and let the 3D chooks tell the story as to whether the eggs live up to the ‘free-range’ claim.
I love lists. I do not understand how anyone gets anything done without a list. Wunderlist is a simple list app that helps you get stuff done by letting you capture, share, and complete your tasks. I have a bunch of lists in there, e.g. groceries, present ideas for friends and family, books/movies/restaurants I want to try. My favourite part of this app is that I can make a list for my husband of tasks I need him to complete. I can put due dates on them and also email it to him when he’s lagging behind. He’s not naturally a list man but I’ve converted/forced him into it. He’s thrilled about my efficiency. Wunderlist syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access all your tasks from anywhere. Learn more or download.
I’ve been on the Marie Kondo bandwagon for a while now. I loved her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. What’s not to love about getting rid of possessions that do not spark joy? No reason to stop at your house though. Her method works well with cleaning up your phone too. The result is that your device becomes task oriented instead of a cluttered time waster. It’s so easy. So satisfying. Do it.
Works like Airtasker but for babysitting. All sitters are thoroughly pre-screened. There are no booking fees until you make your 4th booking. A $15 fee applies after that. The Mynder fees are $20-$25/hour and you can opt for light housework for an extra $5/hour. I’ve had a few babysitters through this service and they were all fantastic. Learn more or download the app.