8 Apps to Help Get Errands Done Efficiently

Running errands is never fun, but you can save time with these clever apps.

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Grocery Delivery

Most major supermarkets now offer online shopping and delivery, many with free delivery on your first order. Sites like Soap.com, Amazon Prime Pantry and Boxed.com sweeten the deal with product discounts.

Checkmark 2 by Snowman

Thanks to straightforward icons and integrated maps and contacts, this iPhone-optimized app minimizes the clicks you need to create lists and reminders. You can use natural language to schedule a location-specific event (e.g. "Remind me to silence my phone when I get to the office tomorrow.").

Remember the Milk

A to-do list optimizer, this app creates sharable lists that are accessible wherever you are and includes reminders to keep you on track.

CARROT

This app with attitude can add both motivation and laughs to your to-do list. Get your tasks done, and you’ll be rewarded with jokes, compliments and stories. Fail to do what you've planned, and you'll be chastised — all in fun.

TaskRabbit

Got more chores than you can handle? Turn to TaskRabbit, where you can hire someone to do any task — from assembling that new Ikea bed to picking up your latest Craigslist find.

Apple Reminders

Preloaded on iOS devices, Reminders allows you to create simple, color-coded lists (e.g. one for work, one for home and one for an upcoming vacation). Plus you can set reminders to pop up when you reach a certain location — like "Preheat the oven" when you get home.

ANY.DO

This intuitive app divides your tasks into "Today," "Tomorrow," "Upcoming" and "Someday," so it's easy to prioritize. Just click one of the four categories to schedule, without sorting through a calendar.

Wunderlist

This app works across any device, syncing your tasks so you have them everywhere. You can also share your lists with people in your social circle, which is invaluable if you want to delegate.