Best family apps to kick off 2013


Time for those familiar family resolutions-save money, eat healthier and get a little techie! This year, resolve to try a few of these apps, certain to help you and your family reach your New Year's goals! Most are free-or worth the cost of their few dollar fees.


Save money

GasBuddy (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, free) locates gas stations near you to compare costs and find the least expense price at the pump.

Kids Meal Deals (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, free) helps you find local promotions for dining out at your family's favorite restaurants.

Apples2Oranges (iPhone, Android, free) helps you compare price and quantity in the store and is perfect for figuring out the cost per granola bar during your trip to the big box store.


Eat healthier

Fooducate (iPhone, Android, free) uses your phone's camera to snap a photo of a food product and give it a grade from A through F, along with other nutritional notes.

Munch 5-a-Day (iPhone, free) is a fun, interactive game that keeps track of the number of fruits and veggies each family member eats.


Get active

Eat-And-Move-O-Matic (iPhone, iPad, free) shows kids how long it takes to burn the calories they eat when they participate in activities they like.

Kiddy Keep Fit (iPhone, free) encourages little ones to exercise to music.

Take a family walk together each day and use the MapMyWalk app (iPhone, iPad, Android, free) to set family goals and keep track of the miles.


Clear clutter

Cut down on junk mail with the snap of your mobile phone! PaperKarma (iPhone, Android, free) takes your photos and contacts the mailer to ask that you be removed from the mailing list.

HomeRoutines (iPhone, iPad, $3.99) helps you break your home into zones and manage your time to keep from getting overwhelmed by stuff.


Learn something new

Combine time together with learning and fun.  Weird but True (iPhone, iPad, free) offers hundreds of wild, wacky facts from National Geographic Kids.

Weird Word of the Day (iPhone, iPad, free) introduces families to less common words and their definitions.

Fat Brain (iPhone, iPad, free) is a fun trivia game with facts from history, languages, sports and more.

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