Apartment living – mobile apps for roomates

Use apps to communicate with your apartment roomate.

Use apps to communicate with your apartment roomate.

Living with roommates requires good communication and sharing responsibilities like chores, bills and groceries. Luckily, there are a variety of app available that make apartment living that much easier. Download and give a few of them a try and see how technology can play a role in easing household tensions, as well as keeping the kitchen well stocked. Here are some Android, Blackberry and iPhone compatible apps we’ve hand-selected and would recommend to apartment dwellers

Groceries

OurGroceries

Make splitting food and sharing meals a breeze with this live-updating grocery list. Multiple people can have access to this list through a joint account and can add, modify or delete items off the list in real time.

myShopi

Use this app to track frequently purchased items, create multiple shopping lists or add notes about upcoming sales and share it by email or SMS. This app also features a database of more than 1,000 predefined items that you can choose from.

AnyList

With AnyList common grocery items are automatically categorized as they are entered or you can create custom categories to your liking. Create multiple lists by occasion or store and you can share them with anyone as long as you have their email address.

Finances [Bills]

SplitWise

Splitting bills and IOUs has never been easier with this app that stores all data in the cloud for easy access on almost all devices. If fairness becomes an issue, this app’s ‘fairness calculator” offers mediation advice that will determine the appropriate action to take or amount to be paid.

Venmo

Use this app to make and share payments for rent, utilities or anything else that requires you to send a receive money. Easily collect money from people who owe you and pay with your debit card or bank account without any fees.

SpotMe Payments

This app is the perfect way for college students, roommates or family members to track, split and remember the amount owed for each bill. Featured “Best in Finance” category in App Store Rewind 2011, this program will make paying bills and collecting money a breeze.

Chores

Upsees

Ensure that everyone is pulling their weight by using this app to track, share and remind roommates of their responsibilities. Once the task in completed, the app automatically reassigns it to the next person in line. For added encouragement, members can give out stars to recognize good work or anonymous nudges if someone is slacking.

ChoreBuster

After entering in your roommates’ names and the chores to be done, this app automatically generates a fair schedule of chores. Select whether you want to have the schedule sent to you weekly or daily and enjoy a house where the dishes get done and the garbage gets taken out.

Chore Hero Lite

Make chores exciting and rewarding with an app that turns household work into a game.  Users can assign chores to various people on different days, or let the app pick a person at random each and gives each person a title depending how much work they have done.

Help eliminate roommate tensions and troubles by using apps that organize finances, track groceries and distribute chores evenly. There is no downside to downloading these tools as they are all free and have the potential to keep your house organized, your rent paid and your refrigerator stocked with all your favourite accoutrement. That sounds like a win-win situation for everyone involved.

 

 

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