Feeling bogged down by your paper clutter? Worried that your important documents might get lost or damaged? Want to have everything available to you on a single device? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then check out these six free apps that will increase your productivity, protect your valuable information, and help you go paperless in the process.
Evernote: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry
Evernote is the productivity world's darling. Free, intuitive, and robust, it offers everything you need to live a digital, paper-free life. With this powerful app, you can store documents, photos, notes, bills, receipts, almost anything you can think of, and easily find it again when you need it. You can import large files like manuals or warrantees, snap pictures of notes you jotted down in your notebook or on a napkin, and save virtually any paper document as an electronic one. Evernote is the digital equivalent of your brain, but instead of forgetting things, it remembers and recollects information when you need it. Best of all, Evernote syncs with all of your devices so you have access to your external brain wherever you go.
Lemon Wallet: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone
Lemon Wallet allows you to create a digital wallet -- right on your smartphone. With Lemon Wallet, you can store digital copies of all of your cards so you have a backup in case your wallet is misplaced, lost, or stolen. Just like a traditional wallet, Lemon also lets you store all of your receipts so you have access to them when you need them most, saving you time and ensuring your receipts will be safe from physical damage. And, Lemon gives you balance updates so you can effectively monitor your spending.
Shoebox by 1000Memories: iPhone, Android
Do you have boxes and boxes full of old pictures stored away in a closet somewhere? If so, check out Shoebox, powered by 1000Memories.com. The mobile app lets you upload your old photos simply by taking a picture of it with your phone's camera. You can then crop the image to include only the photo and save it to your phone or sync it with an account at 1000Memories.com, which can be shared for free with friends and family. Shoebox makes it easy to not only share memories, but to save memories as well.
Coupon Sherpa: iPhone, Android
Coupon Sherpa brings your all of your online, printable, grocery store, and mobile coupons together in an easy to use app. With Coupon Sherpa, you can throw away your binder full of coupons, toss out your newspaper clippings, and get rid of those online deals you printed out. By downloading the free app, you will have access to thousands of deals right at your fingertips. So the next time you're at the grocery store, leave your coupon book at home and whip out Coupon Sherpa at the register for some instant savings.
Simplee is solely for your medical bills and documents. With a single password, you can view all of your medical expenses and insurance claims in one place, access a complete history of your bills and statements, and pay any balances. Simplee also sends you reminders when your bills are due or your claims are going to expire so you never miss a thing. And, Simplee makes it easy to understand what you owe and why. If you're dealing with illness or injury, the last thing you want to worry about is your bills, so let Simplee take care of that for you.
Manilla: iPhone, Android
The leading digital account management solution, Manilla lets you manage all of your bills and accounts in one place, with one password. We give customers access to all of their household accounts -- finances, utilities, travel and rewards programs, subscriptions, and even daily deals -- as well as an overview of their balances, due dates, and access to their bills and statements. We also send automatic reminders via email and text when your bill due dates approach so that you never have another late fee again. With Manilla, you can say goodbye to paper bills and statements and hello to digital organization.
Caroline Wright is a regular contributor to the Manilla Blog and marketing manager of Manilla.com, the award-winning, free and secure service that lets you organize and simplify your bills and accounts in one place online or using the mobile apps. For more information about how to go paperless, visit Manilla.com.