The school year is winding down and it’s almost officially summer!  While there may be less structure to our daily lives, it doesn’t mean that things are any less hectic.  With everyone deviating from their normal routines, it can be hard to keep track of everything.

Fortunately, we live in a time where smartphones exist.  There are some great apps out there to help you make the most of your summer while managing the chaos.  Here are five apps worth checking out.

Gasbuddy

Gasbuddy allows you to find the least expensive gas in an area.  It’s very likely that you already have a sense of which places offer the best bargains in your city – but this app can really be helpful when you’re traveling.  With the high cost of airfares, many families are choosing road trips and this app is a great way to stretch your dollar.

Postagram

Back in the day, when people would travel someplace they’d sent postcards to their friends and family (some people still do!) in an effort to share their experience.  While postcards are cool, they aren’t very personal.  Postagram allows users to create personalized postcards that are actually sent in the mail.  It’s an inventive way to combine new technology with a tried and true tradition.

Learn the States

So many kids own and use smartphones and most pass the time playing games. Add a little bit of educational value with Learn the States! It helps users learn U.S. geography while keeping them entertained.  If you’re planning to do a lot of traveling this summer, consider downloading this gem.

Weber’s On the Grill

The warm weather is often accompanied by the sweet smell of barbecue in the air.  Whether charcoal or gas, the grills come out and, while we all try to channel our inner chefs, there is one app that can help guarantee success.  Weber has compiled more than 250 triple-tested recipes along with itemized grocery lists and 27 instructional videos on their Weber’s On the Grill app.

Hotel Tonight

Road trips are often unpredictable which can make it difficult to find a place to stay when you suddenly decide (or are forced) to stop for the night.  This useful Hotel Tonight app can help you locate last-minute deals on unsold rooms (the discounts can be up to 70%).  The best part is that rather than calling or scrambling to get to the property to book the room, you can do it quickly and easily on your smartphone.

Put technology to work for you this summer so that you can stay on track and focus on the important things – like spending time with your family.