Friday, December 6, 2013

Featured App: Santa's Bag - stay organized this Christmas!

Have you ever gone to wrap presents and completely forgotten what you bought and for who? And then, you find a huge bag of presents you totally forgot about in the back of the closet. Are you on a budget for the holidays? Are you looking for an easy way to track and share purchases?

If you've answered yes, to any of the questions above, I have a wonderful app for you! When I was looking for an app that would help me stay on budget this holiday season and still make sure I was able to get nice presents for the multitude of people on my list, I stumbled upon Santa's Bag, and I couldn't be happier.

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Santa's Bag is a great way for shoppers to keep track of multiple present purchases, as well as budgets. We have three daughters and multiple extended family and friends who we shop for. My hands are usually so full, I cannot be carrying a bulky notebook around with me. My oldest can also read now, which is great, but that means she can read my secret lists! Keeping everything on my phone is handy and helpful. I like that I am able to check-off recipients as I finish shopping and I can even keep track of gifts right down to what is wrapped and what is not.

If you are a busy caregiver like myself or perhaps someone who is trying to make many dollars out of pennies  -- then Santa's Bag might be perfect for you. Track your purchases and how much you are spending. You can track it per person and as an overall budget.

There are a variety of settings that can be changed, such as setting a passcode, rounding currencies to half up or up, tax rate, and how to sort.  Santa's skin tone can even be changed between light, medium, and dark.  There are many options for turning on and off the amount of details a user views and what the start up defaults are.

A pro version is available as an in-app purchase for $2.99, which adds the options to archive all gifts, view archived gifts, and backup/restore data

There are many customizable features in this app that I still need to work more with, but my thirty or so recipients are added to the list and the gifts I purchased over the weekend are totaled.

From iTunes:
Revolutionize your Christmas shopping experience with Santa's Bag for iOS. Import Recipients, Set Budgets, Plan Gifts, Create Wishlists & Shopping Lists, Track Progress, Share - and so much more. Each step is carefully designed to make sure you don't forget anyone or anything. Christmas shopping has never been easier or more fun!


Amanda is terrible with budgeting at holiday time because she loves to give the perfect gift, but she truly appreciates an app that keeps her honest.

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