Did you know that 88% of American moms have smartphones? According to recent reports, the number of smartphone toting moms has risen exponentially in the last five years. Smartphones are quickly becoming a necessity for American mothers. Considering that children’s schedules are becoming more and more hectic, and adult schedules are just as busy as ever, a smartphone is an easy way to stay connected, and to stay organized. But, as an American mom, are you ready to merge your purse with your smartphone? 70% of moms say that their smartphone is nearly as indispensable as their purse!
- Smartphone Payment Options
With new smartphones you may never need to carry a wallet again. Google Wallet, and the iPhone Passport application are two apps that allow you to pay for goods and services without having an actual card or cash with you. Both services allow you to use your phone to pay for everything from Starbucks, to Groceries to toys at Toys ‘R’ Us. This is how it works, participating stores have special terminals for wireless payments that allow your phone to communicate with the credit card processing terminal. You log in and tap your phone against the terminal, and your information is sent. It is the same as swiping a card, without the card. The added bonus is that you can store multiple cards and choose which to use quickly. You’ll no longer need to rifle through your bag and wallet to find that credit card you only use for toys, or only use for groceries.
If you are uncomfortable with the idea of never having cash on you, we totally understand. There are still ways to ditch the purse, make wireless payments and still carry cash. All you’ll need is an iPhone case that has a built in section to fit cash, your identification and a credit card, if you so choose. These cases have a built in pouch on the back or side, that allows you to slip your necessities in. No need for a bulky wallet when you have a nice iPhone case. You’ll still be able to utilize wireless payments with the case on and you’ll have all of your personal needs met. What could be better?
- Lighten Your Purse Load
Even if you aren’t ready to merge the contents of your purse right into your iPhone, you might benefit greatly from a purge of the contents of your purse. The average woman’s handbag weighs a whopping 5.6lbs. The weight has gone up significantly, and as a the “big bag” trend came in a few years ago, women began cramming more and more stuff into their over-sized totes, but small handbags are making a comeback. If you are going to utilize wireless payments and other smartphone apps to deal with your daily life, you can start ditching some of the contents of your purse and also making sure that you don;t leave your handbag or phone behind with apply named “app-accessories” such as Proximo.
With an iPhone on board, you no longer need an agenda, use Evernote or a similar agenda service on your phone instead. With Passport or Google Wallet, you can empty your wallet out significantly. Only carry the bare necessities, and, throw out things you’ll likely never need. Instead of printing out papers, consider turning them into PDFs and sending them to yourself via E-mail. If you do this, you will be able to access your important work documents everywhere you are, and you won’t be adding heft to your already overstuffed purse.