10 Free Mobile Apps to Help You Run Your Errands
Need a hand for your laundry or home repairs?
(SPOT.ph) Talks of the “new normal” are going around as Metro Manila tries to ease into a more relaxed version of a community quarantine. More shops may eventually open and public transportation may soon be operational, but measures related to physical distancing still apply. The safest bet, of course, is to stay home as much as possible. So here are apps for when you need to get errands done—from stocking your pantry to dropping off your dirty clothes at local laundry shops:
Download these apps for when you need groceries, home repairs, and more:
For all-day errands: MyKuya
Founded in 2017, MyKuya is an on-demand service that matches you with kuyas (and also ates) who can do all your day's errands for you: getting your morning coffee from your favorite café, paying your bills, shopping, and doing your groceries. For multiple tasks, you have the option to input as many locations as you need—preferably starting at your house so you can give your grocery list and money for the items—and the chance to book the driver in advance. Costs are computed by the hour, with a minimum booking of two hours and an option to extend by 30-minute increments. Service fee is charged through Mastercard or Visa debit, credit, or prepaid card.
For home repairs: Gawin.ph
Gawin.ph has been around since 2015, connecting electricians, plumbers, and cleaners to customers in need of essential services for the home. You can still book professionals for repair jobs: whether it's for breaker or electrical wiring, air-conditioners, plumbing, refrigerators, and washing machines, even during quarantine.
For quick purchases: GrabPabili
GrabExpress Pabili, formerly known as GrabAssistant, is an on-demand purchasing service where you can ask GrabExpress riders to buy your essentials from supermarkets or drugstores. Items to be bought should not go beyond P2,000, which you can pay for when the purchase has been dropped off to you. GrabExpress Pabili is limited to buying from one store only and there's no option to schedule your order in advance.
For grocery runs: Metromart
MetroMart lets you buy your groceries with a few clicks and swipes on your phone. It matches you with stores nearest to your location, including but not limited to a branch of Robinsons Supermarket, Rustan's Marketplace, S&R, Watsons, Generika Drugstore, and Shopwise. You can also choose your preferred delivery day and time, although this part may be a bit tricky especially with the high demand during quarantine.
For laundry duties: Mr. Jeff Laundry
With most of us now staying home (and with the hottest summer upon us), you're probably already running out of the most comfortable pambahay. Before you suddenly start wearing pants while chilling on your couch, Mr. Jeff Laundry can pick up your dirty clothes and sheets and bring them back to you all clean within 48 hours. This app matches you with a Mr. Jeff Laundry branch near you.
For your veggie supply: Session Groceries
Early in 2019, an oversupply in unsold produce left Benguet farmers with no choice but to dump their harvest on the road side. Local palay wasn't so lucky, too, ever since the Rice Tariffication Law was implemented and the market saw an influx in imported rice. In an effort to help farmers, Baguio-based online grocery store Session Groceries started accepting orders from customers in Metro Manila in January 2019; and now with the quarantine in place, the app has seen an influx of orders from people staying home. Shop for brown rice, strawberries, avocados, and other fruits and vegetables straight from the farms of the Cordilleras.
For medical needs: AIDE
Unless it's for emergencies, going to the hospital is a very bad idea during a pandemic. So if you can’t come to the doctor, AIDE lets the doctor come to you. They recently upgraded their system to feature online consultations with specialists, from OB-GYNs to pediatricians. Licensed physicians can also do home visits for vaccinations, including quadrivalent flu vaccine, rotavirus, and pneumonia.
For cheap pabili: Lalamove’s Purchase Service
Lalamove Purchase Service, formerly known as Pabili Service, matches you with Lalamove drivers that can buy and deliver whatever you need—from random cravings like milk tea or chocolate cake to essentials like groceries and medicine—just as long as the total amount is not higher than P2,000. Pricing starts at P50 on top of delivery fee.
For repairs: Goodwork.ph
Does your home have leaking pipes? Or has your air-conditioner conked out? GoodWork.ph matches customers with professionals who carry out job requests such as plumbing, AC cleaning, carpentry, and laundry (in Taguig only). They also added telehealth services, which is perfect for medical consultations without having to leave home.
For quenching your thirst: Boozy
With everything happening right now, we bet all you want to do is chug down a bottle of beer. Boozy.ph offers same-day delivery of booze: you can get beer, wine, tequila, and vodka, among other alcoholic drinks. You can also order chips, softdrinks, and ground coffee from their app. They currently cater to parts of Makati and Taguig.
Available on Android.