Happy November, y鈥檃ll! It鈥檚 that weird calm-before-the-storm weekend. You know what we鈥檙e talking about 鈥 next weekend you have friends in town, the weekend after that you have your last wedding of the season AND you need to see Mockingjay at midnight, then it鈥檚, like, THANKSGIVING and then it鈥檚 practically Christmas and you haven鈥檛 even figured out what you鈥檙e wearing for New Year鈥檚 Eve yet so 鈥斅燱HAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?! Stop. Breathe. Download these apps. And unlock a helpful hack, a shipping hero, a cool new school and more all to your phone.

1.聽Surge Protector: Say you鈥檙e trying to call an UberX to take you home, but, oy, Uber is SHRN and experiencing surge pricing that will put you past your taxi budget for the weekend. And it鈥檚 only Thursday. Call up *this* app that will find the location closest to you without surge pricing. They鈥檒l call an UberX to pick you up in the free zone and you win and avoid those obnoxious (sorry but鈥) prices without having to play the 鈥渞efresh and pray鈥 game.

Cost: Free on iOS (only available in SF for now)

2.聽Shyp: To do lists can become massive, voracious beasts that want to eat up your free time. They can also just be just daunting enough to scare you from crossing things off of them. As the holidays creep closer, you鈥檙e going to have to gird your loins, procrastinators so may we recommend Shyp to handle all of your shipping needs? They鈥檒l pick up your items (any items, for REALS) pack and send them anywhere in the world and you just pay $5 + whatever the lowest option they can get you. We鈥檒l take it. Shyp just came to our office for R+D and we鈥檙e kind of in love with them and their Shyp Heroes. And the concept of Shyp Heroes. And in quieting the beast of our to do list.

Cost: Free on iOS (available in SF, NY and Miami soon!)

3.聽EWG鈥檚 Food Scores: Your food ranks on more than just the pyramid and this app lets you go way beyond the nutritional label to figure out its 鈥渟core.鈥 Use it to scan the barcode of whatever鈥檚 on your list while grocery shopping and you鈥檒l have a better sense for what its true ingredients are, how nutritious it is and how much it鈥檚 been processed.

Cost: Free on iOS and stay tuned for the Android App

4.聽Code School: We know you鈥檝e been meaning to learn how to code, but why don鈥檛 you put your Java where your mouth is and just DO IT. Code School brings its easy 鈥渓earn by doing鈥 methodology to your phone so you can. Turn your commute into a study sesh with 40+ courses on all the essentials with videos that walk you through every step.

Cost: Free for iOS

5.聽Google Calendar: Google鈥檚 redesigned calendar app is a mega babe in the productivity section right now. Your to do list just got a whole lot more gorg with Google鈥檚 Schedule View, which lets you see snapshots of where you鈥檙e running errands, who you鈥檙e having drinks with and pictures of what you鈥檙e having for brunch on Sunday. The app will comb through your emails and pull Calendar events from things like flight confirmations. There鈥檚 no iOS version right now, but Google says they鈥檙e bringing Calendar to iPhone and we are holding them to it.

Cost: Free on Android

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What was your favorite app this week? Share your thoughts below!