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The #1 Must-Download App for the Holidays (and Every Day After That)

If you're like most, the next 10 days or so will be filled with last-minute shopping and end-of-year appointments.

But what you won't have to do, if I have anything to do with it? Visit stores that don't have your gift in stock or spend hours on the phone trying to ask a question or get a dinner reservation.

Introducing: TalkTo, my new favorite app that can help you answer questions like: "Do you have it in stock?" "Can I book an appointment?" "Can we get a table for four on Friday?" without picking up the phone. The app's mission: to make it possible for you to text any business as easily as you text your friends, getting the information, appointments, or reservations you need, without interrupting your day.

my actual text with TJsSound too good to be true? That's what I thought, too, so I tested the app out a week ago when I was running errands for a holiday party. I needed ready-to-bake gingerbread dough, which can be hard to find in stores. My original plan was to stop by a bunch of stores on my way there (it can't be that hard to find, right?), but I was running short on time.

So, I used TalkTo to text the Whole Foods, Fairway, and Trader Joe's nearest to my house, as well as the four big grocery stores closest to the party I was going to. Within five minutes, I had my first answer, and within 20 minutes, everyone had answered. Only one of the seven stores had it in stock, and I was able to swing by quickly and pick it up, saving countless hours and hassle. I've used it dozens of times since to check if an item is in stock, compare prices between stores, or ask how long the wait time is at a restaurant.

Just download the app and create a free account to keep track of your messages. Look up the business you need information from, and the rest is as easy as 1, 2, text.