With the holiday season approaching, there’s little spare room in your schedule and your budget. That sentiment is felt across the board, as top-performing apps and newly minted ones are in the shopping and utility categories. Good thing for you, as apps like Milo and Mint keep you on the straight and narrow.

Local utilities

CamScanner. Just snap a photo with your camera phone, and it’s auto-cropped and saved. From there, you can create a PDF, or share an attachment via email or SMS. Files can also be synced with a number of services, including Google Docs, box.net, Dropbox and Evernote. Best of all, the app has dropped from $4.99 to free.