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Win the inbox war: Four utilities fight email onslaught

Rick Broida | Aug. 1, 2013
Managing your inbox can feel like a full-time job, which is problematic given that you need all your time for your actual job.

Now for the bad news: SaneBox isn't free, and it's not exactly cheap, either. The $6-per-month Snack plan affords you just one email account, five of the aforementioned reminders, and five attachment routings. For $15 monthly, Lunch buys you two accounts and 250 each of reminders and attachments. And the $20-per-month Dinner plan supports three accounts and unlimited everything else. At least you can get price breaks if you prepay annually or biannually.

Still, you'll have to decide if SaneBox's bouncer is worth the expense. Gmail users in particular might prefer to roll their own "sane" inboxes via filters and labels, which cost a grand total of zero dollars. But if money is no object, SaneBox is perhaps the single best way to control email overload.

Inbox insanity no more
Some people can zero-out their inbox every day, and some people just can't keep up. And then they give up. There's no need to suffer alone, though. Inbox-taming apps like SaneBox, Mailstrom, and others can sort, filter, and prioritize emails, so you can spend less time scanning subject lines and more time responding to the messages that really matter—or doing other important work.


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