My 5 Fave iPhone Apps 

My 5 Fave iPhone Apps 

I think Phone APPs and smart phones are amazing tools that can help us simplify and organize all our tasks.  

With all the crazy things our lives include these days, it's nice to have a couple tasks that you can easily knock off your list no matter where you are or what you are up to. 

Long line at the pharmacy counter?  Make it easy on yourself by buying dog food from an APP and having it delivered to your home.  For free.

 

Many are free - or at least free to try.   

 

Generally I have around 80 apps at any one time [yes, I'm a little APP happy!]  But you can easily keep them organized by putting them into folders - such as 'Shopping' or 'Travel'.  

I have folders for ‘News’, ‘Social Media’, ‘Shopping’, ‘Travel’, ‘Navigation’, ‘Weather’, ‘Food Stores’, ‘Health’ and ‘Entertainment’.

Here’s a group of my tried and true FAVES – and some that I am still checking out:

 
 

1. Jet 

It’s Walmart only a helluvalot easier.  No parking hassles, no throngs of people and no tempting offers that sideline your budget.  All your items get packed into a big purple box and delivered by Federal Express right to your front door!  Get it delivered and buy yourself a couple hours of hassle!

I have been a huge Costco fan for many, many years and I still shop there and keep a membership.  But we live about 45 minutes from the closest Costco, so by the time I go there, park, shop, load it up and schlep it home, it can amount to a three-hour tour.  To hell and back and for what?  Cheap toilet paper?  Hey, it’s 2018, people! 

And Jet has great prices on commonly used items and they DELIVER.  For FREE with a minimum purchase of $35.  

Shopping at warehouses like Costco, Sam's Club or Walmart can amount to an exhausting ordeal. Instead of hassling with the crowds at the actual store, avoid the headache and those household staples shipped directly to your home.  

 
 

2. Yelp

Yelp is great for finding a great restaurants, regardless of where you might be.  We use Yelp on vacation and at home.  We have discovered some amazing places that we never would have known about otherwise.  It even can tell you what is open around you and links you to their menus for all us healthy eaters in the car.  

And it's not just food - I have successfully used Yelp to find reputable nail salons and spray tan studios in every place imaginable!  It's nice to know that you don't have to check off every box before you hop on the plane - you can find reputable businesses where-ever you are.

They also provide an indication of pricing, so you don't walk out with sticker shock at the end.  

 

 

We have found quite a few fab-ulous restaurants that we never would have known about (It’s only failed me once.  We were driving back from a road trip visiting relatives and stopped in a tiny town in Kansas for breakfast.  My omelet was served with burnt toast and that plasticky Velveeta-like cheese.)   Hey, they must like that stuff there, it got 5 stars.

It’s an awesome resource for almost anything, really. I’ve used it to find great nail salons or spray tan studios while traveling. 

 
 

3. FaceBook

Who hasn’t pissed away a few minutes checking out Facebook when you’re waiting in line or stuck in park on the highway because of a traffic accident?

Facebook is an awesome time suck when you're bored. But it's also incredibly handy for small tasks such as selling items locally or checking in with a friend. You can check in from anywhere!  

Another wait at the doctor’s office?   Use the time to work on your goal of unloading your household purges by posting items to sell in a neighborhood group.  

 
 

4. Mile IQ

Anybody who drives should get this app. No more carrying a notebook, excel spreadsheets or having to use google maps to figure out how far it is from one place to another. MileIQ does it for you! Automatically!!

You literally do nothing. Just download the app. MileIQ calculates how far you travel, where you travel and how much money the trip was worth. It also creates a log using your trips, so come tax (or expense) time you don't have worry about compiling a ton of data. MileIQ even allows you to define what type of trip you took, so there is no need to lump everything together into one category. 

I love this app and use it everyday. Very affordable monthly or annual plans starting at $5.99 a month.

5. Acorns

Acorns is a smartphone app that connects to your bank account, credit and debit cards to save your digital change. It automatically rounds up purchases with your connected accounts and invests the difference in your Acorns account.

I connected one debit card to the app and forgot about it. I wound up saving over $50 my first month.  

At that rate, you could spend 10 minutes setting up your Acorns account and easily put away $420 this year. Plus, they give you a free $10 when you download the app and make your first investment.

Currently Testing:

 
 

Clarity Money

Clarity Money is a budget app that helps you control your finances in many ways - it helps you build a budget and keep on track - it alerts you if you are spending more than your allotted budget in different spending categories. For example, the App will alert you if you’re spending more than you have budgeted for - for instance, your groceries are costing more than normal.

The app is free, and it claims to help you save money, plan your budget, track your spending and expenses, protect your credit score, and manage all of your accounts, in one place.… we’ll see.  

But if it handles even a couple things well, hell I’m in. Any free help is welcome in my world.

Mvelopes

The developer believes that financial freedom does not come with a bigger paycheck but from how you manage your money. The app helps you manage your money by setting up a monthly financial plan for you based on your income. As if that weren’t enough, it also helps you manage your credit card spending as well as eliminate all hidden spending you might have.

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