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- Your bank- I put this first because it is so key. My bank not only allows me to check my balance I can also perform transactions like fund transfers and bill payments.
- Cartwheel for Target– if you are a Target shopper, this is a great way to save money. You can get an extra percentage off particular items, combine that with coupons, and save even more.
- Ibotta-I just started using this app again for saving money at the grocery store. You look through the deals that you want and go shopping. My first revisit I saved $7.75! Read through the directions to make sure that you are doing it correctly.
- Walmart– One of the easiest ways to save money with the Savings Catcher. Just scan your receipt and the Walmart savings catcher does the work for you! It looks for the items you purchased and compares prices of these things at other local stores. If Walmart’s price is higher, they credit you the difference. You can apply your savings to your next purchase.
- Your favorite stores- Kohl’s, Target. It makes sense to download your favorite store’s app. Kohl’s, for example, offers you a way to scan and store coupons, Kohl’s cash, Yes2You rewards and gift cards.
- Checkout 51– I just used this for the first time 2 days ago at the grocery store and I love how it easy it was to save money. I saved $2.75 on my first visit. Check out the deals offered this week, scan your receipt and they’ll send you an email telling you how much you saved on the particular deals they offered this week.
- Ebates– Ebates works with stores and when you shop online at their stores through ebates, you get cash back. My biggest problem is I forget to go to Ebates first. You can also get cash for referring a friend.
- Letgo– I have not used this app, but from what I’ve read, it has gotten mostly positive reviews. I’ve been looking for a bed for my daughter on Craigslist and now on Letgo as well. You can sell your used items and post it on the app.
- Everydollar– Everydollar is an app created by Dave Ramsey. He is an excellent teacher about how to save money and budget your money. I highly recommend this and all of his books/products. I did Financial Peace University several years ago and it changed the way I budget my money.
- Waze– my boyfriend has this app on his phone and swears by it 100%. It is a GPS navigation app that gives directions, warns you about hazards, traffic problems and police. Not only could it save you from getting a traffic ticket, but it could also save you from an arguement with your significant other on your next car trip.
Health and Fitness
- 7 minute workout challenge– So quick, so effective. 7 minutes later you can check this item off your to do list and move on with your day!
- Map My Run– I am training for a 5K race on July 4th and I love this app for tracking my time and distance. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s close enough for me and keeps me motivated by tracking my progress.
- Sparkpeople– This is my favorite way to track my food and exercise. Mostly what I love about it is the community of people who use this program. They are so supportive and kind to each other. There is an app to scan your food for easy tracking, track your exercise, sign up for challenges, start a blog and stay in touch with friends on the friend feed, blogs and message boards.
- Momo– I am a list freak (one reason why I love my planner) so I love this simple-to-use app. Housekeeping is not my strong suit. I think, “I should clean.” and that’s the end of my skills. This app is awesome because it helps me keep my house clean and it takes NO THOUGHT. I don’t have to even think about all the things that need cleaning. I just look at my daily task list, do it, check it off and BOOM. I’ve accomplished something!
- Evernote- I think of this like pinterest, but for text. You can take notes, track tasks and clip things from the web and view it on your phone or computer. Keep your projects and ideas organized.
- Pinterest– Who doesn’t love Pinterest?! Everything you could want to know is there! Create boards and pin pictures of things from the web that you want to remember for later. Or things that you just wish you could do. Or cute kitten videos. Whatever.
- Cozi Family Organizer– Wow! this is an amazing app for families. My children are a bit older now, but it is still going to be great. Everyone can log in and look at the family account. It can send you reminders, you can add events to the calendar, have a shared grocery list (!), add photos and memories to the journal, and put recipes in the recipe box.
- Podcasts– I have several podcasts that I enjoy listening to: Joyce Meyer, The Chalene Show, This American Life, Around the Table, Build Your Tribe, What Should I Read Next, Hidden Brain, BackStory with the American History Guys, Relevant Podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Revisionist History, Grit ‘n’ Grace: Good Girls Breaking Bad Rules. I guess 12 officially counts as more than several, but they are all great!
- Periscope – Periscope is a way to connect with people all over the world. People broadcast through their phone and the viewers can interact in real time by typing comments that the broadcaster can see and respond to. I like to follow teachers, bloggers and planners. There are some creepers, but it can be a great way to increase your personal development.
- 5 Minute Gratitude Journal– I love this app. I think it actually makes me a better person. It can prompt you in the morning and again in the evening to think about the things that you are grateful for. You can add a photo and fill in three things that you will do today to make it great. Then in the evening it can prompt you to think of 3 amazing things that happened, and think about what you could have done to make today even better.
- Bible– I am currently reading my way through the Bible in one year by following a Bible reading plan. There are lots of plans and bible studies but you can also look up a passage. I’ve even used it in church to follow along with the preacher! Phones in church?! What is the world coming to?! LOL