Today’s post is one that I see a lot of bloggers/YouTubers doing and it looks so fun. I am going to share with you five of my favorite apps that I have on my phone, as well as the links so that you can download them yourselves! Let me know in the comments if you have any of these apps, are going to download them, or if you have any suggestions for me!
This is an awesome app for readers and is commonly described as the “Netflix for books.” For $8.99 a month, you can access thousands of books, audiobooks, newspapers & magazines, and even sheet music. I use it exclusively for audiobooks because I don’t like reading on my phone. Scribd has a vast variety of audiobooks that you download for one credit. You accumulate three reading credits and one audiobook credit per month and they can accumulate. Also, audiobooks are only around $8 to purchase if you’ve used up all your credits, which is a great price. This app can definitely give Audible a run for its money.
Update: As of February 2018, Scribd no longer uses credits. For $8.99 a month, you get unlimited access to all of their books, audiobooks, etc.
2. iShows (iOS | Free to download & use)
This app is aaamazing. If you know me at all, you know that I am an avid TV show watcher and after a while, it has become very difficult to keep up with all my shows. Then I found this app. It allows you to add the shows that you are currently watching, and you can check off the episodes that you’ve watched already. You can also mark shows as your favorite and archive them. I like to archive the shows that I’ve finished so that I have a record of all of them, as well as the ones that I’m currently watching. This app is also super helpful if you want to find out when a show is releasing a new season.
When my husband and I first got married, we had no clue what we were doing with our money. We were both savers and wanted to be financially smart, but we didn’t know how to balance our income and bills so that we didn’t spend more than we made. At first, I tried budgeting with an Excel spreadsheet, but that didn’t last long. Then I tried a few different apps before I found Mint. I like it because it has a website as well, which makes setting up your budget super easy. You link Mint to your bank account and any other accounts that you have (school loans, internet provider, etc.), and then you can clearly see how much income vs. expense you have on a monthly basis. You can then edit your budget to more accurately reflect your monthly expenses and keep track of it on the app. Mint has seriously been a lifesaver in my house!
Along with budgeting, I also love to save money. I have several money-saving/refund apps, but one of my favorites that many people might not know about is the Walmart app. This is a refund app, and all you have to do is scan your receipt and submit it to the Savings Catcher part of the app. After a few days of processing, it will let you know if it has found any of the items that you purchased at a lower price (dollar stores, Target, etc.). If so, the app will reimburse the difference to you. Usually, this will just be a few cents, but if you’re lucky, it can be a few dollars! You can then transfer your accumulated reimbursements to a Walmart gift card to spend later. I accumulated about $30 before I cashed in my first gift card, and I used it for groceries!
I discovered this app after I started receiving a TON of unknown/spam phone calls nearly every day. Hiya came in very handy because you can look up unknown numbers by simply copying and pasting the number into Hiya’s search bar, and it will tell you if the number has been reported as a scam/fraud or suspected spam. This app also allows users to give others details about suspicious numbers (i.e. “This person tried to get my credit card information…”). I also like using Hiya to simply identify numbers that I haven’t saved in my phone, even if they’re not spam.
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I am always looking for new apps to make my life easier or just to have fun with. Do you have any app recommendations that you think I’d enjoy? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to do another of these Favorite App posts in the future.