Lately I’ve been feeling like my life is getting so busy, I hardly have any time to keep organized. I was so ready to conquer my goals and get things done after New Years, but then normal life started up again and with all the side projects I’ve got on the go on top of my full-time job, I barely even have enough time to take a lunch break these days.
Since I strive for a simpler and less hectic life, I started making more of an effort to use some of the great free apps out there to help. Some of these apps I’m about to share with you I’ve been using for quite a while, and some I’ve just started using.
But all in all, so far they have all helped me declutter my brain and thank whoever coined the term “There’s an app for that.”
Mint (for Money)
I’ve been a Mint fan even before I started this blog. I’ve always loved doing my banking online, but sometimes I just want to quickly look up how much I’ve got in all my different chequing accounts and see what the latest damage is on my credit card.
I know lots of other personal finance bloggers are opposed to Mint because they’re worried they’ll get hacked or the government is going to spy on them, but clearly they’ve never watched Citizenfour. The government already knows everything about you so just get used to it, and no you can’t get hacked on Mint.
Not only can you not do any actual transactions on Mint, it’s made by the well-known financial software company Intuit, not some 16 year old programmer in Kansas. It’s a great app and I highly recommend it.
Flipp (for Deals)
Flipp is for all you discount and coupon loving people. I’m not super into couponing (though I will admit to watching a few seasons of Extreme Couponing), but I am one of those people who tends to only buy things when they are on sale.
I hate going through flyers (how are paper flyers even still a thing anymore?), so what’s great about this app is it literally does all the work for you. You plug in your postal code and it tells you what’s on sale at all the big box stores in your area. You can even make a grocery list and it will tell you what stores have that item on sale.
Wunderlist (for To-Do Lists)
I’ve been using Wunderlist for about 6 months now and I absolutely love it. It’s a very simple checklist app, but what’s great about it is you can share lists with people, add reminders and due dates, and it’s just so darn satisfying hitting the check button once you’ve completed something off your list.
My Fitness Pal (for Weight Loss)
I first started using My Fitness Pal back when I was trying to lose a few pounds to fit into my wedding gown almost 2 years ago. The app worked so well I remember my seamstress telling me I lost too much weight (something I’ll probably never hear again in my life, but I digress).
What’s also neat about My Fitness Pal besides just being a handy calorie counter, it syncs with FitBit so you can track your every step, active minute and calorie burned if you want to!
Waterlogged (for Water Consumption)
You probably don’t drink enough water. I’m just saying, chances are you’re drinking plenty of tea, coffee, juice or whatever, but you are not getting enough water. I’ve made drinking at least 2 litres of water a day a priority since about 2011, but I still sometimes need a reminder to leave my work desk and fill up my water jug.
Good thing there’s Waterlogged, the app specifically made to remind you to drink more water. Now go drink some water!
Find My iPhone (for Organization)
This final app, Find My iPhone, is literally a lifesaver. On several occasions I’ve freaked out because I could not find my iPhone anywhere. Usually it’s in my house and I was just blind, but sometimes it’s someplace really inconvenient like my work desk drawer.
Luckily, this app will let you know exactly where you iPhone is, and if it’s lost you can set it to “lost mode” so it locks itself so no one besides yourself can get into it.
And if you’re wondering how you can use the app if you can’t find the phone where the app is on, the app can be accessed on any iOs device (like your iPad or Macbook for instance).
What are some of your favourite free apps that help you keep organized?