You guys. I’m posting twice this week. I think this is what some would call a blogging miracle. The truth of the matter is that I wrote this post a week or so ago and totally forgot to publish it. How embarrassing. I guess I could have just pretended that didn’t happen, but I tend to tell y’all everything. Whoops.
So, here’s the deal. I have an app problem. I hate loading my phone up with too many of them, but I seriously can’t stop downloading them. Something has to give. I thought that a good start would be to create lists of the ones I use daily, weekly, and almost never. Then I could start getting rid of the ones I don’t actually need. What I noticed was that, outside of my social media and fitness apps, there are really only a handful that I rely on regularly. FYI: I put “Five Great Apps for Moms” on this picture, because “Five Great Apps for People In General” just didn’t have the same ring to it. Clearly these aren’t just for moms, y’all.
The five apps I use most frequently are PS Express, Starbucks, WellSpent, Hub, and Ibotta. There really isn’t a theme to them except for the combination of the five help me pretend to be a functioning adult. PS Express helps me look like I have it together. Goodbye, under eye circles. Starbucks helps me survive the day. Thank you, Star rewards. WellSpent forces me to look at how much money I’ve spent on Starbucks. Accountability, yay! Hub helps me remember to pick up my child from school. That’s legit important. And, lastly, Ibotta sends me “free” money to send me back to Starbucks. It’s pretty awesome.
Hub is considered a “home and family organizer”. To say that we need that is a huge understatement. We have the Gold version and it’s definitely worth it. Ryne and I can both add things to the calendar, which then alerts us to important things like when Maddux needs to wear his pajamas to school. Serious stuff, obviously. We can also add shopping lists, to-do lists, and various other notes, chores, and tasks. Everything is shared between our phones, so we’re always on the same page. I seriously can’t express how much we love this simple little app. I definitely recommend it, especially if you share a lot of duties with your spouse like drop offs and pick ups, grocery shopping, paying bills, etc.
Ibotta was made for people like me, because I always forget to take my coupons to the store. Actually, I forget to cut coupons. Or every pay attention to them. This way I get cash back on my purchases afterwards, which means it’s okay that I’m the worst domestic engineer on the planet. If you feel like signing up, you can use my referral code (asnedmc) to earn a bonus after your first rebate redemption. One that I’ve used twice now is $5 back on $25 at Carter’s. Maddux needed some warm-weather clothes, so using the app and getting $10 back was a no-brainer for me. PS: It’s free to sign up and you can “cash out” once you reach $10. I was shocked how quickly I hit that threshold. I’ve officially gotten $50 back now. Whoop! That’s a whole lot of lattes, y’all.
Speaking of lattes, the Starbucks app is legit. I can buy coffee or espresso, even when I completely forget my wallet at home. Which, to be honest, happens way more often than I’d like to admit. This way, I can get my caffeine fix so I don’t forget other things the remainder of the day. Earning the star rewards is also just kind of fun, but that’s really just a mental thing for me. My favorite part, for real, is the ability to send someone a gift on the fly. Forget a birthday? Find out someone needs a smile? Send ’em an e-card along with some coffee cash. I think the theme here is that I’m forgetful and this app helps with that.
Do you wake up looking like a model? Yeah, me either. Sometimes those bags under my eyes just have to go. I’m also not the best iPhone photographer, which means my photos typically need a little cleaning up. I don’t use many of the preset filters, but I do usually tweak the exposure and either sharpen or reduce the noise based on how crappy the original photo looks. Since I am also a bad blogger, I snap a photo, edit it quickly on my phone, and then load it into the WordPress app. Boom.
WellSpent is probably the one app that keeps me from getting a divorce. Do you know how easy it is to blow money at Target, Chick-fil-A, and Starbucks? Do you know how annoying that can be for your sensible spouse? I can’t even understand how I do it, especially Chick-fil-A. I don’t even eat chicken, so that one kind of blows my mind. Have you tried the veggie wraps, though? Not too bad. Not too bad. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. The point is, I can track my spending with this little app. It’s super simple to use and I only input my frivolous spending. We have a much more sophisticated system for tracking bills and other monthly and yearly payments. By sophisticated system, I mean I’m married to someone who thinks playing in Excel is fun. If you need a quick way to track everyday spending, WellSpent is perfect.
I want to also post my app lists for social media and fitness. Maybe next time? If you have one you love (of any kind), let me know! I’m always up for trying something new.