Your Bank's Mobile App
Nearly all large banks now have a mobile app and you will find this extremely helpful if you travel very much. I have used the app that is linked to my bank to transfer money from savings to checking, and to pay a bill while I was away from my home computer. You can use the app to instantly see if a check has cleared, or to check your account balance.
If you are a very careful shopper, this mobile app can save you a lot of time and frustration. It allows you to scan in a bar code and check for price comparisons. Before you drive from WalMart to Target to Costco, and back again, to compare the price of the same camera or a similar item, go to the store that is closest to you and scan the bar code. It will tell you the price of the item in a variety of stores.
My Fitness Pal
Are you trying to stay in shape, and you just want to keep track of your calories, weight and the amount of exercise you are getting? This app makes it easy to see how well you are doing. Since most of us always have our phones with us, we are much less likely to forget to enter the data when we are on the go.
If you have used Weight Watchers in the past and want to keep track of your points, without paying a monthly fee, download the very inexpensive Value Diary app. When I downloaded it, it cost $2.99. You can manually enter your foods or look them up on their database. Keep track of your points and maintain your weight without going to meetings or paying a monthly fee.
The Weather Channel
Are you concerned about storms in your area? Do you want to know the weather at your travel destination? The Weather Channel app is a convenient way to instantly know about weather alerts, expected precipitation and anything else that could affect your travel plans.
A Local News Station
I have the app for my both my Los Angles ABC and CBS affiliates, as well as CNN. Whenever there is a breaking news story, I am immediately notified. This is particularly handy whenever there is an earthquake or major traffic stoppage in my area. It also keeps me informed of major news stories, no matter where I am.
Want to talk to your family and see your grandkids at the same time? If you and your family members have iPhones, you all have Facetime, which is similar to Skype. However, if you have an Android phone or sometimes talk with people on one, having Skype is a wonderful way to visually see the person you are talking to. You grandkids will love it!
One of my used apps is WAZE, a free GPS navigation system. It uses real time data to guide you around heavy traffic and warns you of obstructions or vehicles that may be parked along the side of the road. It is invaluable if you live in a large city where traffic is a daily problem.
There are thousands of other useful cell phone applications, as well. If you are interested in some apps that are recommended for senior citizens, you may want to read "Smart Phone Apps for Senior Citizens." It has reviews of a number of other handy smart phone apps including Dragon Dictation, SitorSquat, Shazam, Pandora, WebMD, Google Translate, and more. Use these apps to make sure your phone is providing you with every possible type of assistance.
If you have any other apps that you have found helpful, feel free to leave a comment below and share your knowledge with others.
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