Like many young adults just on the other side of various quarter-life crises, while balancing “big people jobs” with mundane grown-up responsibilities, sometimes I’m barely holding it together–organizationally speaking. Fake it ‘til you make it! Since so many people who appear to have it all together swear by their technological solutions, I decided to do a little digging and see if I couldn’t research my way into some make-life-easier apps. And because I ascribe to the gospel of “Ballin’ on a Budget”, I gave myself one rule…they had to be free. Here’s what I rounded up! Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments below.
For seeking so you shall find:
Job Search- Look for jobs based on job description and location with Indeed.com’s search application.
Repairpal- Assists you in locating auto repair shops in your area.
Last.fm- Find the latest artists and albums.
Gas Bag- Locates the cheapest gas prices.
For staying organized:
Sticky Notes- Write reminders on virtual post-it notes and stick them on a virtual bulletin board.
24me- This app will keep track of bank and Netflix accounts, track how many cell phone minutes you’ve used, and log frequent flyer miles.
Smart ToDo- Keeps track of due dates and a detailed “To Do” list.
Evernote-Jot down notes via text, audio or picture. Everything you in-put is searchable later.
For a fitness focus:
MapMyRun- Keeps track of all your runs, including: pace, distance, route, speed and charts your progress over time.
Restaurant Nutrition-Lets you know the healthiest choices when dining out.
For getting out of a jam:
iTranslate- Combines voice recognition, translation and output to achieve the dream of a Universal Translator.
Law Dojo- Know your rights.
Drinks and Cocktails- Spin the wheel and get a new drink recipe every time.
Birthday Reminder- Keep track of all your friends’ special days…and know when to expect the next party.
Perfect Date-Helps you plan a romantic evening out with your lucky gal or guy.
For making discoveries in your town:
Fandango-Find out what is playing at the local movie theater and how much the ticket will set you back.
Songkick Concerts- Lets you know when your favorite band will be rolling through your town.
iRecycle-Trying to be environmentally conscious? This app will tell you where the local recycling center is.
Pizza Finder-Find the best slice in town!
For shopping ‘til you drop:
Closet+-Keep an organized closet by cataloguing your wardrobe with pictures and descriptions.
Book Bargain- Alerts you to the best deals on Amazon and other online book sellers.
For staying up to date on current events:
NYTimes- Get news for free from a trusted periodical.
NPRAddict- News with a bit more quirk, this app also lets you download great podcasts which are wonderful for roadtrips and passing time on the elliptical.
For life-long learning:
Word of the Day –Expand your vocabulary and your GRE score.
Art Lite-Learn all about the artists, significance and history behind your favorite works of art.
SparkNotes- Lets you access Spark Notes for all the literary classics. Be sure to read the actual text too!
(iPhone illustration via here.)