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Apps for the Twenty-Something Year Old



I'm constantly amazed by how much technology has transformed over the past decade or so. The entire world is now at our fingertips; everything is so easy and accessible. I got my first iPhone about 4 years ago, and I was instantly hooked on downloading the coolest apps I could find. But now that I am an ~adult~, I find myself downloading less apps like the Kim Kardashian game, and more of the ones that are useful and make adulting just a little bit easier.

So I present to you...my personal list of app essentials. I've attempted to curate a collection that has some less frequently downloaded apps. Maybe you've heard of them before but never bothered to use it. Well I am here to explain to you why you should.

But first, let's quickly go over the obvious ones. These apps are already probably on your phone.

  • Venmo (Direct confrontation is not fun when it comes to money. Now you can passive-aggressively ask your friends to pay you back through an app LOL.)
  • Uber (The ultimate DD)
  • Yelp (The essential foodie app)
  • Every form of social media your friends are using
  • Your music player app of choice (I like Spotify)
  • Your navigation app of choice (I use Waze or Google Maps)

Now here are some of my personal favorites:

Finances

Mint
The older you get, the more money matters! I found this app essential in keeping track of my expenses. It connects to your cards, accounts, and investments so you will always be updated on your financial status. There are a plethora of useful tools, such as automatically generated charts at the end of the month that show you what categories you're spending the most money in. You can create budgets, and even get your credit score. I find this app to be safe and reliable because it's developed by Intuit, the creators of TurboTax, Quickbooks, etc. so I know my information is secure.



Travel

Hopper
Never pay for an overpriced plane ticket again! Use Hopper to track your future trips. It'll track the prices of many different flights from different airlines and send you notifications when prices drop. It was so helpful when I found a round-trip flight to London for only $600 when the price is normally around $1000. What I suggest is to use this app only for browsing for different options. Hopper gives you the option to purchase tickets via their app, but they charge a "finders fee", which you can avoid altogether if you just purchase directly through the airline's website.


Airbnb
Every time I go on a trip, I like to consider Airbnb before hotels. It's a more affordable alternative and I've had a positive experience with it overall! You can find some really cheap accommodation for like, $50 a night or even less. It's entirely up to you how much you want to spend! You can find a ton of options based on your budget level. Obviously if you want something nicer you will have to spend more. I personally don't really care about how luxurious it is because when I'm vacationing, I'm only going to be at my Airbnb when I go to sleep. I'd rather save that money for some good food!




Duolingo
I love learning new languages and Duolingo is a fun little way to do that. You can dedicate as little or as much time to it per day as you want by setting daily goals that range from "casual" to "insane". There are so many languages to choose from - Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Russian are just a few.



Entertainment

Newsify
If you are a reader of multiple news sites, I highly recommend using an app such as this one. It aggregates all your favorite news sources and you can read their articles directly through the app. You can even save the articles for later, such as when you're out of the house and don't want to use data.


Bloglovin
This one might not be for everyone, but if you enjoy reading fashion/beauty/lifestyle blogs like me, this is an awesome way to keep track of them all. You can follow blogs and their new posts will show up on your feed. You can also follow people and see what they are reading. Bloglovin also curates personalized recommendations based on what you like to read. Overall, really nice way to have all your favorite blogs in one place.




Utilities

Car Finder (the one developed by AugmentedWorks)
Dude, where's my car? I will admit that I am terrible with directions. I am equally as bad at remembering where I parked. This app saved me from many futile attempts at mindlessly wandering around the parking lot. Simply drop a pin on the map once you've parked, and the app will tell you what direction to walk back in when you are trying to return to your car. You just follow the big red arrow and you're set!


And that's it for my list! What do you recommend?
*All images were found on the App Store and belong to their respective developer

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