App Lovin - My Favorites Apps

If you're like me then you're probably addicted to your smart phone. We all use our phones for keeping in touch and staying up to date with social media but do you really harness its power by using  some amazing apps that can simplify and improve your life. Here’s are my pick of some amazing apps for everything from grocery shopping, organizing all of your events and notes, showcasing your photos,weight loss and there are even apps for making money. Yep, you read correctly there are apps that can add money to your pockets. I'm an IPhone user so the apps I use and mention are all found on iTunes but most of these apps should be available in the app store for Android users. 

The iOS and Android application Manilla enables you to use one single password to access all of the important accounts. Whether it’s a bank account login, your Netflix subscription or your email information, you can use Manilla to centralize all of the important information that you need, without having to remember multiple passwords. Not only is the app free, but it offers unlimited space so you won’t ever have to pay to access your files.


The days of pen and paper grocery lists are over. Grocery IQ is basically an app where you can store your grocery list, but it’s more than just that: you can add up the total cost of your grocery items, scan the barcodes of items in the store to add them to your list and even find your closest grocery store. The database has millions of products which are ready for you to add to your grocery list.


While other apps allow you to make notes for your day and organize your schedule, the reason that Evernote is worth a mention on this list is because it’s the easiest way to make detailed notes for your day. The interface is slick and easy to use, and you can add photos to your notes so that you know exactly what the note is for on your homepage at a glance without having to read the note itself. Evernote is one of the most highly rated apps for organizing your life.


If you have irregular periods like me or you're just very forgetful, then this is the app for you. This app tells you when your period is coming and how long there’s left to go. It even tells you what moods you might experience on any particular day. It’s also really useful for indicating when you are most fertile if you are looking to conceive. The lite version is free and has more than enough functionality, but you can get even more by paying $1.49 for the deluxe version.


One of the best apps to make life easier is the MyFitness Pal app, which is a calorie counter and diet tracker. The designers describe it as the best calorie counter for the iPhone, and they aren't wrong; by accurately tracking what you've eaten over the course of the day, you can see if you are on track to a healthy diet or whether you need to make slight adjustments to lose those extra few pounds or tone up your arms. The app is compatible with their website, so any updates that you make through the app will be synced to your website login. I LOVE this app. Ive been using MyFitnessPal for years, way before I ever downloaded the app I would log my meals and exercises to MyFitnessPal online. If you're serious about tracking your meal etc then this an amazing app to try and it's free.


If you’re a veggie girl on the go, then this is one of the apps for vegans you’ve just got to try, stat! This app finally makes fast food accessible to vegans. Simply choose a local fast food or quick-dine restaurant, and you’ll see a list of their menu items that are vegan-friendly. There’s even a very long list of vegan foods at the grocery store, from candies to beer and everything in between; some might even surprise you. It’s well worth the $1.99 download fee.


If you’ve ever read the list of ingredients on your cereal or shampoo, and wondered what in the world some of those crazy, unpronounceable items were, and whether or not they’re vegan-friendly, well, my dear, there’s an app for that. Scroll through the alphabetical list until you find the ingredient you’re curious about, and you’ll see whether it’s plant or animal derived. Best of all, this app is freeeee.=)


If you’re a fan of the Happy Cow website, then you’ll love their iPhone app. It contains the same helpful information on which of the eateries and markets in your neighborhood have vegan-friendly items on their menus or stock on their shelves. It comes in handy when you’re traveling, too.


Photo Collage does exactly what it says; it helps you create unique collages out of everyday photos using special tools like cropping, unique backdrops, frames, borders, stickers and enhancing the lighting. The app includes 16 different types of collage layouts, along with 4 ratios for photo layouts, such as 1:1, 4:3, 3:4 and 3:2. You can zoom, rotate or mirror any image and make it bigger or smaller in real time. Photo Collage also allows you to share all your new collages on your social media outlets so all your friends can see your handiwork.

Believe it or not, there are apps that help you make money. I have tried out all of these to make sure they work and, trust me, they are all WONDERFUL. The economy is still rough and finding a well paying job can be beyond tough for many, so if you are unemployed or under employed, every dollar matters. Even if you're employed and well compensated but enjoy making your money work for you then feel free to try it too.


This is one of the apps that help you make money by giving you cash back on items you were going to purchase anyway. This week there are 38 items ranging from Jergen’s Lotion to Tums and Honey Combs cereal. All you need to do is take pictures of your receipt when you get home from your shopping trip. You will get cash back ranging from 50¢ to $1.75 off each of the special items they have listed for the week. There are also bonus tasks that allow you to earn more without hitting the store by taking surveys or polls and watching ads by select brands. All of the money you earn is deposited directly into your PayPal account.


Endorse is an app that is very similar to the Ibotta app in that you earn a percentage of cash back by scanning in your receipts after you shop. This app lets you scan receipts from ANYWHERE, including local stores and military commissaries. If you haven’t purchased the products that are being featured that week, you can still earn points that you can donate to charities simply by uploading your receipt, so scan them in no matter what. This app also pays via PayPal. A lot of the time Ibotta and Endorse have a few of the same items listed. This week I bought Oreos which were on both apps. I saved 75¢ on Ibotta and 10% on Endorse. Endorse also does something that I LOVE. While most of the items are brand specific, several of them are not. For instance, this week if you buy ANY brand of paper towels or any brand of chips, you get 30% or 10% back, respectively.


This is a truly fantastic idea and if it can motivate me, it can motivate you. The app is free to download and you input how many days per week you want to work out (at the gym or at home). Then you input how much money you will pay if you fail to meet your commitment. If you achieve your goal, you get a percentage of the money paid by those who didn’t quite meet theirs. It’s perfect. You earn extra money AND it keeps you in shape.


Jingit is the best and worst app to help you make money. For some people it will be phenomenal, but it’s totally dependent on the area you live in. I live in the city so there are many participating stores around but if you live in a small town that may not be the case. It’s worth trying out because it’s free. You can earn points for checking in at participating stores, locating specific items, buying items or watching ads and taking a really quick survey. The absolute best part about this app is they issue you a debit card, so there is absolutely no waiting for your money. As soon as it’s added to your total you can spend it!


For this app you enter your zip code and it shows you pins on a map where the gigs are located. Gigs range pretty widely. As a few examples, for “Photograph a Local Business for,” basically you go to the businesses listed and take the required photographs, which mainly consist of one or two outside pictures and 3-5 interior pictures. In my area those tasks pay $7 each. “Walmart Merchandising” consists of going to your local Walmart, asking the manager to help you locate the required merchandising materials and setting up a display. It can take from 10 minutes to half an hour and it pays $25. It’s totally up to you which tasks you take and you are paid through PayPal.


This is an app that basically allows you to be a Secret Shopper. You are given tasks such as go into Family Dollar, locate the pet section and take notice of the merchandise and signage. After you are done they ask you a few questions, which allows them to be sure you actually did the task and informs them of any mistakes being made within certain stores. These tasks generally pay $6.50-8.50 and they only take 3-5 minutes. If you live in an area large enough you could make a good amount with this app. You will be paid via PayPal.


IconZoomer is an app that assigns you tasks you can accomplish without leaving your home (most of the time). Tasks such as taking a picture of the shoes you’re wearing and letting everyone know what you think of them, or snapping a photo of what you’re eating and telling them what it’s made out of and how it tastes. You snap the pictures and upload them to the app and post them on your Facebook or Twitter feed. This one is sort of hit and miss. In my area there are hardly any, but depending on where you are you could get several per day. Each task pays 35¢.


I love this app and use it almost 60% of the time when I'm posting any pics to Instagram. It provides the basic features like crop, brighten, sharpen etc but it also has some amazing filters and effects that will leave your photos looking absolutely amazing.

Live long and prosper.

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