Hey all you "told ya so's" and "whews", looks like we made it to 2013 (although, personally, forget the ball, I'm still waiting for the shoe to drop!)
In any case, as it does seem that we will all be moving forward, I decided that 2013 should be the year that we all really begin to "rock the apps".
Now just about everyone knows that there are a literal ton of apps out there which offer the potential for productivity and play but I wanted to pick five that will really help you to get 2013 moving in the right direction. So check it...
This is one of my favorite personal finance apps (and you know you're going to need that to keep track of your massive credit card bills!). Mint allows you to add multiple accounts to your ledger on their website. You can add your personal bank, credit, loan, retirement accounts and more to Mint and it’ll automatically retrieve transactions as you make them and tabulate a total net worth. All on one screen. Awesome! Available for iPhone, Android and PC.
In keeping with the theme which is going to occupy the next six months of your life at least, is Moneypad. This is a very simple to use app which allows you to set budget limits on anything and everything and alerts you when the limit has been reached. Easy to use, and full of guilt ridden information to stop you cold from spending (maybe!) $2.99 at iTunes but well worth it!
3) The Eatery
This one is cool. It allows you to go on a diet, or change your eating habits all while doing it in a social way. With this app you can take pictures of the food you eat, and then allow your friends to rate those foods to help keep you on the right track (painful but definitely effective). It also keeps track of what you eat and ensures that you stay on a good overall diet. Free at iTunes and soon coming to Android.
Looking to start a weight loss program which includes working out? This app is designed to do just that. No need for expensive gym memberships or costly weights and equipment, Sworkit provides easy to do exercise routines with instructions for both strength training and yoga, that you can do right from the comfort of your home. You can set the amount of time that you want to work out, and it’ll provide a simple and effective program for you. Free for iOS and Android.
I really like this one. Have you ever had a friend or family member comment on a particular habit that you have that they find annoying? A perpetual wringing of the hands (Sis), the unconscious "hair flip", or even the constant cigarette dangling from your teeth? Well this app can help you to break the bad ones and develop the good ones. All you have to do is add a habit and then decide if you want to ‘make’ it or ‘break’ it. Then start tracking it by tapping the happy or sad face – happy if you succeed, sad if you do not – then watch your progress with the charts and graphs it creates. Guilt is a wonderful thing, but progress is better! Free at the Appstore.
Use these apps, find some others, and totally app out in 2013!
Happy 'we made it to 2013" New Year!