In a day and age where it feels like we are all busier than ever, we should be utilizing the computer we already have in our pockets to make our lives easier, more organized, and more efficient. We've combed through the internet and app stores to bring you a list of simple-but-helpful, user friendly, and free (or almost free) apps that you can download and start using today.

1. Venmo

Venmo is a service that allows you to easily and quickly transfer small or large amounts of money to other Venmo users. The app is free to download and use, and extremely easy to navigate. You can link up your bank account to the app and transfer funds for no charge to any other Venmo user. Or for a very small percentage fee, you can transfer funds instantly just with your debit card information. Venmo makes it easy to split restaurant bills and Uber charges with friends, split rent and utilities, and keep track of all your shared payments and purchases in once place.


2. iWish

This is an app that encourages its users to get the most out of life, and reminds you to appreciate your time here on earth. Basically, iWish is a bucket list that stays safe in your phone, and allows you to make plans, check off your to-do lists, and gives you over a thousand ideas of activities you can do in categories like wellness, relationships, travel, sports, adventure, career, finance and lifestyle.

3. Stand Up!

We have some bad news: Sitting is seriously hurting you. More and more research is finding that sitting at a desk all day is terrible for your health, even if you're someone who exercises every day. Some researchers suggest standing for 30 minutes out of every hour, but unfortunately for most of us, that isn't feasible. Others suggest standing for 15 minutes of each hour, but most experts agree that the bare minimum is to at least stand up and move your body every half hour. Stand Up! is a free app that lets you select how often you want to be reminded to stand, on what days, where, and for how long.

4. Doodle

The days of having to ask your partner, family, roommates, or coworkers if you're all able to make an event fit into your separate schedules are over. Doodle is a free scheduling app used by more than 15 million people, and allows you to share calendars, make updates and requests, create polls, send invites, and more.

5. Shazam

Have you ever been in a public place, heard a snippet of a song you like, but couldn't catch the name to download later? Or perhaps worse yet, when you recognize a song and spend the whole day trying to remember what it's called or who it's by? Shazam is a free app that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows just by using the microphone on your phone to hear a short sample played.

6. Podcasts

Ok, this isn't as simple as telling you one app to download. But if you aren't already, you need to start listening to podcasts, and there's one on just about every subject. Spend your commutes, house chores, showers, time at your desk, etc. learning and being entertained. Hear stories, learn about fascinating subjects and accounts from some of the world's most interesting people, become motivated, meditate, laugh with comedians, your options are limitless. You can stream podcasts on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Overcast, Google Podcasts, TedTalks, Pocket Casts, and many other apps and services. Most smartphones even have an app for podcasts already downloaded upon purchase!

7. Duolingo


Duolingo is another free app that makes it easy and fun to learn a new language (and some even say it's addictive!). With great reviews, no charge, fun games, rewards, and immediate grading, there's no reason to not get started. Their website claims that studies show that 34 hours of Duolingo are equal to an entire semester of university-level language courses.

8. Mint

Mint is consistently voted as one of the best budgeting apps available, and is owned by the same company that makes Quickbooks and TurboTax. There are many features within the app that help you track, manage, and budget your money in a condensed and easy-to-understand way. Budgeting apps are a great way to see where your money is going every month, and see where you can make helpful changes to build a more financially-secure future.

9. Pinterest

When you're bored and have time to kill, Pinterest can be your saving grace. Get inspiration for home decor, DIY projects, weddings, parenthood, dates, fashion, health, makeup and skincare, cars, photography, and find blogs and articles on just about any subject you can think up.


10. Your Bank Account

Jumping back to financial responsibility, most banks now have a free mobile app that you should download if you haven't already. You'll easily be able to see your balances and transfers, see previous or pending transactions, and keep track of every penny.

11. Google Photos

Rest assured that your photos and videos are completely safe, even if something happens to your phone. Google Photos is a free app you can download that backs up your phone's media to the cloud, but its much easier to use and understand than other cloud platforms. Your photos and videos can be uploaded automatically and kept safe, organized, and accessible from anywhere.

There are a couple million apps available for download to your smart phone, but we hope this list can help you get started in making your life easier. If you have your own favorites or other app suggestions not mentioned above, we'd love to hear about them! We love all things tech here at Audi Peoria.

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