Whether you’re newly single or a long-time independent woman, technology can help you with everything from creating a household budget to finding a cab. Here are fifteen helpful apps to help you make the most of your life.
Planning & Organization
Let’s start with the basics. From organizing your shopping list, to finding that article you’ve been meaning to read, and even helping you plan what to wear, here are three apps you should download.
• Dark Sky (Weather App)
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How many times have you dashed out the door on a perfectly sunny day, only to find the weather take a turn for the worse, at the worst possible time? Dark Sky is an app designed to help you track changing weather conditions, and even offers alerts and an at-a-glance summary of what the weather will be like for the next hour and through the day.
• Pocket (Web Bookmarking App)
In today’s digitally connected world, it’s easy to find great content on your phone, while standing in line at the store, or waiting for a friend at a restaurant—but once you put your phone down, it’s not always easy to find that great article, or video again. Pocket is a smart bookmarking app that lets you save the content you find for later, and it works across just about any platform and device. You can even view your saved content without an internet or data connection.
• AnyList (Shopping List App)
If you’re looking for a pure, simple shopping list that won’t clutter-up your calendar or coupon space, AnyList is a straight-forward, easy-to-use/read free app that lets you create a private shopping list for any store your heart desires. You can also choose to share specific lists with your roommates, friends, or kids, and the lists will update live so you can shop more efficiently.
Getting It Together
No woman is a superhero in every subject. Here are three apps to help you manage your finances, monitor your credit, and find (and even finance) your next home.
• Mint (Budgeting App/Service)
All the single ladies know how important it is to manage money. Take the mystery out of your spending and your financial goals with Mint, the service that helps you track your spending, set a budget, and get a good understanding of where you are financially.
• Credit Sesame (Credit & Finance App/Service)
What you don’t know can hurt you, especially when it comes to your credit score. Credit Sesame is a helpful service that can give help you know, monitor, and understand your credit and loans in one place, for free. They even offer tools and advice to help you find the best mortgages and loans.
• Realtor.com (Real Estate App/Service)
While Craigslist may have helped you find your living situation in college, Relator.com is all about helping you find a home that fits. Whether you’re looking to rent an apartment, or own a house or condo, this easy-to-use app can show you the most accurate, up-to-date listings in your desired budget and area, for free. Bonus: Realtor.com updates its listings faster and more frequently than “other” real estate apps, giving you a competitive advantage.
Out & About
From locating key services around you, to finding a cab in a crowded city, or even conversing in another language, here are three apps to help you as you’re out and about.
• AroundMe (Location App)
Sometimes it’s nice to know where the nearest bank, gas station, theater, or hotel is. AroundMe is a great app for helping you quickly find what you’re looking for, so you can get on with your day.
• cab4me (Transportation App)
Have you ever wanted to hail a cab, without the inconvenience of standing on a corner, waving your arms like a princess in peril? Cab4me is a free app that helps you locate a nearby cab and coordinate your pickup time and location. The app works with cab companies in its database, and even runs an online search for you, if you happen to be in an area not yet covered.
• Google Translate (Language Translation App)
This free, instant translation service can help you quickly communicate wherever, with whomever. Whether you want to speak, type, or write in any of its 70 languages, this app breaks through communication barriers, and it’s a must-have for travelers.
Health & Lifestyle
Staying active is an important part of single women’s lives. Here are three apps to help you stay mentally sharp, physically fit, and well-informed.
• Lumosity (Brain Fitness App)
While it may be tempting to check out your favorite social network the next time you have a free minute with your phone, consider Lumosity, the free app designed to help you work out your brain. Improving memory, problem-solving abilities, and attention span, Lumosity’s challenges are scientifically created to give your brain a workout that feels like fun.
• 7 Minute Workout Challenge (Workout App)
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Since going to the gym on a regular basis can be a daunting commitment, try this simple, 7 Minute Workout Challenge app ($1.99). The app features 12 high-intensity exercises designed to maximize results in a small amount of time. It’s like a personal trainer in your pocket.
• Kindle (Reading App)
The Kindle reading app lets you buy a book or magazine once and read it anywhere. The app works on just about any device, and lets you highlight and bookmark key passages.
While it’s great to focus on the positive side of life, as a single woman, it’s important to have a network and a plan in place for those times when things don’t go according to plan. Here are three apps to help you stay safe, monitor your kids, and get the help you need in emergency situations.
• Circle of 6 (Personal Safety)
Sometimes, when things go wrong, you need something a little more proactive and personal than 911. Circle of 6 is a great “staying safe” app for women, that helps you create a social support structure to prevent violence and, in the event that something happens, quickly get the appropriate help. From asking a friend to call you to “interrupt” a bad date, to sending a blast to your 6 primary friends with your immediate contact information, and even calling the cops or a national help hotline at the push of a button, Circle of 6 is a quick way to get the help you need, wherever you are.
• MamaBear (Child-Monitoring App)
For any parent, it’s not always easy to keep track of where your kids are and what they’re doing. For single moms, this can be even more difficult. MamaBear is a customizable app for parents that will help you with everything from finding your kids on a map, to knowing who they’re hanging out with, and even if they’re speeding. It also lets you track them across social networks.
• ICE Standard with Smart911
Imagine that you’re in a car accident or a disaster scenario and you’re unconscious, or unable to speak to emergency responders. Let your cell phone do the talking for you with ICE Standard, the number one emergency information app on iTunes. This app turns your phone’s lock screen into your emergency contact information, and can even include personal and medical information so you can be identified in the event of an emergency.
Article Written By:
Jennifer L. Jacobson is the founder of Jacobson Communication and a Silicon Valley leader known for helping great companies, organizations, and ideas get the attention they deserve.
Jennifer L. Jacobson, Director of Public Relations, Credit Sesame
Founder: Jacobson Communication