Whether it's flows (work or otherwise) finances or food, we all have areas in our lives we'd like to make easier to execute. Few of us can afford to hire the village of personal chefs, trainers, advisors and assistants it would take to unburden ourselves of these activities entirely, but fortunately, there are plenty of apps out there aimed at making our lives work smarter not harder. Recently, we've been sharing some of our favorite smartphone apps amongst ourselves, testing their abilities to up our productivity levels and take care of things we'd never get around to doing ourselves. Here are the four apps we're finding most helpful at the moment, all cheaper than an Apple Watch.
I'm not entirely proud of the fact that it's taken me until the cusp of my 30s to start considering financial investments, but then I read this CNN piece highlighting the fact that the vast majority of people my age—93%—share my hesitations about the stock market. Coming of age in the financial upheaval of the 2008 recession has had the residual effect of making most millennials incredulous about financial investing. Fortunately for us, the designers of the new app Acorns have come up with a pretty foolproof way to ease into it. The app allows you to take the spare change from electronic/debit card purchases and invest it into a diversified stock portfolio picked for you by a Nobel-prize-winning economist based on your spending habits, annual income and long-term goals. It's an easy way to dip your toe into investment pool without needing to throw down serious cash with a financial advisor in order to do so. I've been using Acorns since February and will say it's super simple, secure and so user friendly that it's alleviated a lot of the fear I had about financial investment. Acorns is free and available through iTunes, Amazon Apps and Google Play.—Jordan Galloway
Brooklyn foodies tend to lead two different lives—when we’re out on the town, we dine on some of the most acclaimed, cutting-edge New American fare in the world. But when we’re at home on the couch, it’s usually greasy Chinese food or standard pizza. Caviar combines the best of both worlds: high-end, cool Brooklyn cooking and…well—laziness. Download the app and choose from a curated selection of spots like Talde, Franny’s, Blue Ribbon Brooklyn, Prospect and No. 7—many of which don’t otherwise deliver. There’s a $4.99 delivery charge, but come on, that’s worth it when you can even get a milkshake or a pint from OddFellows ice cream delivered without taking off your pajamas. Caviar is free and available through iTunes and Google Play.—Brendan Spiegel (more…)
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