Many may be wondering why a broke person would have an iPhone in the first place. Well, I am pleased to announce that I am one such broke person, but I have a valid excuse and her name is Amelia, aka my good friend in California. Amelia recently upgraded to the 3GS and gave me, the person who should have been her twin sister but somehow isn’t, her old phone for an impossible to turn down deal.
Yes, I was considering a Walmart pay as you go phone less than a couple months ago. Yes, I was crabbing about paying my cell phone bill. Yes, I have an iPhone and I absolutely adore it. Moving forward…
I don’t really have to get into all of the benefits of having an iPhone, especially since in the few days I’ve had it, I’ve only used it for email, Twitter and extracurricular browsing. I have started searching and downloading free apps though that will benefit my endeavors to save and budget. Granted, I can’t give you a complete review on these because I haven’t tried them out for long, but here are the 5 that I’ve started with:
1. Tweetdeck- connects me to Twitter and Facebook, easily and free. Especially wonderful for those millions of folks addicted to these things and need to have a connection 24 hours a day.
2. HomeBudget Lite- this is the free version of HomeBudget which lets you keep track of expenses, bills, income and your accounts. So far I have entered my bank accounts and the money I’ve spent since I downloaded the app, but I read that it provides charts and stuff to see where your money’s going. Keep in mind that the free apps are usually trial versions of the full version, which usually costs a couple of dollars, but it’s a good way to see if you’ll like how something works before buying it.
3. MyFitnessPal- this app lets you enter the food that you eat and keep of your calories. The items are searchable so even if you enter Applebees salad, most of the salads are available for you to choose the one you had and get the appropriate calorie count.
4. GroceryGadgetLite- this is the free version, which again lets you try it out before you buy the full version. This app allows users to enter their grocery lists by categories as well as any coupons that you might have. Nice to not have to hunt down scraps of paper or pens when you think of something.
5. GasBag- this app helps you log your mileage and fuel efficiency as well as giving drivers the location and fastest route to the cheapest gas. A great app for keeping track of your gas expenses and for finding cheap gas when you’re in an unfamiliar part of town.
So yes, occasionally broke people have phones and cell phone plans that can pay for a small mortgage, but if you use your phone to its full potential, you may be able to get a little help with budgeting, saving money and just making life even grander than it already is. Not quite sure if all of these apps will always be the best ones for me, but for now it’s pretty fun trying them out. Which apps do you use and which ones make your life easier?