Lifestyle

5 apps to make life easier

Growing up isn’t as glamorous as you first thought. Juggling work, exercise and a social life can be tricky. Are there even enough hours in the day to fit everything in? Sometimes, it feels like there isn’t. Fear not, thankfully, there are a number of apps to make everything simple…

Hive

It’s winter, you’ve had a long stressful day at work and it’s raining outside so you’re looking forward to getting home and snuggling up on the sofa – but you’ve forgotten to set the timer for your heating. The reality hits and you can’t help but kick yourself. We have some great news, a new app called Hive Active Heating allows you to control your heating system remotely — and keep the cold at bay! You’ll need to install a wireless thermostat, hub and receiver but once you do, you’ll be able to control your heating remotely via the app.

That means greater flexibility for you. Switch your heating on and off when you need it — like 20 minutes before you leave the office, for example — and enjoy money and energy savings across the year.

Evernote Scannable

It’s easier said than done, keeping everything organised. If you try your best to be organised but are still left with a mountain of paperwork, you need Evernote Scannable. The downloadable app helps you make sense of your documents—simply scan them via your smartphone camera and create a digital bank of information. Whether it’s receipts, contracts or business cards, you’ll never mislay that important document again.

What’s more, the app will even convert any business card that you can into a contact on your device. Not only that, but it will retrieve additional data from LinkedIn too. Now that’s a smarter way to manage your contacts.

Out of Milk

Are you tired of constant confusion over who is getting what when it comes to the grocery shop? Whether it’s your partner finishing the milk without letting you know, or you both buying the same groceries, Out of Milk puts an end to your food shopping mishaps.

Say goodbye to shopping mishaps and say hello to this app that is available for Android smartphones and works by letting multiple people create lists. Invite others to your list and they’ll be able to add their own groceries to it and check off any that they buy. Your list will update almost instantly, so you’ll never end up with 24 eggs and eight pints of milk again!

True Potential Investor

We all want to save more but, with groceries, bills and mortgages to pay, our savings can take a hit. However, stocks and shares ISA provider True Potential Investor offers an app that lets you effectively manage your savings better.

The self-directed investment service allows you to set savings goals, work out how much you’ll need to save to achieve it and invest your cash direct from the app. You can select from a range of investment portfolios with differing levels of risk to help you meet your savings goal*.

*With investing, your capital is at risk. Investments can fluctuate in value and you may get back less than you invest. Tax rules can change at any time.

7 Minute Workout

Have a gym membership that’s costing you a fortune but gets little use because you just don’t have enough time? Try downloading 7 Minute Workout – it does what it says on the tin, meaning you can fit it into your day wherever you are. You can do high intensity circuit training wherever you are — at home, in a hotel on holiday, anywhere!

Everyone can make time for seven minutes, which is how long each workout lasts. If the thought of an hour on the treadmill fills you with dread, this could be the perfect option for you. There are 12 exercises to complete in 30-second intervals and with 10 second breaks. Offering a flexible approach to exercise, it’s great if you’re looking to boost your fitness or lose weight.

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