Whether saving money is on your list of resolutions or not, everyone loves free — especially when they are actually useful, helpful, AND free! I chose a few less-common apps that literally have the ability to improve your life in every area: spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Here’s a list of my favorite freebies you should get immediately:
The YouMail app pioneered the world of visual voicemail. I know VVM is super common now among carriers, but I still find YouMail to be the most user-friendly and consistent. They’ve been around (and free!) long enough to have the kinks worked out and are not service-dependent.
If you don’t yet use visual voicemail, it shows up as a list of names and numbers on the app, instead of having to listen to every phone number. You can hand-select voicemails to listen to and/or delete.
1. You can use one YouMail account with multiple phone lines
2. You can establish one of several free greetings for different contacts, customizing your answering service. A professional greeting for business calls, a sweet greeting for your momma, even a “sorry, this number is no longer in service” greeting for those less-desirables you might meet after dark.
3. Every month, YouMail offers 10 free transcriptions, where you can actually read your voicemail instead of listening.
4. Saving and downloading voicemails is an easy option.
5. In-app reverse phone number lookup.
6. Robo-call Blocking — YouMail goes one step further than a “block caller” and tells the caller your number is no longer in service so that your number is actually removed from their list (and no longer worthy of being sold!)
YouMail has several tiers of paid services as well, and you can find a list of features for each here. I’ve been a user of the free service since 2011, and it has always been perfect for my needs. Try it out!
21-Day Meditation by Deepak Chopra
The app is free, but you’ll notice the library of meditations is not. HOWEVER, download the app and register anyway. You will get regular emails about free and/or specially-reduced meditations. I participate in no less than 6 free 21-day sessions per year — and they’re all so good, I’ve purchased 80% of them (at a reduced rate, of course!)
If you’re one who tracks macros for weight-loss and looking for a user-friendly version of free, this is the one for you. If you don’t yet track macros, give this a try — it will completely change how you view the food that fuels you. Senza is designed to log the calories, protein, carbs, and fat of each item.
You can scan the barcode of most food items to accurately log its macros, and that food item is then saved. Additionally, Senza keeps a database of everything logged and saved from every user. You can build, and even share recipes within the app.
Johnson & Johnson 7-Minute Workout
Think you don’t have time to fit in a workout today? Think again. This attractive and user-friendly app will show you how to squeeze in a sweat-worthy circuit workout at an intensity level customized for you.
The National Center for Biotechnical Information concludes that even without a change in eating habits, a 7-minute workout is effective in improving cardio-protective nutritional status over a six week period. Side benefits: improved blood flow, endorphin rush, and better sleep!
Sleep Sounds — Relax & Sleep, Relaxing Sounds
Fall asleep to one of 12 customizable nature sounds. This app has great reviews and has helped me through tough bouts of insomnia more than I can count. Set the internal timer and let the app display a beautiful visual on the phone face as a reminder to avoid mindless scrolling.
I’ve been a ColorNote user from the beginning, but I just found out that the app is only Android compatible. My sources say that Evernote is a great iOS alternative. ColorNote (as well as Evernote, it appears) lets you create notes or checklists and makes them all available on your pc. I save important groups of info like airline mileage #s for easy access.
Use plain text or checklists (my fave!)…the checklist will cross off the item once you check it (and hide, if that is the option you choose)
Create groups or categories by color
Set pop up/alarm reminders for individual notes
Archive options — for those notes you don’t need to see anymore but don’t want to lose
Integrated calendar for assigning due dates, etc to specific notes.
All content available from any PC