Overworked and Underpaid? 9 Free Apps to the Rescue


Are you overwhelmed and routinely pulled under by day-to-day tasks?  Perhaps you are drowning in a sea of expenses too.  Well then, you have come to the right place.  Most of us can certainly identify with these struggles.  Let me throw you a life preserver of sorts by revealing a few of the tools I’ve found to reduce chaos and keep my budget afloat.  Stop feeling overworked and underpaid.  Here are 9 free apps to the rescue:


Hey, Money Bags – Earning & Saving

1. Wagespot – Salary Searcher, Wage Calculator, Job Finder

Compatible with: iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android

Maybe it’s time to cast a wider net and bring home a bigger catch.  This real-time app allows users to anonymously or publicly share their salary and compensation package for their current position. The data provided will empower you to negotiate a fair wage or ask for a raise.  No more wondering what you’re worth or if you’re undervalued as an employee.  The newest feature offers lists of job openings to browse and analyze.


2. Money Lover – Money Manager, Bill Reminder, Budget App

Compatible with: iOS, iPone, iPad, Android

You won’t go belly up if you utilize this expense tracker to manage your personal finances.  Easily customize spending categories and generate reports to get the big picture.  The bill reminder feature will keep your payments up to date and on time.  Upgrade to Money Lover Plus for $4.99 to obtain access to premium options.  Control your money.  Don’t let it control you.


3. RetailMeNot – Coupons, Discounts, Deals

Compatible with: iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android

After you have organized or created a budget, you’ll want to cut expenses where possible.  I use this app every time I head out shopping.  It has saved me hundreds of dollars.  Offers and deals are available from over 50,000 retailers and food chains.  No more clipping or forgetting coupons or digging through your purse to find them.  It’s as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

Business As Usual – Productivity

4. Wunderlist: To-Do Lists, Reminders, Errands

Compatible with: iOS, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows

Do you have the sinking feeling you are forgetting something?  This amazing app will put your mind at ease as you create a shareable list or organize your work projects.  Set reminders, assign tasks or delegate household chores to family members.  You can access Wunderlist from anywhere, as the app syncs between your computer, tablet, and phone.


5. Forest App – Improve Focus, Avoid Distraction, Increase Productivity

Compatible with: iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome, Firefox

This nifty little program puts me back on course and allows me to work uninterrupted for twenty-five minute periods.  I set a timer and the app plants a virtual seed.  If I manage to work on my assignment for the entire time, the plant will grow into a tree.  If I leave my task, the tree will wither and die.  The goal is to create a larger forest each week.  It may sound silly, but it works.  The phone app is $1.99, but I use the browser extension on my laptop for free.


6. Waze: GPS Navigation, Maps, Traffic Alerts

Compatible with: iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android

When I forget to open this tool during my commute, I usually regret it by waiting impatiently in a sea of cars.  Waze is a real-time traffic and navigation app that provides the best routes with community-edited maps.  You can avoid construction, speed traps, accidents, red light cameras and other obstacles as you journey around town.  Also, as a Waze driver, you’ll save money on gas by navigating to the cheapest pumps reported on your route.

The Daily Grind – Errands & Honey-Dos

7. Big Oven: Recipes, Grocery Lists, Menus

Compatible with: iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android, web

Do you hear the theme song from Jaws when your family members start to circle the kitchen and ask, “What’s for dinner?”  This fantastic app is packed with over 350,000 recipes from which to choose.  Save your favorites, make grocery lists, and create meal planners too.  The paid version allows you to follow friends and your favorite food bloggers as well.

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8. Daily Workouts: Exercise Routines, Instructional Videos

Compatible with: iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Windows

Daily Workouts is stuffed to the gills with full-body and targeted exercise routines. Instructional videos guide you through unfamiliar moves as you tone, tighten, and break a sweat.  Now you have the convenience of your own personal trainer wherever you go.  The upgraded version offers a greater variety of exercises and is ad-free.


9. TaskRabbit: Chores, Cleaning, Home Repair

Compatible with: iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android, web

You probably have a tsunami-sized lineup of improvements, repairs, and household duties to be done.  If you can spare the money, use TaskRabbit to lighten the load.  Hire a pre-screened Tasker to walk your dog, mount a TV, deliver a package or anything else you desire.  There’s no need for cash because you pay through the app when the assignment is complete.


What do you think of my list of tools to rescue the overworked and underpaid?  I know you have a few helping to keep your chin above water.  Don’t keep those programs a secret.  Share them with the rest of us below.

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    • Hi, Anne. I hope you get a chance to try a few of these programs to help you organize and reduce expenses. Thanks for reading and sharing.

  1. These are all such awesome apps! I’ve only used a couple, so I’m going to have to check out the others. I use todoist, instead of wunderlist. But I haven’t been making great use of it lately. I should see if wunderlist is a better match for my needs now. Thanks!

    • Hello, Brittany. I have heard good things about Todoist, but have never tried it myself. You could try the free version of Wunderlist and do a comparison. If you do, let us know which one you prefer and why. Thanks for contributing to the conversation.

    • Hello, Antoinette. I hope you get a chance to try a few of these apps out before your show. I can’t wait to listen in to The Delaware Blogger. I can always use suggestions too. Thanks for sharing. I always appreciate it!

  2. Great apps. I might use Waze for my commute based on your recommendation. I have a jeck of a commute into work, so this might help. I will also try all the other apps as well. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Hi, William. I think Waze is one of my favorite apps. It will give you directions and keep your commute as short as possible. Let me know what you think after you have tried it for a few weeks.

  3. Really interesting Jen! I must confess, I do not have a single app to my name! Seriously, I own a regular cell phone and even at that sometimes I forget to turn it on. For too many years I was on-call 24/7 so when I walked away from corporate America I left that tether behind and I don’t miss it one tiny bit. 🙂 Still, I do enjoy keeping up with the latest tools and resources because I’m planning a couple of road trips and I figure that the time will come when having some of these handy will make a big difference. Thanks!

    • Hey, Marquita. Wait, what? No apps for you at all? Wow! I do think Waze is a great program to have if you need directions or are going on a road trip. If your phone won’t load the app, perhaps a friend or family member could have it on their device to keep you all headed to the right place. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi, Jennifer. I do have Honey as a chrome extension on my browser. It’s like you read my mind. I’m going to write a post about the best extensions soon. Stay tuned for that! Thank you for your input.

  4. This is a great list of apps. I had not heard of several of them. Need to get that build a forest one for my son (ha!). Pinning on my productivity and organization board.

    • Hi, Laura. I started using the Forest app a couple of weeks ago. I thought it would be a silly program that would not work. To my surprise, I use it at least a couple times per day. Thanks for sharing and pinning it on your productivity board. You gotta love Pinterest!

  5. I had no idea about any of them, but Waze. I can’t wait to check some of these out. Especially retailmenot! Thanks for the tips.

    • Hi, Rena. I hope you get a chance to try out some of the apps on the list. RetailMeNot is great if you live in a populated area with a mall or shopping district. My favorite time to use it is Xmas. Thanks for your comment.

    • Hello, Doreen. I hope you are well. If you don’t like Big Oven, there are several other similar apps in iTunes or Google Play. I usually make sure that the apps I try get at least a 4.3 from reviewers. Try a few on the list and let me know what you think. Thanks!

  6. Interesting read, need to check out the apps and see them all which is made for me 😀
    Thank you for sharing dear, in need of one maybe then once I start using one will share it with my audience as well 😉

    • Greetings, Sushmita. I’m always curious to know what you and other readers think of my lists. Come back and let me know how the apps worked out for you. Thanks in advance if you decide to share them with your audience. I always appreciate that!

  7. The Forest App has inspired me to get cracking on my own app that magically transports you to a tiger-filled forest in which you’ll be eaten unless you immediately get to work. That ought to be quite the productivity booster, wouldn’t you say, Jen? 😉

    • Wow, Andrew! That sounds…um, inspiring? I think I’ll stick with my peaceful, tree-growing app. The worst that happens there is my tree withers and dies. You might have a future in creating terrifying video games, though. Just sayin’

    • Hey, Renee. There IS an app for everything. Think about how different life was for us just 20 years ago. It’s amazing how much technology has advanced. Thanks for the input.

    • Hi, Michelle. Thanks so much for the praise. I hope you get to use a few apps on the list soon. Let me know your opinion. I would love to hear it.

    • Hello, Renee. I really do use RetailMeNot on a regular basis. I especially love this app at Xmas time. I hope you get to try several of the others on the list. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi, Julie. I am always on the hunt for programs or systems that will enhance my productivity and time management. Organization is so important for mental health! TThanks for your feedback.

    • Hello, Carissa. I am grateful you took the time to comment. I use Waze and RetailMeNot the most out of all the apps. Hope you get a chance to try them all.

  8. These are some awesome apps to boost productivity and stay organized! I use wunderlist to keep track of the millions of to-do lists it seems like I have around, and it is such a great way to stay on top of things.

    • Hello, Jennifer. These are awesome apps if I do say so myself. Wunderlist is so helpful with to-do lists. I hope a few of the others I mentioned can help you keep on top of things. Thanks for your input.

    • Welcome to the blogging community, Brandy. I’m pleased you found the post helpful. Perhaps a few of the apps can assist you with your writing. Have a great and productive week!

    • Hey, Paula. Yep, there are quite a few. I hope you can make use of a few. Thank you for your feedback. I always appreciate that.

    • Hello, Kyla. I use that app every day. It really helps me stay on task. I hope it works on your kids’ focus too. Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it.

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