There’s an app for that: 5 apps that will make your life easier

By: Surbhi Gandhi
Posted on: May 8, 2016

Hit the snooze button one too many times this morning and need the fastest route to get to work? There’s an app for that. Looking for the nearest, cheapest and yummiest pizza joint in your neighbourhood? There’s an app for that. Want to figure out the name of that new song that has been playing on the radio all week and is now ingrained in your brain? There’s definitely an app for that!

In a world where we order food, pay bills and find relationships online, there’s an app for just about everything. Beyond the traditional social media apps, like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and of course, Snapchat, here are five more that are sure to make your life a little bit easier. And yes, they’re all free to download!


Whether you’re looking for an ATM machine, the nearest gas station or just a great pub in your vicinity, AroundMe is the app for you. This local search application helps you find relevant businesses/services in your area, and then navigate your way there using its built-in GPS system. It’s fast, it’s free and it’s available in seven different languages.


When in doubt about which route will get you to your destination the fastest, use Waze. The app takes real-time traffic news into consideration while providing directions. Other drivers (A.K.A. wazers) update the app with information about traffic jams and roadblocks as they encounter them. The end result? You shave five to 10 minutes of driving time off your morning commute, which means five to 10 more minutes of sleep!


Shazam is god’s gift to anyone who has ever had a song stuck in their head but cannot, for the life of them, figure out its name. Used by more than 100 million people each month, this app uses your phone’s built-in microphone to identify music playing in the background. Next time you hear a catchy beat in the background but don’t have time to note down the lyrics, Shazam it!


VarageSale is a Canadian-based app that allows you to set-up virtual garage sales and sell your used items. Think Kjiji but with less haggling and more security. Similarly to Tinder and Airbnb, the app verifies your identity via Facebook to make sure you are who you say you are. It’s the perfect app to help you get rid of your old DVDs, books and other junk that is likely cluttered in the corner of your closet.


Full disclosure, I myself haven’t used Flipp (yet) but I’ve been told it will change the way I grocery shop. The app allows users to browse through flyer deals and coupons from various stores on a single platform. It allows you to quickly compare prices and locate the best deals on household items and groceries in your neighborhood. Sounds pretty helpful for millennials who have recently moved out on their own and are living on a budget.

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