Fake a Fab, Rich Lifestyle With These 7 Free Apps

By Christa Avampato on 11 February 2015 0 comments

Ever wonder what it might be like to have some extra help around the house to take care of errands and chores? What if you could afford some extra help managing your finances or keeping your New Year's resolution to get in shape and eat better? (See also: 16 Time and Money-Saving Apps for Freelancers)

Well, you're in luck — there are apps for that, and they're totally free.

1. A Driver

Need to go somewhere and don't want to drive? Uber and Lyft will pick you up. These free apps make requesting, tracking, and paying for a car service quicker, easier, and less expensive than a cab. A few clicks on your mobile phone and you'll be cruising in style without getting behind the wheel.

2. A Home Security Guard

Wouldn't it be nice to have someone keep an eye on your place while you're away and keep you updated if any incidents happen? You don't need a home security guard. Alarm.com and AtHome offer free mobile apps that connect to your existing home security system or utilize your home webcam to alert you of any issues while you're away.

3. A Bookkeeper

Sometimes I think my paper receipts are getting together and having little baby receipts. The papers pile up, and if I let it go too long, it builds up to a scary pile. Level Money is a free app (and desktop application) that helps you easily keep your savings and spending on track. Unlike other options such as Neat and You Need a Budget (YNAB), Level Money has fewer frills, but is entirely free.

4. A Personal Shopper

Another chore that weighs me down is shopping. While some people love to indulge in retail therapy, I'd love to never have to go shopping again. The free app Fetch was made for people like me — and for people who love shopping but just don't have the time in their day to do it. Snap a photo or type in an item, your Fetch personal shopper looks for the best deals around, and then you click to purchase.

5. A Dog Walker

Your pup is family. There are a variety of apps to help you keep your furry friend cared for in every way. Dogvacay helps you find a sitter or boarder. PetMD Symptom Checker helps you assess your dog's health and take next steps when it comes to his or her health. MapMyDogWalk tells you how far you've walked and how many calories have been burned so you can keep your pup slim, trim, and in shape.

6. A Personal Trainer

Samsung is making huge strides in health-related apps. I've been using the free S Health app for a year and I love it! It tracks my steps, calories burned, exercise, nutrition, weight, and sleep, and charts all of these against the goals I've set. It's easy to see how I'm doing and it gives me encouraging alerts to keep me motivated.

7. A Chef

I had to move twice in 2014, and they were both stressful events. I also had a lot going on with personal projects and my freelance career, so making time to cook healthy food at home was challenging. Seamless was an incredible resource for me and the food was to my door in minutes. It's easy to filter by type of cuisine, location, and price. It stores my payment information and I can add the tip, too, so I didn't have to worry about having cash on-hand either.

While it's tempting to dream of having staff on-hand to help when life gets hectic, you already have a powerful assistant right in your pocket — your mobile device. Get these apps, do the quick setup, and you'll be on your way to living life in comfort and style.

What apps and services do you use to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous?

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