After the very long “favorite things” posts last week, it took me a few days to recover my brain, haha. As simple as the posts look, they take me forever to put together!
This will be short and sweet, I promise 😉 I debated whether to do this post because I don’t have a LOT of apps to share, but there are a few apps that I like and/or find useful, so they want me to mention them. I apologize, but most of these are iPhone only, unfortunately. I didn’t know that until I started writing this post–although, I don’t know anything about the Google Play store, so maybe I’m just overlooking them.
I’ve included links to the apps on the Apple App Store and the couple I could find on the Google Play store. Hopefully the others will include Android soon!
Happy Scale (premium is $2/month or $12/year or $40 for life)
This is my favorite weight tracking app. It is SO HELPFUL if you are tracking your weight loss or if you just want to keep a log of your weight for whatever reason. My weight history goes back to September 2000(!)–I had it written here and there in notebooks, so I went through it and put it all into the app one day. It’s nice to see it all in one place like this.
(Here is a whole post that I wrote about Happy Scale a few years ago — it’s much more detailed.)
Anyway, I’ve tried a lot of weight trackers and this is by far the best. You can view charts of periods of one month, one year, all time, etc. You can see averages, highs, lows, weight trend predictions, see your weight as an average for a week or two rather than a daily number, view all your past entries, etc.
I don’t like apps that do *everything*–for example, food logging + weight tracking + exercise tracking + period tracking, etc. I’d rather have an app that does one thing really well than an app that does a lot of things mediocre. This app is absolutely what I want from a weight tracking app.
I like that Happy Scale still offers “lifetime” membership (you pay a one-time cost and have no recurring payments). It’s hard to find apps that do this anymore! I also want to mention that Russ, the developer, is fantastic. When the app was still new he asked me to try it out and give him some feedback and I thought it was awesome! I have contacted him a few times over the years and he has always been great at communicating with me. I have no doubt that he is concerned about questions/issues about the application.
I honestly can’t think of anything I don’t like about the app!
Apple App Store: Happy Scale
Habit tracking (premium is $3.49/year or $6 lifetime)
I discovered this app recently when I started working on ‘atomic habits’ after reading the book ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear. I wanted an app I could use to track habits, but I’d already downloaded probably a dozen of them before — it just wasn’t what I was looking for.
Once I tried this app I was hooked. This is exactly what I was looking for! Clean looking, not overwhelming (well, unless you want to add 50 new habits to your life — but that’s going to be overwhelming no matter how you track them), very useful, and kind of fun to use. As a numbers person, seeing the stats on how I’ve stuck to my habits is kind of cool.
The only downside here is that it took a while to install. I included things that were already habits to begin with, but helped keep them on a tracker. You can change how it tracks your habits — whether you want to measure that habit in minutes, days, weeks, or track things like drinking water by the glass, ounce, cup, or even a simple yes/no if you reach your water goal. I’ve created mine, so it’s mostly a yes/no deal — I either did it or I didn’t that day.
It has quite a few features that I don’t use (maybe I will, I just haven’t tried them yet) like building habits with someone else, different widgets and timers, etc. So far, I’ve only used it for tracking my daily habits.
After playing around with it, I checked the price to upgrade and add more habits (I think it allowed five(?) for free) and found out they have a one time “pro” option – for $5.99! I’m almost afraid to write it here because I don’t want them to change it, haha. It’s SO rare to find apps that do this anymore. Not a subscription — just a one-time payment. I bought this tracker and use it daily. It’s a great habit tracker!
Apple App Store: Habit tracking
Budget expenditure tracking (premium is $2/month, $5/year, $9 lifetime)
I’ve always liked the idea of a budget app, but I could never find one that worked the way I liked it. I can’t really describe what a perfect budgeting app would be for me, but all the ones I’ve tried just haven’t been. I like to sort and organize things in my own way. I like simplicity. And most importantly, I don’t want to have recurring costs. I was excited to see that this app also has a (cheap) lifetime subscription!
Like the Habit Tracker, it took a while to set up. Even more so because I had to look up the cost of each of my bills and figure out how much we were spending on things like food, gas, etc. in order to make an accurate budget. Once I set it up, though, I was amazed at how organized and helpful the app is to see where the money went.
So, if you’ve tried other budgeting apps to no avail, this one might be worth a try. I think preferences for apps like these are completely personal, so what I like might be useless to others and vice versa. But I wanted to mention it here because I really like it.
Apple App Store: Budget expenditure tracking
Stopwatch (premium is $10/month or $55/year)
People often ask me what calorie tracker I use. I don’t track calories anymore, and aside from a few days now and then, I haven’t for a long time. My suggestion for the average person who wants to watch calories has always been Fat Secret (I wrote all about it in this post). Cronometer is my favorite though. It is much more in depth about nutrition. Since going vegan, I’ve been more interested in vitamins/micronutrients than calories, and Cronometer is the best for that.
It’s expensive (well, I guess it’s not bad compared to some others, but $55 a year is kind of expensive — especially if it’s not the only app you subscribe to). The free version is really great — the only reason I upgraded was because it allowed me to share the recipes I created with Jerry — so he could easily log his food without having to create his own recipes in the app.
Basically, this app is perfect for people who want to see the full range of nutrients and vitamins they are getting. For someone who just wants to count calories or even macros, there are cheaper and even free ones out there (I actually like Fat Secret better for that).
Duolingo (Premium is $10/month or $84/year)
As much as I love this app, I still use the free version. I wanted to state this up front so you can see that you don’t *need* premium to love this app. At the beginning of January, I made it a goal to learn a new vocabulary word once a week for the entire year. I was really bad at remembering to do this. A friend mentioned that he was on a 500-day streak on Duolingo, a language learning app, so I decided to use that instead — not to learn a new vocabulary word, but to learn Spanish!
I took four years of Spanish in high school, but I was never anywhere near fluent. And after leaving, oh, two DECADES after high school without needing it, I just forgot all about it. But using Duolingo has helped me brush it all up and I’ve learned A LOT more. I’m almost 200 days into a daily Duolingo streak — I do at least one lesson a day, but usually more. It only takes a few minutes. Reviewing and regurgitating old vocabulary words from months ago is extremely helpful in being able to remember everything I’ve learned.
I don’t know that I’ll ever get to the point of holding a real conversation in Spanish, but in just 195 days, I’m impressed with what I’ve learned. 🙂
Ok, like I said – short and sweet… my favorite apps. If you have a favorite you’d like to share, please do! (Either here or you can share it on the Facebook post I created for “favorite things”. Here is the link in the Facebook post.)