We have come to rely on technology so much these days but managing it may still be an issue for some. I know it is for me. Help is only a few clicks away via the Internet but knowing how to get from Point A to Point B is the question. It turns out that the app is the key.

Apps are a significant part of the technology-driven world we live in and can enhance a person’s life, enjoyment, and productivity. An app, which is short for “application,” is a type of software that can be installed and run on a computer, tablet, smartphone, or other electronic devices. Most of these apps are free but some require a small charge, so be sure to check before selecting one.

There are shopping apps that allow you to place orders and have them delivered or notify the business from the app when you are there for them to deliver your purchases to your car. Shopping could not be easier and the necessity to do so, that sprang from COVID, will no doubt continue as it helps those with busy lives get more done.

Apps range from places to get podcasts to sites that can help you relax, meditate, listen to music, and so much more. Because there are millions of apps, your best bet to locate what you are looking for is by using the search box in the App Store. Simply putting in something like “relaxation” can get you closer to finding the perfect app.

There are some unusual apps out there as well. According to Apiko, one of the most searched terms on Google is the “funniest games on app store.” Funny Dumb Questions & Beyond pops up. It contains a collection of weird, stupid, cute, silly, funny, and dumb questions. Ask these questions to your friends via email or messaging and share a laugh or two together.

Then there is One Million $. It’s one of the new crazy apps for iPhone that doesn’t do anything except let you count money you are saving up to a million dollars. If you want to feel the rush that rich people get when they count their money, then give it a try.

There are even apps for your animals like Games for Cats!, which is created for your feline friends. The game has different sub-games like mouse chase, pointer chase, and butterfly chase. The selected sub-game will entertain your cat(s) by moving the object, be it a laser pointer or a mouse, in random directions as your cat tries to catch it.

Recently I was lamenting the number of food items I had to toss because they were past the expiration date. I thought to myself that someone should invent a device you place on the food that sets off an alarm when the date is near so you can use it instead of throwing it out. Well, it turns out, there’s an app for that!

There are many apps for food expiration issues. USDA FoodKeeper, developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a treasure trove of information. It cannot track what you have in your fridge, but it will tell you how long you can keep various food items including everything from dairy products to baby food and anything in between.

While working on this article, it occurred to me that there are some apps I’d really like to have but haven’t found yet. Like UnloadMyDishwasher, ExerciseForMe, or even TransportMeToHawaii. If you have seen these, please let me know because I’m sure there’s an app for that!

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Mary Migliaro is an educator, parenting mentor and consultant who lives in Cherokee County.

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