The Best Apps for Everyday Life, from Coffee to Parking
By Jay Croft
The best apps for everyday life offer countless ways to improve little tasks, from grabbing your coffee to finding a place to park.
They’re apps that make life easier: the kind that make you wonder how you ever got along without them. (Remember that? Life before smartphones?)
So, whatever you need, there’s probably—yep—an app for that.
Coffee on the Go
Is there anything better than hot coffee and fresh doughnuts? Maybe just a more convenient way to get them, right? A lot of folks find their preferred brew at Dunkin’ Donuts, along with those classic glazed, chocolate-covered, and rainbow-sprinkled treats. Now the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app lets you order ahead, pay with your phone, and speed past the line. For an application to be named one of the best apps for everyday life, it ought to offer more than you expect. With this app, you can also redeem rewards, receive offers, and find the closest Dunkin’ Donuts shop, too.
No Quarters? No Problem
Conversely, there’s probably nothing more frustrating than parking somewhere and not having enough change for the meter—or having to pay at a garage in advance for a lot of time you’re probably not going to need. The Parkmobile app is one of the best apps for everyday life because it lets you pay on your smartphone and add time as you need it. If the waiter is taking longer than you thought, or your date is just too charming, no problem: Send an update from your table and you’re good to stay.
Ever since the dawn of the automobile age, Americans have sought ways to beat traffic. Helicopter reports on the radio used to be the best method to gain an upper hand on the daily commute. Now we have Waze, and America’s highways and back roads are infinitely less mysterious. Drivers share real-time information on wrecks, road closures, and more, and Waze gives you the (constantly updated) routes to get there with the least congestion.
Catch a Flick . . .
Remember when finding a movie theater and showtime meant paging through newspaper ads and listings? Well, nowadays most newspapers don’t have those (not to mention most people don’t even read an actual newspaper). There are also movie apps that make life easier: You can conveniently find all the information about what’s showing on Fandango’s mobile app. Some theaters even let you buy tickets and reserve seats. That’s some red-carpet treatment.
. . . or a Ball Game
Major League Baseball (MLB)’s mobile apps provide much the same service for MLB action, plus they give you stat, after stat, after stat. Pay a little extra for premium subscriptions if you want to watch games on your portable devices. A separate ballpark app has information on each stadium, including parking and available eats. The Clubhouse app boosts your message game with GIFs and stickers for each team. If you’re a ball fan, this one’s a home run.
Using these apps can make your everyday life easier (and more enjoyable). Use what’s at your fingertips to get the most out of your day!