Flourish Faves: Apps We Love

There’s an app for absolutely everything! A quick look at your app store, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed looking for what you need. Every member of the Flourish team probably has too many apps, but here are a few of the ones we currently love:

For the Professional:
theSkimm
: Hot off a new app launch, this news syndicator started as a daily email newsletter and has transformed into a go-to news source for millions. While you can get the daily email for free, their new subscription service – Skimm Ahead – is definitely worth the purchase. Not only do you get a fancy new app for your phone, you’ll also get The Daily Skimm plus what you need to know for the future including world, sports and entertainment events. Our personal love on the app is the SkimmReads (updated this week!), which archives all kinds of topics from the “5 Min Reads” (Michael Phelps’ return to the Olympic stage or the Brexit) as well as suggested books.
Wunderlist
: Change your to-dos to have-dones. This list-making app not only allows you to create multiple lists with tasks and subtasks, but it also allows you to share lists with others, comment, assign tasks, set deadlines and upload attachments. The Flourish Team uses Wunderlist as our organizer both in the office and in personal life. Added bonus: Mac users can have this application on their computers as well as their phones.

Slack: A recent addition to the Flourish office, Slack is a free instant messaging platform. It’s great for person-to-person communication, as well as group discussions on “channels.” The biggest bonus, besides the platform being available on phone and computers, is a de-cluttered inbox!

For your Wallet:

Venmo: It’s been around for a while, but this app is picking up speed outside Millennials. Venmo is an easy way to send or receive payments – no matter what bank you use. Think PayPal, only easier and with less fees. The only fees involved are if you use a credit card, so link your bank account to go fee free. We also love seeing the creative descriptors of what/why people are sending money to friends! Or, if you prefer to keep your spending private, there’s a setting for that.

eBates: Shoppers start here! eBates is a program where you receive cash back for online shopping. Sounds pretty simple, right? eBates shows you which stores have cash back or other offers available. All you need to do is visit the app before you start the purchasing process to receive your rewards.

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For the Foodie:

  • Chick-Fil-A: The best thing since the chicken sandwich, Chick-Fil-A recently rolled out its upgraded app “One”, complete with rewards program. If you haven’t heard, One not only allows you to add money to your Chick-Fil-A account via Apple Pay but also introduces order-ahead service. Say goodbye to long drive-thru lines at lunchtime, and hello to more time and more rewards!
  • Starbucks: An oldie, but a goodie, for the Flourish Team. We will never tire of star rewards, mobile payment and e-giftcards. Our biggest love is the order-ahead option… now all we need is the NOMA location to start accepting app orders (hint, hint).
  • Vittl: An app new to the Greenville scene, Vittl offers free food (think: appetizers) and drinks to users at local restaurants. In order to redeem, you must be at that location, and the offer is only available for a limited time to a limited number of people. It’s a great way to try out restaurant favorites, or go outside your food/drink comfort zone.

For Entertainment:

  • Spotify: Another “oldie,” but we can’t get enough of this music service. Spotify Premium is a must if you want to download music to play offline (and save your phone’s data!), create playlists, and play any song you want whenever you want without worrying about your skip allowance.
  • Pocket: Don’t have time to read a full article, or want to save videos? Pocket is your answer. After you download, it will pop up as an option when you tap the share/more options button in your mobile browser. Then you can revisit those links later on!

Bonus Round:

It’s not an app, but one other thing we are currently loving is GVLtoday! It’s a great source for all things Greenville: news, events, community happenings and even the local forecast. Launched last week, GVLtoday pops in your inbox this morning to keep all Greenvillians informed!

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