November 16

Five Tools to Prep for Thanksgiving Week

Here in the U.S., we’re headed into the most wonderful time of the year… and here’s a list of great apps to help your holiday week be even better.

Find the Best Ride: Migo

Since your family’s not picking you up at the airport, you need a Lyft (or an Uber). But which rideshare service will come fastest and cost the least? The Migo app will tell you. Just open the app and plug in your destination, and Migo will show you how much rides on each service will cost and how far away the nearest driver is. Migo is in 75 cities, with some hubs showing many more options than others. Almost all will show Lyft and Uber.

Pack the Right Stuff: PackPoint

I don’t know how many times I’ve forgotten to look up the weather before a trip and end up shivering without a coat while waiting for a Lyft. PackPoint tells you what you need to pack based on the length of your trip, the weather where you’re going and what types of activities you’ll be doing.

Be Prepared for the Football Noise: Tunity

One of my favorite apps, Tunity, is perfect for holiday gatherings. Tunity lets you capture audio on live tv programs (like 10 hours of football on Thanksgiving) and route it through a device so that the user can hear the TV on his/her phone. This is perfect for Uncle Joe, the biggest football fan in the family who refuses to admit he has a hearing problem. Just set up Uncle Joe’s phone and let him listen directly through the device rather than turning the TV up so loud no one else can visit.

Create a Family Photo Album: The Guest

The Guest was created for wedding guests by The Knot, but it will work wonderfully for your family gatherings as well. Just create an event, invite your guests to install the app and let everyone snap away! Guests can take pictures from their regular phone camera, and everything taken during the official party time will be shared — this means no one has to stop and upload pics separately. All the photos will be organized into an album that everyone will enjoy.

Get Ready for Black Friday Shopping

I bet you can’t guess why I like NerdWallet, a financial management site with budgeting tips and tricks. NerdWallet released a list of its top 7 apps for Black Friday, and you should check them out hereOn a side note, why the heck do they call it Black Friday these days? Merchants are offering crazy deals all month. Just something that irritates me. 🙂




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