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14 Apps Every Shopaholic Needs to Have

14 Apps Every Shopaholic Needs to Have

If you love to shop, sometimes you may find that whether or not you have a shopping buddy can greatly affect the experience. Some shoppers prefer to have a second opinion when it comes to picking out an outfit, while others like to go solo. Regardless of whether you see a shopping partner as a benefit or a hindrance, the majority of shoppers will find that their smart phones are the best shopping partners out there. From comparing great deals to discovering the right outfit, here are 14 apps that every shopaholic should have.

Finding Deals

Being able to find a good deal is the main goal of a shopaholic. If you are spending too much, then the shopping trip is unsuccessful. When it comes to finding deals using apps, most individuals usually search in two categories: apps that help you find a specific product at a lower price or apps that help you find general items you want for a cheaper price online.

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    To find better deals for a specific product, I recommend Shop Advisor. Not only does the app allow you to search for items by keyword or barcode, but you can also save items to track their price and ensure the deal is the best for you. Red Laser (Pictured Above) is one of the most popular options and is currently a veteran in barcode scanners.

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      The app also offers you great deals and even coupons. If you are looking for deals online, two popular options are Zappos (Pictured Above) and eBay. Both have quality mobile applications that allow you to search on a whim, and eBay’s barcode scanner makes searching even more seamless.

      Figure Out What to Buy

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        Once you know how to find the deals, it is now time to figure out what you will buy and who will receive the gift. If you are thinking of who will get what gift for either a birthday or the holiday season, Gift Plan (Pictured Above) is an application to look into that will allow you to make a list of individuals in need of a gift, when to give them their gift, and what you want to give them.

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          If you are looking into a bit of personal shopping, Wanelo (Pictured Above) is a wallet emptier. Simply look on other individual’s profiles, the profiles of stores, or around the web for products that interest you. Wanelo links with the website you are getting the product from to offer a direct link to where purchase the item. Pinterest, similar to Wanelo, allows you to save items and create collective boards. Pinterest doesn’t allow you to purchase in-app, but it does allow you to save other types of items and photos.

          Once At the Mall

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            You have your gifts in mind and you are ready to head to the mall, but that can be a stressful trip in itself. From having to find parking to other shopping assistance apps, your iPhone is there to help. On the subject of looking for parking, Parkbud (Pictured Above) is known as a great choice and the ultimate resource for parking anywhere.

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            The application not only allows you to find your car based on GPS, you can also set a timer to let you know when your meter is about to run out and even pay for your meter if mobile payment is accepted. It isn’t free, at $1.99, but it’s worth it. Evernote is a great resource, once at the mall, to keep a nice tally of whom you’re shopping for. With Evernote Premium, you can even have select people edit the notes, making grocery and gift lists more seamless than ever.

            Money Management

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              Shopping can certainly put a damper on anyone’s budget. However, adequate planning and understanding your economic state in all cases will allow you to know how to budget adequately. This is possible with some applications, like Mint or Moni. Both allow you to connect various accounts and track expenses. Moni (Pictured Above) is unique in that it truly reflects whats in your pocket, rather than what’s calculated in your accounts. Meaning, Moni takes into account cash as well as connected accounts.

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                Other applications, like PayPal can be useful when shopping online and in select stores. The ability to also receive money and transfer it to connected accounts makes it a great choice for ensuring you have enough cash when shopping. Specific banks also have their own apps like USAA, Bank of America, etc. It’s smart to look into those as well.

                The above applications are there to help you throughout the shopping process. From finding out what you need to buy to finding the best deal for it, we hope that the apps above will ensure that you get the item you want at the right price. With the holiday shopping season around the corner, let us know in the comments below what applications you enjoy when you are out and about shopping.

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                Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                Listen carefully:

                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                1. Pray Daily

                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                3. Smile Often

                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                8. Go Exercise

                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                The Bottom Line

                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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