If you have a smartphone, then you’re already familiar with the plethora of apps available on the app store. However, it’s a little bit of a different ballgame if you’re Canadian. Apart from the major apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Messenger, there are tons of FREE apps that will be beneficial if you’re Canadian like me.
Getting around can be a bit of a hassle if you’re entirely familiar with how the TTC works, or if you’re always struggling to stay on schedule. Here are three apps that will help you organize your time and find a ride to get to where you want to go.
The worst thing in the world is waiting for a bus or a train in the cold. And with how unreliable the TTC is these days, it’s nice to have a couple of different options when choosing how to get around. The transit app was developed to show users the various transportation options available in their city. Using geolocation to map bus, train, and even Uber routes to show the quickest way to get to your destination. Although I haven’t personally used this app, I do have friends that swear by it and have never been disappointed.
If you’re an avid user of the TTC, then you already know how frustrating it is when you get to your bus stop, and the bus has left right in front of you. This app will recognize bus and train stops close to you to find when the next available bus or train will arrive. It will not only save you time but we all know how unpredictable the Canadian weather is so spending a little bit of extra time inside and away from the cold will make anyone happier.
Instead of calling an Uber, why not use the Canadian alternative and call a Beck Taxi instead? Yes, they can be a bit more expensive than Uber, but since we are focusing on Canadian apps specifically for this blog post, I thought I’d mention Beck Taxi. Relatively straightforward app to use and helpful to have on your phone if you aren’t a fan of Uber-like me.
There are tons of free mobile banking apps. However, there are a few that support Apple Pay, so depending on where you do your banking you may or may not have Apple Pay as an option.
The banking apps listed below all support Apple Pay:
- RBC Mobile
- CIBC Mobile
- American Express
- BMO Mobile
One of the benefits of banking with the apps listed above is that Apple Pay is supported so that you can input your debit or credit card information and use your phone to pay rather than physically taking out your card.
The apps that do not support Apple Pay include:
- PC Financial
- HSBC Mobile Services
- Vancity Mobile.
I won’t go super in depth about these apps because they are relatively straight forward and depending on what bank you’re with, you’ll only ever need to download that particular app.
The next few apps aren’t directly related to finance, but they do involve saving money and keeping track of your finances.
This is an app that organizes flyers from nearby stores so that you can search for coupons and deals at once depending on what you’re looking for. This app is especially useful when buying groceries because of some grocery stores price match. What this basically means, is that if a 10 lb bag of potatoes is on sale for $7 at Wal-Mart, but it costs $10 at Freshco, you can show them the Wal-Mart flyer through this app and get it for $7 without even having to go all the way to Wal-Mart. I highly recommend this app if you’re looking to price-match and find the best deals and coupons. Not only will it save you money but you won’t have to spend time looking through flyers when all of it will be organized straight in the app.