Gone are the days when phones were only used for calling. Now we use our phones for tracking to-do lists, playing games, finding directions, taking pictures, entertaining our kids, and everything in between. But making your hectic Military lifestyle easier? Yes, there’s an app for that, too. In fact, we found 10 distinct applications that can help you juggle your finances, PCSs, stress levels, and more.
1. Base Directory
Finding the services you need on base can be tricky, no matter how long you’ve lived there. Base Directory is here to help with location information for more than 15,000 services on military bases worldwide. Trying to find the post office? The bank? Just enter your base and the service you need to view the listings.
WhatsApp is a must-have for spouses whose servicemembers are deployed overseas. It allows you to message, send pictures and videos, hold group chats, and even call all through WiFi. As long as both you and your servicemember have Internet access, you won’t have to navigate confusing and expensive international phone plans.
3. Sesame Street for Military Families
The familiar characters of Sesame Street help Military Kids navigate experiences unique to their lifestyle like PCSs and deployments. Games and resources make these challenges manageable and even fun. There’s also a resource section for parents to help you walk your kids through military life.
4. My Ultimate PCS
Moving’s never going to be simple, whether it’s your first or 50th PCS. This app helps simplify the process by providing checklists, calendar reminders, and important resources all in the palm of your hand. Call up the movers and let My Ultimate PCS handle the rest.
5. Deal Patrol
Live large while giving your wallet a break with Military discounts in your area. This app helps you locate great military discounts in your area on entertainment, shopping, and dining. You can even save your favorite spots so you never lose track of a great deal!
Ebates has been in the game for a while now to help shoppers receive cashback from online purchases from thousands of stores. There’s now an app, as well, where you can save cashback deals to use in store so you get a good deal even if there isn’t a specific military discount.
7. Commissary Rewards
Say farewell to coupon clipping and a purse full of paper. The Commissary Rewards app helps you easily score the deals you need right when you need them. Simply click through the app (you can even do this while shopping) and tap on the coupons you want to save before scanning your phone at checkout.
Kids, work, military orders… life is full of tons of little stressors. Learn easy breathing and meditation techniques to help keep them from getting to you with this app. You can set up timed meditations, practice breathing techniques, and create your own zen zone right on your phone.
This app is especially great for families living off-base who want to get to know their neighbors. Simply sign in with your location and access a personal social network for your immediate community. You can learn about local events and yard sales, meet babysitters and dog walkers, and ask your neighbors for advice.
Get assigned OCONUS? Meet a new MilSpouse friend from a different country? Trying to help your kids with language homework? Duolingo is a free and easy way to learn dozens of different languages. It’s simple and helpful lessons will have you speaking “like a local” in no time.