Finance to fitness: free apps to help you navigate self-isolation


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In self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are five free apps to help you manage bills, practice meditation and stay fit while keeping your distance.

1. Transfer money without exchanging cash

When it comes to quarantine and house-sharing, it doesn't get much easier than this.

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If you're taking turns to grab the groceries, order food for delivery or just order a big box of toilet paper, Beem It is a free-to-use digital payment app that allows for money to be transferred instantly as well as sending messages  to your contacts. Beem It also offers a Group Expenses function for expenses to be split between multiple users. They can then settle up when it suits.

2. Order your coffee or food ahead of time

If your local cafe is closed to dine-in customers but you still want to help support the business, Hey You is there for you to order your coffee, breakfast, snacks or lunches ahead of time so you can pick it up as soon as you arrive.

3. Exercise at home

With more of us working from home than ever, fitness apps that use body weight workouts are becoming increasingly popular. Apps like Move with Billy Slater or KIXXFIT can help those who are working from home and time poor, as all of the workouts are customisable and flexible. They are designed to be used in your home or backyard, with little to no equipment .

4. Look after your mental health

Taking care of your mental health is essential, especially during the coronavirus outbreak. If you've been working from home, it's important to take some time for yourself with apps like Headspace of Calm. Meditating with apps like  for just five to 10 minutes a day can help with anxiety levels and can get you back to a more relaxed state of mind.

5. Tap into the second-hand economy

Working from home, social distancing and self-isolating means more spare time to stuff and clear some space in your home. With apps like Depop or Gumtree, you can sell your stuff without leaving the house. Buyers can pay for goods online and you can mail items or leave them outside your door for pick-up.

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