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“Sheltering in place” wasn’t even in our vocabulary a few months ago. Now, it’s a daily reality.

How, especially if you are not a tech whiz, can you know which of the many apps will help most when you are stuck at home?

We winnowed the field and found a handful of the best and easier apps that help make banking, video conferencing, grocery shopping, budgeting and transferring money painless and even fun from home.

1. Zoom

What it is: Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing app that lets you use a computer or mobile device to see, hear and collaborate with colleagues, friends and family.

Cost: Free for two-person video calls and group calls of up to 40 minutes.