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5 apps that make your relationship stronger

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Looking for some romantic inspiration for your next date night? You might want to download an app first: Recently, app developers have introduced a bunch of new options designed to help couples enhance their bond.

While some experts say that date-planning apps suck all the fun out of being in a relationship, others say they’re a good way to get closer to each other. “Many of these apps give you creative ways to let the other person know they’re special and on your mind,” says Karen Ruskin, a psychotherapist and relationship expert.

Need some inspiration for your next outing, dinner for two, or I-love-you gesture? There’s an app for that:

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Have a partner who never thinks to bring home flowers or do the dishes for you? This app could help: It gives you points every time you do something thoughtful for your S.O., and after you collect a certain number of points, you can cash them in for discounts at retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. And if you haven’t logged any couple-y activities lately, the app shoots you a reminder suggesting an activity to do with your better half.

Free on iPhones

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Avocado

This app makes planning activities with your partner a breeze: You can share calendars, grocery lists, and upcoming dates with each other so you’re always on the same page, schedule-wise. You can also send “hugs” and “kisses” to let your loved one know they’re on your mind. Don’t have a smartphone? Avocado is also available online.

Free on iPhones and Google Play

BetterHalf

Dinner and a movie have never been so simple. BetterHalf provides you with instant suggestions for restaurants and movie showing in your surrounding area—and the app will even keep track of your favorite date spots for quick recommendations in the future. Once you pick which spot you like best and set a meeting time, you can send the proposed game plan to your partner for them to either accept or deny.

$1 on iPhones

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Couple

Couple lets you create a timeline of your romantic history—similar to what you’d see on a Facebook relationship—so you can easily reminisce about all of the good times you’ve shared. You can also stay in touch by drawing pictures, video chatting, and messaging through the app—a major perk if you’ve ever worried about sending a message meant for your partner to someone else by mistake.

Free on iPhones and Google Play

69 Places

This app encourages you to get out of the bedroom by suggesting other places to have sex with your partner. Some of its recommendations might be a little out there—like a fire truck, for example—but you don’t have to actually act on all of them. Even just fantasizing about the hot spots with your partner can help spice up your sex life.

Free on iPhones

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