By Suzanne Kantra for Techlicious
With five busy people in my house, keeping track of who needs to be where when is a challenge. There’s my work schedule, my husband’s work schedule, my kids school calendars, classes, doctor’s appointments and games and all of our social events.
We have a paper family calendar that is posted by the fridge. It has all of the kids’ appointments and events, plus work travel. But writing appointments into the little squares is difficult and there’s no way to access it unless I’m home.
What I use instead is a digital calendar that syncs with Outlook and Google Calendar so I can see everyone’s schedule wherever I am so I can set up doctor’s appointments or schedule a dinner party with confidence that I’m not double booking someone.
There are a few good free choices out there, each with a couple of features that set them apart.
#1 Cozi Family Organizer
The Cozi Family Organizer syncs appointments with Outlook and can be accessed through iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps. Each family member is assigned a color, so it’s easy to see who’s busy and who’s free at a glance. And you can make appointments for anyone in your family. There’s a very robust reminder system, with the ability to send text and email reminders, as well as a weekly digest. You can’t send invites outside of Cozi, though, like you can with Outlook and Google Calendar.
In addition to calendaring, you can share shopping lists and to-do lists with family members and create a family journal, which everyone can contribute to. All of the features are available in the free version or you can subscribe to Cozi Gold for $4.99 per month for an ad-free experience.
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