Rey and I obsessed over a marathon of Life or Debt this past weekend and really snapped that our families finances have seriously been neglected since we first moved to Texas. It’s been over a year that we have examined our budgets and financial plan. Clearly it’s a chore we both like to avoid and not one of our strong points.
I have always been a pen and paper kinda gal. I loved taking notes in school with all my different colored pens and decorating my planner till it looked like unicorn vomited on it. That had always been me, until I realized my family financial binder was failing our family and my paper planner couldn’t keep up with my hectic schedule. I needed to go virtual in order to get the time-saving tools I need, as well as the life saving email and text reminders.
I began my search for the best family calendar app. I wanted one that I could access from my laptop and cell phone. I wanted one that could link our entire family. I wanted one with great widgets and reminders. I wanted the impossible-as my hubby always says. Thank goodness I found Cozi because they have truly made it all happen! I learned about Cozi a few years ago and tried it out then but I wasn’t ready to leave my planner yet.
Cozi keeps everyone’s schedules and all your lists in one place the whole family can share. Check the family calendar, set reminders, and see lists from any computer or mobile device (PC/Mac, iOS, Android). Cozi is rated 4.5 stars in Google Play and iTunes and is the winner of multiple awards and accolades: Appy Award for Best Family App, Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal, Named Best App for your Personal Life by Mashable, Named Best App for a Better Life by NBC’s TODAY Show, and more. Cozi remembers everyone’s appointments, makes sure schedules are coordinated, and keeps track of shopping and to do lists—so you have more time for the fun stuff.
Cozi has so many great features!
A few I love:
- Color Coding Family Member
- Multiple Calendar Schedules-that all mash into one
- Laptop accessible and App with great widgets
- Email/Text Reminders
- Linked To Do List & Shopping List
Check out Cozi in this video!
Now that our schedule was in order I could manage our time better and actually plan time to discuss our financial situation.
I tried Mint in college and decided to look them up again. I googled them and they rated really high on most sites. I logged in, and input all our accounts and instantly got the big picture. IT WAS AMAZING! It saved me SO MUCH TIME! I can access everything and watch everything at the same time. I absolutely love it! I can literally see where every penny goes. I control it all-it’s very empowering!
Watch the video and give it a try! You seriously have to try it-once you do you will see the light and you will never go back.
I am able to create a budget for everything our family needs. Track those budgets easily and make adjustments to keep us on track. I really love that I can set goals for travel, the kids college savings, and paying off college debt.
They also have a MintBills which is equally awesome, give them a try to see if they can help your family avoid late fees.
Why I love Mint Bills
- I can see all our bills & accounts in one place-no matter whose name they are under
- Get reminders when bills are due-avoid late fees
- Pay on the spot with our online bill payment feature
- Schedule bill payments for free
- Receive alerts when funds are low or credit limits are near
I hope one of these services can help you and please share what you use to help keep your family organized.