As summer comes to an end, many parents find themselves preparing for the scheduling and organizational challenges that ‘back to school’ brings. There can be so much to think about it that it can be truly overwhelming at times. Let us save you some unnecessary stress! Read on to discover 5 free apps that will give you hours of your life back this school year—definitely worth the 10-minute time investment to set up!
Share your family calendar, to-do lists, and shopping lists with your partner in parenting crime, or create a family journal to store pictures, quotes, and stories you don’t want to forget. Each family member is assigned a colour in the calendar, so it’s super easy to keep track. A fun extra? You can choose to have Cozi email a monthly summary to loved ones who want to be in the know, like doting (nosy?) grandparents.
Checkout51 is a coupon app that’s a no-brainer to use. Simply browse offers, buy products accordingly, then take a picture of your receipt. Once your savings reach $20, you’ll be mailed a cheque for that amount. The special offers are conveniently categorized, so it’s easy to skip over to relevant sections (like “snacks”) to save money on those back-to-school snacks that add up much too quickly.
The kids bring home so much adorable artwork—so much that it becomes too much! You don’t want to throw their creations away, but you just don’t have the space to keep it all. Enter Artkive, the app that lets you save and organize your children’s beautiful (and not-so-beautiful) works of art. And when it comes to the stuff you do want to keep, you can print books of your favourites, or even make custom stuffed animals and other cool keepsakes… all designed by your little Picasso..
Now that everyone is back into their regular routine, why not take advantage of predictable schedules and stricter bedtimes… and head out on a date with your spouse? Or perhaps you need someone you trust to watch the kids when they get home from school and you’re still at work. Good news, the Datenight Babysitting app helps you find and book experienced, local sitters in the Toronto and Ottawa areas.
HelloFresh makes it easy to cook healthy, delicious meals for the family. With a subscription to fit your personal tastes, HelloFresh sends weekly recipes and pre-measured fresh foods, right to your door. No more less-than-healthy, on-the go meals because you didn’t have time to buy groceries again!
There you have it. When it comes to the organizational challenges that can make ‘back to school’ feel like a nightmare, forget the right attitude, all you need is the right app. Take a moment to download these 5 apps today—and save yourself the hassle during the school year.
Any life-saving apps that we missed? Share your recommendations with us in the comments below!
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