Back to School Free Sites for Busy Moms
With back-to-school quickly approaching, all parents have two things on their minds; saving money and finding simple solutions to ease the transition into the busy school year ahead. Below is a list of the top five FREE tech tools to ensure success for back-to-school, whether you’re headed off to college or a parent whose child is entering kindergarten.
1. Cozi – The No. 1 online and mobile family calendar and organization system designed specifically for busy families lets you coordinate, communicate and manage all of your day-to-day activities. Cozi makes managing important school dates, homework assignments, extracurricular schedules, back-to-school shopping and more a breeze. You can automatically download your school district calendars and color-code tasks by family member for at-a-glance organization. Families can also now get started on Cozi’s Crash Course to Get Set for School which includes daily advice, tips & free tools to get you organized for the school year. Cozi is available online and through apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Android Tablet and Blackberry.
2. Alice.com – An online marketplace for household essentials, Alice.com helps budget-conscious shoppers save time/money with competitive pricing, free delivery, instant coupons and simple management of household essentials. For busy moms stocking up on affordable school and lunch supplies and college students shopping online for dorm essentials, Alice.com offers shoppers a quick, easy and affordable solution that doesn’t require leaving the house. And, with its free iPhone app, it’s also available on-the-go.
3. Mint – The leading online personal finance service from Intuit Inc., provides more than 6 million users a fresh, easy and intelligent way to manage their money. Mint.com lets users see all their accounts in one place, makes it easy to set and keep to budgets, set up goals to save for college or pay off student loans, and helps identify money-saving ideas for all your back to school needs. Mint.com also helps you manage your finances on-the-go with its free iPhone and Android apps.
4. PayDivvy – For college students living with roommates, or team parents splitting up the costs of registration or team dinners, PayDivvy is a free tool that makes collecting and paying shared bills a snap. Tired of waiting for your deadbeat roommate to pay you for his share of the cable or utility bill? Or apprehensive about footing a big cost when you don’t know the other parents too well? Just load the bill onto PayDivvy and enter the email address of each payer. PayDivvy will send them an email with their amount due and will send reminders until they pay. Then the person responsible can easily pay directly through PayDivvy.
5. Shopkick – The largest location-based shopping app rewards shoppers simply for walking in, checking into or scanning items at more than 3 million businesses nationwide. It functionally pays you for running errands. Shopkick works with major retail partners like Best Buy, Macy’s, Target, American Eagle, and The Sports Authority — and brands like Kraft and Procter & Gamble, so back-to-school shoppers who want to update fall wardrobes, new gadgets, or buy after school sports apparel can rack up rewards while they browse for the items on their list. Each time you buy groceries? More rewards. AND – the app offers unique deals and coupons, and plenty of ways to spend. Available on iPhone and Android.