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There’s noth­ing worse than start­ing your day to dis­cover no­body has re­mem­bered the milk for the kids’ break­fast and mom and dad have dou­ble-booked work-late-Wed­nes­day with­out no­ti­fy­ing the babysit­ter – who’s now un­avail­able given the short-no­tice. Man­ag­ing one cal­en­dar alone is not an easy feat for a ca­reer-lov­ing par­ent, never mind an en­tire house­hold of ap­point­ments, birthdays and ex­tra mu­rals; not to men­tion bal­anc­ing the bud­get and sav­ing for univer­sity.

Here are five apps that will merge cal­en­dars, spend­ing, and re­mind you to get the milk.

1. Re­mem­ber The Milk An aptly ti­tled, ad­vanced task-man­age­ment app that lets you take your tasks any­where and on any plat­form. You can or­gan­ise your to-do list, pri­ori­tise the items on your list ac­cord­ing to dead­lines, and it also al­lows you to sync with your Ever­note app. The best part is that if you have an Ap­ple de­vice, you can add tasks quickly and easily through Siri. You’ll never for­get the milk again.

2. Cozi Cost: Plat­forms: Cost: Free Plat­forms:

iOS, An­droid, desk­top This app is an all-en­com­pass­ing house­hold man­age­ment tool that al­lows you to sync cal­en­dars, get an over­view of shop­ping lists for each fam­ily mem­ber in real time, so there’s no repli­ca­tion of pur­chases, and you can share to-do lists with fam­ily mem­bers via e-mail, text, or push no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Your kids will never be able to use the ‘I didn’t see it’ card again and you won’t have to check ev­ery­one’s sched­ules be­fore set­ting up an ap­point­ment – you can just take a look at the com­bined fam­ily cal­en­dar that syncs with Out­look and Google Cal­en­dar.

3. HomeBud­get with Sync Cost: R59.99 (HomeBud­get Lite is also avail­able for free down­load) Plat­form: iOS, An­droid Crunch­ing num­bers has never been eas­ier than with HomeBud­get. This easy-tonav­i­gate bud­get­ing app is not only clear, but colour-coded. It in­cludes cat­e­gories for ex­penses, bills, in­come, bud­get, and ac­counts, all on the home screen with the al­lo­cated rand amounts vis­i­ble. There’s a chart show­cas­ing ex­penses as per­cent­ages of in­come which are colour-coded from zero to 100 per cent, and a to­tal bal­ance. The in­come sec­tion al­lows for mul­ti­ple en­tries into the de­scrip­tion sec­tion, which can then be or­gan­ised by cat­e­gory or date, and the re­ports ta­ble en­ables a broader view of monthly spend­ing.

4. OurHome Cost: Free Plat­form: iOS, An­droid, desk­top No­body likes to nag about chores, or do them quite frankly. OurHome is a pri­vate so­cial net­work for fam­i­lies that al­lows tasks and chores to be or­gan­ised and as­signed to all fam­ily mem­bers (in­clud­ing mom and dad). The app in­cludes dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories like meals, clean­ing, home­work, and out­door chores, and it in­cen­tivises tasks by in­cor­po­rat­ing a points sys­tem that can be aligned to pocket money, screen time, or new clothes for your teenager. OurHome takes the has­sle out of in­tro­duc­ing chores from an early age to en­cour­age re­spon­si­bil­ity, and it also al­lows kids to see and ap­pre­ci­ate how many chores mom and dad do. Par­ents can also feel re­warded with a clean house, re­spon­si­ble kids, and com­pleted chores with no nag­ging.

5. Google Maps Cost: Plat­forms:

iOS, An­droid, desk­top Travel makes up a lot of the time fam­i­lies spend to­gether – and not al­ways am­i­ca­bly, with school runs in back-to-back traf­fic and long trips pro­vok­ing the dreaded ‘are we there yet?’ from lit­tle ones with short at­ten­tion spans. The Google Maps app, ‘ for nav­i­gat­ing your world faster and eas­ier,’ not only helps you find the best des­ti­na­tions for kids out­ings, fam­ily days, and date nights out of 100 mil­lion stored lo­ca­tions but also gets you there via the best routes with live traf­fic up­dates and ac­ci­dent re­ports. You can also ac­cess street view for im­ages of lo­ca­tions, and the app of­fers a search func­tion for any reser­va­tions you’ve made with a Gmail ac­count.

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