Get Cozi Gold for $19.99 per year

From the Cheapskate: A longtime favorite in the Broida household, this app makes it easy for families to share calendars, tasks, shopping lists and more. (Hint: The free version is great, too.)

Rick Broida Senior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
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Years ago, my wife and I started using Cozi, an app that provides a simple shared calendar -- and we've never looked back. Now my entire family uses it, and calling it invaluable would be grossly understating its value.


Cozi Gold eliminates banner ads and adds useful extras.


You should try it, too -- and I'll just say right up front that it's free. We've never bothered with the Gold version, simply because the $50 per year price tag seemed too high for what it offered. But now Cozi Gold is just $19.99 per year, and that's a deal worth considering.

Here's why: Cozi Gold does away with the banner and pop-up ads that support the free version. It lets you set multiple reminders for any given calendar entry, and it supplies a sorely needed month view on the mobile calendar. (View Cozi in your desktop browser and you can see a month view even in the free version.)

You also get extras like a contact manager, birthday tracker, choice of mobile themes and much-improved shopping list. Even the free shopping list is genius, though: Whenever somebody notices that something has run out, they just add it to the list -- which is then viewed by the next person who hits the grocery store.

Even without Gold, you get a really powerful, color-coded family calendar, one that can sync with internet calendars, including those provided by most K-12 schools. You can share scheduled activities with people outside your family and add separate schedules for things like childcare, sports and clubs.

Cozi also has a message board (not accessible in the mobile app, alas), meal planner, recipe box and family journal. Seriously, this thing is indispensable for busy families. We've used it for eight years (!) and couldn't function without it. The only real challenge is adopting it if you're already heavily reliant on Apple or Google calendars; there's no easy way to migrate everything.

As for Gold, I maintain that it's optional -- but now that it's down to $19.99 per year, I'd say it's definitely worth it.

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