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Ways to Gain Upromise Rewards For Everyday Purchases

Posted by: Reyna on Jan 28 2016 / Comments (0)

I’ve recommended Upromise by Sallie Mae for years because it’s a free way for families to save for college or repay student loans. All you do is sign up for a free online account and then you earn rewards through online purchases as well as through credit card purchases, dining out and grocery shopping.

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2016 Top 4 FAFSA Mistakes that Could Cost Your Student Thousands in Financial Aid

Posted by: Reyna on Jan 25 2016 / Comments (0)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the most essential form for families to fill out who need help paying for college, yet it confusing many families. The 2015 article I wrote on FAFSA mistakes for Forbes received over 80,000 views. The reason? Some families are scared it will only lead to student loan debt. Others aren’t sure where their child will choose to go to college yet or haven’t filled out their taxes. All of these assumptions will only lead to more debt.

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3 Common 529 Plan Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted by: Reyna on Jan 22 2016 / Comments (0)

Saving for college can feel overwhelming. Parents of newborns are worried the price of college could approach $500,000. Who has the money to save for those kind of expenses? Don’t get overwhelmed with rising tuition prices. After all, your child may receive scholarships, grants, and tuition discounts that will greatly reduce costs.

In the meantime, here’s how you can avoid mistakes that could cost you thousands of college savings.

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Gifting Financial Education

Posted by: Reyna on Jan 21 2016 / Comments (0)

I remember  the day I learned about all the mysteries of personal finance from my finance professor, Dr. James Conover. It wasn’t just big items like what interest on credit cards mean. There were small, subtle things. His wife or his daughter would bring him a Starbucks coffee everyday to class. It seemed counterintuitive that someone so financially astute would spend so much on Starbucks coffee. But he was proving a point. He drove a modest car and lives in a modest house. Both him and his wife make a good income. They chose lifestyle was more important than cars and houses. This was at a time when financial experts were pushing the fact that you’d save a lot of money if you gave up coffee out.  Everyone makes their own financial choices that work for them.

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