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College in 2020: Have You Started Saving?

Posted on 02 November 2008

it can be hard to fathom your little child will one day grow up and need to pay for college. If you don’t want them saddled with school loans, then you’ll need to plan ahead. Here are some tips for maximizing college savings plans, such as Upromise ( and Babymint (
Sign Up & Earn

If you haven’t already, sign up with Upromise. Once you sign up, you can earn money for your child’s college by shopping online, eating at restaurants, and more! An easy way to keep track of which merchants offer money through Upromise, is to compile a list of your favorite merchants. For example, here is part of a list I compiled:

  • Mobil
  • AT&T
  • Borders.comFor a complete list, please check their site, also participates with many online retailers and brick and mortar stores. Here is a sample list:
  • Blockbuster
  • Officemax.comFor a complete list, please check their site, www.babymint.comI printed the merchant lists for upromise and babymint and posted them near my computer. The posted lists remind me to remember to shop with these merchants! Also, Upromise offers RemindU. When you go to a participating online merchant, this handy feature will send a pop up box on your screen. This will help remind you to shop through the upromise link.Recruit OthersIf your family and friends shop with the merchants listed on, they can sign up using Family & Friends network. When your family and friends make purchases, your child’s college education fund gets credited accordingly.

    With, there is currently no way to recruit others into the program. However, you can refer them to sign up on their own and earn referral credit.

    More Ways to Save

    Besides shopping online and recruiting others, there are easy ways to save such as by what kind of groceries you buy! If your family enjoys Coca-Cola, Keebler, Welch’s, Gorton’s, and more, be sure to check out this part of Upromise. For a complete list of participating products, please check the site, offers a unique way to save with coupons! Simply print the coupons, use them and the money will be deposited into your child’s education fund!

    Earn Big!

    If you want to jumpstart your Upromise account, try the following:

  • Receive $300 for college when you get a home loan or refinance with Cendant, CENTURY 21®, ERA®, and COLDWELL BANKER® Mortgage.
  • Get $50 when you join America Online and receive $50 for each friend you refer!
  • Earn $150 when you purchase a GM vehicle.For more details on these programs, please go to their web sites.
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    1 Comments For This Post

    1. Resume Tips says:


      You offer excellent advice on ways to save here and there for your child’s college education. Small amounts really do add up. They can help pay for fees, books, school supplies and other necessities outside of tuition — necessities that also have a way of adding up, fast. I definitely recommend signing up with Upromise. It only takes a minute or two.

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