How Parents Can Afford College without Debt

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I’ve started accepting guest post every first and third Wednesday of the month!  Today’s featured blogger is  Amy Nickson.  You may have seen her work on several other blogs! How parent can fund your child’s education without incurring debt? The sad reality is that many parents put their dreams on hold to save money for their child’s […]

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5 Money Saving College Tips

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I wasn’t a “struggling” college student per se’ but definitely was not living the lifestyle I was accustomed to while living with my mother.  I worked part time and received VA benefits made available by my deceased father.  With that income, I still could have used these money saving college tips while trying to maintain my own.

Although my parents have blessed me, and my daughter with having a college fund for my her to attend college, I’m still responsible for my other 5 children.  I  think it’s important to be able to provide for all of them and assist them whenever it is needed.  I should still be working while all but one child is in (and hopefully) finished college the steps below will be incorporated into my budget.

With a junior daughter and sophomore nephew/son in high school, both planning on attending college, I  plan on taking these below steps to save on college expenses, sooner rather than later.

Money Saving College Tips

1.  Develop a stock Pile.
I coupon, extreme coupon, as a matter of fact.  I usually use coupons to purchase soap, deodorant, tissue, paper towels, and some food items.  Conveniently, these items are also needed by college students.  Even if you do not coupon, pick up as much extra as you can afford and put it up for the rising college student.  Little items like this add up and I’m sure will be greatly appreciated.
2.  Accumulate points.
Many retailers have point systems that can be redeemed for cash on future purchases.  Plenti, Walgreens, and Rite Aide are just a few that allows certain purchases to accumulate points that can be redeemed for future purchases and even prescriptions if needed!  I would encourage parents to open an account under that child or even just an extra one and allow the points to accumulate until they go to college and throughout!

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3.  Stash gift cards.
There are just as many apps that allow you to redeem points for gift cards as their are retailers.  Also there are retailers that provide store gift cards for future purchases.  Target is a favorite of mine.  This year with couponing alone, I’ve accumulated about $220 in gift cards!  I save some of them and then others I use to make purchases when funds are low!  After this year I will begin saving them for my junior to take with her.

4.  Ask For Help

Friends, family, and other supports want to see children succeed.  As a result, most are willing to assist in that success even with college.  Don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for assistance with getting your child into college, help with college essentials, or college related expenses.  Target now has a college registry.

Target’s College registry allows upcoming freshman as well as upper class students to build a registry of essentials for college.  Take your upcoming college student to Target and build your registry and share the list with anyone willing to assist with the transition.

5. Build a Savings Account

Some parents are not able to build a college fund for their children but still wish to send them to college.  Even if your child has to take out student loans,  doesn’t mean that parents should feel helpless. You can  build a savings account specifically for that child to make payments their student loans or pay in full.  I graduated from under grad with over $40,000 of student loan debt.  I would have loved having even $1000.00 to apply to my student loan debt once I graduated.

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What additional ways do you plan on helping your college student? As a college student what assistance was most helpful for you?