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Meet the JumpStart Family

On my blog, I go by Mr.  JumpStart, and I am documenting my mission to jumpstart my kid’s finances by helping them with a low debt college education, high credit scores, and miles/points/cash/perks earned from credit cards.  Mrs. JumpStart and I are both public school teachers.  I teach physics, and Mrs. JS is brave enough to teach kindergarten.  My son JumpStart Jack is a freshman at Radford University, and my daughter JumpStart Jill is a sophomore, at my school.  JumpStartfromScratch shares all the details about our financial experiences.

Credit Card Applications in Preparation for First Tuition Bill.

A round of credit card applications has me prepared for my son JumpStart Jack’s first tuition bill.  His tuition bill for Radford University will total around $7k, and the funds are already saved, and in a bank account.   I plan on using credit cards to pay, even though it will incur a 2.75% convenience fee. […]

Zagster Bike Share Questions Answered.

My previous post reviewed the new Zagster bike share program in Roanoke, and it ended with several questions. RIDEsolutions reached out to help.  RIDEsolutions was instrumental in partnering with Zagster, Carillion, the Roanoke Coop, and many others to bring the bike share program to Roanoke. Thanks to Amy from Zagster for responding by email.  The […]

Review: Roanoke’s New Zagster Bike Share Program.

Sets of white bikes at bike stands have shown up around Roanoke.  I hadn’t heard about the new ride share program until I drove past a new bike stand in Grandin Village.  Later I spotted a Facebook news article which informed me a company named Zagster runs the new program.  The bike stand locations are displayed […]

Personal Finance Lesson for HS Seniors, Days away from Graduation.

After juniors, seniors are my favorite age to teach.  Seniors are confident, funny, and excited about their futures.  For me, the downside of teaching seniors is the spring time after college decisions and AP testing.  Their motivation understandably drops, and it becomes miserable trying to keep their attention in May.  Days in November are fun […]