How to Cut College Costs__________ in Half.

OK, I’m a bit guilty of a click bait title.  In my defense, I’m not a repeat offender, and google search had many serial offenders using the “cut college costs in half” key words.  This method is effective for all students, even those who aren’t National Merit scholars, and it doesn’t require winning competitive scholarships.  […]

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Newest Text Book Scam

The “book” pictured above was part of a stack of used text books, my son JumpStart Jack returned with, after his first semester. Looking at the book makes me furious. You might suspect that I’m mad at Jack for not even removing his book from the plastic, but he pulled a B in calculus.  I […]

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Save for both college and retirement.

New parents who want to send a child to college, and also retire one day? This method will put away $94,000 for college, and is likely to add a bonus $50,000 or more for retirement. The 2 keys to save for both college and retirement are: an early start. the Roth IRA. This method works […]

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Hack the FAFSA: Lower your EFC: Get College Financial Aid.

The FAFSA is a government form that students complete in order to get financial aid.  The FAFSA creates an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) which is the dollar amount sent to colleges. Colleges use the EFC to create financial aid packages.  High EFC’s result in weak need-based offers, and a low EFC demonstrates need which can […]

High school graduates net worth cartoon.

I don’t have much to say about this post. Just a cartoon. I think this cartoon took longer to create than any post I have written. If you can’t see the detail, open the pic in another tab.       *Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on brokeGIRLrich.*