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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.

New AMEX Promotion is Especially Beneficial for Teen Children.

No e-mails ever came, but Frequent Miler’s post alerted me to the AMEX promotion. If you have an AMEX Starwood card, use this link here to check if you are eligible. Mrs. JumpStart and I followed the link and were both eligible.  We both input our 15 year old daughter JumpStart Jill’s info.  The form […]

Examining the games colleges play with meal plan option pricing.

While reviewing the charges and fees on my biggest bill ever, the $1991 meal plan charge caught my eye.  My son JumpStart Jack swears he never chose a meal plan, and I believe they put the Flex plan in as the default choice. Jack left orientation wanting the Flex Plan, but after some calculations we […]

2018 Summer Travel Planning is Underway.

  It’s August, new sets of students are coming this week, and so it’s time to begin thinking about next summer’s unemployment.  I’ve got a bunch of miles, with a bunch of airlines, but it is difficult to redeem miles in the summer, especially for a family of 4, with a preference for first class […]

JumpStart From Scratch Progress Snapshot: 18 years and 6 months.

  College Progress. Semester 1 is paid for, and my son JS Jack will move into the dorm next week.  The tuition was paid with a combination of 3 different credit cards and a personal check.  The credit cards incurred a convenience fee, but they also hit spending amounts that triggered 3 bonuses. Earning cashback […]