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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.

And the actual college decision is _________.

This post will not make much sense without reading the “College decision!!! Almost made.” post and yesterday’s April Fools’ Day “And the decision is ___________  “post. Vegas We arrived in Vegas ready for our destiny, found a roulette wheel, and put 5,000 dollars on my lucky number 13.  The ball went round and round until […]

And the College Decision is _________________!!!

April Fools’ Day 2017 post.  Check “And the actual college decision is ___” for the truth. All the facts College decision time is here.  The post last week included a table with all of the cold hard monetary facts.  We were waiting for one last piece of information, and Va Tech’s website finally provided the financial […]

Analyzing Credit Card Bonus Offers.

As I was scanning down the page flagging hundreds of emails for deletion from my junk E-mail account, there were actually 4 emails that caught my eye. An offer for a bonus on my Delta AMEX card. An offer for a bonus on my wife’s Hyatt card. A matching set of offers on our IHG […]

Keeping my Alaskan Airlines Miles Alive.

Award wallet sent me an email alert that Mrs. JumpStart’s Alaskan Airlines miles were set to expire in 2.9 months.  To keep her 26k miles from expiring, there must be some kind of account activity. My options A flight could be redeemed, we could take a flight, or miles could be earned from spend on […]

College Choices

College decision!!! Almost made.

My son JumpStart Jr. is quickly approaching college decision time.  We are very proud of him for going 5 for 5 on college admissions. Although as a high school teacher, I have witnessed some admissions/denials that baffled my reasoning and intellect.  Students shouldn’t take too much credit or blame for college admission decisions.  Sometimes things […]