Save for College While Shopping Online with Upromise

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This post brought to you by Upromise by Sallie Mae. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don't even want to think about how much the boys' college educations are going to cost me. I am already filing away different ways I can scrimp, save and possibly sell my soul to afford it. What if you didn't have to worry so much though? What if there was a simple way to save for your child's college education just by shopping online at your favorite retailers for items that you needed anyway? Well now, thanks to Upromise by Sallie Mae and the RewardU toolbar, you can help save money for your child's future when you shop online.

{The Upromise RewardU Toolbar}

Many of you may already be familiar with Upromise and know that they are a program dedicated to helping parents save for their child's future education. Many of you, myself included until a few days ago, may not know that you can now get 5% cash back on eligible purchases from participating partner's stores online. These are retailers you use everyday anyway, including stores like Target, Old Navy, Apple, Best Buy and so many more!



The whole process is simple. You just go to the Upromise website, sign up for free and then you can browse through the different ways to earn money for your child's education fund. There, you will find a full list of online retailers that participate in the program, and the percentage you can earn in most cases is 5%, but when you apply for and use the Upromise Mastercard, you can earn 10% cash back. Next, you'll want to download the RewardU toolbar, which is quick and easy. This allows your purchases to be tracked so that you get credit for them in your account.



Then, you just visit a participating partner's store online, click the button within the RewardU toolbar to ensure that the cash back option is activated, and make your purchase. It really is as easy as that. Here you can see that I activated the toolbar and earned 5% cash back by purchase a Groupon to a local ice cream place for the boys and I.



Money that you earn can be placed in a 529 college savings plan, placed in a Sallie Mae savings account, used towards a student loan balance, or you can simply get a check. It really is that easy to start earning for your child's future today!

How do you plan on savings for your children's college education?

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18 comments

  1. Great resource. We need to start a savings plan for our kids ASAP!

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  2. I had an old account that I just dusted off myself.

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  3. I'll definitely have to check this out!

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  4. Oh, wow - I had no awareness of this -- it's basically free money Seriously?

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  5. I have a Upromise account but rarely use it anymore.

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  6. I need to login to my Upromise account.

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  7. This is definitely something I need to get started with!

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  8. I recently started shopping online using Upromise.

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  9. This is something I definitely want to do for my kids.

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  10. Wow, that is great! I need to look into this.

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  11. I love Upromise. It helps when you already have student loans as well.

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  12. I love that it works with Groupon too :)

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  13. I was looking at this and considering it

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  14. I have an account but I haven't been able to accumulate much. I must be doing something wrong.

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