I can’t believe my sweet boy will be home from his first year of college this Friday. How is it possible? Wasn’t it just last week I was scarring people for life with my uncontrollable sobs at the Boston Logan Airport?
FRIDAY. FRIDAY. FRIDAY. Oh. My. Gosh. People. FRIDAY.
And if you think I am excited, you should see my sweet little Colt. He is bouncing off the walls.
“I can’t believe Keenan will be home Friday.”
“How many days is it until Friday?”
“I got it, five days. How many hours is that?”
“Will he sleep in my room with me when he gets back?”
“No, maybe I can sleep in his.”
“Mom, I never want to leave you and go to college.”
I personally wish that he would hold true to that innocent desire and live in my basement playing video games for all of eternity, but as I have seen twice now, they are big fat liars who leave you.
And you know what they take with them to college? Your heart. And your money.
About a year ago my husband and I sat down with our money guy and asked how best to prep for that money part as we did nothing to save for the other two. He mumbled something fearfully under his breath about money spent on shoes and then in his big boy voice said, “You should set up a 529.”
“Yes,” I said. “Let’s do that.” Anything to save my shoes. Then I added, “What is a 529?”
After an explanation and a thorough understanding of what a 529 is, we eagerly opened one. The relief I feel knowing that we are proactively, not reactively going to be funding our sweet lying boy’s college experience? Immeasurable. I am telling you, in all honestly, it changed my personality. I didn’t realize the underlying stress I was feeling about it until we opened the fund. Especially as we are pouring money into this remodel. It’s nice knowing that know matter what, Colt will have the means to go to college. Unless he wants to live at home with me and I will serve him Hot Pockets and buy him video games and remind him that he is my little pet every day of his life. *crosses fingers*
So, when ScholarShare came to me a couple months ago and asked if I would like to be an ambassador for them and share, via my blog and social media voice, how they can help all of you set up a college fund for your kids, I said, “OH HECK YES.”
I get a lot of offers to work with brands here on this site. I hand select those that I think are most beneficial to all of you. To me, this one is a HOME RUN. I hope that you will follow along over the next several months as I help educate you on the ScholarShare program and give you fabulous tips to ensure that your child has the opportunity to go to college without leaving the experience up to their eyeballs in debt.
Did You Know?
- The average student graduates with $27k in loan debt.
- If you have a one year old, the average cost of college will be $55,000 per year by the time they get there.
Have you thought about how you will pay for college? I was so overwhelmed the first time around by the numbers and how much we had to put into an account for it to make a difference that I just kept pushing it out of my mind. It showed up anyway. You know, because they are liars.
I will be setting up a Google Hangout as well as posting monthly. Please let me know what questions you would like to have answered about college, paying for it, saving for it and anything in between that you need help with. I will get an answer for you from the experts.
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Disclaimer: I am blogging on behalf of ScholarShare. The views expressed, as always, are solely mine. I wouldn’t waste your time or mine writing about a product I didn’t believe in. We are all too busy for that.