And the best tip ever is…. We’ll get to that in a bit. First, let’s take a little trip down memory lane. How did you pay for your college? Did your parent’s pay? Did you get scholarships? Did you work during school or during the Summer? Did you have a college savings account? If you’re like me, you probably wish you could go back in time and do things a little differently.
Paying for Mr. Serious’s College
Mr. Serious’s experience paying for college for his undergrad degree was pretty pampered. He got a partial scholarship, and his parents paid the rest. That’s pretty nice, but I realize it’s not most people’s experience. However, when he decided to go to graduate school, we were married and we footed the bill. So, what did he do, got a school loan paid his tuition and bought a car with the rest! Not smart… We ended up paying this off in our debt snowball later, after digging deep and sacrificing.
Paying for my College
I had a tougher road. Scholarships, grants, loans, and a lot of extra work got me through undergraduate school. But, remember that debt snowball? Those loans got put into the snowball and got paid off after months & months of budgeting, sacrificing, and big hairy debt payments. Whew!
It just doesn’t have to be this hard.
Now that we have a big family, including 4 smart and sassy girls, we’re going to make sure our kids’ road is a little bit easier.
Best Tip Ever Is – Start Saving Now!
The best tips are simple, and this one is a lot easier than most. If you start saving for your kid’s college now, not later, you’re much more likely to hit your savings goals. Then, your kids won’t have to put off school until they save up for tuition or take big loans that they’ll be forced to pay later. Having student loans is like trying to run a race with cement shoes – you don’t go too fast and your feet hurt. As TazerFace said, it’s metaphorical!!! (Guardians of the Galaxy 2 reference, sorry if you haven’t seen it).
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Get started today! You won’t regret it and your kids will be grateful…eventually.
Have you started saving for college for your kids?