Friday, July 1, 2011

Using Coupons to Save for Your Child's Education

Sorry that I have been missing in action this past week! I was out of town on vacation with my family. I hated to miss Super Double Coupon week at Harris Teeter, but I was happy to get in at least one trip on the very first day before I headed out. Although I checked my emails, I promised my children and husband my full attention during vacation, which meant very little blogging or couponing!

Speaking of children, have you joined Upromise yet? If not, it's a must! I wanted to take a minute to explain what Upromise is and I assure you it is well worth your time to join, even if you don't have kids.

Upromise is a free college savings program, offered by Sallie Mae. Those of you who have taken my workshop know how much I love digital coupons because they are so stress-free. Simply click the coupons you want online and they automatically upload to your store savings card. Even better is the fact that you can use manufacturers coupons along with the digitial ones, as well as store coupons, too!

Upromise is simply a digital coupon service with lots of great coupons. In fact, they uploaded their new coupons online today. With Upromise, however, you don't get money off of your grocery bill; the money goes into a college savings account for your children. The great thing is that you can still use other digital coupons when you check out, and you can also use your paper coupons as well, so basically, using Upromise doesn't affect your usage of other coupons at all. You can still redeem other coupons when you pay. Upromise is just another simple, free way to save money!

A couple of notes about Upromise- you can also have other people (such as grandparents) link their store cards to your child's Upromise account. Think of how much money your child could accrue over the years in their account with yourself and relatives buying these items! Even if your family member (say grandmother) isn't very tech savvy, you could set up the account with her and link your child's name and go in and add the coupons onto their card for them each month. All they have to do is shop and if they buy any of the items, the money will accrue. I can't think of an easier way to save for college, honestly.

One other great thing about Upromise is that it can be used to pay down student loans! So even if you don't have children but you DO have student loans, you can use your savings to help pay down your loan. Again, what better way to get rid of debt than by shopping as usual in the grocery store? I love it!

To join or for more information, check out their website here.


  1. I want to find out more information about this. I'll ask you more questions later :)