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Saving Money on College Credits

We all know that a college degree is important in today’s job market. But it can also be out of reach for many students due to limited budgets. It doesn’t have to be!

Did you know there are tests you can take for college credits? This is a great option for people who want to accelerate their degree, or want to save money. Three credit courses can run anywhere from $250 to $1000 per credit, where as most tests are less than $100.

COST: $80 + non-refundable administration fee (usually about $10)

“The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Pass any of the 33 CLEP exams and achieve your college and career goals.”

Cost: $80 + non-refundable administration fee (usually about $10)

“DSST exams are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Our extensive list of subject-level exams are offered in diverse disciplines and cover upper and lower-level baccalaureate credit courses. These exams help students save time and money while accelerating graduation completion.Thousands of colleges and universities recognize and recommend DSST exams for credit to students of all kinds including:”

Cost: Varies from $95- $440 + $50/$60 Administration Fee.

“The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for UExcel exams. Our nursing exams are the only nursing exams evaluated and recommended for credit by ACE CREDIT. Accepted for credit at hundreds of colleges and universities, UExcel exams can save you time and money compared to completing equivalent course work.”

These are great options for good test-takers and those who are independent learners. Be sure to check with your school’s administration office to be sure they accept these tests. 

Crazy Couponing Money Challenge — Day 6

Crazy Couponing Money Challenge — Day 6 Theme: Use your Talent!

Ok, this seems like a no brainer, right? If you’re good at something, you should make money doing it. Well, it’s not always that simple. Sometimes you can’t translate a hobby into a full time job. So, what’s the point of this post? Read on.

There are so many people who have great talent. Cooking, baking, sewing, writing, etc. But what translates to cash? EDUCATION!!!

Now, before you say, “I can’t go back to school”, I am not talking about spending endless amounts of time and money on formal education. Emphasis on the word FORMAL. There are so many ways to educate yourself and improve on your talents for free!

I love to do a lot of things. I’m an idea hoarder. I love makeup, hairstyling, writing, interior design, event planning, and more! (My brain is like a wedding magazine at all times.) I didn’t know how many resources there were to help me improve on my skills! I have learned how to do smoky eyes, make a centerpiece, write a blog, thread eyebrows and more. But with online resources, I’ve learned how to IMPROVE those things.

What is your passion? Is it baking? Watch a YouTube tutorial on how to make specific desserts or decorate. Do you love knitting? Join a Facebook page and connect with other knitters and learn new techniques. Like crafts? Read the newest DIY books. Love photography? Follow professional photographers on Instagram. Social media is a great way to connect, but it’s also an amazing educational resource.

At the end of the day, educate yourself on your passion and turn it into a career. Or a side hustle. Whatever floats your boat 😉

How have you been doing with the Crazy Couponing Money Challenge? Is there anything you want to know more about? Leave a comment below!

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FREE Color Word Writing Practice

Head over to Educents to get a FREE Color Word Writing Practice Bundle! You receive a voucher code, and then head back to apply your voucher and download the bundle.

What is included?

Flash Cards

  • Words include: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black, white, brown, grey
  • Print what you need and laminate for durability

Writing Practice

  • After learning new color words, have your students brainstorm things that are that color, and practice forming the letters in the words correctly
  • Read it, stamp it, write it, color it
    Includes fun word spin game and graph  
  • Practice Pages

 Email delivery of voucher code
Voucher must be redeemed by December 15th, 2015
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Use the Summer for Good!

As the end of the school year approaches for my daughter, I am thinking about ways we can help the school during our summer vacation. There are a lot of different programs, apps and sales you can utilize to raise money for your kid’s schools.

Take advantage of sales! School supplies are often on sale during the months of July and August. Pay attention to special coupons and match them with sales! Last year, there were Rose Art art supply coupons available (it was the first time I had ever seen them!) I bought a TON of stuff from Target. I gave out colored pencils, fat and skinny markers, paint and crayons to all of the children in my family in their Eid goody bags. I used some of the supplies to fulfill school supply lists for my daughter and niece. I donated some for my daughter’s classroom. I donated the rest to my daughter’s Sunday school. I was able to fulfill my own needs and the needs for many other children with just one shopping trip!

Don’t forget to collect your Box Tops and Labels for Education! Print out the Box Tops and Labels for Education collection sheets to keep them more organized! Ask your kids to glue them! Link your grocery card on the Labels for Education site. Participate in the games and cashback shopping on the Box Tops website!

Utilize your smartphone! Some apps allow you earn money by uploading receipts from your grocery shopping trips!

Shoparoo: A fundraising only app, it allows parents to earn money for the school just by uploading a picture of any kind of receipt and inviting friends to use the app. The makers estimate each person who uses the app can earn $10-$15 per school year. This might not seem like much, but if we could get as many parents as possible to use the app, we have the possibility of raising money in the thousands for each school!

Tyson Project A+, which allows parents to clip the labels of participating Tyson chicken products and give them to the school. Each label is worth 24 cents for your school!

Terracycle: Choose a brigade, save the waste (Capri Sun pouches, Lunchables containers, Little Bites pouches, etc,). You can recycle the waste AND earn money for your school!

Target REDcard: Choose your kids’ elementary school, the neighborhood middle school or any other eligible K–12 school. Target will donate 1% of your Credit or Debit REDcard purchases made at Target and

eScrip: Register cards from local grocers and drug stores, or add your credit and debit cards, and eScrip will donate a percentage of all purchases to the school of your choice.

My Coke Rewards: You can donate your points (3 pts. = $0.05) to the school of your choice!

Kellogg Family Rewards: Purchase participating Kellogg’s products to earn points. You can donate those points to the school of your choice!

Office Depot 5% Back to Schools Program :

  • Shop at Office Depot for all of your school and office supplies
  • Present your school’s 5% Back To Schools ID number when you shop online, over the phone or at your neighborhood Office Depot store.
  • Office Depot will offer your school credits equal to 5% of the qualifying purchases in the form of an Office Depot Merchandise Card that can be used towards FREE supplies!

And finally, pay attention to social media. In the beginning of the school year, Target was having a Give Back to School Program. By just sharing the Facebook app and asking people to vote, we earned $175 in Target gift cards for P.S. 130. Also, there was a partnership between Jingit and Box Tops for Education, where we raised over $150 for my daughter’s school. This was just me alone advertising and promoting these programs among those I knew. If we can get more parents involved, I think it would be MUCH more beneficial for our schools!

Add your thoughts in the comments!