Anyone that has filled out the Free application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) can agree with me that it can be a pain in the but. I helped fill one out for my niece and thankfully when I had to fill it out for my daughter I had figured it out…well mostly.

There are big changes coming for the 2017-2018 school year. Normally you fill these out Jan 1st of the year of the finacial aid, but now you’ll get the opportunity to fill it out early. October 1, 2016 will be the date when you can fill out the form. It is important to fill it out early because Grants and things are given out on a financial need basis of course, but after that it is first come first served.

They will be using financial information from the tax forms you filled out in April of 2016 – I think that is a good thing so you don’t have to estimate and then fill out the information again.

More details about the changes can be found here – https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes

I’ll make sure to give you a reminder a week or so before you’ll need to fill it out.

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Saving money while you’re in college

by admin on August 24, 2016

My daughter started her second year of college a couple of weeks ago. Here are some tips for those of you that are returning (or maybe you’re the parents).

1. If you’re going to sell your text books back, then be gentle with them. The better the book looks, the more you’ll get back when you sell it at the end of the semester. One thing I would recommend you do is toward the end of the semester, find someone that is going to take the class. Sell it for 10 bucks or so less than the used book on Amazon. You’ll make more money than selling it to the bookstore and the person that buys it will get a good deal. What we did was find someone that was going into the same field, and talking almost the same classes and you can sell all of your books.

2. Coupons. Colleges love coupons, use them to save money on a number of things.

3. Use your meal tickets / meal plans. Even if you don’t eat a full meal, pick us some things to put in your fridge or on a shelf for later. Trust me you’ll thank me when you are cramming for a final and looking for something to eat.

4. The first couple of weeks are always tough until you get in the routine. If you find you have some extra time, you can get a part time job. I worked for UPS, they love college students, and where I worked we had four hour shifts that paid really well.

5. Enjoy your time in school.

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Taking the plunge with Windows 10

July 25, 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Windows 10 is going to stop being free on July 29th. I have been debating a long time on whether to update or not. If I do update I’ll definitely be saving some money (which is always a good thing). I have been concerned about […]

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Mini-vacations that won’t break the bank (and are FUN).

July 18, 2016

A quick tip for you on this hot summer day. Many of you have already gone on vacation, so how can you take another day trip and not break the bank. We’ll pretend for a moment that we have a couple of school age kids and we live in a small town that although is […]

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Five tips for saving money at the Beach.

June 28, 2016

One of my favorite vacations is a trip to the beach. Here are five ways you can save some money and still have a ton of fun. Condo – I like condos because if you rent one with a kitchen, you can save money on meals (at least breakfast and lunch). My favorite beach, Myrtle […]

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Saving Money on Vacations – Part 1

February 22, 2016

It isn’t too early to start thinking about where you’re going to be vacationing this summer. Many times the best deals can be found in the late winter and early spring – and that time is now. Still not ready to decide where you want to vacation – here are some suggestions.   Does your […]

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Gas News

February 16, 2016

Hope your week is going well. We’ve had snow for nine days or so in a row… so I surrender! The OPEC countries have decided they are going to slow down production in order to cause an increase in prices. Details can be found here http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35564492?ocid=socialflow_facebook I don’t think we need to worry too much […]

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Super Bowl Ads – My Take

February 8, 2016

For something completely different. I hope you enjoyed watching the Super Bowl, I do especially for commercials. So what were your favorites (and duds). I think my favorite commercial – I should say I had two that I really liked was the Doritos baby commercial and then one where the sheep were singing. I can’t […]

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Five ideas for a unique Valentine’s Day gift.

February 1, 2016

Valentine’s Day is a couple of weeks away. Have you decided yet what you’re going to do for your sweetie? Here are five ideas that won’t break the bank, and can show them how much you care about them. Create a playlist for your valentine using YouTube – it is super easy to do – […]

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Tips for Digging out after the Blizzard

January 25, 2016

Many of us on the East Coast had a huge storm this past weekend. Here are some tips to help you dig out of the snow. Take it easy – if you aren’t fit (you spend most of your off time on the couch), then it might be better to let someone else shovel the […]

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