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Back To College with a Little Help from Protective


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As many of you know I have an older daughter who started college last year. It seemed like just yesterday that she started kindergarten. Where did my little one go? I remember packing the trunk of our minivan with all her dorm room supplies and we got on our way. This is her second year and boy were we shocked when we started her first year and saw how much money we would be spending. Luckily for us we had prepared but not soon enough as I would have liked to. I still have three other children who will be starting college soon themselves and while I have a bit of knowledge of how this all works, I wish I had known it sooner. If you have a child on their way to college yourself here are just a few tips that we would love to share with you.




Start a College Fund:

With the rise of college tuition you never know how much it will cost in future. Maybe by the time your grandchildren starts college it might be free, but until then it's best to start a college fund. The sooner the better. Every little bit counts. If you save $50/week or even a month, at the end of 10 years you may have enough for a year of college.

Don't Forget Financial Aid & Scholarships:

While you may think that you may not qualify, it doesn't hurt to apply. As we mentioned when saving for your college fund, every little bit helps. Let your child apply for scholarships. There are scholarships it seems for everything under the sun and you never know what you qualify for.


Rent College Books:

When my daughter first started we looked into the prices of her text books. Boy were we shocked when we noticed that text books is almost as much as tuition. Some books bought new could run a couple of hundred dollars. Some book stores have a rental policy and you can even do a quick google search to see who might be cheaper. If you decide that you want to own you may even consider buying used. Buying used can sometimes save you more that 50% of the new book cost saving you a ton of money in the long run. And by all means, skip the college book store unless absolutely necessary.

The cost of college can be astronomical but you need to be prepared. This year when searching on ways how we can save more money I came across this great article on Protective on How Can Parents Save for College When Budgets Won’t Budge. It really opened my eyes on more ways to save and I'm sure it can help you to. Protective has lots of helpful information and tools to help you protect what you love the most. From financial planning to life insurance information there's help for you. So check out Protective today.

Let's discuss: How are you preparing your own little one's for college? I'd love to know. 

Annmarie John
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  1. Great tips for any parent. The time flies by so being prepared is a must.

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  2. I have 2 Granddaughters in College right now. They didn't have a college fund. I have 3 younger ones and 2 of them do have a fund.

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  3. Boy, it's changed with textbooks. I remember we used to spend HUNDREDS of dollars on them. And for what? I love the ways in which that's changed. We barely had Amazon when I started college.

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  4. My stepson leaves for college this September. He's really excited about it.

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  5. Son is preparing by taking college courses in high School which are free. He will have is AA degree by the time he graduates High School.

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  6. Great advice for parents of older kids! We need to start thinking about college!

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  7. One way I saved was to borrow Library Books .. I spent so much my first year on Books we only used once or twice that I could have borrowed or even photocopy pages for a fraction of the cost

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  8. My oldest is going into her third year of university so this is somehing we are very familiar with!
    She can't "rent" books so she buys them and then re-sells them at the end of the semester.
    She lives at home too so that helps cut costs.

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  9. Good points. Off to college. Time sure does fly.

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  10. Great advice for parents! I have three in college this year and I too can't believe how big they have all gotten

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  11. I wish I knew about renting college books when I was going through. It cost so much and you never really made anything back when you tried to sell them at the end of the year. Great tips - Katy

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  12. What a great idea. College can be so expense and saving on text books by renting and not buying is definitely a great way to save!

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  13. Great advice for parents with College age kids. I find it's harder to get advice and information of this age group as so much is focused on the little ones. They all grow up sometime!

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  14. It's definitely good to save any way you can. It really adds up! My son bought his books used and sold them back at the end of semesters.

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  15. What a beauty she is - and been there done that - Wish I'd had your advice back then - The books alone are expensive!

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  16. Renting the books does make good sense. It costs a fortune to buy them, sell back rates are notoriously low, and how often do you really ever read one again after a class is done?

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  17. I am so happy to have my student loans paid off from college - I returned as an adult. Great post for thinking ahead.

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  18. My children are still YEARS away from college, but it is always good to start a college fund as soon as possible! My niece is in college now and it is crazy how much textbooks can be.

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  19. we are five years out before our oldest starts college - but we started college funds when all our children were born

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  20. These are great ways to save money. It's never too early to start a college fund!

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  21. Renting books really did help offset some college costs

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  22. Great tips! I have quite a ways before this but I love getting info from parents (or anyone) who have been there done that so this is great. Books are so expensive, so I'm hoping to save as much as I can where I can when it comes time! - Jeanine

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  23. I am not looking forward to my daughter going to college. They grow so fast!

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  24. I am not looking forward to my daughter going to college. They grow so fast!

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  25. It was a wonderful summer and now its coming to an end. Its time for back to school a house a little less active lol

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  26. Great tips! My daughter is in Middle School so I think it's time I actually start focusing on college! Oh no! Not ready to deal with her growing up!

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  27. This is great advice. Other than saving a little here and there, I haven't though much at all about college. I know it'll sneak up on me!

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