Wednesday

Win a Florida 529 Savings Plan! #startingisbelieving

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own. 
The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program and you could be one of 10 lucky winners of a $529 scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account.
You can enter anytime between May 15th and June 11th. Visit HERE daily (You must be a Florida resident, 18 or over.)
Nothing stopping this guy from success! 

For me, it's simple. I had student loans that I would probably still be paying off if my parents hadn't paid them off for me from inheritance they received.  The last thing I want for my own child is to go to college and get out into the world with his own family and have insurmountable bills to pay. I don't want that. I am going to now, do everything I can. I have a prepaid plan for him and I know that I still need more in it. 

The average student debt of borrowers in the state of Florida is almost $24,000, and over half of the 2015 college graduates had student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access & Success' recently released report on student debt. It's time to ensure that your child and mine are not going to have this problem. 

May 29th is National 529 day and Florida Prepaid is trying to increase awareness about college savings and the Florida 529 Savings Plan. In celebration of 529 Day, Florida Prepaid is giving 10 Florida families $529 in a Florida 529 Savings Plan!

Don't wait! Starting is Believing!



Friday

Arise! Change is coming!

So today I will post it... I have to change. I have traveled down an unhealthy road and I don't even recognize myself. I know that others see me this way, but I still see the fit and healthy girl I used to be. I am ready to see her again!

I am ready to "consecrate" myself.  Just like Joshua told the Israelites in Joshua 3:5. "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." Consecrate means make or declare (something, typically a church) sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose. I see this as me saying loudly that I am done being unhealthy. I am ready to treat the body that the Lord gave me as I should treat it. I realize that the Israelites were preparing for something a whole lot bigger than my health, but as I have been reading through Joshua with the help of a devotional written by a good friend. (Move! When God's Deliverance Requires Man's Obedience 31 Devotions by Amy Rogers) As I have been reading, I have been hearing God tell me that I need to put Him first. I need to take care of what He has given me.  I have not. I have been taking all that I wanted without even thinking of Him. 

I am not 100% sure of how I am going to start this, but just as God told Joshua in 8:1-2, I just need to go. I don't need to think about it.  It's time to arise!

So... here I go!

Wednesday

Last Call for Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment #startingisbelieving

Don't forget to sign up! Open Enrollment ends February 28th!


One big priority these days is doing everything I can to make sure that my son, Bryce goes to college! I don't want there to be any excuse for him not to have a college education. There were some concerns for us at first though... 

I didn't want him to be limited to staying in Florida for school.  Turns out that the amount covered by your Prepaid Plan can be used at schools nationwide!  We also wondered what would happen if we moved out of state. We would no longer have in-state tuition? Well, we found out that we would still be billed for in-state tuition rates! Wow! What a benefit! And God forbid, what would happen if he doesn't go to college (of course this would be only if he were drafted into the MLB... haha) Well, if he doesn't go to college, we can change the beneficiary of the Prepaid plan or get our money back!

So really, there is no excuse! Sign up today! Have you signed up yet? Tell me below. 




Get signed up today! Go to Florida PrePaid Plans and use promo code BLOG1617 and get 50% off the application fee! 



Monday

No Student Loans for Us Please! #startingisbelieving



Get your 2016 Florida Prepaid Promo Code below. 
This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own. 



The Future... it is coming sooner than we think. So how do we prepare for it? It's going to be here soon whether we are ready or not.  As moms, as parents, we want the best for our kids. We want them to finish High School and go to College. But what happens when that time comes to pay for college? Will you be ready? Will your children have to take out student loans to pay? 
This is my reason for having a prepaid plan!

There is a way to help and it doesn't involve crazy student loan payment plans.  Florida Prepaid will help you get prepared for your children to go to college. Open Enrollment is ending soon on February 28th. Don't delay!  Use promo code BLOG1617 and get 50% off the application fee!






There are different plans to choose from.
2016 / 2017 Pricing





Monthly

4-Year Florida University Plan
Newborn
$186.28

1-Year Florida University Plan
Newborn
$46.61

2+2 Florida Plan
Newborn
$147.24

4-Year Florida College Plan
Newborn
$116.98

2-Year Florida College Plan
Newborn
$54.20


If your child isn't a newborn, you can still get in! The monthly prices will be a bit higher, but it's better to start now rather than never!  The time is now!



Friday

My Son Will go to College thanks to Florida Prepaid #ad #startingisbelieving


Get your 2016 Florida Prepaid Promo Code below. This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own. 

Florida PrePaid is the piece of mind that I needed to ensure that my son would be a college graduate.

As a parent, there are some many things for us to worry about. It's time to take one of those worries away.  Florida Prepaid will make it easier to do that. It will give you piece of mind.

In 2005, I was going through a divorce, and it wasn't too pleasant.  I knew that my life was going to change dramatically going from a two income home to a one income home (and on a teacher's salary.)  As we went through this gut-wrenching process of selling our house, and paying debts, I realized that there would be some extra money left over.

Knowing that I would never not struggle as a teacher, I worried about our future. What would happen when my then two-year old was ready to attend college? I spoke to my lawyer about signing my son Bryce up for a Florida Prepaid College Plan.  Thankfully it was agreed on and we bought a plan for Bryce.  We were lucky enough to have enough money that we didn't need to make payments on it.

There is another way to get a Florida Prepaid Plan for your family. Right now Open Enrollment is goign on.  This is the only time each year families can purchase Prepaid Plans and this year prices remain affordable for Florida families.The open enrollment period continues til Feb 28th. This year there are different plans that can fit within any budget!

2016 / 2017 Pricing
Monthly
4-Year Florida University PlanNewborn$186.28
1-Year Florida University PlanNewborn$46.61
2+2 Florida PlanNewborn$147.24
4-Year Florida College PlanNewborn$116.98
2-Year Florida College PlanNewborn$54.20
To sign up, click HERE and use coupon code:BLOG1617 to get 50% off the application fee!





Monday

Florida Prepaid Scholarship #Giveaway! Yay!

Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program Overview

Do you believe that your child will go to college? Now is the time to invest in his or her future! Learn how you can win a FREE Florida Prepaid College Scholarship and worry less about your child's future. 
This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My story!
USF vs. FSU football game 
If you are anything like me as a parent, you are probably working hard to ensure that your child gets the best of everything. While I would love to hope that my son will get a scholarship to college somewhere (for football in his mind) I do know that the chances of that are slim. And if he does get one, there will be other expenses that I will be responsible for. If only I could wave a magic wand to be sure that he will have a chance to get a great education without racking up debt that he will pay for for many years to come. Well, there is... and frankly, I sleep better at night knowing that I have done that for my son. I am a single mom, and I have debt and bills and it seems never-ending most days, but this is something I know... My son will go to college because it was a priority! Now it's time for my family to look into the different plans and see what else we can add on this year. There is so much more!

Scholarship Giveaway! 
Would you like to be one of ten Florida families who will win 2 FREE years of college from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation who has launched the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program Giveaway. It runs from September 19, 2016- October 23, 2016. So go enter!!! And enter daily!

This coincides with National College Savings Month and the mid-October launch of Open Enrollment, the annual period when families can purchase their own Florida Prepaid Plans. You can enter the scholarship contest and learn about the benefits of saving early for college- from getting more motivated to prepare academically for college, to avoiding the burden of student loan debt.

Registration takes place at www.floridaprepaidscholarshipprogram.com.  You get chances to earn extra entries by answering questions, learning more about saving for college, and sharing on social media.

More and more families across Florida are looking into the Florida Prepaid College Plans. 
And saving early really is feasible, with a little planning and budget consideration. A family can purchase plans all at once, over five years, or in monthly installments.  

This is why I invest in Florida Prepaid College
Open enrollments begins October 15th, 2016 and ends February 28, 2016. For more info visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com. But don't wait til October 15th.  Head over to www.floridaprepaidscholarshipprogram.com  and start learning about the program and enter for your chance to win!!!

Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program:
      What: Florida families have the opportunity to win one of TEN 2-Year Florida College Plans
      When: Register between September 19 and October 23
      Where: Go to www.floridaprepaidscholarshipprogram.com
      Eligibility: Open to legal residents in the state of Florida with children or grandchildren between the ages of newborn through 8th grade.


“Hear it straight from last year’s winner! Every entry counts for a possibility to be one of 10 to win a FREE 2-Year Florida College Plan, courtesy of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Enter daily through October 23!”


What keeps you up at night as a parent? Share below! I am sure I am not the only one who has these huge concerns.

Wednesday

May 29 is 529 College Savings Day! #Giveaway #startingisbelieving

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board. I am a Believer Blogger. All opinions are my own
As most of you know, there is one person in my life who gets the majority of my attention.  My main goal is to raise him to be successful, humble, and kind. In order to do those things, we have to have a plan. We plan everything. Things don't go according to plan a lot of times, but I can pretty much guarantee that without the plan, it would have gone a whole lot worse.

I have a plan for Bryce to go to college too.  But now there is something new... something I had not heard of yet, but it makes perfect sense.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program is a new scholarship program running from May 1-29. Why is it called 529? Well, that's easy! May 29th is celebrated nationwide as 529 College Savings Day.  In honor of this day, the Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winner a $529 Scholarship devoted into a Florida 529 Savings Plan Account. See bottom of post on how to enter. 

This plan is part of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation's ongoing commitment to bringing families budget-friendly flexible college savings options through the Florida Prepaid College Board. What does that mean to you and me? It means that our kids can go to college without having to rack up huge debt in student loans and we don't have to worry about making sure that our kids get a great education.  

I have a Florida Prepaid College fund for Bryce, my son.  I have had it for many years, but we don't have a 529 Savings Plan. Unlike the Prepaid plan, there is not a set payment or a schedule of what to pay. We can pay as often and put in as much as we want and there are no application fees.  The Florida 529 Plan is subject to fluctuations in the financial markets while the Prepaid Plans are guaranteed by the State of Florida.

Want to win one of ten $529 Scholarships from the 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program? 
You must be a legal Florida resident over 18. You can enter at  http://www.florida529savingsplanscholarship.com/

Winners will be selected from all eligible entries via a random drawing to be conducted on June 1st, 2016 at 3:00 pm EST.

Do you have a plan for your children's college? What is it?
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