NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With a new school year around the corner, approximately 86 million students from pre-kindergarten to college are about to begin the next chapter of their academic career. As they gear up, families of children of all ages can save for college on their back-to-school purchases with five percent or more from hundreds of popular online merchants through Upromise.com.
“The new school year is a fresh opportunity for academic success and a renewed focus on educational goals,” said John Ward, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “Saving for college doesn’t need to be daunting; Upromise by Sallie Mae helps families start the academic year off right by making it easy to add little by little to the college fund.”
Back to school is the second busiest shopping season of the year, with the average American family spending $634 on school supplies according to the National Retail Federation. Upromise brings together more than 950 popular online retailers such as Target.com, Apple.com, Macys.com, Sears.com, and Staples.com to help families save for college when they need to spend. With five percent back on those purchases made through Upromise.com savings could add up to $32. With the Upromise World MasterCard, families could double that and set aside an average of $64 dollars in college savings.
Before hitting the books, here are tips to shop and stay smart this upcoming school year:
- Plan ahead – before you begin shopping for back to school, gather your school supply lists and take an inventory of items you already have.
- Create a budget – monitor your spending and involve your children so they know the boundaries and benefits of budgeting.
- Research sales and deals – scope out online sales and deals to get the best bang for your buck. Download RewardU, a free toolbar that reminds you of cash back opportunities from Upromise and alerts you to additional coupons and deals.
- Create a family calendar – post a calendar in the kitchen or family room to keep track of extracurricular activities and school project deadlines.
- Reach out to new roommates – as the approximately two thirds of the high school class of 2013 become college freshmen, they can save by coordinating with their new roommates before heading off to campus. There is no need for two dorm refrigerators, microwaves or televisions in a tight space.
Whether saving for college, paying for a child now in school, or repaying student loans, Upromise by Sallie Mae enables American families to earn cash back for college through everyday purchases. Free to join, members can earn cash for college by shopping online at hundreds of major retailers dining out, buying gas or using the Upromise credit card. To date members have earned more than $750 million through Upromise. For more information on saving and planning for college, visit Upromise.com and CollegeAnswer.com, or visit us at Facebook.com/Upromise.
Sallie Mae (NASDAQ: SLM) is the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in education. Celebrating 40 years of making a difference, Sallie Mae continues to turn education dreams into reality for American families, today serving 25 million customers. With products and services that include 529 college savings plans, Upromise rewards, scholarship search and planning tools, education loans, insurance, and online banking, Sallie Mae offers solutions that help families save, plan, and pay for college. Sallie Mae also provides financial services to hundreds of college campuses as well as to federal and state governments. Learn more at SallieMae.com. Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.