Have you heard of Upromise?
Upromise is a rewards program where shoppers can earn cash back for college. I used to think it required you to have a certain credit card (we don't use credit cards) and didn't give it a second look until a few months ago. It's actually kind of cool. You just sign up for a free account and then when you start your online shopping at their site, you get up to 5% cash back in your account. Over 850 retailers including restaurants, gas stations, and shops participate.
They do have a credit card, which I won't use, which will earn you up to 10% cash back instead. If you're into that kind of thing.
Money earned through Upromise can be put in a 529 college savings plan, used to pay down eligible student loans, deposited in a Sallie Mae savings account, or you can get a plain old awesome check.
For the month of March, Upromise by Sallie Mae is increasing cash back to help people save for college. During March Bonus College Savings Month, nearly 300 online retailers are offering 7- 20 percent cash back on eligible purchases made when starting at Upromise.com. If you shop a lot, that could be a lot of money for college.
I signed up for a Upromise account and bought a couple things from Old Navy through them a while back. It was cool to get a discount through cash back, but I pretty much always forget to use Upromise when I do shop through those retailers… (If you want to earn the cash back, don't forget to actually use it once you sign up.)
From March 3 through March 26, you can enter a contest on Upromise Facebook to win an extra $500 in your account. All you have to do to be eligable to win is like their page and share your favorite college savings tip. Easy schmeasy!