Do you use a credit card, debit card, or grocery rebate card? Good! Now go sign up for Upromise.
Upromise is free and easy to set up. You enter in your card numbers for debit cards, credit cards, and grocery club cards (don’t worry, nothing will be charged), and then when you buy things from Upromise sponsors, you get a small rebate deposited in your Upromise account. Really, there’s no reason not to be signed up for it! Retailers include McDonalds, Bed Bath & Beyond, GNC, Mobil and Exxon, and many more.
I’ve talked about Upromise before, because it’s a no-brainer. You just set it up and then there’s nothing else to do! But I’m writing about it again because any time you make an eligible purchase from a Upromise partner, you’re entered to win $10,000 as part of their $100,000 College Dream Sweepstakes! If you’re a new Upromise user, you also get one entry for signing up. (The Sweepstakes ends September 30th)
You don’t have to be heading to college, or have a child heading to college, or even like children to be a Upromise member. But if you do have a friend or relative whose education you care about, you can easily set up Upromise to contribute to multiple people. For example, my mother has a portion of her Upromise earning directed toward me, and a portion directed toward my 4-year-old niece (her granddaughter).
And you don’t have to put your earning in a 529 plan or toward student loans, as the site suggests. Hidden in the Upromise FAQ are the instructions for getting your earning sent to you as a check.
Mmm… free money. Excuse me, I have to go dream about how nice it would be to win the $10,000 sweepstakes!