August 11, 2011

Dreams & Inspirations: Making Them Real

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPromise for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I didn't come from a family with money. Somehow, my parents reached as deep as they could to fund all of my whims. Being in music didn't come cheap. The desire to go to college. I wanted to go to college more than anything. They did everything possible to help me pay for a private college education; however, even with their best intentions, the money fell short. I had to take out loans, apply for grants, audition to get scholarships and work a full time job.

I walked out with a degree in Marketing Communications as well as a $36,000 loan.

I have fully relied on programs such as UPromise to save extra money to pay towards that loan. Only 2 years post college, I experienced a lay off and had to apply for a forbearance on my loan. It set me back. Even though I have come a long way since losing that job, it has been 11 years since I graduated and yes, I am still repaying that loan.

Now that I have a child, I don't think a day goes by that I don't think about what I need to do to pay for his college education. Sure, having to find my own way and stick it out through the struggles made me a strong person, but does that mean I have to make my son do the same? I hope that I can teach him how important it is to work hard and even to have some struggles, but I hope I can take some of the burden away from him having to take the brunt of paying for his college education. We have been saving for him since the day he was born. Even before. There is nothing that I wouldn't do for my son.

So what is UPromise? It is a rewards program designed to help you save for college through every day spending. I love this program and would much rather use rewards towards college savings than blow it on some stupid kitchen utensil that will end up in the back of my pantry. Upromise is celebrating its 10th Anniversary by giving away $20,000 to users who share a story that tells how a parent has supported a child's dream. Upromise members have received more than $600 million in college savings through their rewards program, and it wants to celebrate all of the ways it has helped to fuel those sparks that made children into the people they are today and the adults they will become tomorrow.

Users can participate in the sweepstakes by submitting a story, and can vote on their favorite stories by “liking” them. Upromise will give away $1,000 to 10 winners and a grand prize winner for $10,000 will be selected from the participants as well.

I've already told you the dream I have for my son. What's your dream for your child? Don't miss your chance to win some money, but also put your dreams out there. Be inspired. Dream big. Your child is worth it. Go to the Dream Wall at www.upromisetodream.com and submit your dream. You can check out the official rules here: dream wall official rules

Inspired? Ready to start building some dreams? Let others know they can share their dreams too.

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