3 Ways To Help Your Kids Pay For College + A $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #TheHouseMovie #ad

Our daughter graduated high school this year, yay! We are so proud, and excited to help her take the next step to building her very bright future.


Allison is wicked smart, dedicated, and determined to make a difference in the world. Oh, the places she will go…. places like into our basement! College is so crazy expensive these days, that our basement is the closest she is getting to a dorm or apartment anytime soon. And since we want her to focus on her education, we will be doing everything we can to help her come out of college with the smallest amount of debt possible. To do so we have been making a few changes.

  1. Cutting back on spending. A little less eating out, and a little more cooking at home. A little less pay preview rentals, and little more live TV. A little less retail, and a little more resale. A little less driving, and little more bike riding. A little less trips to the salon, and a little, oh who am I kidding – that’s not changing. Momma needs to have nice hair! But, you get my point. A lot of little cut backs can really add up to some big time savings.

  2. We’re throwing her a graduation party and inviting all of our friends and family. Buying her first round of books or her college laptop with gift money is better than making a dent in her bank account before she even gets started.

  3. Making sure our daughter is putting half of her summer job money into the bank. Combined with what we put in, even those small deposits will add up.

These ideas will only be making a dent in her over-all college cost. But, we’ll be here doing everything we can to help get her through it, like trying to sell our plasma or maybe even a kidney. Think that sounds overboard? Have you seen the current cost of college? Yeah – it’s some kinda crazy!

While we wont be turning our home into an illegal casino anytime soon- I can honestly say that the trailer for “The House” (in theaters 6/30) has us giving it some thought. Just kidding – if only we were that badass.


On June 30th, this house is open for business!

After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in his house.


The comedy “The House” also stars Nick Kroll (“Vacation,” TV’s “Kroll Show”), Allison Tolman (TV’s “Fargo”), Michaela Watkins (TV’s “Transparent”), Ryan Simpkins (“Arcadia”), Jessie Ennis (TV’s “Veep” and “Better Call Saul”), Rob Huebel (“Horrible Bosses 2,” TV’s “Transparent”), Cedric Yarbrough (TV’s “Reno 911!”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Arrival”).

Now this movie looks hilarious! I can’t think of the last time my husband and I both were this excited to go see a comedy on the big screen. In-fact we’re planning to make it a night out, a wild night out. Like we used to do, years ago. As parents we’re always thinking about work, bills and taking care of others, and I say we are way over due for a wild night out. So, this is going to be fun.

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  1. Kelly D says:

    My plan would be to work more hours, or play the lotto!

  2. Erin M says:

    Enter contests and win gift cards you can use for books.

  3. Nicole Martin says:

    Definitely get a job… my kids would think that’s a hilarious idea!

  4. Steve Weber
    Twitter: groogruxking40

    They could have year long rummage sales!!

  5. Anita Duvall says:

    The very best tip I have after having my second one graduate from College last month…. Encourage your children early on to make the best possible grade and keep that GPA up, up, up. The scholarships that they receive will be more than if you start saving in kindergarten.

  6. carol clark says:

    go sell your homemade crafts

  7. mrsshukra says:

    Don’t give up, get scholarships, everything helps!

  8. Linda Szymoniak says:

    We asked family members to gift savings bonds instead of a lot of unnecessary gifts from the time my girls were born. We also bought some ourselves, but it was surprising how quickly the ones from family members added up. My girls definitely didn’t need more toys when they were little, and they had plenty of clothes (not to mention, I had in-laws who bought the most hideous clothing for my girls, so a savings bond was a blessing coming from them)

  9. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I learned that this was the first movie Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler have been in together.

  10. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I think my favorite Will Farrell movie has to be “Elf”

  11. Allison Swain says:

    My tip is to start a savings as early as possible. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Maria A. Malaveci says:

    Best way is to have them get a summer job!

  13. Sarah Hayes says:

    start saving asap

  14. Betsy Barnes says:

    Become an Instagram model or make Youtube videos.

  15. Betsy Barnes says:

    My favorite Will Ferrell movie is Step Brothers.

  16. Betsy Barnes says:

    I learned that this is Andrew Jay Cohen first feature film directorial debut.

  17. Ronald Oliver says:

    My best idea for kids to start saving money for college is to stand on a street corner, and pan handle! lol ..only kidding! But they can setup a lemonade stand in the front of their house, and sell lemonade…or here’s one I know that you will love, Jenn.. they can start saving up money by selling their extra stuff they no longer use or need, like their old toys, clothing, etc. by having a yard sale in front of their house. It will not only help them to start making some money to start a savings, but it would also help them to de-clutter their bedroom, thus, making mom and dad happy!

  18. jeremy mclaughlin says:

    Get a job.

  19. Marilyn Nawara says:

    Getting a job and working to pay their tuition

  20. Marilyn Nawara says:

    Talladega Nights is my favorite Will Ferrell movie.

  21. Tami Vollenweider says:

    Get a Sugar Daddy,pay the Bill

  22. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I liked Will Ferrell in Elf

  23. Tami Vollenweider says:

    Found out it’s Amy & Will’s first movie together!

  24. Marti Tabora says:

    My favorite Will Ferrell movies is Elf, its so funny.

  25. Cheryl B says:

    Work for those scholarships, Work a job in the Summer.

  26. Cheryl B says:

    I like Elf where Will Ferrell starred.

  27. Mary Cloud says:

    Hire a genius to take all their tests for them so hopefully they can get a scholarship

  28. Elena
    Twitter: ElenaIstomina

    My favorite Will Ferrell movie is Step Brothers.

  29. chickie brewer says:

    They need to enter a lot of blogger visa card giveaways ! 😉

  30. Thomas Murphy says:

    Get a job and save up.

  31. Starla says:

    This is great! I teach that you must use your own resources, that way of coming up with ideas to make money and to save. I think it would be quite funny to allow the child to work part time and only use their hourly money for the savings, lol. I know they wouldn’t enjoy that 😉

  32. Kim Henrichs says:

    Work and save!! Split work money into fun and savings that way you see the rewards on both sides.

  33. Cindy says:

    My idea is to get a summer job.

  34. Cindy says:

    My favorite Will Ferrell movie is Elf.

  35. Cindy says:

    I learned that Will Ferrell was one of the producers.

  36. Marti Tabora says:

    I like the cast, you just cant help bet laugh with such a great funny cast.

  37. Kelly Skibbe KJ SKIB says:

    I guess I will have to join the mob and earn some extra cash. HAHA! I wouldn’t last a day.

  38. D Schmidt says:

    Definitely selling victoria sponge cakes 🙂

  39. Get a job and trust me, hard work pays off 🙂

  40. I love the movie “Elf.”

  41. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I suppose you could participate in clinical studies. Like a real-life guinea pig?

  42. Daniel M says:

    they can mow lawns over the summer

  43. Chrissy says:

    The best way to save for your kids college is to give them theremin lessons starting at 12 months (sooner if possible) and hope that they get a theremin scholarship. The scholarships are rare but so is the talent so your odds are better.

  44. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Be a dog walker, or person walker.

  45. Jennifer Tilson says:

    The House is the first big-screen pairing for Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler.

  46. Jennifer Tilson says:

    Anchorman is my favorite Will Ferrell flick.

  47. Amanda le a says:

    Saving change your entire life!!

  48. Sarah Hall says:

    My suggestion is Mom & Dad has to work until they are 100 to pay off the student loans.

  49. Cheryl says:

    Participate in clinical studies.

  50. Cheryl says:

    I learned that it’s Andrew Jay Cohen’s feature film directorial debut.