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. Cheryl says:

    My favorite Will Ferrell movie is Step Brothers.

  2. Cynthia R says:

    My suggestion is kids don’t go to college how about that one. The job market is so saturated we know people with masters and PHd’s that can’t find a job. Maybe go into a trade college would be better.

  3. Cynthia R says:

    I like how the movie has two of my favorite comedic actors in it- will Ferrell and Amy Poelher.

  4. Cynthia R says:

    My favorite Will Ferrell movie is Anchorman.

  5. Forget college. How about going to a trade school and learn a marketable skill. College is a joke. So many are in the work force already that don’t have a clue of how to do anything except push paper around.

  6. Tabathia B says:

    Nothing funny, but doing a paid internship, work study or participating in studies as a lab rat

  7. Janet W. says:
  8. kjasus says:

    i came very close to selling my plasma to help pay for college!

  9. Rosie says:

    Become a CEO, do a horrible job on purpose to get fired, then collect millions as a payout for ruining the company! Easy money!

  10. Rosie says:

    I haven’t seen movies with them in it, I guess I need to get out more!

  11. Birdie Skolfield says:

    surrogacy it pays 80,000 + LOL

  12. Nannypanpan says:

    My best idea is to get them working young so they value a dollar and importance of an education

  13. Susan Smith says:

    My best suggestions is to have your kids work. They will appreciate their education and be more frugal knowing it’s their money they worked hard for that they are spending.

  14. Susan Smith says:

    My favorite Will Ferrell movie is Anchorman

  15. Susan Smith says:

    I checked out the website and I like how the movie has two of my favorite comedic actors in it.

  16. My favorite Amy Poehler movie is Baby Mama.

  17. Best way is to work hard and hit up any rich relatives.

  18. amanda whitley says:

    they could save for college by entering lots of giveaways and winning !!! 🙂

  19. Chrissy says:

    I learned that the music for the movie was composed by Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau.

  20. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I say you try to win a scholarship. The merit of it all would be great for learning and experience as well.

  21. Shakeia Rieux says:

    They should work at a young and put as much as they could away to pay for college, and the parents could match that amount

  22. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I like the gallery section

  23. Shakeia Rieux says:

    My favorite movie with Amy Poehler is Baby Mama