Dollars and Sense

A conversation in early October with my almost four-year-old went something like this:

Me: Look, it’s snowing outside!
Daughter: Yes! It’s winter! Now we can put up the Christmas tree!
Me: It’s not winter, it’s just cold. It’s not even Halloween yet. 
Daughter: But, Halloween is in fall.
Me: Yes, it is.
Daughter: But, it’s snowing.
Me: Yes, it is.
Daughter: But…it’s fall.

How do you explain to a child that sometimes (especially in Minnesota) things happen out of season? What do you say to prepare her for more of this as she gets older? As adults (whether at home, school or work), we are constantly having to prepare for things “out of season.” Sometimes things just land in our lap now, that we didn’t expect (or want to) deal with for months yet.

Kind of like Distance Minnesota registration for spring and summer 2015. It’s October, but you should already be thinking about spring courses. And speaking of spring courses, do you realize that your first payment deadline for spring tuition is December 18? That’s right…a full three months before spring officially arrives!Piggy Bank Woman

So…how will you pay for spring courses?

Lucky for you we have some resources on available financial assistance sources. If you haven’t already, complete the FAFSA. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for state or federal grants, it’s an important step in many gaining access to many other financial resources. We have some money resources pinned for you on our Pinterest page, including FAFSA tutorials and other great personal finance tips.  And, if you are looking for additional help, consider these 10 Scholarships Anyone Can Apply For.

I know it’s early and I know paying bills is really not something you want to think about ahead of time. But a little work now could put a little extra (or at the very least, leave a little more) in your pocket later!

Contributed by: Nicole Seifert | Sr. Online Advisor

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