An Unconventional Guide to Paying for College

Money for College Project Weekly Roundup: Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn

For Valentine’s Day, I rented some classic movies for my wife. This is one of our favorite things to do together, and I can rent them for free from our local library so it does not cost me a thing. I rented High Society starring Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and we also watched Charade starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Both were excellent choices.

Watching classic movies always makes me reflect on how fleeting time is, and also on how much our world has changed in so little time. In just 50 years, the financial landscape of this country has radically changed, and the political climate has also turned on its end. I can’t imagine what it will be in another 50 years, when our children are watching “classic” movies and looking back on the world we currently live in.

What does this have to do with finance? Watching classic movies helps me evaluate my financial priorities and make sure that my investing and savings strategies are sound. That might sound a little crazy, but it’s true. They make me think about what I am doing to save for my retirement, and for my children’s college education. They make me think about getting older and what I will do when that happens. That might sound depressing, but I really enjoy it. I like to plan, so this is generally a natural progression for me.

Regardless of if you like classic movies or not, it is always a good idea to regularly evaluate your financial goals and the plan you have set in place to reach them.

Enjoy the selections for this week!

Money for College Project


Princeton Review Best College Value



SC Credit Union Scholarship



How Harvard Spends Tuition



GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship



How to Save $100,000



Discus Awards College Scholarship





Yakezie Friends


Sustainable Life – Trade Borrow or Steal



Stock Trend Investing – Risks of Company Stock



Penny Pinching Pro – Weekend Update



Fiscal Phoenix –  Diversification



Mighty Bargain Hunter  – Giving Things Away



Money Cactus – Ebay Buyers Guide



Roshawn Watson – Bright Financial Future



Broke Professionals – $10 a Week Difference



Dog Ate my Wallet – Phone Saga



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  1. Thanks a lot for the mention in your round up, hope others find it helpful!

    • @Shaun — You got it! I hope lots of people find it helpful as well.

  2. You feel about classic movies as I do about my birthday…it’s a time to plan because I ain’t gettin’ younger! 🙂

    • @Average joe — haha! For some reason my birthday does not really do that for me, but I guess it’s something a little different for all of us. Whatever it takes, I suppose.

  3. Thanks for the mention! I should check those movies out.

    • @Melissa — You got it! They were definitely blockbusters in their day.

  4. At this point, I just think you’ve forgotten I’m not on your team anymore! But thank you for the link.

    • @Shanendoah — Haha. No, I did not forget. I really like your site, and am happy to continue linking to it!

  5. My wife loves classic movies. I need to indulge her movie picks more 🙂 I sometimes find parallels in movies as well. They are a great form of escapism, yet after the period of suspended reality, your mind inevitably goes to your life.

    • @Roshawn — Classic movies are really great. It’s always a good idea to indulge our wive’s movie picks every now and then…

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