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Money for College Project Weekly Roundup: Scholarship of the Day

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Scholarships and Grants | 12 comments

Yesterday I decided to finally roll out a new segment of the Money for College Project: The Scholarship of the Day!

One main focus of this blog is helping you find money for college, and traditionally one of the best sources of college money is scholarships. Scholarships are amazing, but their one big problem is that people don’t know about them. Getting the word out about a scholarship is the hardest task for a scholarship committee, and finding scholarships is the hardest task for college students.

This new segment is intended to bring these two groups together. To match prospective college students with real scholarships they can apply for. You may not qualify for every scholarship that you see posted here, but I promise you that there will be many that you can apply for.

If you are a scholarship committee and have a scholarship you would like to promote, please let me know, and I will be happy to get it posted for you!

Enjoy the selections for this week!

Money for College Project


Pro Athlete Money Problems



Facebook IPO



Second life and Personal Finance



Use Your 1098-T



Scholarship of the Day





Yakezie Friends


Sustainable Life – The Meat Challenge



Stock Trend Investing – Suggested Reading



Penny Pinching Pro – Business Etiquette



Fiscal Phoenix –  Mutual Funds



Mighty Bargain Hunter  – Tax Deductions



Money Cactus – Motivation



Roshawn Watson – Views on Money



Broke Professionals – Company Stock Awards



Dog Ate my Wallet – Coffee Talk



My PF Journey – Spread Betting


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Money for College Project Weekly Roundup: Steam Rollin’ Edition

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Getting Started | 6 comments

This week I was on a roll. So much of a roll in fact that this is my 8th post!

I have never even come close to posting 8 times in one week, and it is only Friday. I still have a whole lot going on in my life, but all of that has somehow energized me to work harder. Funny how that happens.

The Yakezie Network swapped teams last week also, which has brought a whole new round of teams around the network. I will miss my old teams, but I am looking forward to supporting my new team! The Money for College Project could never have gotten to where it is today without Yakezie!

Enjoy the selections for this week!

Money for College Project

The $120 Pen Story



Vassar College Admissions Blunder



Shocking Amazon Sales Tax Email



Claremont McKenna SAT Snafu



Sleep Deprivation – Infographic



College Classes in High School?



Ryan Seacrest on Personal Finance






Yakezie Friends


Sustainable Life – New Status Symbol



Stock Tren Investing – Missing the Rally?



Penny Pinching Pro – How Do You Budget?



Fiscal Phoenix –  How to Open an IRA



Mighty Bargain Hunter  – Magic of Compounding



Money Cactus – How to Have it All



Roshawn Watson – Great idea Myths


Broke Professionals – Maximizing Raises


Dog Ate my Wallet – Are We Hoarders?




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Money For College Project Weekly Roundup: Productivity Tools Edition

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Getting Started | 6 comments

Last week on Money for College Project I wrote a weekly roundup post about how much I have going on in my life right now. Over the weekend I realized that I needed to streamline some things or my life and productivity would spiral out of control. One of my biggest problems is being able to focus when I write. I typically have 1 hour in the morning where I complete my focused writing for blog articles and what not. That works for me.

However, now that I will have blog posts on top of papers for my grad school classes, I know I will need to write much more than 1 hour ever morning. To combat my ADD and actually try to get something done, I wanted to find a full screen text editor, that would allow me to write and focus without any interruptions.

Scrivener is what I ended up with. I did the free trial to see how I like it, but so far it is incredible. It is easy to use, cool to work with, and even aesthetically pleasing to look at. It does cost $45 though, which is why I am seriously evaluating it to see if it will be worth it through the free trial. I’ll keep you posted…

Enjoy the selections for this week!

Money for College Project

Forbes 15 Richest Fictional Characters


How to Sell Old Coins for Cash – I Made $102


Surviving the College Dining Hall – Infographic


Stiff Competition for Financial Aid






Awesome Articles You Need to Read


Camp Wandawega – Escape!  If you are looking for a quiet retreat to the woods and would love to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily routine, or even escape the 21st century, then travel back in time to Camp Wandawega. At $200 a night it is pricey, but how many other times in your life can you stay in a 3 story treehouse?


BiFS – Husband Working from Home  Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff recently announced that her husband has decided to quit his job and work full-time with her advertising business. Her client list and advertisers have expanded so much she cannot keep it a one woman show any more. Hats off to her. I work with Crystl, and I have been more than pleased with the results. If this new employee addition truly means more advertisers for all of her clients, then this is indeed an exciting move!


Student Loan Debt – Ebook  The College Investor launched a new ebook this week called Student Loan Debt. It’s a quick read, and it walks you through your options regarding student loan debt and how to pay it off. If you are struggling with student loan debt, then I would highly recommend this free resource!

Yakezie Friends


Sustainable Life – CSA Save Money?



The Millionaire Nurse – Workplace Stress



Daily Money Shot – Dream Job Security



Money Beagle –  Less Snow



KNS Financial  – Textbook Rentals



Bucksome Boomer – Recession Romance


Invest in the Markets – Small Portfolio


Dog Ate my Wallet – Brother’s New Venture




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Money for College Project Weekly Roundup: Fraud and Deception Edition

Posted by on Jan 21, 2012 in Getting Started | 8 comments

The roundup this week is happening on Saturday to allow the Yakezie blog swap series to take over in the usual Friday spot. Erin from the Dog Ate my Wallet, wrote an excellent guest post yesterday on how to raise children to become entrepreneurs.

I hope many of you also were able to read through my article on my experience this past week with an advertising scam that I believe could have led to a serious case of identity theft. Sacha Charles from the Lana advertising agency was behind the con. Thankfully a quick Google search revealed the true nature of this criminal and I put the brakes on before it got too far.

It has been a crazy week with Grad School, my regular job, and the goings on here at Money for College Project. It has kept me on my toes though, which is all I can ask for.

Enjoy the selections for this week!

Money for College Project

Earn Your Graduate Degree for $12


Advertising Scam – Lana Agency


Yakezie Blog Swap Series



Awesome Articles You Need to Read


Escaping to a Cabin in the Woods  Adventure – Journal wrote an article that particularly hit home with me. It’s about a man who sold all his possessions 25 years ago, bought 50 acres in the New York wilderness and built a small cabin. He has lived there in a minimalist lifestyle ever since. I’m not suggesting that we all should follow suit, rather it is an awesome case study of pursuing what you are passionate about even if it is not the popular path. This man seems truly happy, and has found a way to make it work in his own life.


2012 Porsche 911 Carrera  In direct opposition to the previous link on minimalism, here is a post on a truly fantastic car. The Porsche 911 Carrera is not a car that I myself ever hope to be able to purchase but it is one that I can appreciate for near perfection. I would love to drive one someday however!


New Podcasts for 2012  I’m always up for a new podcast. Pat Flynn recommends three of his favorites that are just starting to burst on the scene in 2012.

Yakezie Friends


Sustainable Life – Hard Apple Cider



The Millionaire Nurse – Mushroom Project



Daily Money Shot – Dream Job Security


Money Beagle –  New Dishwasher



KNS Financial  – Financial Blessings



Bucksome Boomer – Delayed Gratification


Invest in the Markets – Discount Oil Prices


Dog Ate my Wallet – New Carnival


My Personal Financial Journey – Year End Review



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Money for College Project Roundup: Leaving for a Cruise Edition

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Getting Started | 12 comments

Well, starting tomorrow its anchors away for my wife and I. We are heading out on our first ever cruise! We’ll be heading for 7 days around the Western Caribbean, and stopping in 4 different countries and territories. This Fall has been so busy that I have barely had a moment to sit back and breathe, so this vacation is much needed.

Since neither one of us have ever been on a cruise, so any advice all of your pro cruisers have would be welcome.

I do have some posts planned for next week, and as I will be gone for Thanksgiving, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving as well!

As always, here are the best articles from the Money for College Project, around the web, and my fellow Yakezie friends. Enjoy!

Money for College Project


Ditch your College Meal Plan There are many different ways to get healthy meals as a college student. You can be much smarter than eating sodium laced Ramen noodles every night, and also avoid the high price of the college meal plans.


Student Debt Project The Student Debt Project is a fascinating study into the nature of student debt in America. It looks behind the scenes and addresses the root of the problem, and provides some fascinating insights along the way.




Awesome Articles You Need to Read


The Hobbit Blog: 3D production Video  Not sure if I have revealed this here at Money for COllege project or not, but I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan. So it goes without saying that I am pretty stoked about the upcoming Hobbit film. Here is the latest installment in their series of production videos, and this one focuses in on the 3D aspect of the film. Fascinating stuff!


SPI: How to be Everywhere  Pat Flynn talks about how bloggers can take their content off of the internet and off of their blogs, and reach an entirely new segment and audience.


How to Write Killer Amazon Affiliate Reviews  Sarah walks you through how to write killer amazon product reviews that will actually generate leads and produce sales for you. This can be a very profitable niche if you approach it correctly.


How to Launch a Business: Case Study  Art of Manliness follows the boys from Moonshine, as they dish about the last year as they have taken their business idea from just that, an idea, and turned it into a sustainable business. Very inspirational!


Yakezie Friends


Sustainable Life – How to Save on a Honeymoon


The Millionaire Nurse – Afraid of Management?


Daily Money Shot – Quotable Quote


Money Beagle –  Expiring Groupons


KNS FInancial  – Black Friday Ads


Bucksome Boomer – Charitable Giving Plan


Invest in the Markets – Discount Brokers


Dog Ate my Wallet – Working from Home


20’s Finance – Cheap Perfume



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