It’s that time of year where teary-eyed moms and dads are sending their excited teenagers off to college! My oldest daughter started college last year and I remember all those feelings of “Did I prepare her enough for the real world?” and “Is she really ready to be on her own?” and so many other feelings! I’ve always prided myself in raising independent kids, but I had a few moments of panic when my oldest moved 8 hours away from home!
One of the most difficult parts of raising responsible kids is teaching them to be responsible with money! We live in an era where wants and needs are often interchanged. Even if you’ve taught your kids about money while they were living at home, it can be a whole different story when they’re on their own and you’re not looking over their shoulder. If your child is living far away from home and you don’t want to send them off with hundreds of dollars in cash, consider giving them a Visa gift card. The reason I love Visa gift cards is that they can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted…which means you can use them online as well as for everyday purchases. While we use a cash envelopes budgeting system in our home, having a debit card or prepaid gift card is a must for online purchases!
Before sending them off with a Visa gift card, make sure you have a budget in place. The financial decisions your college student makes now may have far reaching implications! Make sure they know how much they should be spending each month and what they should be spending it on. Explain to them that eating out, going to the movies, and going to concerts are luxuries, not necessities. If they don’t have a meal plan at school, make sure they know how to create & prepare simple healthy recipes that won’t break the bank!
Right now, besides having amazing deals on school supplies, Office Max is offering a sweet deal on Visa gift cards. You can save $15 instantly when you purchase $300 in Visa gift cards at Office Max. Please keep in mind that activation fees do apply. There is also a limit of 2 purchases per household. While you’re at Office Max, make sure to stock up on the other awesome back to school deals!
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