Florida Prepaid Foundation Scholarship Program 2017

by jennifer22. May 2017 09:39

It's that time of year! I'm seeing photos of my friends' kids graduating from 5th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade and college! 

This year has FLOWN by. Earlier this year I talked about how I needed to open a 529 account for the #TampaTrio. Well, time slipped away from me, until TODAY!! Today I finally did it!! And while it's true that I am a Florida Prepaid College Plan Believer Blogger, I am also a very loyal customer!

Yes, they all have Florida Prepaid accounts, but my husband and I wanted to doubly make sure that there would be enough funds for them to do whatever they need to do while they are earning their degrees. And the 529 Plans can be used towards graduate school, and if my kids take after me at all, they will all end up earning advanced degrees.

So today I finally sat down and I did it. They are all signed up!

 

 

So now that I have finished that task, I'm here to tell you about a super cool opportunity for you to win a $529 scholarship for your kids!

The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winners a $529 Scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account, that’s a FREE $529 towards your child’s college education!  That's pretty sweet! And did you know that May 29 is celebrated nationwide as 529 College Savings Day.

I just love that. It's like May the Fourth Be with You! LOL. Makes me smile every single time.

 

Here’s the 411 on the 529:

How do you enter to win 1 of 10 Scholarships from Florida Prepaid College Plans?

It's SUPER EASY. First, go to Florida529SavingsPlanScholarship.com

There you'll get chances to earn extra entries by answering questions, learning more about saving for college and sharing on social media.

How often can you enter?

You can keep coming back to the site every day to learn more and get extra chances to win!

When does the giveaway period end? When do I have to enter by?

You can enter to WIN every day NOW through June 11, 2017.

Who can enter to WIN 1 of 10 Florida Prepaid Scholarships?

Florida residents over the age of 18.

Want to get started with a Florida Prepaid 529 Plan?

Visit Florida Prepaid College Plans online.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families avoid debt by saving at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books. Your family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time.

There is no minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings account, and there are no application fees. This makes the Florida 529 Savings Plan one of the most affordable ways for families to save for college.  That means you can get started saving for your child’s future with whatever amount you choose!  There is no minimum contribution!  I'll tell you what I started with. I did a $100 initial contribution and then a $100 monthly contribution for EACH kid. The hardest part for me was picking how I wanted the money invested. I wanted to be safe, yet with a high return. I'm typically pretty good with my investments, so we'll see how well I did come this time next year. 

Don’t forget to enter to win one of those 10 Florida Prepaid Foundation Scholarships

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Follow Florida Prepaid College Plans on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube to stay up to date with information on not only the scholarship program and open enrollment but get tips on college and more.

 

 

 

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#TampaTrio | Ella | General | Haley | Jenny | Ronin

Push Away the Screen: Disney Dark Side Hollywood Studios 2017

by jennifer26. April 2017 13:23
For the 2nd consecutive year, the #TampaTrio and I have make the trek to the House of the Mouse. We started this tradition last year (you can read about those posts HERE) and I knew it would be one that would continue...hopefully forever. I can really imagine the kids coming home from college during a weekend in April to wog a 5K with their mama. I hope it comes true.  Walt Disney World offered me two guest tickets to explore a park of my choosing. This year the kids and I, even more so than in years past, really wanted the complete Star Wars experience, so we decided to go to Hollywood Studios. I registered all our tickets online and synced the app and the magic bands (that we had from last year) and we got in pretty quickly. Mind you, the park opened at 9am, and we were rolling in close to 11am because we went to the Dark Side Expo first. Once in the park we got Ronin's special needs pass and we were off!!  The kids decided that they needed some new ears. That they had outgrown the princess and toddler themed ears of their much younger days. And they kept the Star Wars theme going strong!While we were still in the gift shop we suddenly heard the Star Wars theme music begin to play, and play loudly! We (oh so gently ) put the ears down and ran outside to see what was going on!   [video src="parade.mp4"] I am glad that we had that opportunity to see the Imperial March. Right after the march we went over to see if we could sign the trio up for Padawan training. But we were too late. All the spots were taken. Oh well, there was still plenty of Star Wars left for us to see. In fact, we got to meet KYLO REN!Touring through Star Wars Launch Bay was really the highlight of our day. It was air conditioned and full of everything Star Wars.We also went on the Aerosmith rollercoaster. It was the first time for all of us and it was so much fun! None of us had any idea what to expect and we were all so surprised. One time was enough for Haley and I , but Ella & Ronin went on twice more!We had a snack and decided to do some more shopping!Ronin and I had an early morning for the Dark Side 5K, so we all decided to leave the park, head back to our hotel, swim, change, and go have dinner, and that's exactly what we did! We had a great first day at Disney, and can't wait to return next year! Ronin and I are already signed up for 2018, and have decided to visit the Animal Kingdom theme park!  

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#TampaTrio | Ella | Haley | Jenny | Ronin

Push Away the Screen: 2017 GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC 5K

by jennifer4. March 2017 18:27
For the sixth consecutive year our family participated in the Gasparilla Distance Classic. But unlike in past years, this year we all did the 5K. And what a blast we had!! We started off our morning like we usually do on race day. The kids pick where we go to eat breakfast. This year they picked Dunkin' Donuts.Not my choice for race morning, but it's what they wanted. I did not eat any donuts.  We arrived, parked and made our way over to the staging areas. Ronin was in a different wave than the girls and I based on how fast he can run. I told him he was welcome to wait and head out with us, but he chose to go with the first wave. He didn't want to take the chance of getting behind any "slow people."We took a quick selfie, and then he was off with his fast group. His wave left at 9:15am and the girls and I weren't going until 9:45am. I joked that Ronin would probably be done by the time we started. I was only joking, but it turned out to be true! He is one fast little dude. Haley is in a mood lately where she doesn't want her photo taken, so this is Ella and I just before the start!And soon we were off! Haley managed to get ahead of us at the start line and we didn't see her for the rest of the race! Ella and I stayed together the entire time, just walking, talking, holding hands, making goals, and just enjoying being with each other. We finished in 54 minutes. Haley and Ronin quickly found us on the bridge and we got a post-race photo!We went through the Expo so that they could see what was going on. Ella and Ronin both did the line jump. Ronin then asked if I thought he might have won anything for running so fast. I hadn't even thought about his time, so I asked him what his finish time was and he said "oh I think like 24 minutes or something."  24 minutes?!?!?  Could he really have finished in less than half the time it took me and Ella?? So off we went to check out the race results. And you know what? He won something!We knew for a fact that he placed in the top 10% of his age group and he won a cool coffee mug. But what we didn't know until the next day is that he finished in the TOP 3% OF ALL RUNNERS!!! He finished 593 out of over 10,000 runners!!! How amazing is that?? I am so proud of him. Here's a little flashback photo. The trio at their first Gasparilla in 2011 and at their sixth in 2017. They grow up so fast. We had a very nice time at the 2017 Gasparilla 5K and are all looking forward to 2018. Though Ronin will be in a different age-group, so he better get to training!  

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#TampaTrio | Ella | Haley | Jenny | Ronin

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