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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thrifty Tips for Thursday March 7, 2013



I was reading the other day that college tuition costs are going up and the assistance that students can get are going down.  It is a great time to look again at where you can look into sending the kids to college perhaps for free.  The colleges below are free but some will also have additional room and board and others specific requirements for living in the area, but it is worth a good long look.

The Cooper Union
for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City has programs in Art, Architecture, and Engineering. Their merit based scholarships are full scholarships for all their enrolled students.

Webb Institute
in Glen Cove, New York was named to the Princeton Review's list of 50 "Best Value" Private Colleges for 2009. Their major is Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Students live and study on the shores of Long Island Sound.

If music is your child's thing, you might want to check out the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The Curtis Institute of Music is one of the world's leading music schools and offers merit based full-tuition scholarships to the college. Competition is high as they only accept about 160 students a year apparently even more competitive than Juliard. The education is very individualized.  They also have free online classes

Berea College
in Kentucky is a liberal arts college where students work on campus instead of paying tuition. The work study is mandatory. All students are awarded a four year tuition scholarship.

Barclay College is a Bible college located in Haviland, Kansas.  Barclay College has bachelor’s degree programs in Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Christian Elementary Education, Sports and Recreational Leadership, Business Administration, and other fields. Associate’s degrees are available in Biblical Studies and General Studies.  Barclay College currently offers free tuition to all on-campus students as posted here.

Deep Springs College is a two-year college whose two-year scholarship is valued at $50,000. It is very prestigious and highly competitive as they only accept about 10 to 15 students a year. This is a male only college located in California on a cattle ranch and alfalfa farm. The students often transfer to very high profile schools upon completion of their two year program.

College of the Ozarks is in Missouri and is another college where tuition is taken care of through work programs. It is a conservative and Christian college. Their focus is also on students with financial need and specifically in the Ozarks area, though they will accept students from outside that area, but priority is given to those students from the area first.

A college with a similar goal for providing a higher education for the students with lower income is Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky. It is a liberal arts work college.  Tuition is guaranteed to full-time students residing in Alice Lloyd College’s 108-county Central Appalachian service area and their mission is to educate mountain people for positions of leadership(from the college website). here in Arizona, your child would not qualify for the two colleges above, but considering how many of us have moved here from elsewhere, you might want to share this information with someone who might qualify.

United States Military Academy in West Point, New York
Tuition again is free, but there is a service requirement upon graduation. This is a wonderful school and a fabulous opportunity, but not one to be taken lightly. From the website: A West Point cadetship includes a fully funded four-year college education. Tuition, room, board, medical and dental care are provided by the U.S. Army. As members of the Armed Forces, cadets also receive an annual salary of more than $6,500. This pay covers the cost of uniforms, books, a personal computer, and living incidentals. By law, graduates of West Point are appointed on active duty as commissioned officers and serve in the U.S. Army for a minimum of five years.

Lastly, Harvard has many scholarship opportunities but in particular, they have something pretty cool in that they will waive the parental contribution for families who earn less than $65,000 (as of 2012 it was $60,0000) and home equity will no longer be considered a resource when determining family contribution. Check out the info here: Harvard - Financial Aid Office I am not saying Harvard is free. I am saying, it could be doable.

FREE EBOOKS (Please remember that these books were free at the time of my posting.  This can change so always check the price before you download)

Bees in the Butterfly Garden by Maureen Lang (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)

Florian's Gate by T. Davis Bunn (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (BARNES & NOBLE)

Smart School Time Recipes: The Breakfast, Snack and Lunchbox Cookbook for Healthy Kids and Adults by Alisa Marie Fleming (AMAZON)


Head on over to Tempe Beach Park on March 9th and 10th from 10 am to 5 pm for the 19th annual Arizona Aloha Festival.  There will be lots of entertainment, activities, great food and an opportunity to win a trip to Hawaii.


JJ Heller's new album Loved is set to release next Tuesday and has a free download of her song "Who You Are."  While you are there download "Jesus Firm Foundation" from the album Hymns of Worship featuring Mark Hall, Mike Donehy, Mandisa and Steven Curtis Chapman.

GROCERIES - March is Frozen Food Month...why? No idea, but it means there are great savings to be had so keep those eyes peeled. 

ALBERTSONS (Don't forget that they are doing their Monopoly game.  Those game pieces have coupons.  Even if you don't want to play they are worth the grab for that.)

Cuties Clementine Tangerines 3 lb Bag $1.97 each (limit 2)
USDA Boneless Petite Sirloin  Steak Buy 1 get 2 Free (Regular price $8.99 lb)
Pork Sirloin Chops Boneless $1.88 lb
Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers $1 each
Tomatoes on the Vine $1.99 lb
Large Jona Gold Apples 99 cents lb
Bar S Foods Co. Sliced  Bacon 12 oz $2.99 each
Bar S Meat Franks 12 oz $1
Powerade Sports Drinks 32 oz Select Varieties 58 cents each
Reser's One Pound Salads Select Varieties Buy 1 Get 1 Free (Save $3.29 on two)
Fill a bag with Frozen products and save an additional 10% on each item


Ranchers Reserve Boneless Beef Chuck Pot Roast $2.99 lb
Avocados 68 cents each
Tomatoes on the Vine $1.49 lb
Marie Callender's or Healthy Choice Bakes 6-12 oz Select Varieties 5/$10
Campbell's Chunk soup or Bowls 18.6 to 19 oz 2/$3
Cuties Clementines 5 lb box $5
Manwich 15-15.5 oz 99 cents
Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta 7.25 to 15 oz 99 cents
 Buy 4 and Save $4 (must purchase for participating items for discount - price reflects discount)
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars 8.9 oz $1.49
Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail Drinks 64 oz Select Varieties $1.49
Gevalia coffee 12 oz Select Varieties $6.99
Quaker Oatmeal Squares 14.5 oz or 5 ct General Mills Fiber One Chewy Bars Select Varieties $1.99


Iceburg, Romaine, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce 99 cents each (FINALLY!)
Fuji, Gala, Red or golden Delicious Apples 99 cents lb
Free Gallon of Milk when you buy any 4 participating brands of cereal from Kellog's, General Mills, Post, Quaker, Cascadian Farm, Kashi and Silver Palate (must be purchased in the same transaction-look for free milk tag)
Kashi GoLean Cereal Select Varieties 13.1-14 oz $2.99
Whole Pork Shoulder Moist and Tender Sold in Bag $1.29 lb
Foster Farms Chicken Fresh USDA Grade A Full Line Buy 1 Get 1 of like or lesser value Free
Libby's Vegetables Select Varieties 14.5-15.25 oz While Supplies Last 50 cents each when you buy a case (12 count)
Dole Pineapple Select Varieties 20 oz While Supplies Last 88 cents when you buy a case (24 count)
Coffee-Mate Creamer Refrigerated Select Varieties 32 oz $2.79
Maruchan Noodles Select Varieties 3 oz While Supplies Last 16 cents each when you buy a case (24 count)

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