One final tip from the latest book, New Frugality. If you can, buy college in advance.
Between 1982 and 2007 the cost of fees and tuition rose 439 percent. Even when adjusting for inflation, the increasing cost of college education is greatly outpacing the purchasing power of the dollar.
So, if it is a foregone conclusion that screeching diaper-clad sleep thief will end up in a dorm someday, you can purchase it down in advance. Sometimes, you can even lock in today’s price and future proof yourself.
There are 529 plans, which offer tax-free withdrawal on earnings in the account, since the profit is earmarked for a future college education. Some states also offer prepaid college tuition accounts, where you can lock in semesters today even though they will surely cost ridiculous amounts tomorrow..
On a side note, did you know that Augustana costs around $47,000 a year?