But when I was digging through my email looking for my password to Expedia.com I found this letter from Aunt Sallie (she writes me ALL the time). Here's what she had to say:
As a college graduate with a Sallie Mae® loan, you may want to know about an easy way to help pay down your eligible* student loans. It's called Upromise Loan LinkSM.
And it's a free service from Sallie Mae.
With Upromise®, you can earn money for college when you shop, go out to eat, travel, fill your gas tank, and more. In fact, there are thousands of restaurants, hotels, services, and online stores that will contribute to your Upromise account.
Then, using Upromise Loan Link, link your Upromise account to your Sallie Mae loan account to help pay down your eligible Sallie Mae-serviced student loans. Join Upromise now.
Look at an example of what your spending could get you**Upromise members know that if they're going to spend money, they may be able to receive something back.... namely, money that pays for college.
Look at it this way: Based on $19,000 in Stafford loans, if you earn $50/year and apply it to your Sallie Mae loan account, you would reduce your loan balance by $1,006; earn $100/year, and reduce the same loan balance by $1,976; earn $176/year, reduce the loan balance by $3,377.***
Enroll in Upromise today. Then use Upromise Loan Link to help pay down your eligible Sallie Mae-serviced student loans†. Join now.
(By the way payment is due soon so start donating plasma)
Anyway, so when I got this email I thought " Aunt Sallie, I don't have any money to sign up for netflix or send people flowers, go away." But luckily I never deleted it and when the time came for me to do some spending, I was reminded of the opportunity.
And, okay, it still might be a conspiracy to buy name-brand cereal, but I just earned $5 towards my student loans by buying my plane ticket to the out of town wedding!
$5 down, $130,000 to go!!!
(Note that this was not a sponsored post but if the good folks at UPromise Loan Link want to send some money my way, I would not complain).
By the way, my plane ticket cost $505 so I now have $15 left over from the amount budgeted.