This contest is closed. Congratulations to our gift certificate winners: Adrienne G., and Rebekah G. 


Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are long gone. How are you handling your holiday budget during the season of giving and toy-buying? A new survey commissioned by Upromise by Sallie Mae found that giving meaningful gifts, being aware of budget busters, and finding ways to reduce stress are priorities among parents.

  • 40% of adults from the survey say shopping online is their favorite way to stay relaxed during the busy holiday season.
  • Staying on budget is a special concern for parents — especially moms.
  • Families expect to spend $750 on holiday gifts this year.

There is still time to shop, save, and plan for the future with cash back for college savings from Upromise.

Upromise by Sallie Mae offers an opportunity to take advantage of savings as the holiday season continues, during after Christmas sales, and on in to the New Year, and allow those savings to contribute to future college costs. Everyday deals, as well as continued holiday savings, are available to those who sign up for Upromise.


Upromise is giving two Parenting Squad readers a chance to win a $50 gift card to GAP stores (used for GAP, Old Navy, or Banana Republic.

Now you can shop well, and save for your child's education at the same time!

How to Enter

There is only one way to enter. Before midnight PST on December 19, leave a comment below, and share: A tip for saving during holiday shopping, OR a tip for saving for your child's college education.

Contest Details

Contest ends on Wednesday, December 19, at 11:59 Pacific. Two winners will be selected at random. Winners will be contacted via email, and have 2 days to respond, or we reserve the right to select new winners. You must be 18 and a U.S. resident to enter. Prizes shipped to U.S. only. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary.


About Upromise by Sallie Mae

You can join Upromise for free! Members can earn cash for college by shopping online at hundreds of major retailers, dining out, buying gas, shopping with the Upromise credit card and purchasing other services. Popular brands include Groupon, WalMart, Best Buy, Macy's, Target, The Home Depot, and more!

Users can quickly sign up online through and shop through retailers whose products they already buy, and get cash back toward college in the process. Users who sign up before Monday, December 17, get FREE SHIPPING on their holiday shopping.

Upromise by Sallie Mae is the nation's No. 1 financial services company specializing in education. Whether college is a long way off or just around the corner, Sallie Mae turns education dreams into reality for its 25 million customers. For more information on Upromise by Sallie Mae, please visit