Every little bit helps. Whether you’re saving money by shopping for consignment items or investing funds for college dreams, Amanda Birdsong can attest to the adage that small steps can go a long way. Read on as Amanda, a children’s consignment franchise owner, shares her love of consignment and her passion for saving for her daughter’s college education.
When did you start saving?
I started saving when my daughter was just a baby. She’s now eight years old. I’ve already realized that starting to save early—just a little at a time—compounds and makes a difference. I’ll have funds set aside when needed instead of hitting panic mode. As a single mom, it’s important for me to provide opportunities for my daughter. There’s no greater opportunity than college.
Why is saving for higher education important to you?
A college education has always been valued in my family. Growing up, my parents gave my brother and me three options after high school: 1. College. 2. Military. 3. Support yourself. My brother chose the military and I chose college. My parents always said: “You can do anything you want to do in life if you have a college education.” I absolutely believe it because I’m living proof. I started the Rhea Lana’s franchise (upscale children’s consignment) in Wichita in 2009 to help families save money and it’s been a hit with young parents!
What advice do you have for others?
I don’t know about you, but we have way too many toys (consignment anyone?). Five minutes later, my daughter has moved on to something else. One day I asked my parents, “Instead of more “stuff” (a.k.a. junk) for birthdays and holidays, how about a small item and $25 to $50 toward her college education fund?” It worked. And, it’s fulfilling to know their gift will have a genuine impact on her life.
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