Pennsylvania is investing in its future by giving every newborn a $100 toward college.
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Americans owe $1.4 trillion in college debt. That’s more than they owe on car loans or credit cards.

College debt holds people back from being able to buy a home, start a business or save for retirement. It also means that many new graduates are forced to enter careers they don’t like just to stay afloat.

Many are burdened with massive student loan debt because their parents contributed little to their educational expenses. According to Forbes, 80% of college students get little to no financial assistance from their parents.


While it’s understandable that some parents simply don’t have the means to help their adult children with educational expenses, for others, it’s due to a lack of planning.

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The state of Pennsylvania is giving parents a head start on saving for college with its new Keystone Scholars program. The Pennsylvania treasury is investing $100 for every baby born or adopted after December 31, 2018 to be used for the child’s future higher education expenses.

All parents have to do is open a PA 529 account to receive the $100 deposit. A 529 account is a great savings tool because it allows people to invest pre-tax money and pull it out tax-free as long as it’s used for educational expenses.

While $100 compounded over 18 years isn’t going to get the kid a free ride to Harvard, setting up the account puts parents in the saving mindset. Parents who receive the $100 initial deposit and then contribute $100 a month over 18 years will hypothetically save $38,000 for college expenses.

These days we are hearing a lot of talk from Washington about possible student loan debt forgiveness or free state college for all. While those potential programs are giving people a lot of hope, it’s best to start saving now because you never know what the future holds.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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