Frank Sinatra, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, once sang, “The best things in life are free!” While I do love a good Sinatra tune, I can’t help but roll my eyes just a little bit and wonder if Frank’s sentiment outweighed his sensibility for this song.

We all know that APEX costs money. Six hundred and twenty-five dollars, to be exact. Each one of those dollars is carefully used to provide top-notch speakers (more coming soon!), a gorgeous camp location, Blitz Games equipment, Unbound’s Got Talent surprises, and so much more. (No seriously, a LOT more. We have a color-coded spreadsheet.)

But as your friendly neighborhood accountant, I want to help you realize that paying for APEX is more doable than you think and more worth it than you can imagine. Without further ado, here are four ideas to get your creativity flowing, your bank account growing, and your APEX status to: GOING!


1. Sell your unused items

Did you know that the average American household has over 300,000 items? While I’m sure your toothbrush, phone charger, and favorite comfy chair see a lot of action, there are dozens of items in your house that you probably don’t use anymore. With sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or Poshmark, it’s never been easier to make money on things you already own. Don’t want to sell things one at a time? Grab a local Unbound friend and have a huge APEX yard sale!


2. Monetize your time

If selling objects isn’t your thing, perhaps your time is more useful to others. Ladies, if you babysat for $10/hr for just three hours every week until August 17th, you could pay for APEX. Guys, if you mowed just 20 lawns at $30 per lawn, you could pay for APEX. Not a babysitter or a mowing expert? Try offering whatever talents YOU have to those around you! Organize messy houses, play your instrument at special events, bake and sell those perfect chocolate cupcakes, dress up as Disney characters for birthday parties…the possibilities are as Unbound as you are. We’ve even had a guy get a job delivering pizzas to pay for APEX. You’ve got this!


3. Use a payment plan

Did you know that the Cabinet has fully customizable payment plans available for APEX 2019? Whether you want to pay $50 (super tiny), $100 (what a nice number), $300 (halfway there), or $478.63 (I won’t judge) at a time, we want to help you pay for APEX on your timeline, not ours. If you have any questions about setting up a payment plan, just shoot me an email at and I’ll be happy to get you started!


4. Spend your savings

While this title might sound like an oxymoron, I want to challenge you to think about the purpose of your savings account. We save money for the things that matter, and I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that APEX matters. The relationships built, the wisdom learned, and the memories made are worth every single penny I have spent on this event for the last four years. Could I have ‘saved money’ and stayed home? Sure. Would my life path be the same that it is today? Absolutely not. In the words of Bob Goff, “We’re not held back by what we don’t have, but by what we don’t use.”


When it comes to spending money on APEX, students sometimes wonder if the adventure is really worth the price tag. But like our college degrees, it just takes some careful planning, creative problem-solving, and outside-the-box thinking to accomplish something the world thinks is crazy. And that is what being Unbound is all about. So register here and come join me at APEX 2019: The Unbound Blitz. You won’t regret it.

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Meet Riley

Student Cabinet

A proud ESFJ who loves her friends, her spreadsheets, and her chocolate bars, Riley lives in the beautiful mountains of Virginia and can usually be found singing, reading, or watching Pride and Prejudice for the millionth time. A 2017 TESU graduate with a BSBA in Accounting, she now works at an accounting firm, teaches high school drama, and tutors Chinese students learning English online.