529 Plans: A #MoneyConscious Parent Prelude

The financial services firm Edward Jones released findings from their annual 529 Plan Awareness Survey last week. Disappointingly, 529 Plan awareness has fallen nationally for the third year in a row. This is concerning because of the escalating costs of college. 

Edward Jones’ study follows Sallie Mae’s “How America Saves for College 2014” study released last month. The findings from Sallie Mae’s study showed that only about half of American families are saving for college. 45 percent of families that are saving for college are doing so in a standard savings account. You know that account that earns you a fraction of a fraction of the return your bank earns by lending out your money to others.

The Dinero Detox for Saving Money and Losing Weight

In addition to being money conscious, we’re both health conscious. My father bought me a weight bench and free weights when I was fourteen. We created a make-shift gym in the garage. I’ve been working out ever since. Since we’ve been together, we both have done several different exercise programs and followed several food trends. We both maintain consistently good health, so these changes are less about finding something that works than keeping it fresh. We get bored doing the same routine all the time. Mixing it up keeps us motivated to continue working out. 

11 Ways to Teach Kids About Money on Snow Days

Between last month’s polar vortex and this month’s ongoing snow storm, many parents are feeling the stress of having their children home from school day in and day out.  By now, kids are getting tired of playing in the snow because it’s no longer a novelty.  Mom, Dad and the babysitter have run out of ideas to keep kids busy other than watching mind numbing TV or playing borderline inappropriate video games.  It’s understandable.  After hearing screaming kids for four straight days, Grand Theft Auto doesn’t sound so bad.  
With kids missing so many days of school, when will they learn anything?  What will happen to their brains with so many breaks from school?

 

6 Smart Money Tips for Creating a Long-Term Financial Plan

The French writer and poet Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger said, “A goal without a plan is a wish.” Aside from not knowing who that guy is, he had a point. Without a plan for achieving your goals, you will only accomplish them through pure luck if you accomplish them at all. This is an arbitrary strategy. With the tepid economy, high unemployment and increased costs for everything competing for your hard-earned dollars, not having a plan can guarantee financial failure and that sucks.