This is a sponsored post with COUNTRY Financial, but as always, opinions are my own. #TakeSimpleSteps
I’ve been talking about college education lately because it’s an important topic, yet something that I hadn’t given much thought to until it sank in that both of my boys would be graduating and starting their own lives soon. My first topic was “How can I send my child to college?”,which really got those wheels spinning in my head. Then I thought about and also talked about different ways to save for college.
Now a new year is upon us and reality is really sinking in because this is “the year”, the year that Big Bro will finish school and move on to bigger and brighter things. It’s time for all of us to get our college education priorities straight so that we can start planning for his future. I want him to have a great shot from the beginning and I plan to be there supporting him in every way that I can, every single step of the way.
College education priorities
Our college education priorities don’t start or end there because we’ve got another kid half way through his sophomore year, who has plans to graduate early! It really is time to to get those college education priorities straight and get these boys’ futures in line.
I’m taking my own advice on ways to save for college and have started stashing money away. All of my spare change goes into a jar as well, with no plans to touch it! We will be setting up a college savings plan too, through COUNTRY Financial so that we can let family and friends contribute to the fund, in lieu of gifts for birthdays and holidays. They love the idea because everyone always asks what to get them anyway. Let’s face it, teenage boys are downright impossible to shop for!
Better yet, there are great tax benefits to a college savings plan and staff members at COUNTRY Financial help to take the guesswork out of the planning process and are there to help guide in your educational planning every step of the way. That’s a huge plus for me since admittedly, I don’t know the first thing about planning for college.
Changing financial habits
If I’m being honest, there are other ways that I can help to save for my kids’ education too. Cutting spending is a top priority this year so there will be no wasting money on piddly things. We’re going to limit the number of times that we eat out and also those $10 gas station stops for munchies and beverages. I’ll just have to make bigger and more frequent grocery shop oping trips and I should be able to stash an extra $50 or more each week away in their education funds!