Avoid Spending a Fortune on St. Frugaltine’s Day

Wow, has been a whole year since we last spoke about celebrating St. Frugaltine’s Day? I guess so and once again it comes as the challenge of showing our valentine how much we care without going way overboard or appearing to be a cheapskate…our worst fear! Being frugal doesn’t me...

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College Savings Foundation Video Contest

CSF Video Contest The College Savings Foundation would like to hear how you and your family have saved for or paid for higher education through a 529 college savings plan. Share your story with us for a chance to win $500! Enter the College Savings Foundation’s #CSF529story Contest. Simp...

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Happy Holidays From Gift of College

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No Other Gift Will Give So Much

It was the summer of 1982 and I had fallen in love! She was so sleek, modern, and fun. I had to have her. Of course I am talking about the Atari 2600… the dream of every 8 year old and, in my mind at the time, everyone between 1-99. I mean, you had to be nuts to not want this. It was l...

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Beyond Cash and Gift Cards: 4 Creative Financial Gifts for Kids

“Hey kid, here’s 20 bucks.” “No thank you,” said no kid ever. That’s right. No kid is going to hate you for handing over cold hard cash as a present this holiday season. The same holds for gift cards, as long as you get the brand right. That might be a little tri...

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Gift Cards for College Savings Gain Popularity

You’ve bought the kids holiday gift cards for toys, clothing, and fast-food burgers and fries. How about gift cards for a college savings account? You can easily do that, thanks to some innovative products offered by a handful of Internet-based companies. Gift cards linked to a child’s...

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Consider Giving the Gift Of College This Season

With student debt growing 56 percent over the past ten years, saving for college has never been more important. One way to face the challenging costs of college head-on is to open a 529 college savings plan. A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged investment plan designed to encourage saving for the future ...

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Parents Go for 529 Gift Cards and Online Tools for Easier College Giving

Washington, DC – This holiday season, American families are embracing the gift of college savings using technology, gift cards and social media platforms. 92% of parents surveyed by the College Savings Foundation* said that these approaches – including 529 gift cards, gift certificate...

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On Frugality and Teenagers

In last week’s survey, quite a few of you said you wondered how it’s possible to stay frugal when you’ve got teens in the house. I’m not super far into the teen years (only two of mine are teens so far, and the oldest is only 16), but I’m glad to share my thoughts on...

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Savings For Teachers

Teachers have a tough job. And with helicopter parents humming around all the time these days it is probably even more difficult than it used to be. The good news for teachers is that they get summers off to recover from teaching your children (my children are angels). The same goes for thos...

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A SNAPSHOT OF COLLEGE SAVINGS

72% OF CHILDREN HAVE ACCUMULATED SAVINGS FOR COLLEGE Nearly three quarters (72%) of children age18 or under have accumulated savings for college, and for many of them utilizing a 529 college savings plan has been the savings vehicle of choice. In recognition of College Sa...

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Parents of 10th Graders

Academic and Extra Curriculum Suggestions: Review all suggestions from the 9th grade list. They all still apply! Register and take the PSAT and PLAN even if your school is not offering it. This will give your student practice and a sense of which test may be better suited for him/her. ...

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Parents of 9th Graders

Academic and Extra Curriculum Suggestions: Get to know your school counselor. Schedule a meeting just to introduce yourself even if you don’t need any help at the time. For some schools, counselors are required to write college recommendations (in addition to teachers), so much sure he/...

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College Savings at a Young Age

Saving for college starts early and we’re so proud to work with Gift of College to make this happen for our nation’s youth. Through our My Own Business Challenge program, curriculum and web application, we teach youth how to effectively start a business and incentivize them to save...

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7 Mistakes Students Make When Building Their College List

It’s that time of the year: Summer is here and rising seniors are starting to feel the pressure to put together a list of colleges where they’d like to apply. Of course, this list probably won’t be finalized for months, but that doesn’t make the process any less intimid...

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Summertime Doesn’t Have to Mean Spendthrift Time

Summertime is in full swing. We all want to be outside, drink, eat great food and generally just hang with our friends. Although I’m legit an adult, I still want to partake in those high school and college summer shenanigans - part of creating Youthful Savings was also realizing that being...

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Take Time for a Fast Lesson

Every time my daughter and I go to the grocery store, she asks me if she can look at the live lobster tank in the seafood department. One day while my tot was visiting the lobsters, a mother and her young son (I would guess he was about 3 years old) approached the counter. The mother was concentra...

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10 Ways to Support Summer Learning Loss

Many kids are excited to not be in school and don’t want to “learn.” Without guidance and mentors, however, loss of learning is a problem for our youth, one that educators and parents need to address. Reading programs are a common topic of discussion when it comes to sum...

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The Truth About 529 Plans

In honor of 529 College Savings Day, Gift of College answers parents' most common questions and concerns about 529 accounts. When should we start saving for college? Children are 7x more likely to go to college just by knowing there is a savings plan. Starting to save as early as pos...

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Your 6 Year Old Can Start Paying for College Now

As you’ve undoubtedly witnessed with your kid’s spending, having skin in the game yields much more careful and appreciative behavior. Spending Mom’s or Dad’s money is easy. Spending your own? Not so much. The same holds when it comes to paying for college. A kid who pays h...

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