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The Gift of Saving

(December 9,2021) It has been quiet this Fall, with both our children away at college. I can’t wait for them to come home for the holidays! One of the first things we will do is attend my daughter’s college graduation! Emotions are mixed; We are extremely proud of her, but we don’t know what the future holds or where she will build her career. One thing we do know is that she will graduate with minimal student loan debt thanks to our savings efforts when she was young. Truly the best gift we have ever given her! 

Cody Simms: Five Facts About 529 College Savings Plans That Should Pique Your Interest

(December 7, 2021) The following is an article originally published on Chattanoogan.com. Some tax exemption limits have been updated for 2022.

Funding college expenses for children remains one of the biggest savings goals for many adults. 529s are one of the most effective education savings plans due to the flexibility and important tax advantages they provide. But like any investment vehicle, there are important considerations you should keep in mind. 

Two Things I’m Full of This November

(Besides thoughts of too much delicious food)

(November 18, 2021) The last two years have been, to say the least, surreal. And while in times like these it can be incredibly hard to look for the good, it’s vitally important. As we close the book on another year, I am feeling weary from everything that’s transpired recently, but I am doing my best to remain thankful. And while I am feeling uncertain about the future, I am trying stay hopeful. Fortunately, I have been getting a lot of help along the way. 

Media Release - Historic GET Pricing

(October 25, 2021) When enrollment reopens for Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program on November 1, Washington families will have an unprecedented opportunity to literally prepay for tomorrow’s tuition at today’s price. For the first time in its 23-year history, GET will offer a unit purchase price that does not include a premium over current in-state tuition rates. 

A Gift That Lasts A Lifetime

(September 27, 2021) Traditionally the holiday season is the period from Thanksgiving through the New Year. But unofficially, I believe it starts in October. That’s when the air is cool, sweaters are back on, and pumpkin spice, apple cider and mocha lattes are at the top of my must have beverage list. But no matter when it officially starts, it’s my favorite season of the year.

Lessons Learned

(September 14,2021) When I was young, back to school time meant Mom created checklists. Keeping track of things like supplies, clothes, lunches, after school care, field trips, sports schedules and equipment was nearly a full-time job with three boys. Creating a plan and doing our best were themes my family used in everything we did, especially planning for college. 

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