Saving for college? Break these three bad habits.

It’s National College Savings Month — and there’s no better time to make sure your savings strategy is on track

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Parents — your kids may have headed back to school, but before you know it, they’ll be heading off to college. Fittingly, September is National College Savings Month, so let’s talk strategy.

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This back-to-school season, find your balance with a 529 plan

With another school year approaching, now is the perfect time for some back-to-school resolutions

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I’ve always been a huge fan of resolutions — and not just on Jan. 1. When our children were growing up, my wife and I used the beginning of each new school year to make some resolutions of our own. We’d swear not to lose the permission slips for field trips, we promised that we would check homework every night and we committed to adding uplifting notes to our kids’ lunchboxes every morning. Here are three additional back-to-school resolutions that helped my family during those busy school years:

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Three ways a 529 plan could help your star student earn their stripes in college

A 529 plan can be a powerful tool in your college savings strategy

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Every year, Americans celebrate Independence Day with a host of time-honored traditions. From parades and pool parties to barbecues and fireworks, the American flag is a constant fixture throughout the day, its stars and stripes waving proudly against the summer sky. This July 4, I’m reminded of another special tradition: flying the college flag.

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How do summer jobs affect 529s and financial aid?

Your teen’s summer gig can prepare them for the future — and help them save for college

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Longer days and warmer weather can only mean one thing: Summer has finally arrived. As another school year comes to a close, your teenager’s calendar may be filling up with beach trips, pool parties — and perhaps a summer job.

Your teen may be focused on the opportunity to earn a little extra spending money, but I believe a job does more than keep kids busy during the dog days of summer: It can set up young adults for a lifetime of success down the road. These days, employers tend to favor candidates with experience over education, and summer jobs add to their resume. A resume packed with work experience can offer a powerful complement to your child’s college degree (as well as a competitive edge) when they begin their career.

Looking at the big picture

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National 529 Day: Comparing college costs, then versus now

College costs are on the rise, but a 529 plan can help you be ready for the future

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The month of May is filled with celebrations: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, graduations — and of course, one of my personal favorites: National 529 College Savings Plan Day. Held each May on the 29th (of course), the holiday was originally created to raise awareness of the benefits of 529 plans and the importance of saving for a college education. If you ask me, it’s more than appropriate that this holiday is celebrated in May; after all, you never know how much college costs may rise in the future.

A lot has changed over the years …

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