Little by Little, College Savings Add Up

Feeling like you need to set aside a large lump sum of money to begin funding your child's education? You don't! In partnership with our sponsors at Minnesota College Savings Plan, our contributor Aimee explains why she chose a 529 plan for saving for her childrens' college and how she has found that making small payments adds up.

Little by Little, College Savings Add Up | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Maybe this will date me, but growing up, if I ever got money as a gift, my parents would save it. They would then use that savings to buy me savings bonds. These were to be cashed in when I was ready to go to college. When I turned eighteen, I cashed what I had. I was able to use it towards my first year of school.

Savings bonds are kind of old news, but when considering starting to save for my kids’ schooling, I initially started savings accounts to deposit any gifts they received and started to deposit amounts each paycheck.

About a year ago, my sister and I were talking about this. She is much savvier when it comes to savings and investments. She told me about how she opened a 529 plan for her son. I started to do some research and there are a lot of options out there, one being the Minnesota College Savings Plan

Compared to a regular savings account, I felt like this would work best for my kids. I am able to put funds away and help it grow by choosing mutual funds offered by the plan. Outside of the standard mutual fund fees, I am able to grow the funds tax-free in the plan. Hopefully, I will continue to build the balances so that my kids will be able to use it towards school. We also went this route because once they are in school, the funds can be withdrawn tax-free if it is used for qualified schooling expenses including room and board and books. 

September is College Savings Month, so now is a great time to think about opening an account for your child! You can find a plan that can be opened easily with as little as $25. Even saving a small amount per paycheck can really make a long-term difference. I always thought I needed a larger sum to get something like this started. I kept pushing opening the account back to a later date. Now, I feel confident that beginning this type of plan now is the best decision for my kids. They are younger so we have more time to build their accounts up to prepare for college. Little by little, the funds are adding up!

As a parent, I want to help my kids be the best they can be. I also want them to be comfortable in school without large loans and debt, which is such a huge concern for many parents right now. I think starting a 529 plan for my kids as early as possible has been the best decision for us to ensure we can help support them through college.

For more information on the Minnesota College Savings Plan, visit their website or call 1-877-338-4646.

Aimee is considered first generation, born and raised right in Minnesota made possible by her parents who are Vietnamese refugees. She is married to her husband Paul and they have four handsome boys - Davis (2010), twin boys, Miles and Quincy (2012), and Jones (2019). Aimee works as a Relationship Manager for her day job, has a love for delicious food, and is always ready for the next adventure with her little family. Follow Aimee and her family through Instagram Pinterest Facebook


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