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529 College Savings Plan?

Hello!!! I am wondering how I start to set up a 529 college savings plan for my son. Did anyone use anyone that was really helpful? I am not a numbers person at all so I look at all that paper work and go crazy! Since I work part-time I was going to try to get this done on my days off without having to get my hubby, who works full-time, to help me! Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.


College Savings 101

As my girls get older, I can't help but worry about college expenses for 2...


College Savings Plan

I am a mother of 3 children, ages 12,8 and 3. I know that time flies when...


College Savings Fund

I'm trying to be responsible and start a savings account for my daughter's...

Care Packages

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Care Package for a Boy in College

I am trying to think of things to send my stepson. It's his 1st year in school. 1st time away from home. What can I send him that will be an encouragement. I thought about having his little brother and sister draw pictures for him and sending a few hard copy pictures that he can hang on his bulletin board of the family. Maybe some homemade cookies or brownies. I'll throw in some gum and starburst. What else can I put in there that will be easy to ship? DId anyone ever send you a care package? What do you remember getting and just...


Care Package Ideas?

A good friend of mine has taken a job in Seoul Korea for 3 years. She has...

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$$$$ For College

Wondering if any mamas have been saving for college? Have a 13 year old and 8 year old and back in the younger days we pretty much lived paycheck to paycheck. Well before I realized it---I've got 5 years to try and gather some $$ for her college! Not much more for the 8 year old. Not expecting to be able to cover it all, but would like to get something going for them. I know they can get student loans but we won't be able to recieve goverment loan assistance if it goes by income(?) Any ideas?? TIA

Dorm Life

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Gift for College Student in Dorm

What can I get for my Godchild who is away at college in her first year? What would be good items to put in her carepackage? Thank you mamas for never failing me! :)


College Dorm Life

My daughter will be heading off to college in the fall. I was wondering...


Dorm Room Needs

Hey All, My sister-in-law will be attending Michigan State this Winter....


Off to College?

Hi ladies, Yesterday I had a discussion with "Sarah" about her oldest...

Financial Aid

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The Empty Nest

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Help, Empty Nest Ideas!

I have been having such difficulty with "empty nest". I have 3 children and the youngest one has moved out about a year ago. What a shocker. I keep saying "my mom encouraged me to be a stay at home mom, but she never advised me to plan for THIS". First, I went through 4 months of severe depression, rarely getting out of bed. Today, I still struggle, not knowing what to do with my life. I enjoy several things, but the "reward" is just not there. I can't stay focused either. I realize and always have wanted my children to flourish in their...


Empty Nest Syndrome

Any advice for me would be greatly appreciated on this. My mother now has 6...


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College Drop Off/family Vacation

For those who have done the college send off, I'd love your thoughts on combining that with a family vacation. My SD is going to school in Montreal and her move in will be the last weekend in August. I was planning on going to one of the northern New England states for vacation with my two younger sons (ages 10 & 12) anyway in August and invited my soon-to-be-ex to join us if he wanted to as we get along just fine and he's handy with things like driving a trailer or a boat. We've been looking at house/cabin rentals in various areas and...

Going Back to School

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Going Back to College

Hi Moms, Just looking for some advice/encouragement! I have 2 kids, work some part time jobs, and I am interested in going back to school in Spring 2010 for nursing. How do other Moms do it? Raising kids, being a wife, keeping a house, working, going to school, studying??? I want to have a better financial situation for our family. I know it will be difficult for a couple years, but in the end it will be worth it. ( I hope!) Thanks Moms!