college savings

What happened to the culture of saving?

Nov 27, 2013
When 40 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, you have to wonder why saving money is so difficult. Marketplace Money’s Carmen Wong Ulrich points to declining wages, but she also says the culture of saving was lost.
Posted In: emergency savings, college savings

Cleveland area tries to create a college-going culture

Nov 30, 2012
Ohio's Cuyahoga County will start a college savings account for every kindergartener.
Posted In: cleveland, college, college savings, Education

A better college courtesy of the housing boom

May 15, 2012
Remember the heady days when housing prices just kept going up? A new study says that extra money gave some students a ticket to a more selective school.
Posted In: college savings

Savings strategies after locking in a low rate

May 11, 2012
My husband and I just refinanced our house at a great rate (15-year fixed mortgage at 2.875 percent). Our house payment is low and we can afford to pay more each month. Would the best use of our money be to pay down the principal on this low-interest loan or put extra away for retirement or for our children's college fund? We have two young children and are in our late 20s/early 30s. Thanks for your help! Katie, Helena, MT
Posted In: Savings, college savings, mortgage, retirement savings

Putting a priority on savings goals

Jan 30, 2012
I recently bought a house for the first time. I am in my early 50s and have a son in high school. I don't have life insurance. I have been receiving lots of advertisements in the mail telling me I should have life insurance or mortgage insurance. Should I buy term life insurance to protect my son? It is very hard for me to save money, and I'd rather save what I can for future college bills and my retirement. Thank you, Erika, Salisbury, CT
Posted In: life insurance, term life, Savings, retirement savings, college savings

Savings options for college

Jan 26, 2012
My son is 7 (will be 8 soon) and I need to start saving for his college -- fast. I know I should have started sooner but here we are now with fewer than 10 years to go. What are some avenues to saving for college and get a good return? DoVeanna, Tuscaloosa, AL
Posted In: college, college savings, 529 college savings plan, Coverdell, savings bonds

A family margin of safety

Jan 12, 2012
My husband and I are late-in-life parents (he is 59 and I am 49) and we have a 1-year-old -- the absolute JOY of our lives. She is the only child for both of us and I am wondering about what you would suggest as the most cost-effective way to save for her future? Kathleen, Fergus Falls, MN
Posted In: child, family, life insurance, will, college savings, 529 college savings plan

What are you? A stock? A bond? Something else?

Jan 3, 2012
The uncertainty is unavoidable, but you can come to a more reasoned savings decision by starting from a different place than market history and investing insight. Forget about investing and asset allocation. Think about your job and your career instead. Are you a stock or a bond?
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, college savings, Savings