Do you contribute to a 529 plan?
I'm deathly afraid of over-funding my children's 529's for college. Right now we're aggressively funding their 529's to help cover most of their undergraduate educations. However, if either of them don't spend much for college (maybe they go to trade school, earn tons of scholarships, etc.), then we will have this money locked into these 529's and penalties to pay on the way out! Our financial adviser says that the money can always be used for a relative, but I'm not sure I want to give $20,000 to a niece or nephew (who are already well-funded). Should we be saving a portion of college-earmarked funds elsewhere?