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March 16, 2011
Raise your hand if you trip over toys in your house. Are you raising yours? I am. My kids have so much "stuff", and it is everywhere! Between Bryce's birthday in September, Christmas, and Rylie's birthday in January, I think we have accumulated enough toys to fill a whole Toys R Us. Our friends and family know that my kids are sometimes overwhelmed with the amount of toys they have, and often ask if there is anything they "need" when it comes time for birthdays and Christmas. My answer is usually "no". Sure, there are things they "need", but how do you ask someone for something like a college tuition?
GiftofCollege allows friends and family to make contributions to 529 plans of the kids in their lives. In just three simple steps, you can give family and friends an option for a great gift for your child!
First, what is a 529 plan? According to Savingforcollege.com, A 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. Every state has at least one plan, and some states have multiple plans. You can start a plan in one state, and your child can go to college in another state. For more information about 529 plans, visit GiftofCollege and use the tool in the left sidebar to find about the plans offered in your state.
Once you have signed up for a 529 plan for your child, you can register it with GiftofCollege to allow your family and friends to make contributions. The registration process is simple:
1. Become a member and build a profile. - Add pictures of your child, the amount you're saving, and an update about your child's college and savings plans.
2. Link your 529 savings plan. - Link your child's 529 savings plan to their profile in a safe and secure environment.
3. Share and start saving. - Now is the time to share your profile with friends and family via email or link directly to your Facebook profile.
It is free to sign up for GiftofCollege! They use the highest levels of security to safeguard your information and protect your privacy. It makes saving for college easy and fun!
For more information on how to give your child the gift of education, visit GiftofCollege.com. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news.
We do not have 529 plans for our children at this time, but it is definitely on our "to-do" list for the near future. I love the idea of GiftofCollege. I'm sure my kids' grandparents will too!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, written by me, on behalf of GiftofCollege.