Saving for college or retirement? What parents need to know

Good Monday Moanin’ – Sept. 21, 2015

 

Parents of Present or Future College Students

What You Need To Know About Money and Finances

By Jeff Salisbury JeffreyLSalisbury@gmail.com

Dear Parents,

Stop worrying about funding your kids’ college education. You need to fund your own retirement. Pay off your house and shed all long term debt.

Contribute to your tax-deferred retirement savings plan. Then give your adult kids the best gift ever:

Move yourselves into a life care CCRC (go ahead and look up what that means) as soon as your age permits you to do so.

Your paid-off house will fund the entrance fee; your SS and retirement savings should handle the monthly costs, which include almost everything you need to live.

Sadly, most parents will not listen to this advice but they should.

Sadder still, their adult kids will regret it, when they become full time caregivers for aged parents, have to take away car keys, argue about health care power of attorney, squabble over selling the house and disposing of a lifetime of your stuff.

“But I’m different, I won’t have these problems.”

Except that you’re not different and you will absolutely create these problems–because as you age, the more you’ll cling to familiar things, the more you’ll just want to stay in your little safe sclerotic zones.

So while your kids are in high school do this…

  1. Tell your kids to crack the books, get grants and scholarships and part time jobs and pay their own way through college if they want college.
  2. Then go fund your retirement, and your kids will thank you when they’re parents themselves.

FOOTNOTE:  SOME parents – but not ALL parents MIGHT try these strategies to balance college costs and retirement preparations. But keep in mind, Ifind these suggestions are primarily best-suited for upper-income parents only.

  1. Examine your priorities.
  2. Get a 401(k) match.
  3. Consider a 529 plan.
  4. Fund your retirement accounts.
  5. Compare loan interest rates to your investment returns.
  6. Consider your child’s financial aid package.

For more information about how best to Prioritize Retirement Versus College Savings – at this link:

http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2015/05/11/how-to-prioritize-retirement-versus-college-saving

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