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cheap moncler Maryland residents Jasmine and Herbert Ruffin Jr. are expecting twins this month (a boy and a girl!). They’ve already set up two 529 plans, one for each moncler outlet baby. For moncler outlet uk now, the couple has put the accounts in their own names, because a beneficiary has to have a Social Security number. Once the twins are born, the Ruffins plan to switch out their names for their children’s. cheap moncler

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The Moncler Outlet Ruffins have also created contribution pages for the twins through Maryland’s 529 plan administered by T. Rowe Price.

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cheap moncler coats Instead of buying a toy that may soon be broken or clothes they will eventually outgrow, contributions to a college fund can have a long term impact. I asked T. Rowe Price to punch in some numbers to see how much a one time cash gift to a 529 might grow. If you gave just $25 and it was invested for 18 years with a 6 percent return, that’s potentially $775 (not adjusted for inflation). That’s enough to help pay for some college books, reducing the need to borrow. cheap moncler coats

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Don’t put a note in a party invitation asking for money for your child’s college fund. Don’t universally share the gift page’s URL. If pressed by those closest to you a grandparent, aunt, uncle or longtime family friend then, yes, you can pass on the college fund information.

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It wasn’t the Ruffins’ idea to set up a gift page for the twins. The couple was part of a marriage and money course I teach with my husband at our church. After spending 12 weeks together learning how to be money smart, their classmates wanted to give them something meaningful for the babies. They ended up collecting $240 ($120 for each baby), which the Ruffins used to open the 529 accounts.