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Can You Afford College & Retirement?

I believe most people in our area under the age of 60 are completely unprepared ( although most people aren’t aware of this) to maintain their lifestyle without their current income.  What do you think?  Not saving enough, starting too late and a lavish lifestyle (compared to our parents) are three major reasons you may […]

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Best and Worst October Buys

October is a strange month for shopping, since we’re now within a stone’s throw of the biggest shopping event of the year: Black Friday. You might want to put off most purchases until the attention-grabbing deals start flowing in next month. But now that you have finally filed your extended tax return and are anticipating […]

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Do the Math – Big Ten Schools

What would it cost for just one year if your child went to a Big Ten school today (my son, Jake, is four years   away).  The prices below are accurate if your child were going to school today.  If your child is still 12 years away, the projected annual cost should double.  If your child […]

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Time is Running Out to Get 529 Plan Tax Write Off for 2011

Save for College & Save Taxes HURRY UP to get this done before year-end!   Get your IL 529 College Savings Plan contribution in before year end and get a write off on your IL Income Tax Return.    There are two plans to choose from in IL (Bright Directions and Bright Start).  I use Bright […]

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3 Big Ideas for College Savings

   1. Wake Up By that I mean, are you aware that college prices have skyrocketed the past 20 years? If my three kids went to the University of Iowa for four years beginning next year, the total cost would be roughly $500,000! Holy Cow!!!! Unfortunately, many parents have their heads in the sand until their […]

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