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My children are my life; I can’t imagine my being without them. I think about them before I do just about everything from running to the store, to stepping outside, to checking the mail, because everything I do as a parent affects them in some way.
They grow up so fast. My kids are young, still in elementary school, and I don’t want them to be paying student loans until they’re in their 30s like their mom, which is why I’m proud to say I have finally opened college savings accounts for my children.
As many of you know I recently met with State Farm agent Katrina Weiss out of Hobbs, New Mexico, about my options for saving for my kids’ future. Not only was she able to help me with savings for my children, but she was also extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and my husband and I have a meeting at the end of April to get things rolling with our retirement options. My only regret about the meeting is that it didn’t happen sooner.
Here are some ways to help you start the process of saving for your children’s future education:
- Don’t put it off – If you have been thinking about talking to someone about saving for your child’s education or other financial matters, don’t put it off. The sooner you start, the better. Kids grow up too fast; the sooner you start, the more money you can save. Remember even putting away a little bit can add up; you have up to 18 years to save. If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t have put off talking to a State Farm agent as long as I did.
- Don’t assume you know – I worked at a large bank for almost ten years, started as a teller and worked my way up. I honestly thought I knew about investing, but I was wrong. I knew about investing from the banking standpoint, but I had no idea State Farm has so many great options. Had I known that State Farm has so many products that fit my needs, I would have been a bit more excited to meet with an agent a long time ago.
- Get advice from a professional – If you have questions about saving for your kid’s future or one of the many other options offered by State Farm, I highly suggest scheduling a meeting with a State Farm agent. Meeting with a State Farm agent gives you a chance to meet one another and your agent gets a chance to learn more about you, your family and your goals, so he or she can give you professional advice with options that are right for you and your family.
- Visit statefarm.com first – If you are planning a visit with a State Farm agent, I suggest checking out statefarm.com or the agent’s personal microsite before your appointment. I have always found this to be helpful because I feel a little more educated and know which questions I have ahead of time. When I’m prepared for a meeting, I’m more confident and get the most out of it.
- Write down any questions you have – In most cases you’re going to have questions before you even get to your meeting. Be sure to write them down so you can ask your agent. I’m the world’s worst about writing down my questions before hand, and I almost always have to call back to ask more. Do yourself a favor and write them down. LOL
It’s hard to believe I put off speaking with someone about saving for my children’s education for so long. Come to find out talking with State Farm agent Katrina Weiss was super easy, I learned a lot, and she was also able to help me with our retirement and more. I think it’s safe to say it was a trip I wish I would have made sooner, but better late than never, right?
This post was sponsored by State Farm. All opinions and the choice to move forward with various savings options are entirely my own. For more information on the best financial services for your family, please visit or call a State Farm agent.