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Have No Fear…the New Year is Here!

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Whew! The holiday celebrations have come and gone…and we hope they went wonderfully! The white elephant gift exchanges are done, the wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows have been taken back up to the attic, and family from out of town have traveled back home. Now…you can take a deep breath (in through the nose, out through the mouth). This breath is one that doesn’t involve thinking of when schedules will allow time to visit the self-cut tree farm. A breath that doesn’t include multiple trips to the grocery store for holiday meals. And a breath that reminds us to make the most of every day before the kids head back to school.

And just like that, it’s 2019! Another year has come, and with it, another opportunity to fill your year with what’s important. What resolutions have you made? What goals do you want to reach?

Resolutions can include financial, physical, or emotional health goals, among many others. Making a plan is a good place to start. What do you want to accomplish? Grab a piece of paper and a pen (or your phone), and start developing a blueprint.

If you’re anything like us, when we think of the New Year and what’s important, our kids come to mind (well, chocolate comes to mind too). We want the best for our kids, and it’s up to us to do what we can to provide opportunities when possible. Encouraging our kids to stay in school and to start thinking about education beyond high school can help expand these opportunities. Saving for college while our kids are young is one way that parents and grandparents can help open doors for their futures.

Washington’s 529 college savings plans can help you reach your goals. The GET Program and the DreamAhead College Investment Plan offer flexible ways to save for college, and the investments grow tax-free. Though your children might be focused on toys and earning allowance, setting goals alongside your kids, and saving what you can, when you can, will help provide peace of mind for the whole family.

It’s a new year. Grab the leftover fruitcake, set your goals, and make 2019 the best year yet!


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