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Mark & Ann Volunteer at a Concession Stand — (and of course, Mark has to do a blog post about it!) — Why It’s a Good Job For a Teen

What can a teen learn from working at a concession stand? My wife and I volunteered to work at our boy’s high school concession stand this weekend to fund our boys’ activities and just to help out. Doing this reminded me of all my high school and college jobs. Looking back, I definitely had to …

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4 Reasons Your Child Should Make a 2022 Roth IRA Contribution Before April 15 (April 18 for 2023)!

Putting off immediate gratification for a delayed reward is a great lesson for any child. My now 15 and 18-year-old kids have had savings accounts since they were 3. Going down to the bank to deposit their hard-earned allowances gives them a sense of joy and pride. But if possible, most parents should eventually move …

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The Architecture of Wealth Podcast

Choosing A Trade School Over A Four-Year Degree – A Talk With A Parent (Audio Only)

Mark speaks with a real-life parent and discusses her son’s choice to attend a trade school. No one doubts that college can be a great post-high school choice for many, but all too often, the trades are not considered when that choice is made. Society puts a lot of pressure on all kids to get …

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The HOWs of the new student loan forgiveness

The HOWs of the new federal student loan forgiveness program President Biden announced that a student loan forgiveness plan would go into effect this year for federal loan borrowers (not private). Some specifics are still being announced, but here’s the student loan forgiveness update: How much is forgiven? The plan will forgive $10,000 in student …

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Making The Most Of Your MN College Tour With Cozy Wittman

#college #collegetour Join Cozy Wittman from College Inside Track as she provides tips to help make the most of your college tour, including some Minnesota-specific advice. As Cozy points out, approaching the college search the same way today as we did twenty years ago is like going out to your car and “trying to crank …

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Negotiating College Award Letters With Shannon Vasconcelos

If you didn’t know you could negotiate, you are not alone. Negotiating college award letters is not only possible but can save a family thousands. Shannon Vasconcelos from Bright Horizons will tell us how to do it and how to do it right! For questions on working with Shannon: https://getintocollege.com/Our-Experts/Finance-Experts/Shannon-Vasconcelos The MNice Investor Goes To …

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New Dad Jokes & FAFSA Gets An Update — Some Good. Some Really Bad!

We start off with new dad jokes to warm you up (wind chills of -30 here in MN!). We then talk recent changes to FAFSA (need-based aid) passed with recent COVID legislation. Some good changes. But mostly bad, especially for families with multiple kids. Article referenced in podcast – Mark talks college saving ratios: https://www.msn.com/en-ph/money/other/how-much-money-to-set-aside-each-month-for-college/ar-BB1dvI8K …

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Applying For College In The Age of COVID With John Hupalo

COVID has made a challenging time, even more difficult. Current high school juniors and seniors face challenges most students don’t face. Our guest, John Hupalo, is a great guide to help parents and students down this unexpected detour of their college funding journey. John is the founder of Invite Education.com, which includes MyCollegeCorner.com. He is …

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