The College Saving Dilemma
Every parent wants what’s best for their kids, so it’s natural for them to feel the need to help them wherever they can. As a result, many new parents begin to save for their child’s college education immediately, guessing (perhaps correctly) that tuition costs 18 years from now will have risen almost unimaginably high. And that may be a very good idea. What’s not a good idea, though, is to take the money you were saving for your own retirement and redirect it to a college savings account for your children. Shortchanging your retirement savings, especially in the earlier stages of your working life, can ultimately cause much bigger problems for you down the line.