By: Armando Pantoja (TallGuyTycoon)
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Sat Jun 19 | 5 minute read

4 Money Moves When You Have Kids (Big or Small)

You are a parent! Congratulations! Whether you are a parent of a teenager or a newborn, my hat goes off to you. Parenting is a tough but very rewarding job.

Having kids can also be scary. How should you plan for the future financial? How do you make sure they have all the advantages?

What’s the next step ? What are the things you need to not only level up yourself, but your kids?

I have got some ideas for you.

1. Start a College Savings Plan

In 10 years, a college degree could cost about 3-10x more than it does today.

Maybe you’ve thought about saving some cash for your kids education, but you’re not sure where to start. I found a app that helps you save for your kids education, easily.

You can get started with U-Nest, it is a is an easy-to-use mobile app that helps you save for your kid’s education by starting a tax-free investment fund. Start by opening an account in just 5 minutes, and invest as little as $25/month.

It’s a great way to get started on your kids education bills now that you have little ones (or big ones) to plan for.

2. Start a High Yield Savings Plan

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Have you thought about how your family would manage without your income after you’re gone? Chances are your checking account balance won’t last forever.

Now’s a good time to start planning for the future by securing a life insurance policy. 

You’re probably thinking: I don’t have the time or money for that. But your application shouldn’t take more than about five minutes — and you could leave your family up to $1 million by spending as little as $5 a month on life insurance with a company called Bestow.

You can change or cancel your plan at any time. Plus, the security of knowing your family is taken care of is priceless.

If you’re under the age of 54 and want to get a fast life insurance quote without a medical exam, pushy sales calls or even getting up from the couch, get a free quote from Bestow

3. Start saving money on shopping

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How’s an extra $100 sound? For free? Seriously. We found a company that will give you $100 just for opening a new debit card. It’s called the Aspiration Spend and Save account.

Sure, a lot of debit cards offer sign-up bonuses throughout the year, but they often require you to jump through hoops with minimum requirements that feel impossible to hit.

But Aspiration makes it simple. To earn your $100, here’s all you need to do: Open your Aspiration Spend & Save Account by Feb. 29, 2020 and deposit at least $10. Then set up and receive three direct deposits of at least $500 each from your paycheck or government benefits by June 30, 2020. That’s it! Then just wait for your check. 

Even better? Your account comes with a debit card that gets you up to 5% cash back on your debit purchases, plus you’ll earn up to 11 times the average interest on the money you set aside to save (the FDIC reports that the average account earns just .09%).It takes just five minutes to sign up and earn your bonus.

4. Analyze your 401k Plan

You’ve finally got some money in the bank, but do you still have some lingering debt? We found a company that will pay your credit card bill this month. No, like… the whole bill.

Your credit card is getting rich by ripping you off with insane rates, but a company called Fiona could help you pay them off tomorrow. 

Here’s how it works: Fiona will match you with a low-interest loan you can use to pay off every credit card balance you have. The benefit? You’re left with just one bill to pay every month, and because the interest rate is so much lower, you can get out of debt so much faster. Plus, no credit card payment this month.

Fiona won’t make you stand in line or call a bank. And if you’re worried you won’t qualify, it’s free to check online. It takes just two minutes, and it could save you thousands of dollars. Totally worth it.

You’ve finally found some financial footing. Don’t let your credit card company take it away. 

5. Withdraw $5 and Buy a Piece of a Corporation

Take a look at the Forbes Richest People list, and you’ll notice almost all the billionaires have one thing in common — they own another company. 

But if you work for a living and don’t happen to have millions of dollars lying around, that can sound totally out of reach.

That’s why we like the app Stash. It lets you be a part of something that’s normally exclusive to the richest of the rich — buying pieces of other companies. But Stash lets you start with as little as a $5 investment.

You can buy pieces of well-known companies, like McDonald’s, Apple, Tesla* and more. The best part? When these companies profit, so can you. Some companies even send you a check every quarter for your share of the profits, called dividends. 

It takes two minutes to sign up, plus Stash will give you a $5 sign-up bonus. (You just doubled your money!) Stash offers subscription plans starting at $1.00 a month.** As a reminder, Investing involves risk. 

You might not be in the next issue of Forbes, but this is a great way to get started. 

This post is the opinion and/or actions of Armando Pantoja and/or the author only. It is NOT financial advice. All investing and trading in the securities market involves risk. Any decisions to place trades in the financial markets, including trading in stock or options or other financial instruments, is a personal decision that should only be made after thorough research, including a personal risk and financial assessment, and the engagement of professional assistance to the extend you believe necessary.