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This week on the Pete the Planner Show, Pete hits the beep AGAIN and wonders if he’s a radio master by now after doing this for 12 years?! What do you think?
No time to listen? Here’s a preview of what happened and when:
MAILBAG QUESTION 1: WHAT DO WE DO WITH AN OVER-FUNDED 529? [3:42]
- My wife and I have a 10 year-old child. We’ve used a 529 account to set money aside for her future college expenses and with that and other gifts, we’ve saved around $75,000. We’ll continue to to invest $5,000 per year for the next 8 years until she heads to school. I think we’ll ending up having saved more than enough and should she be awarded scholarships, that will definitely be the case. Does it make sense to save money for college in another account other than the 529?“
- DAMIAN: If money’s left over in a 529, you’ve got a few options: you can re-designate it to someone else; maybe even to another child down the line.
- You can also take the money out, with some tax penalties and such.
- PETE: There are some circumstances where you should stop using a 529 and use something else, like a Roth account.
- DAMIAN: If you think you’re going to have excess, you might want to start looking towards other accounts. Know what your taxation is going to be in the state where you live.
MAILBAG QUESTION 2: BIG INCOME BUMP, WHAT DO I DO?: [16:01]
- “My husband and I stand to make significantly more money in the near future, as both our incomes are increasing. We intend to keep an eye on our expenses and make sure we don’t have too much lifestyle creep. But we’d like to reward ourselves with some things we’d been working toward. They’d be one time expenses, and we’re not sure if that counts as lifestyle creep. Do we have your blessing (or Damian’s)?”
- DAMIAN: One time expenses, eh? Is this a new thing, or does this new, one-time thing set a new higher standard for how this goes on in the future?
- PETE: I call this the Wine Problem. Once you have a good bottle of wine, it ruins what you were used to.
- Also, isn’t this the ultimate get-out-of-jail-free card? Now’s the time to examine all of your current financial shortcomings. Heal those.
- DAMIAN: If you didn’t have financial goals before, you better have some now.
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Peter Dunn a.k.a. Pete the Planner® is an award-winning financial mind and a former comedian. He’s a USA TODAY columnist, author of ten books, and is the host of the popular radio show and podcast, The Pete the Planner Show. Pete is considered one of the foremost experts on financial wellness in the world, but he’s just as likely to talk your ear off about bass fishing.