Celebrate 529 Day with NEST 529 College Savings

May 29, 2017

 

Author: Don Stenberg, Nebraska State Treasurer 

Happy National 529 College Savings Day. Though I believe every contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings Plan merits a celebration, today is especially exciting as we spread awareness of the benefits of these plans. 


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Welcome to the NEST 529 College Savings Plan Blog

May 23, 2017

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

In the seven years I've spent as Managing Director of NEST 529 College Savings Plans, I've learned a thing or two about the families we assist as they embark on their college savings journeys.


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Fueling Their Dreams by Saving for College

June 6, 2017

 

Author: Christina Kahler, Wealth Marketing Director, First National Bank of Omaha

HOPE.

In our family, it’s one of the most important aspects about saving for college.


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NEST 529 Direct Plan 101

June 13, 2017

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Whether you’ve just decided to open a NEST 529 Plan, or you’re a long-time account owner in need of a refresher, we’re getting back to basics.


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The Three S’s of Summer: Sun, Sunscreen and Savings

June 20, 2017

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

Happy Summer! From pool parties to camp activities and vacations—summertime is exciting, but also expensive.


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Because We Now Know How Fast They Grow…and How Much College Really Costs

June 27, 2017

Author: Peggy Gibler, Program Manager for Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust


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Big or Small, Every Dollar Counts - Breaking Down Why You Should Save For College

July 11, 2017


Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

As a parent who strongly values higher education, I commend other parents for prioritizing their children's futures.


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A Breakdown of Each NEST 529 Direct Investment Option

July 18, 2017

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

For those who want to take control of their child's college savings, look no further than the NEST 529 Direct Plan.


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Financial Steps to Take This Summer Before Your Child Heads to College

July 25, 2017

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

In what feels like the blink of an eye, your child has graduated high school and is planning to attend college in the fall.


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Your Burning Questions About the NEST 529 College Savings Plan, Answered

August 1, 2017

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Chances are, if you're planning for a child's educational future, you have a lot of questions about college savings.


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Take Advantage of What the NEST 529 College Savings Plan Has to Offer

August 8, 2017

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

The NEST 529 College Savings Plan is more than just a savings plan-it is a community of caring individuals.


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Preparing Your Child for College

August 15, 2017

Author: Shannon Wallace, NEST 529 College Savings Plan Account Owner

In a few short weeks, my only child will be heading to high school. I'm excited and a little worried about the life experiences that await him over the next four years.


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Put Your NEST 529 College Savings Plan on Your Back to School List

August 22, 2017

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

As a parent, I know the feeling of wanting to give your child every advantage for a great future.


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September is College Savings Month-Celebrate with the NEST 529 College Savings Plan

August 29, 2017

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

Parades, parties and barbeques are on the horizon as we approach Labor Day Weekend.


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My Dreams and Wishes for My Grandchildren

September 12, 2017

 

Author: Christy Juber, Executive Assistant, Wealth Management, First National Bank of Omaha

What a joy to have four grandchildren come into my life! It means more than anything in the world to me that their lives are better than mine...


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Saving for College is Much Easier When You Know the Facts: Dispelling Common 529 Plan Misconceptions

September 26, 2017

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

To make the most of your plan, it’s also important to shed light on and debunk some of the top NEST 529 Plan misconceptions...


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Appreciating School Libraries and the Joy of Reading for October’s International School Library Month

October 17, 2017

 

Author: Rod Wagner, Director, Nebraska Library Commission

Reading is the gateway to learning, a life-time of learning. Educators recognize reading as a foundational skill for 21st-century learners. 


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Don’t Be Scared of Saving: Halloween Saving Tricks for Long-Term Treats

October 24, 2017

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Whether it’s creative costumes, glowing jack-o-lanterns, or sugary sweets that you love, Halloween time is fun for adults and children alike.


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Why I’m Thankful for College Savings and NEST 529

November 28, 2017

Author: Karisa Malchow

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday – it is all about family, food, tradition and gratitude.


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Turkey Day! Time to Stuff Your NEST 529 Savings

November 14, 2017

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Thanksgiving is no doubt one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love?


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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Higher Education

December 12, 2017

 

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

Searching for the perfect holiday gift for your loved one can be difficult.

 


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Resolving to Save in the New Year: Tips for Starting 2018 off on the Right Foot

January 1, 2018

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

The new year is the perfect opportunity to create better savings habits. 


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Preparing for College in Your Child’s Early Years

January 23, 2018

 

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, Savings Plans, First National Bank

As the classic adage goes: “Kids…they grow up so fast.” As a parent, I can tell you this sentiment definitely rings true for me! Where do the years go?  


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How to Get More "Love" Out of Your NEST 529 Plan This Valentine's Day

February 6, 2018

 

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

Love is in the air! What could be as sweet as a holiday dedicated to celebrating affection? As Valentine’s Day approaches, I am reminded of the relationships in my life that mean the most, and the importance of ensuring my loved ones are prepared for the future. 


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College Savings Tips for the Elementary School Years

February 20, 2018

 

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

Time never slows down, and as a parent, neither do you. That’s why it is so important to prioritize preparing for your child’s future, especially as it relates to their education.


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Saving for Our Grandkids’ Futures

March 6, 2018

 

Author: Robyn and Jack Eden, NEST 529 Accounts Owner

Once you get over the shock that you are old enough to have children who are old enough to have their own children, you realize that what people tell you is right – grandchildren really are the best! 


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Maximizing Your NEST 529 Savings:
Q&A with Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

March 20, 2018

 

Whether you're new to the NEST 529 family, or a seasoned account owner, we've compiled some of the most popular questions we hear from families like yours...


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April is Financial Literacy Month: Tips for Instilling Financial Savviness in Your Kids

April 3, 2018

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Teaching children to be financially savvy and responsible with money is an important lesson that can often be overlooked. 


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Financial Preparedness Tips for College-Bound Seniors

April 17, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Program Manager, Nebraska’s College Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Heading off to college is a gateway to new experiences. It is a time to explore academic interests, meet new people, and make memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.


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Mother’s Day is Coming Up: On Being a NEST 529 Mother

May 1, 2018

 

Author: Heather Panasiuk, Director, Finance, First National Bank Omaha

“Que Sera, Sera.” Or as some say – “whatever will be, will be.” Sung by Doris Day, this was one of my grandfather’s favorite songs and a saying my mother grew up hearing. 


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Dispelling Common Myths About 529 Plans

May 15, 2018

 

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

Here at NEST, the month of May takes on a special meaning as we eagerly turn the corner toward National 529 College Savings Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preparing for the costs of higher education.


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Happy 529 Day! Supporting the Big Dreams of Our NEST 529 Savers

May 29, 2018

 

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

The recent NEST 529 “Why I Want to Go to College” essay contest encouraged seventh and eighth graders from around the country to express their hopes and dreams for the future, exploring how higher education plays into those goals.


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Next Sunday is Father’s Day: Savings Lessons Learned from Fatherhood

June 12, 2018

 

Author: Sean Guilfoyle

We’ve encouraged our children to try lots of new things…basketball, baseball, chess club, softball, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts…vegetables and fruits we’ve never heard of…


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Top 5 Tips to Get Your Young Children Thinking About College at an Early Age

June 26, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Teaching your son or daughter the value of higher education is the first step towards helping them to one day achieve their educational aspirations.


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Summer Learning Reminders: Keeping your Kids Engaged While Out of School

July 10, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Although a fun, relaxing time to take a break and unwind, summer is unfortunately also a time when kids forget much of what they’ve learned from their studies in the previous months.


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Is Your Child Going to School for the First Time? Here’s How to Help them Prepare

July 24, 2018

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Though an exciting milestone, your child’s very first day of school can also be nerve-wracking and even emotional.


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August is Family Fun Month: Soak in the Last Days of Summer Break with These Kid-Friendly Activities

August 7, 2018

 

Author: Vicki Sleder, Marketing Associate, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank

August is Family Fun Month: The perfect excuse to get outdoors or to try something new with your family before school starts again.


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Are You Aware of the NEST 529 College Savings Plans Enhancements?

August 21, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Even though summer is coming to a close, the NEST 529 College Savings Plan hasn’t taken any summer vacations. In fact, we’ve been working harder than ever to provide enhancements to our pre-existing lineup of strong investment options.


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Saving for Your Grandchildren’s Future Without Sacrificing Your Own

September 4, 2018

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Contributing to their college expenses with a NEST 529 Plan seems like a no-brainer, but many retirees want to be sure that these savings won't interfere with their personal financial plans.


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September is College Savings Month: Are you using these smart savings strategies?

September 18, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

As your child heads back to school, there’s no better occasion to plan for their bright academic future. To help families get the most out of their NEST 529 accounts, we suggest these smart savings strategies:


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529 Plans are More Versatile Than You Think: Little-Known Uses for NEST 529 College Savings Plans

October 2, 2018

 

Author:  Vince Sullivan, Director, NEST 529 Direct Plan

Your favorite pair of jeans isn’t ‘one size fits all,’ so why should your 529 plan be? Your savings can be used to study abroad, supplement your professional goals and even change your career path.


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Early Decision, Early Action, Rolling Admission? A 529 plan can help with that

October 16, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

College application deadlines are fast approaching for students who choose to take advantage of early decision, early action and rolling admission; and before they know it, students will be receiving their first acceptances.


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Don't be Tricked by These Spooky 529 Savings Myths

October 30, 2018

 

Author: Vicki Sleder, Marketing Associate, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

To help our account owners avoid getting tricked, we rounded up –and busted– some of the most common tall tales about 529 plans.


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Why I’m Thankful for my NEST 529 Plan

November 13, 2018

 

Author: Gayle Smith, NEST 529 Account Owner

Often blessings appear when they are both needed and unexpected. That is how we stumbled upon the NEST 529 plan when our daughters, Francine and Elizabeth (now 19 & 17) were quite young.


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The Ultimate Gift

November 27, 2018

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

This year, while you celebrate full stockings, stomachs and hearts, consider also filling your loved one’s NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.


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Tax Deadlines and 529 Plans: Maximize Your 2018 Savings Before the New Year

December 11, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

The year-end is an important time to review your NEST 529 account and ensure you’re getting the most out of your college savings plan before ringing in the New Year.


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NEST 529 College Savings Plans: A Year in Review

December 18, 2018

 

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

As we launch into another busy year of savings and growth, let’s take a moment to review the improvements, benefits and accolades that made 2018 another banner year for NEST 529.


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NEST 529 2019 College Savings Planner

January 2, 2019

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

During this season of resolutions, keep in mind that making plans and setting goals are some of the most important steps in the college savings process.


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The ABC’s of NEST 529 College Savings Plans

January 15, 2019

 

Author:  Vince Sullivan, Director, NEST 529 Direct Plan, First National Bank of Omaha

The NEST 529 team strives to make the college savings process accessible and intuitive – that’s why we’ve compiled this at-a-glance guide to the ABC’s of NEST 529.


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A Tour to Better Navigate Investment Options

January 29, 2019

 

Author: Vince Sullivan, Director, NEST 529 Direct Plan, First National Bank of Omaha

When it comes to college savings, we know that different account owners have different goals, priorities and timeframes. To help each account owner fit their unique preferences and circumstances, we offer a diverse and personalized range of investment options to choose from.


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What I Love About NEST 529

February 12, 2019

 

Author: Linda Harms, NEST 529 Account Owner

In 2001, we heard on the radio that NEST 529 was having a meeting in our area so we went ahead and signed up.  At the time, our son was a year old. 


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Spring Forward Your College Savings

February 26, 2019

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

When it comes to your college savings, a little care and attention can go a long way as well. While we patiently await the first sprouts of spring, read on for a few simple steps to foster growth in your NEST 529 account.


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Start Saving Early – You’ll Thank Us Later.

March 12, 2019

 

Author: Vince Sullivan, Director, NEST 529 Direct Plan, First National Bank of Omaha

It’s no secret that higher education can come with a hefty price tag. This year, U.S. News and World Report calculated that the national average for in-state tuition at a public institution costs around $9,716. For private schools, the estimate jumps to $35,676.


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Exploring Opportunities for Higher Education in the Arts

March 26, 2019

 

Author: Bob Reeker, Visual Art Educator, Elliott Elementary School in Lincoln, NE

When one begins thinking about pursuing a degree in the arts, there are several routes to consider.


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Financial Literacy Month: Lessons to Share with Your Kids

April 9, 2019

 

Author: Vince Sullivan, Director, NEST 529 Direct Plan, First National Bank of Omaha

In honor of Financial Literacy Month, we’re highlighting some impactful ways for parents to get kids excited about enhancing their financial skills.


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Why Everyone Can Benefit from an Arts Education

April 23, 2019

 

Author: Jerene Kruse, Retired Visual Art Educator

We can validate arts education for reasons that are practical, personal and probable.


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A Mother’s Perspective: Why I Love NEST 529

May 7, 2019

 

Author: Tanis Saldivar, NEST 529 Account Owner

My husband and I both graduated from college with crushing levels of student loan debt that took us over a decade to pay down. We decided when our children were born that we didn't want that same student loan debt for them, so we started NEST 529 accounts for both of our children when they were infants. Sometimes while we are only able to put a little money here or there in their accounts, other times we try to make more consistent contributions throughout the year.


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May 29th is National 529 College Savings Day

May 21, 2019

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

NEST 529 is here to help families save for their academic dreams. May 29th is National 529 College Savings Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate the many ways that NEST 529 works to help Account Owners meet their savings goals. .


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Grow Your NEST 529 College Savings Account Your Way

June 4, 2019

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

At NEST 529, we work every day to provide Account Owners with the tools they need to achieve their savings goals. Today, we’re highlighting one of the most simple and effective strategies that families can use to grow their college savings: increasing account contributions.


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Saving for my Grandchild's Bright Future

June 18, 2019

 

Author: Jeff Kopietz, 2018 Dear Grandchild Drawing Winner

In honor of Father’s Day this past weekend, we are featuring the letter that Jeff Kopietz wrote to his granddaughter Veya for the annual NEST 529 Dear Grandchild Drawing. Though Veya is only a few months old, Jeff is already certain of her bright future, and recognizes the importance of saving early and often to help her get there.


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Celebrate Independence by Getting an Early Start on College

July 2, 2019

 

Author: Kristin Ageton, Director of College Access, EducationQuest

Celebrate our nation’s freedom by creating your own path toward independence! Start by taking steps now to save for higher education. This will help you avoid significant student loan debt and have more financial freedom in the future.


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Why I Want to Go to College: Winning Excerpts

July 12, 2019

 

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

The ‘Why I Want to Go to College’ Writing Sweepstakes is a time-honored tradition for the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office and the NEST 529 College Savings Plan. An annual opportunity for seventh and eighth graders across the country, the Sweepstakes encourages students to express their dreams for the future, and provides winners with a college savings boost to boot.


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National Simplify Your Life Week: Making College Savings as Simple as Possible

July 30, 2019

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Amid all this excitement and activity, National Simplify Your Life Week is a reminder to take a step back, evaluate your options and use the tools available to make life a little easier. And though NEST 529 can’t help you figure out playdates or meal plans, we can help you simplify your college savings journey. In fact, our team works year-round to provide Account Owners with a straightforward, intuitive and robust savings plan.


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Back to School Savings Tips

August 13, 2019

 

Author: Vicki Sleder, Marketing Associate, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

As the new school year begins, it’s important for your child to put their best foot forward. This starts with preparation, which encompasses everything from teeing up your to-do list to making sure your savings are on track. To help make this a more seamless task, we’ve put together a few tips to help ensure your child – and your wallet – starts off the school year on the right note.


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The Importance of Having a NEST 529 Account for my Grandson

August 27, 2019

 

Author: Gail Possley, 2018 Dear Grandchild Drawing Winner

In 1992, I received my master's degree. I was so proud to have my son there to watch the ceremony and likewise, he was very proud of me. I wanted to instill in him the pride one has as a result of working hard to earn a college education.


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September is College Savings Month: Celebrating the Benefits of NEST 529

September 10, 2019

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Each September we celebrate College Savings Month - an opportunity to highlight the financial tools that help families make big dreams a reality. With the NEST 529 College Savings Plan there's a lot to celebrate, from tax savings to intelligent investing and unique opportunities for growth. Read on for a breakdown of the major benefits to saving with NEST 529.


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Fall Refresh: Top Savings Challenges and How to Overcome Them

September 24, 2019

 

Author: Andrew Wingender, Regional Sales Director, NEST 529 College Savings Plans

Fall is our favorite time of year at NEST 529. Why? Aside from being 'Back to School' season, it's the perfect opportunity to hit refresh on your savings goals and hone in on what you hope to accomplish for the remainder of the year.


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How to Make College a Reality for Your Grandchild

October 8, 2019

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Grandparents have many ways of supporting loved ones - from showering them with love and time, teaching them family traditions and even helping them prepare for their academic futures. As a soon-to-be grandparent myself, it's important to me that my granddaughter be able to achieve her goals and dreams without the burden of higher education loans. One solution? A NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.


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Common College Savings Misperceptions

October 22, 2019

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Those looking to pursue higher education have a wealth of choices when it comes to covering costs, with 529 plans being a particularly useful and simple savings method for many due to their flexible contribution setup, tax advantages and ease of use.

 
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Preparing for College: Four Strategies for Success

November 5, 2019

 

Author: Andrew Wingender, Regional Sales Director, 529 College Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Preparing for higher education takes a lot of work, whether you're a student making an academic commitment or a family member making a financial one. And just as teachers and counselors guide students in their academic preparations, at NEST 529 we work tirelessly to provide Account Owners with the resources and support they need to succeed in the college savings journey.

In this blog, we outline four strategies that Account Owners can implement to get the most out of their savings, so the whole family can feel confident and prepared for higher education.
 


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Why I'm Thankful for NEST 529

November 19, 2019

 

Author: Val Ambrose, NEST 529 Account Owner

One of the most precious gifts you can ever receive in your lifetime is your children. We waited till later in life to have our children.

We started saving when I was pregnant with our first child. We were diligent about making sure she could dream big and have any career she decided to choose. We had direct withdrawals set up from our checking account to her NEST 529 account, so we didn't have any excuses not to contribute.


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Cash Back and Savings Tips for Frugal Families

December 3, 2019

 

Author: Hannah Christensen, blogger and NEST 529 mom

With gift giving season upon us and holiday budgets on everyone's mind, NEST 529 is delighted to feature Hannah Christensen, a NEST 529 Account Owner and blogger extraordinaire at Lovely Little Lives. In this exclusive for NEST 529, Hannah shares her top tips for money-smart shopping, to help ensure that the season of giving includes your college savings.


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End of Year Checklist: Gifting & Tax Advantages

December 17, 2019

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Holiday season is in full swing, and along with it comes many important lists: wish lists, gift lists, guest lists, chore lists, grocery lists and more. Lists are important-they help us remember what matters when things get busy. That's why NEST 529 wants to make sure you're also thinking about your financial checklist.


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Financial Resolutions for 2020

December 31, 2019

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

The New Year is an exciting time -an opportunity to hit "reset" as well as reflect on the past year to make improvements for the new one. As we look ahead to 2020, I encourage you to make a financial resolution to help your child achieve his or her dreams for higher education with the NEST 529 College Savings Plan.


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529 Savings Checkup

January 14, 2020

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

As we begin the new decade, each of us has the opportunity to refresh and make changes in order to best meet our goals for the months and years to come. This is particularly true with your collage savings plans. A simple checkup can go a long way toward ensuring that you are prepared for the checkpoints and milestones that will define your family's financial future.


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The NEST 529 Pre-College Checklist

January 28, 2020

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Whether your child is eight months old, eight years old, or going on eighteen, it is never too early to start planning for college. Not sure where to begin? Keep our checklist of suggestions handy to help your child - and your college savings - excel.


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Celebrating Love in the NEST 529 Community

February 11, 2020

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

In today's blog, Account Owners share the many reasons why they love NEST 529, and what the Plan has meant to them over years of diligent saving.


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March Madness: Busting Common 529 Myths

February 25, 2020

 

Author: Andrew Wingender, Regional Sales Director, 529 College Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

In NEST 529's recent college savings survey, 54 percent of Americans reported it is very likely or somewhat likely they or their child will have to take out student loans to pay for higher education. While this statistic may sound daunting, with the right tools and implementation of a savings strategy, the price tag of higher education is nothing to fear. In today's blog we reveal common college savings myths and address the truth to help shed light on these common savings 'road blocks.'


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Saving for Your Child’s College, Start Small for Big Results

March 10, 2020

 

Author: Kitty Boone

On today's blog, we are delighted to feature Kitty Boone, a mom of two and NEST 529 Account Owner. Her and her husband's blog, Kitty & Kevin, focuses on finances, parenting, budget travel and more, offering useful advice and inspiring stories for young families. In today's post, read Kitty's top tricks for saving with NEST 529!


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Falling Short on Savings? Here’s How to Catch Up.

March 24, 2020

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Often, it can be more challenging to hit our financial goals than we anticipate. If you find yourself falling short on savings, now may be a good opportunity to re-evaluate the current strategies you have in place and find some tricks to help make life easier and more affordable. If you can make improvements in your budget, no matter how small, it can make a positive impact on your savings. Try out these tactics to help get you on the right track.


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Financial Literacy Month: Lessons for all Ages

April 7, 2020

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

As a parent there are many critical lessons to teach your child for a lifetime of success. One of those important teachings is the implementation of strong financial skills and habits. April is Financial Literacy Month, and there is no better time than now to use these tips to help ensure that you and your child develop and maintain good financial practices.


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Stress Awareness Month: Tips to More Confidently Navigate your Finances

April 21, 2020

 

Author: Andrew Wingender, Regional Sales Director, 529 College Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

While it is an uncertain time, one thing that can help provide structure is having your finances in order, especially as you may be facing new financial challenges. Today's blog is full of simple tactics to help organize and manage your finances as well as your college savings, to help beat stress and provide a clear path forward.


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Why I Love NEST 529

May 5, 2020

 

Author: Mary Molliconi, NEST 529 Account Owner and Executive Director, Edgerton Explorit Center

To me, there is nothing more important than education, and it is the foundation of my life's work. During my 20+ year tenor in admissions, I was shocked at how many families failed to put any money away for their son or daughter's education, especially when NEST 529 makes it so easy and affordable for any family and any budget.


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Loved Ones Graduating? Give the Gift of College Savings

May 19, 2020

 

Author: Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Graduation season is officially here. Whether your loved one is graduating from kindergarten, elementary, middle school or high school, he or she has achieved a milestone that is cause for celebration.


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Fun Summer Educational Activities

June 2, 2020

 

Author: Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Who says learning can't be fun? Not NEST 529! Sometimes it can often be a challenge to make sure your child is continuously learning all summer long. We've put together a few of our favorite summer learning activities for children of all ages.


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Celebrating Father’s Day With Nebraska State Treasurer

June 16, 2020

 

Author: Nebraska State Treasurer

During my time as a public servant, I have met countless Nebraskans from all walks of life. No matter our differences, each of us is united by our love of family, and our commitment to creating the best possible opportunities for our children.


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How to Create Excitement for Higher Education through Every Age and Stage

June 30, 2020

 

Author: Linsey Knerl, Blogger, Lille Punkin

On today's blog, we are excited to feature Linsey Knerl, homeschooling mom of 6 and author of the blog Lille Punkin, which offers parenting tips and inspiration, as well as DIY and practical advice for parents with busy lives. On today's blog, Linsey recommends ways to get your kids excited about the opportunities available to them through higher education, made possible through saving with NEST 529!


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Tips to Teach Your Child About Money

July 14, 2020

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

As a parent, it's important to instill in your child the importance of saving to ensure he or she is prepared to make smart money decisions for years to come. It's never too early to start educating about the value of money and financial literacy skills, which is why we encourage you to start having these conversations as early as possible.


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NEST 529’s Back to School Checklist for Success

July 28, 2020

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

As we exit the dog days of summer, and transition into the long-anticipated back to school season, it's an exciting time for all within the NEST 529 community. From textbooks to new lunch bags and backpacks, to deciding upon extracurricular activities, there's a lot families can do in advance of the school year to help their child prepare for success.


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