Having “The Money Talk” with your Parents as they Get Older – with Cameron Huddleston

As our parents get older, their money problems can sometimes become our problems if we don’t plan ahead. And if we’re raising our children at the same time, there’s a reason they’re calling us the “sandwich generation”.

Today on the show, I have invited Cameron Huddleston to talk to us about how we can have that money talk with our parents and why we need to do it right away.

Cameron is the author of the new book, Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations with Your Parents About Their Finances. She’s also an award-winning personal finance journalist whose work has appeared in the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Finance, and MSN.

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Why You Need a Trust to Protect Your Family – with Cody Barbo and Patrick Hicks

As a parent, I’ve always heard that it’s important to have your estate in order. You know … your trust and your will. But since I’ve never felt like I own an “estate”, I haven’t quite gotten everything in order per se.

I invited Cody Barbo and Patrick Hicks from Trust & Will to talk to us about the importance of a trust when it comes to protecting our family wealth and legacy. We also discuss the differences between a will and a trust.

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How a Roth IRA Can Make Your Kid a Millionaire – with Logan Allec

Compound interest is amazing. When our money starts making money over and over again, that’s when our retirement portfolios can grow rapidly. A funded Roth IRA will have a 6-figure sum in what seems like no time at all.

But what if we could harness that same power for our kids and turn them into future millionaires?

Today, I’ve invited Logan Allec to talk about how we can do this with a Roth IRA for kids. Logan is a CPA, real estate investor, and a full-time personal finance blogger.

And after spending nearly 10 years helping big businesses save money in his role as a tax advisor, he launched his site Money Done Right to help everybody make more money, save more money, and grow more money.

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How Grandparents Can Help With the Cost of College

Meg from Missouri wrote in about 529 plans and her generous in-laws:

I recently discovered your podcast and am really enjoying it.  I have a 529 question that I am having trouble finding the answer to.  My husband and I have a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, and 1 year old. My in-laws have been wonderful and opened 529 plans for each of our kids on their 1st birthday.  They contribute $600/year to each child. We are beyond lucky to have such a generous family. My husband has finally finished his medical training. We have purchased a home and are now able to start contributing to the 529 plans.

My question is … Can a child have more than one 529 plan?  We live in Missouri. Our in-laws opened 529 plans that are not associated with our state of residence.  Can we open 529 plans that would allow us to take advantage of tax benefits for the state of Missouri or can a child only have one plan?

Thank you for your help.

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With no mortgage, what do you do with the extra money?

Our first question of the month comes in from Nick from Tampa who responded to a blog post I wrote about paying off our mortgage (here’s the article):

Andy,

I love this blog post. As a former Dave Ramsey groupie myself, I’m really excited for y’all!

Would love to hear about your perspective one year later. I’m curious where you’re at with this? Have you followed through on your plans to allocate your savings like you say at the end of the post?

Have you invested in other opportunities?

How have the vacations gone?

Do you regret paying the mortgage off or do you still feel it was a smart decision?

From, Nick from Teach My Kids Money

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Becoming a Foster Parent and Achieving Financial Independence at 32 – with Jillian Johnsrud

On any given day, there are around 438,000 children in foster care in the USA. Almost a half million kids without a forever home…

That is a major issue in our country and some parents are taking action to help.

Today, we’re chatting with Jillian Johnsrud on why she and her husband decided to become foster parents to 4 children in addition to becoming parents to two biological kids. We’re also going to discuss how she and her husband embraced minimalism and achieved financial independence in their 30’s. 

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