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Teach Your Children to Save for College

Being part of the college planning process can be very educational for children, as it presents them with valuable financial lessons for the future. Children can earn money, learn about sources of financial aid, research potential colleges, and take other steps that may relieve their parents of some of the responsibility of college planning.

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September is College Savings Month

September is College Savings Month, which means that we’ll be posting new advice all month on the Washington Trust blog about how to save for college, best ways to avoid struggling with student loans and how to prepare for dealing with other costs associated with college life. The goal of College Savings Month is to encourage parents to plan ahead for their children's college education costs. According to the College Board nearly half (47 percent) of all full-time undergraduate college students attend a four-year college that has published charges of less than $9,000 per year for tuition and fees. At the other end of the spectrum are private four-year colleges that cost $35,000 or more yearly in tuition and fees. And that doesn't include room & board or other costs like books and a laptop!

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Financial Preparedness for Hurricane Season

Not only is September the peak of hurricane season, it is also National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign of FEMA and held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for potential emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. The Ready Campaign asks individuals to do three key things to prepare for the unexpected: 1) get an emergency supply kit, 2) make a family emergency plan, and 3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses. Something else to consider is your financial readiness in case of an emergency.

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Saving for College — Why Waiting Could Cost You

Being able to afford to send your children to the colleges of their choice, without being limited by cost, can be one of the greatest satisfactions of being a parent. Continuing our month-long look at the Sandwich Generation, today we offer some helpful tips for planning ahead to cover your children’s college education expenses.

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Financial Records: What to Shred and When

Washington Trust and Cintas® are hosting a free document shredding event on Saturday, July 26th from 9:00AM until 12:00PM at Washington Trust’s East Providence branch at 587 Taunton Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island. Ahead of the event, we thought we would share some helpful tips on financial record keeping, and determining what should be shredded and when.

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Meet a Sandwich Generation Family

As a consequence of an aging population, more working Americans are finding themselves faced with a new challenge: trying to save for retirement while sandwiched between financial obligations to children and to elderly parents. All of this leads to one of life's biggest questions; How can I afford to do it all? 

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Focus Today on Saving for Tomorrow

July is National Sandwich Generation Month, a reminder that there?s no better time than now to start saving for your future. Careful financial planning will help ensure that you have enough savings in case you find yourself needing to take care of children and parents simultaneously. Saving also protects you from having to rely on your own children as you grow older, thus breaking the cycle of sandwiched responsibility for future generations.

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Sandwich Generation Month

Sandwich Generation Month is an annual commemoration and celebration of the dedication, patience and caring of adults who are part of the "sandwich generation" -  those caring for their children as well as their own aging parents. The term "sandwich generation" was coined by Dorothy A Miller in 1981 and officially added to the dictionary by Merriam-Webster in July 2006.

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Driving Down Debt: A Key to Pursuing Long-Term Goals

As you prepare to hit the busy highways this holiday weekend, consider the road ahead. It takes a lot of planning to travel, but no trip is without its bumps in the road. The road to financial stability is no different. If you want to do more to prepare financially for the future but find yourself slowing behind debt, here are some ideas for plotting a clearer route.

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