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Financial security leads to happiness


Samuel B | Fairfax

How is the Virginia529 helping my dreams come true? To be honest, it is in every way possible. My mom began teaching me how to save money from the moment I even knew what a dollar was. I was aware of my personal bank account from about the time I started kindergarten, and by then I already knew that saving was important. Not only could you get a free lollipop by going to the bank, but also you could make free money by allowing the bank to manage your funds and accruing interest. The most important way to save and invest though, as I have quickly learned, is via the Virginia529. While many of my friends are paying for their own college tuitions and working hard jobs to pay their loans back, I can just be happy and thankful for my mom’s great sense of savings and investment. The Virginia529 is without a doubt the best investment any parent could make. I am currently a third year student at the University of Virginia, one of Virginia’s finest universities, and I am loving every moment that I spend here. Most importantly, I can wake up every day, go to class, do my homework, and enjoy the company of my friends knowing that I am financially secure and don’t have to pay back student loans. People say that money can’t buy happiness, but the Virginia529 is proof that if money is well managed, it can definitely increase that happiness.

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