Incentive to save for education

SUZANNE and Shaun Hardy reckon a new savings program on the Coffs Coast will be a huge boost for their family.

The Hardys and their three children are involved in Saver Plus, co-ordinated locally by The Smith Family, which helps mums and dads set aside funds so their kids will benefit in the years ahead.

Participants are encouraged to save $500 over 10 months and that is matched dollar-for-dollar under the initiative.

“It’s an incentive to save for your children’s education and it helps you afford things like music lessons and swimming lessons.

“It helps the kids learn to save as well,” Mrs Hardy said.

“We are a low-income family and have limited funds.My husband works part-time as a teacher’s aide and we get parenting payments and student allowance, so the program will help us a lot.

“It will help provide for the kids in the near future and it helps them learn to save as well.”

The Hardys moved from Sydney to Coffs Harbour to attend university, where Mrs Hardy is studying to be a primary school teacher and her husband is studying to be a high school teacher in technology education.

For more information, contact Saver Plus co-ordinator Graeme Grice on 6651 3378 or graeme.grice@thesmithfamily.com.au.



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