College Save Zoo Day today

Today isĀ one of Money-Savin’ Mama’s favorite days of the summer: College Save Zoo Day!

That means free admission to the Red River Zoo in Fargo and the chance to win prizes like an iPad, iPod, Kindle and $529 college scholarships.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, with animal shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Prize drawings begin at 4 p.m.

College Save is the administrator of North Dakota’s 529 plan, which is a great way for parents to save for college. You can open a plan with as little as $25, and make subsequent contributions as small as $25. There are tax advantages and matching grants and other incentive dollars.

We opened 529 accounts for both Eve and Owen shortly after they were born, and have been really pleased with the plan (and their investment growth). Zoo Day is a great way to celebrate that, and spread the word.