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Liquidity Management & My Student Loan Balance

My previous post shows that I still have a student loan balance. This is one target that I did not meet this year. Although my overall financial picture is relatively healthy, I failed to pay off my student loans as I planned to by the end of the 2018 first quarter. The question is why ...

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Unimpressive Financial Literacy Theater

I consider myself a personal finance nerd. I have always been a hard worker, a saver, an investor who thirsts for knowledge on all money matters. I am an advocate for personal finance education, no matter what age. I have volunteered with adults at community centers, and I always encourage parents to set their kids ...

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Selling a Dream: The Myth of Credit Repair Companies

Poor financial literacy, a shrinking middle class and rampant consumerism¬† have gotten Americans in a lot of trouble (read: debt). And for every problem, there’s always someone with an entrepreneurial spirit willing to offer you a solution for a fee. Allow me to introduce you to the credit repair guy. He can “boost your score, ...

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How we use our Employment Benefits to Maximize Every Dollar

There is more to your job than just your salary. Most people receive some kind of benefit at work. Whether they are non monetary like a flexible schedule or more tangible like an employee discount, we get more from our employers than our paychecks. Here are four valuable benefits that we use (or have used ...

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Your 7-Day Guide to Financial Discipline

While you can’t strike it rich in 7 days, you certainly can organize your life enough in 7 easy steps (1 per day)¬†to improve your financial¬†management skills. Monday: Maximize your retirement contributions, either to the maximum amount you can afford or to the IRS limit. If you have not yet started contributing, do at least ...

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Student Loan Update – April 2017

When I graduated in May of 2017, I chose not to think about my student loans. It was a hot humid day but people traveled from different states to come see me complete another milestone. I was juggling full time work and a part time MBA program right when my husband was settling into a ...

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The Lesson from For-Profit Colleges

In case you’ve been in Antarctica with limited cell service, you’ve heard of the disgraceful collapse Corinthian “college”, the corporation that has been mascarading as a higher education institution for several decades, preying on low-income, usually minority, individuals promising them a way out of dead-end jobs, while having inadequate accreditation and saddling them with absurd ...

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