Money Saving Ideas

Quick College Cost Calculating

With the sky-high costs associated with college these days, it makes sense to look before you leap, so to speak. Across the many years that I have been advising students and their families about college matters, the one element that makes me feel the most regret is encountering their buyer’s remorse. By that, I mean ...

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Your 2018 Look-Ahead

It’s almost New Year’s Eve. I just took a quick scan of outside temperatures. My dest thermometer says it’s 62 degrees here in my office. I have the heat set at 67. What’s wrong with this picture? For starters, it’s seven (7) degrees just outside my window. My big furnace has been running all night ...

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The Threat of Debt

Following up on my previous post about paying for college and the realities of student loan repayment, today I would like to share some new survey information about the longterm effects of significant debt, student loans and otherwise. The findings are both interesting, surprising, and maybe even shocking. Specifically, this survey involves responses from Millennials. ...

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Sticking to Your Scholarship Search

I love creating these hilarious, creative titles for my blog posts! The secret behind today’s hilarity is that I’m going to be talking about the 18th Annual Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest. Getting money for college may be harder than actually getting through college. The world of college scholarships is both vast and frustrating. ...

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Unusual Sources of Money for College

If I were conducting a survey of both students and parents about their biggest college-related concerns, I would put my money on “How to pay for college” as the biggest issue among those queried. That just makes common sense, due to the astronomical cost of college these days. Consequently, families scour the Internet and other ...

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My Annual Packing-for-College Roundup

Yes, boys and girls, Moms and Dads, it’s that time again. Get ready to pack for college! I hear both shrieks of joy and groans out there. The joy comes from collegians; the groans from parents. Granted, some college students don’t want to return to campus. The thought of academic pressure or returning to a ...

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Getting Ahead This Summer

Yesterday was the longest day of the year. The first day of summer! Most of you have finished your academic work for the year and have already started to do what the summer offers you in the line of work or adventure. Those of you who are particularly motivated to get ahead have likely begun ...

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Summertime Essays And Other Efforts

Summer 2017 arrives in less than two weeks. If you’re a rising high school senior, you may be wondering what to do over these next two-to-three months or so. Maybe you aren’t wondering and have a specific plan for how to spend your time. If you don’t have a plan, maybe I can help you ...

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Seven Student Loan Myths Debunked

Ah, one of my favorite topics: student loans, along with their nasty consequence: student loan debt. Over the years, I have constantly nagged my student and parent readers about keeping a rational mindset when considering the lure of financial aid packages, especially those of the seductive (and emotionally exciting) first year. In the flush of ...

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Is Financial Aid Negotiable?

Even though the May 1 enrollment deadline for most colleges has passed, the goal of paying for college may remain a quest for some families. With the good news of college acceptances, come the financial aid packages. First-year aid packages are almost always the most satisfying, since their heft is designed to encourage enrollment, as ...

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