I was listening to a Freakonomics podcast (one of my personal favorites) the other day about the sharing economy. This episode (Regulate This!) got me thinking about the numerous ways that students and recent graduates can save money, or alternately earn money, to tackle their student loans. Below are a few ways we have used… Read More

A couple of months ago I was really dismayed about my financial situation. It seemed like my debt payoff had become stagnant and I was concerned. My wages have afforded me a comfortable lifestyle, and outside of my loans I don’t have a great deal of expenses. To me, however, my progress towards financial independence was unacceptable.… Read More

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is my favorite week of the entire year. It’s a time to slow down after the craziness of the holidays and reflect on all the good that has occurred in the past year while preparing for all that has yet to come. I’m also a very goal-oriented… Read More

Back in January I made some bold claims and resolutions. The boldest of those resolutions being that Jay and I would pay off his Graduate Plus Loan by June of 2014. Well June is right around the corner and that Graduate Plus Loan isn’t paid off yet. While it is never fun to miss a… Read More

This weekend I will complete my second marathon. As you can imagine I am a little nervous as it has been two years since I successfully crossed the finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. While thinking about my upcoming race, I realized that student loan repayment can seem a lot like… Read More

In his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama discussed the rising cost of a college education and the amount of students graduating with debt. He even went as far as promising to work with Congress to help Americans who feel trapped by their student loans. While the President’s call to action is commendable,… Read More

My last post talked about negotiating to get the best deals. This post will talk about paying less for things by bargain hunting and couponing by drawing on experiences from my recent shopping trip!… Read More

My boyfriend and I will be moving in together towards the end of the year, and we’ve been discussing our finances a lot lately. We’ve agreed to split rent equally, but handling the logistics of that has yet to be determined. I’m assuming we’ll open a joint checking account and each of us will deposit… Read More

There are plenty of times where I feel like my head is going to explode because there are so many thoughts racing around regarding my student loans and financial situation. I often pose questions to myself such as: “I’m close to paying off one loan, do I have enough money to make larger payments now?”;… Read More