I didn’t realize it, but apparently, spring break is just around the corner.
I blame my forgetfulness on a couple things: the chilly weather outside and the chilling realization that corporate life has made time off between January and June foreign to me. (No paid holidays between Martin Luther King Day and Memorial Day; this is the true “winter,” my friends.)
To get over my grief, I checked out how others plan to spend their breaks. And, of course, there’s no better place to do this research than Twitter.
I vaguely remember getting my first tax refund in college. I’m pretty sure most of it went to a new wardrobe and a few pizza nights with friends. I was paying for college mostly with student loans and had never had that much money on hand in my life. So, why not enjoy my sudden wealth?
I’d find out why 4 years later.
Cancun and Miami out of the question for spring break this year? Don’t mope around! (Events never unfold quite like they do in those college movies anyway.)
Before you know it, college will be over and vacation time will be written into a stone-cold contract. So, be sure to have fun with any break you get—even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Check out four affordable ways I enjoy time off in my own city.
You know the saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well, how about making it rain scholarship dollars? (I’ll take any excuse to use a “make it rain” reference.)
Make 2014 the year that you add some free money to your pockets with these upcoming April 2014 scholarships.
In the 9 months since I graduated college, I applied to, networked with, or met with 60 different companies in search of full-time employment. Some were random cold applications from job boards, while others were connections made by close friends.
Finally, I got the job.
So after all that, what did I do so right this time?
I’m a huge advocate for managing your finances independently. I think the sooner you can break off from support from parents or reliance on credit cards and loans, the better off you’ll be.
However, sometimes there’s just not enough money to make ends meet—especially if you’re in grad school like I am. In grad school, you have to watch every penny to survive, and even then, you may still run out of money.
Fortunately, if that happens, one of these three options could help you.
Pretty much everything is cheaper in bulk. Unfortunately, when you buy produce in bulk, it often goes bad before you eat it all.
I frequently buy large amounts of fresh food that’s supposed to keep well—like apples, potatoes, and onions. But, inevitably, I find a few rotten surprises a month or so later.
Lately, I’ve been making a conscious effort to avoid food waste. And thanks to intensive Internet research, I’ve learned ways to help avoid moldy strawberries, wilted lettuce, shriveled onions, and the spoiling of these other common produce items.
Helping people understand student loans is our job at SALT™, and few are better at it than Betsy Mayotte—the director of regulatory compliance for American Student Assistance® (our parent company). We told borrowers to “Just Ask” her questions, so check out her answers below (as well as her cat—because if Piglet can’t make student loans better, what can?).
The last you heard from me, I was putting together a real-person budget! This was my first plunge into the world of budgeting, so I didn’t know what to expect: I could end up way under my thresholds (optimistic) or way over them (pessimistic, bordering on realistic),
I’m happy to report that, for the month of February, I kept my income above my total expenses—and actually saved some serious money. Woohoo! That being said, this “success” still showed me a few areas for improvement.
“Married, filing jointly.” Wow, there it is.
Forget the wedding ceremony, reception, 1-month anniversary, and first Valentine’s Day. The first time you file taxes with your spouse, that’s when this whole “marriage thing” really hits you.
(I’m just kidding … kind of.)