3 Must-Have Travel Accessories You Can Make Yourself

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With graduation season in full swing and the summer fast upon us, young travelers (including yours truly) are taking off for adventures all over the globe.

Inexperienced travelers should prepare for all kinds of situations. However, an entire industry exists to sell over-prepared and overcautious people “specialized” travel goods, like cushy eye masks and single-use laundry detergent sheets.

These products are definitely helpful—but they’re also definitely overpriced. Fortunately, for those traveling on a budget, you can make your own versions of these items. Here are three I didn’t leave home without.…

How To Fit Unexpected Expenses Into Your Budget

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Question for all of my fellow Massachusetts folks: Did you know that parking in a spot with your car facing opposite the flow of street traffic is a parking offense, aptly named “wrong direction”?

I had absolutely no idea. So when I parked my car in the city a few nights ago for a couple of hours, and came back to find a fat, bright orange citation envelope on my car’s windshield, I was a little confused.…

3 Ways Undergrads Can Become Financial Pros Before Graduation

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Here in NYC, the subway is packed with the latest batch of new hopefuls entering the workforce. As I zigzag through them, I wonder how many have loans—and how many are freaking out about the whole “paying back” thing.

This made me start to think about all the small decisions I could have made while in school to positively affected my repayment process. I can’t turn back time. But if I want to keep my job as “best big sister” to the little goose, I can help him prepare for his student loans now that he’s done with high school and heading to Syracuse University.

If you still have time left in school (whether it’s 1 year or 4), take advantage of these tips too.…

Get “Smart” About Military Education Benefits With SALT’s New eBook

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Memorial Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean we should stop thanking members of the Armed Forces and veterans for their service.

In fact, SALT™ has a way to share our gratitude today, and we hope servicemembers benefit from it for much longer than 24 hours. It’s our newest eBook: The Military Smartbook For Defeating Student Debt.…

How Do New Grads Feel About Their Student Loans Right Now?

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This month, many students will graduate from college. Congrats, class of 2014! To celebrate, Mike and Brigit covered many of the financial decisions you may face for your big day. (Shane was right—a party probably would have been a better gift.)

However, the SALT™ Blog remains practical, and as such, we know that as much as graduation is a time to look back, it’s also a time to look forward. And once commencement ends, many new grads will look forward to one big expense: student loans.…

4 Questions Community College Students Must Ask Themselves Before Transferring

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As a community college student, it’s understandable if your primary focus is to “get out” as fast as possible while doing the bare minimum work required to move on to bigger and better things. However, in the dizzying rush to transfer, we may miss opportunities for success or, conversely, opportunities to avoid failure.

Now is the time to slow down and really look at what you’ve accomplished and where you’re headed. To help you along, here are the four important questions that every community college student needs to answer before transferring.…

The Entry-Level Employee’s Guide To Business Travel

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When I ventured into the real world, I thought I had plenty of corporate experience from working in offices for a few years at internships.

I thought I had it down; a birthday cake here, a new computer system there. All part of working in an office.

But with my first “real” job, I’ve tumbled into something I’d never seen before: traveling for work.…