Can You Afford To Get Married?

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You may not be able to afford the wedding of your dreams. You may not be able to afford the wedding of your mother’s dreams. You may feel like you can’t even afford to be a guest at someone else’s wedding.

But you can afford to get married—even if you have student loans.

A marriage license and a trip to City Hall or the chapel don’t actually cost that much. It’s the big party that goes over budget. But there are ways to do it on the cheap without feeling like you’re cheaping out.

Jay-Z And Kanye Talk Personal Finance

Money is number one to both Hova and Yeezy … but they think about it in very different ways.
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Money’s always been a popular topic in hip-hop, but mostly in in the boastful, look-how-much-cash-I’ve-got” kind of way. There are some exceptions, though. For example, Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” won our attention a while ago as a tribute to frugal shopping. And, of course, there are other financial lessons to be learned from some hip-hop songs, even if they aren’t specifically about money.

How Do You Define Success?

There is no picture of success next to the definition in the dictionary. Coincidence? We think not.
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Blogger and novelist John Scalzi wrote a moving piece this past winter titled “How I Knew I’d Made It,” about … well, the moment he knew he was doing pretty well in his career. He says it was when he bought a tank of gas and didn’t worry about how much it cost. Just being able to fill up and know that whether he was spending on gas today didn’t really matter. He finally had the cash flow to not be constantly worried about overdrafts.

“The More Debt You Have, The More Impact It Has On Your Goals”

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You’ve gotten a job, moved out of your parents’ house, and you’re steadily chipping away at those student loans. Now what?

Beth Napper graduated from college in 1999 and wanted to figure out how to manage her own money, which naturally turned into a career as a financial adviser, helping others understand how to manage theirs. Here, she tells our own Aaron Weber about the importance of savings, as well as debt’s impact on it.

Financial Aid Talk: “Don’t Avoid Applying To A College Because Of Its Cost”

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Joanne Dashiell has worked in financial aid and college access programming for over 10 years. Today, she’s at American Student Assistance® (ASA) helping colleges implement SALT™.

She spoke with Aaron Weber about what it takes to make sure you get all the financial aid you’re eligible for, how to understand financial aid award letters, and what to do if it’s not enough.