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.
Welcome to March—a month famously known for a few things: madness, a date to avoid, and for many people, filing taxes.
Of course, one could probably make a strong case that “madness” and “avoidance” describe most people’s feelings about their taxes. However, here at SALT™, we’re looking to make taxes less, well, taxing this month. (Clearly not through clever wordplay, though.)
To do this, we enlisted help from an organization that knows a few things about tax prep: H&R Block.
It’s been a few weeks since we last looked at what’s going on in the world.
Since then, I’ve spent endless hours wondering whether a gold medal or a gold Oscar is worth more money. Turns out, it’s the medal—and it’s worth “only” $548! (Everyone knows the Oscar gift bag is where the real money is anyway.)
With that settled, here’s some other news that recently caught my eye.
For our “featured article,” we usually talk about how this blog isn’t the only place where you can find great content from SALT™—and then we shuttle you off to saltmoney.org.
But now, this blog and saltmoney.org aren’t the only places you can hear from us. That’s because our parent company, American Student Assistance® (ASA), has taken over the U.S. News education blog The Student Loan Ranger. And it’s bringing along some of our contributors (including myself and Betsy Mayotte) to take part.
Earlier this week, you probably heard about the fleeing glory that was “Dumb Starbucks.” Sadly, this store was not a commentary on the latte factor; rather, it was the work of Nathan Fielder—comedian, Canadian-business-school graduate, and SALT™ Blog favorite
Fielder claims parody law protected his use of the Starbucks name and logo. We’ll let the lawyers debate that, although a different law ultimately shut him down. Still, his experiment shows the steaming cup of power someone can serve just by knowing the law. And unlike this store’s mysterious origins, you likely see exactly where this is going.
“It’s hard to get people to talk about money in person, so it’s a good thing that Twitter exists. People will talk about anything there!”
Fans of this blog probably recognize that lead-in; we used about 300 times to introduce our “Tweet Of The Day.” While we no longer highlight a tweet every day, we still lurk around the Twitterverse. And what we’ve seen recently (besides the super bright redesign) is a lot of chatter about student loans and taxes.
From identity theft to FOMO, social media can affect your money in ways you won’t “like.” In her latest FREE article on saltmoney.org, Elaine King illustrates how your social media addiction (hey, she calls it like Harvard sees it) could be helping and hurting you financially.
Elaine is an international author of two award-winning books. Check out this excerpt and click through to learn some ways to ensure your social interactions are positive.
This blog’s loyal reader(s) have probably noticed some changes over the past month, as we’ve cut back on our recurring features.
Perhaps you simply thought these were in hibernation. And who could blame them for going there—I mean, especially with this Polar Vortex!? (Yup, this is the topical humor you missed.) Alas, this is the new normal, and we don’t plan to cancel it soon.
Nineteen-year-old University of Michigan student Matthew Cloutier made a ruckus on the Internet this week. I won’t describe the ruckus (his video is self-explanatory, after all), but I will highlight a lesson from it—hopefully, one you won’t soon forget.
Well, we’ve entered resolution time, and for many of us, shedding a few pounds tops that list.
However, if you didn’t get a FitBit for the holidays or take advantage of new-year gym offers, don’t worry—this video shows little tricks that can help you lose weight. And, of course, we’re ready to steal that idea and apply it to your financial life. (This blog’s resolution to help you remains undeterred for 2014!)