Organize All Your Debt At Once With Help From SALT

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Sometimes, the hardest part about debt is keeping track of it all. (OK, paying off the actual “debt” is tougher, but we swear the management is a not-too-distant second for many of us.)

Here at SALT™, we like to think we can help you with the former, through articles, videos, and more that educate you on topics like student loan repayment options and why you should love your budget. But now, we know we can help you with the latter—thanks to the newest tool on our site.

Ask 5 Questions Before Borrowing Money For Graduate School [EXCERPT]

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As anyone who has attended grad school knows, it can be expensive. Really expensive.

However, going to grad school is an investment in your future, and taking on debt to do so makes sense for many students. Sometimes, they simply can’t avoid it (I’m looking at you, med students). But other times, borrowing more money just may not make sense for you—at least, right now.

If you’re not sure whether you can afford grad school, you may need to have a tough conversation with yourself about continuing your education.

Education Tax Credits And Deductions: More Fun Than An Office Of Monkeys [MEMES]

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With taxes due in a month, we thought you might need a final push to swing into action. Fortunately, we found the perfect “person” in our archives to help you: the office monkey. Yes, we uncaged him to once again talk about education tax credits and deductions. And while his terrible puns have not evolved, he did update this information to reflect tax year 2013. Enjoy!

Where Do Your Spring Break Plans Fall In The “Five Stages Of Grief”?

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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.

5 Questions First-Time Tax Filers Need To Answer [EXCERPT]

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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.

Why You Should Move To North Dakota And Order Only Large Pizzas (Plus, Other “News”)

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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.

5 Places To Hunt For Free College Financial Aid Help [EXCERPT]

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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.

“Dumb Starbucks” And Smart Laws That Help With Financial Fraud [VIDEO]

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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.

Want The Real Scoop On Student Loans And Taxes? It’s On Twitter

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“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.