Saying Goodbye To The SALT Blog: Where Has The Time Gone?!

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Time flies when you do something you enjoy—and, for me, that includes contributing to the SALT™ Blog!

This week marks the 1-year anniversary of my first post, and it seems just like yesterday I introduced myself as a master’s of financial planning candidate dreading the CPA exam. Now, a year later, I have accomplished and learned so much—from my classes, internship, and especially by contributing to this blog.

Unfortunately, it’s time for me to say “goodbye” to that last one.…

3 Lessons To Learn Immediately In Your First Post-College Job

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Today, I have officially survived 2 months in the work world—and I only have approximately 500 left until retirement. (No, I haven’t started an official countdown … yet.)

The transition from 18 years of education to the “real world” has been smooth. However, there has been one unexpected thing: just how much I still have to learn. In these past 2 months, I have learned more than I did during my 5 years of college and grad school!…

The Dos And Don’ts Of Holiday Gift Giving

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It’s that time of year!

Decorations are everywhere, holiday music is all over the radio, and my favorite part of the season has arrived: sales. When sales come out, that means it’s time for presents. And as much as I love receiving gifts, I love giving them more—even if it can get stressful.

Finding the perfect gift for the perfect amount of money is tough, but you can do it. To ensure you give something great, without spending an amount too great (or even too little), follow these dos and don’ts.…

How I Repaid Half My Grad School Debt In 6 Months

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It has been almost 6 months since I officially finished my last semester of school. And while that timing marks the beginning of repayment for many borrowers, for me it marks the halfway point of how long I gave myself to repay my grad school costs.

I am happy to report that I have stayed on track and plan to meet my deadline. Here’s how I’ve done it—and how you could put a dent in your debt too.…

4 Things To Consider When Figuring Out Your Commute

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I officially made it through my first couple of weeks of work!

Aside from getting used to the early morning wake ups (which will get better with time … I hope), I don’t really have anything to complain about—including my commute.

After much trial and error, I finally found an effective and cost-effective way to go back and forth from work. Here are four considerations that got me there. Maybe they’ll help you find your way too!…

3 Things On My First-Day-Of-Work Checklist

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In November 2011, I got an internship for the following summer. After completing that, the company offered me a full-time position with them—starting this fall. I accepted!

Since I started this process almost 2 years, a lot has happened. I finished my undergrad studies, had that internship, earned a master’s degree, and passed four CPA exams. Now, I am FINALLY starting my first full-time job.…

5 Ways To Save On Food Without Going “Freegan”

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Recently, I encountered something known as “freeganism.” Allow me to elaborate: A freegan is someone who only eats food that is free—no matter where it comes from. This may seem like a cost-efficient way to feed yourself, but unfortunately, it could involve giving up a well-balanced diet and nutritious value.

Now that I live on my own, I appreciate free food much more. However, the concept of going freegan is unrealistic to me. Fortunately, I’ve found many other cost-beneficial ways to eat without giving up the assurance that the food is edible!…

How To Get Cheap Tickets To Concerts, Musicals, And More

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Recently, it came to my attention how rarely I go to concerts, musicals, and even sporting events—and believe me, living in Boston, there is no excuse for missing any of our infamous sporting teams.

I have never been to a Bruins game, and I’m dying to see the musical Wicked. However, one thing keeps scaring me off: the price of tickets. Events around the city can be extremely expensive, but there are ways to work around the price and still get the experience. Here are a few that can let you take advantage of these awesome opportunities without paying full price.…

Adjusting From The Dorm To Your Own Apartment

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Well, September 1 is just around the corner, and you know what that means … time to move out!

This year, I’m moving into my first apartment. The excitement of this move rivals what I felt each fall for my college move-ins. However, I have come to realize that preparing to move in and furnish an apartment is very different from moving into a dorm room. Not only does my apartment not come with a bed, dresser, or couches, but there is a lot more space to fill!

Here are three ways that I’m fueling my excitement about moving and decorating—without tapping into my rent money.…