Big Dogs and Young Pups: Who to Ask for Financial Help

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Who said the only way to learn about money was to read articles on top of articles? Financial education is all around us—provided you look closely enough. Increase your awareness with the SALT Blog video of the week, picked fresh from YouTube.

It’s been a few weeks since the last video of the week, and I wasn’t totally sure that I’d be able to pick up right where I left off. So I went to the viral video bread and butter—cute puppies.

This video shows that while you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, an old dog can teach a new dog tricks.

And for the first time in 2013, I can say that this silly Internet video can teach you a financial lesson.

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Many college students may feel like that little puppy at the top of the stairs when it comes to their loans, financial aid, or money management. Nervous, scared, and most importantly, looking for help.

For little Daisy, the humans urging her to journey down the stairs do nothing for her. She only budges when a trustworthy source (her big friend Simon) comes along and shows her how it’s done.

For college students, finding a reliable, helpful source to deal with money issues can be tough. But if Simon never came along, Daisy would still be upstairs. Let’s take a look at some of the people who can help you take the steps (pun intended) to financial literacy.

Look Around

OK, so this one is obvious. You’re on the SALT Blog. This website is dedicated to financial literacy for college students and recent grads. We do our best to give advice and tools to make you successful with your money. Check out the apps and services we’ve reviewed, as well as many of the sites that find themselves in Daily Interest on a regular basis.

Without trying to sound too self-promotional (too late?), I’m trying to say that SALT is here to help—and you can sign up for free. Personally, I love the tips from the SALT Blog, but the biggest help are the webinars and other tools on saltmoney.org. I learned so much about loan repayment that I was totally unaware of in just 20 minutes.

Mom and Pup

Your parents are another group of people that are willing and able to help you out. You remember your parents, right? The older people who live in your old house and always embarrass you at social functions. Yeah, those people!

They actually know what they are talking about sometimes. They’ve been around the block and are looking out for your best interests. Don’t be afraid to seek their help—I’m pretty sure they’ll love getting to share their wisdom. I know that every time I’ve gone to my parents for help, they’ve  been more than happy to oblige.

Ask Around

With the school year hitting its second half, now is a great time seek out any help you can that your school offers. The career center and financial aid office are there to help you. If you’re an alum, see if your company offers education courses for its employees in financial literacy (many do).

Also, don’t be scared to talk with your roommates or friends. They aren’t just people you play Xbox or go shopping with. If you’re wondering about paying for next semester or how much your salary should be, they probably are too.

The most important thing is that, regardless of the source, you should be open and accepting of help. If Daisy didn’t look for help, the downstairs would go unexplored forever. I’m sure there are plenty of good door stoppers to be attacked down there too. (Welcome back, video of the week.)

Who do you look to for money advice? Let us know!

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