“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.…

What We Learned From This Year’s Super Bowl Ads (Besides Who’s The Coolest Lawyer In America)

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Millions of Americans who care very little about football go to Super Bowl parties to enjoy guacamole and see some very expensive marketing efforts. These ads are usually full of laughs and heartfelt moments, but most importantly, they teach hidden financial lessons.

So, like I did last year (a year the game was actually more entertaining than the ads), I’m highlighting what we can learn from the best ads of the Super Bowl XLVIII. (And thanks to 4 years of high school Latin and a lifetime of deep football fanhood, I didn’t have to look that Roman numeral up!)…

Trick Yourself Into Better Financial Habits This Year [VIDEO]

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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!)…

Some “Van Damme” Good Ways To Get Home For The Holidays [VIDEO]

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A lot of things have changed since I was in college in the early 2000s. However, one thing has gracefully stood the test of time: Jean-Claude Van Damme. As this video proves, the “Muscles From Brussels” still has it. (I mean, I bet Steven Segal has trouble just climbing into a truck nowadays.)

JCVD makes hitting the road look ever so easy, but getting home for the holidays is a struggle for many—whether you’re in college or not. So, in honor of this epic split, let’s look at some different ways to help you split town. These may not be “universal” soldiers options, but they’ll at least let me use some puns.…

The Return Of Felix Baumgartner And The Student Loan Parachute

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Just about a year ago, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner went to space (well, not technically—but 128,100 feet is still pretty high) and jumped back to Earth.

To celebrate this anniversary, Red Bull (the jump’s sponsor) released this new video, which features images from Baumgartner’s point of view, as well as data about his vitals and the mission in general. It’s thrilling, nauseating footage (take that, Alfonso Cuarón!).

After watching it, I immediately thought of another first-hand account I’d just seen: former-intern Shane’s post about entering repayment.…

This Employee Who Quit Is “Gone”; Will Her Actions Be Forgotten? [VIDEO]

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We’ve hit October, and in honor of Halloween, the SALT™ Blog plans to cover topics that scare our contributors this month.

Yesterday, Sasha Laferte covered a bone-chilling topic for some: finding a job you love. Today, we look at the opposite end of that employment spectrum: quitting a job. Quitting can be even more frightening for some professionals—no matter how badly they want to leave their job.

For Marina Shifrin, though, that clearly wasn’t an issue.…