Here’s the news that caught my eye today while wishing that anything I bought for $27 in 2007 was now worth $800,000.
(You will always have a special place in my heart, though, Samsung P2.)
- Down at the University of Kentucky, basketball coach John Calipari “made a slam dunk” (swish?) by paying the spring semester tuition for two students. The scholarship opportunity was available to any student in attendance during the Wildcats’ annual Blue and White scrimmage game. Because that’s what Kentucky students need—an incentive to attend a basketball game. (I mean, besides checking out Ashley Judd, obviously.)
- When it comes to dry cleaning, I pretty much much live by Mitch Hedberg’s rules. (I also defer to him when it comes to ordering at Subway—that one is less successful for me.) Anyway, if you do dry clean your clothes, Pop Sugar offers some dos and don’ts that can help you get your money’s worth, like getting to know your dry cleaner to find out if they offer any deals. (No matter how painful that interaction may be.)
- Sallie Mae unveiled a new sweepstakes this week. The ”It Pays to Repay” Sweepstakes will give four people up to $10,000 to put toward any private or federal student loans they’ve borrowed with Sallie Mae. To be eligible, entrants must have made six or more on-time loan payments. And while this sweeps has a bit of a “Simpsons Did It” feel to it (yup, thanks to all my references, we’re The Simpsons!), let’s not begrudge anyone looking to help borrowers out—yes, even Sallie Mae.
- We all know you have to fill out the FAFSA if you want financial aid. Well, if you’re sending your application to prospective colleges, here’s something else to keep in mind: which order you list those schools. According to CBS News, colleges use this information to ”assess whether a teenager is truly interested in them” and “deny admission to students or wait-list those who have placed their institutions far down.” So, yeah, you may have financial need, but apparently, it’s the colleges that are needy.
- Want an electric car? I know, according to that trailer for The Dilemma, they’re apparently not good. (And I always take my advice from old, insensitive movie trailers.) But what if that electric car were free? I bet that’s something even Vince Vaughn could get behind—that guy seems to like money. Well, in this write-up about the differences between tax credits and tax deductions, one CPA explains how the former helped her coworker score a free Nissan Leaf.
- In last week’s burning question, I unveiled some big news to the blogosphere: I’m going to become a father. That may not apply to you, but baby-related news is definitely starting to catch my eye much more. So, dear reader, I’ll say to you what I said to my dear wife, “I’m sorry you have to go on this journey with me.” Today’s stop? Get Rich Slowly, for a list of things that babies just don’t need. (Oof. Designer baby clothes? Shopping cloth covers?? I’ll be in my happy place if you need me …)
What money-related news caught your eye today? Let us know in the comments.
(Photo: Tennessee Journalist)