Daily Interest: Welcome to America Saves Week!

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In Abe we trust

Sure, “Lincoln” lost out in the Academy Awards, but you can still honor Honest Abe by saving up your pennies this week.

Here’s the news that caught my eye today while wondering whether Michelle Obama still received a $45,000 goodie bag even though she “phoned it in” as an Oscar presenter.

(Insert obligatory “phoned it in less than Kristen Stewart” joke here. This should do.)

  • Today marks the beginning of America Saves Week. (It’s OK if you forgot to get me something … I think that’s kind of the point.) The annual event is a “chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.” Get in the mood by reading stories from your fellow savers, including college junior Johnnie Lovett.
  • The debate about increasing the minimum wage keeps going. But instead of politicians’ opinions, The Washington Post gets the thoughts of Janise Creek and Tyrell Brown, a couple supporting a child while living paycheck to paycheck.
  • Forgot your coupons at home while shopping (or, you know, forgot to cut coupons in general)? Of course, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are many apps for that. Cheapism breaks down the best ones.
  • Attention, entrepreneurs: Did you know that, last September, First Round Capital gave a committee of college students in Philadelphia $500,000 to invest in their peers’ startups? The “Dorm Room Fund,” as its known, is now coming to New York City, and you can apply to be a part of it.
  • Over on her own blog, Grad Meets World, SALT™ Blog contributor Amanda Abella outlines five ways you can deal with a difficult boss. I’m kind of her boss at this blog, but I’m 99% sure she’s not talking about me. (OK, maybe more like 95%…)
  • Wondering whether you qualify for a Pell grant? CheapScholar.org has a handy little chart to help you figure it out. (Just scroll down to the bottom of the post, unless you want to learn about LBJ and the HEA. That’s President Lyndon Johnson and the Higher Education Act. And I’ve lost you already, haven’t I? That’s why I told you to scroll!)

What money-related news caught your eye today? Let us know in the comments.

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