Every once in a while, the SALT™ Blog digs into money-related “news” from college and beyond—sometimes, way beyond. Here are the special stories we found this week. (Note: The GIFs make them extra special, and not just because they mean we don’t have to come up with witty jokes.)
It’s been a few weeks since we last looked at what’s going on in the world.
Since then, I’ve spent endless hours wondering whether a gold medal or a gold Oscar is worth more money. Turns out, it’s the medal—and it’s worth “only” $548! (Everyone knows the Oscar gift bag is where the real money is anyway.)
With that settled, here’s some other news that recently caught my eye.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (info.healthways.com)
We know money can’t buy happiness; however, you may not need to buy those good feelings if your home state provides them free of charge … or something like that.
New data from Gallup and Healthways offers a “well-being score” for every state. They calculated this by examining “Americans’ perceptions on topics such as physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter and healthcare.”
You might think a tropical place would win the top spot (as Hawaii did in 2012). Not so! This year, the winner was none other North Dakota. Oh, yeah—I totally get that.
Would You Do Volunteer Work To Pay Off Your Student Loans? Now You Can (TakePart)
Working a part-time job is a great way to earn extra income to put toward student loan payments. And while you may enjoy the rewards of that labor, you may not find the labor itself all that rewarding. Enter SponsorChange.org.
Through this organization, grads with student loan debt can sign up for volunteer opportunities. At the same time, donors also sign up to reimburse the volunteers for their effort—via payments toward their student loans. Win-win, right?
I think we all know where this is going.
74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get The Bigger Pizza (NPR)
The good folks at Planet Money keep doing important work; this time, they’ve crunched the numbers to answer the age-old “pizza-value question.” So, is a 16-inch large pizza a better value than an 8-inch small pizza?
As you might expect, pizza is like many foods—the “more” (i.e., larger amount) you buy, the cheaper it becomes. And, yes, this article offers “74,476” reasons why this makes sense, but to convince me, I really only need one: more pizza is always better than less pizza.
(Well, almost always.)
Job Hunting? Dig Up Those Old SAT Scores (Wall Street Journal)
You should always bring a few things to a job interview: copies of your résumé, a pen and paper for notes, and your SAT or ACT scores. Wait? What was that last one …
Yup, according to The Wall Street Journal, many employers want to discuss standardized test scores in job interviews—even if the applicant took the test decades ago. According to hiring managers, this helps figure out “whether someone has the raw brainpower required for the job.”
Totally get it. However, I bet even those applicants lacking “brainpower” can ace this analogy: “Potential employer” is to “judging me by tests I took in high school” as “potential employee” is to …:
How To Have The College Finance Talk With Your Children (US News)
OK, this one caught my eye because I wrote it.
It’s still good advice, though! Let’s move on …
It’s America Saves Week! (CBS Boston)
I know it’s Friday, but you should still know that this week is America Saves Week. The initiative, coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council is “ a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.”
To show I take saving seriously, I dug through this blog’s archive so I could use the same joke from when I celebrated this initiative last year: “It’s OK if you forgot to get me something … I think that’s kind of the point.” Not the case? Well, at least I’m not too far off …
(Yup, Tony Parker and I both missed the point.)
What money-related news has caught your eye of late? Let us know!