Jay-Z And Kanye Talk Personal Finance

Money is number one to both Hova and Yeezy … but they think about it in very different ways.
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Money’s always been a popular topic in hip-hop, but mostly in in the boastful, look-how-much-cash-I’ve-got” kind of way. There are some exceptions, though. For example, Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” won our attention a while ago as a tribute to frugal shopping. And, of course, there are other financial lessons to be learned from some hip-hop songs, even if they aren’t specifically about money.…

The Story Of My $3,000 Tank Of Gas

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Next time I ask one of my college-aged kids to fill my car with gas in exchange for borrowing it, I’ll think twice. The other day, one of my three (who shall remain nameless) had a minor scrape in my car by turning too sharply on the way home from filling my tank. What should have cost me about $75 in fuel—and saved me some time on my morning commute the next day—is now a $3000 problem, thanks to a few dents on the side of my car.…

Repayment Estimator: Your New Secret Weapon In The Fight Against Debt

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There are many federal student loan repayment plans to choose from and it can be difficult to pick the right one for you. For example, some offer forgiveness after a certain amount of eligible payments if you qualify, but will you pay more in the long run to get that benefit? How do you know which option is the best fit for your situation?…

Want The Real Scoop On Student Loans And Taxes? It’s On Twitter

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“It’s hard to get people to talk about money in person, so it’s a good thing that Twitter exists. People will talk about anything there!”

Fans of this blog probably recognize that lead-in; we used about 300 times to introduce our “Tweet Of The Day.” While we no longer highlight a tweet every day, we still lurk around the Twitterverse. And what we’ve seen recently (besides the super bright redesign) is a lot of chatter about student loans and taxes.…

Hello, New York City; Good Bye, SALT! (Well, Kind Of)

Does the skyline look kind of like stacks of dollar bills to anyone else?
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Today is my last day interning for SALT, and I am moving to New York City as soon as I leave my cubicle.

Us Weekly accepted me as an editorial intern this summer, and I will be working for them for course credit (i.e., without pay). Though that internship will be a huge help for me financially in the long run, living in the Big Apple for 2 months with no income is going to be a struggle.