Monthly Archives: April 2008

The hand-me-down mentality

When I was a child, I learned somewhat of a clothing mantra: Buy it on clearance, hand it down, repeat. As the youngest of four girls, I quickly became familiar with “new to you.” This was, generally, a practice I… Continue reading

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Live green, save green

Editor’s note: The Student LoanDown is thrilled to welcome back Caroline Hanson from family leave — and just in time for all the earth-friendly festivities happening this week! When I graduated from college 14 years ago, people weren’t all that… Continue reading


Go paperless for Earth Day

Since it’s Earth Day  today, I thought I’d share with you a new Wells Fargo initiative encouraging folks to “go green” with online only statements. It’s actually quite cool: To be automatically entered for a chance to win some green… Continue reading


Financial literacy focus

Financial literacy is often on my mind, but this month especially as I’m reading about it on many fabulous blogs  and in the news. Last April was declared National Financial Literacy month, and this year many people are using the… Continue reading

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Taxing decisions

It’s April 15: Tax day. (Insert your favorite ominous music here.) My 2007 taxes  were finished a few weeks ago, and already the small refund has been directly deposited in my account. Barbara had to pay in a little this… Continue reading

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Paying for study abroad

After we talked about financing an education in the United States if you aren’t a U.S. citizen, we fielded several questions about how U.S. citizens can fund study abroad . I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of studying abroad. Several… Continue reading

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The most important meal of the day

Do you eat breakfast? I normally don’t…well, I guess I get my soy chai latte . But on the weekends, I love to eat breakfast…or should I say I love eating out for breakfast! So last Sunday, I packed my family… Continue reading

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Resisting the “might as wells”

As I get further into the home building process, I’m confronted with a lot of “might as well” temptations. You know — I might as well add extra square footage here, I might as well install more lighting there, I… Continue reading



March went out like a lion  in South Dakota. We had quite the winter storm system pass through the area this week. That thick layer of frosting now covering the emerging green grass inspired me to talk to you about… Continue reading

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