Monthly Archives: August 2007

Plan for the unplanned expenses

As you head back to school this fall, know that you’re probably going to be faced with some unexpected expenses.  Even if you’ve spent the summer diligently stocking up on necessities, know that stuff comes up. If you’re moving into… Continue reading

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Do not pass Go, do not collect $200

Some of the comments we’ve been receiving as of late—and I haven’t been able to publish them all because they don’t meet our Comment Guidelines—indicate that the Student LoanDown blog hasn’t been spending enough time discussing student loans. I’m not… Continue reading


The fight against fraud

Recently I got a call from my credit card company asking me about some unusual charges. Since it was on a card that I have for emergencies and knew hadn’t been used in quite some time, I knew that someone… Continue reading


Keeping up with the Joneses

Oh, the Joneses. You know the saying about keeping up with them . It’s something we’ve probably all dealt with at some point. Wanting the same things your peers have is likely a constant struggle—at least it is for me. My… Continue reading


International money safety

In my last post, I addressed some of the different money options available for international travelers. And whether you’re "on holiday" or studying abroad, a little common sense goes a long way to keep your money safe when you’re in… Continue reading

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Money tips for traveling abroad

A few weeks back, Kathy wrote a great post about alternatives to taking a European vacation. Well, if in these last few weeks of summer you’re taking an actual European vacation—or perhaps preparing for a semester abroad—one thing you’ll need… Continue reading

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My journeys continue, but this journey’s coming to an end

Try as I might, I just can’t seem to shake my travel bug. Over the weekend I watched "Long Way Round" —a documentary film that chronicles Ewan McGregor  and his friend Charley Boorman as they ride motorcycles from London to New… Continue reading


Breaking up with my bank

I’m not a fan of long-distance relationships . So it’s hard to believe I spent an entire year in a long-distance banking relationship. About 130 miles separated me from my hometown bank during my freshman year of college. While I was… Continue reading


Who else is waiting for ‘Student Loan Payday’?

It’s August, which means that it’s tuition time for the many of us heading back to school. *GULP* Over the next few weeks, the loans I am borrowing will be disbursed to my university to pay off the tuition and… Continue reading


Two wheels are better than four

If you’re off to college this fall, you’ve probably loaded up on the necessities  like sheets, towels and cool décor for your dorm. But put one more thing on your list, if you haven’t already: a bike. A bike probably… Continue reading

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