Monthly Archives: January 2008

The 2008 Diet Coke® Savings Plan update

It’s the end of the month, so I wanted to update you on my unique savings plan. Since January 10, I’ve saved $19 that would’ve been spent in the cafeteria vending machine. It’s not as high as I thought it… Continue reading

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I’m older today. Well, you are, too. But I have to jump numbers today. Last year I did some evaluating when I turned 23. And I figured I’d do so again to see where a year older and (supposedly) wiser… Continue reading

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Five-minute FAFSA

Feeling disheartened about the time and effort it takes to complete the FAFSA  (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? You’re not alone. But fortunately, the good folks at FastWeb!  have developed this short video to explain the process. (Note: The… Continue reading

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FAFSA feedback

It’s January, and you probably know what that means — time to fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) . The FAFSA is the best place to begin if you need financial aid (including student loans) to help… Continue reading



I’ve spent the past several days shivering. It has been a bit nippy  in South Dakota, and I’ve been feeling it — especially at home. Last night the heat of a warm laptop on my legs was the only thing… Continue reading

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Casting your vote?

As an Iowan, I had the privilege of participating in our “first in the nation” presidential caucus a couple weeks ago. This was actually my very first caucus. It’s the first time I’ve lived in Iowa during a presidential election… Continue reading


The envelope, please…

It arrived in late December: a legal-sized envelope from my alma mater . At first, I thought it was just the usual fundraising letter, but then I saw the bolded, capped outer envelope message: CLASS AGENT LETTER ENCLOSED! To quote Liz… Continue reading


What’s your status?

No, I’m not talking about your Facebook  status (“Barbara Raus is writing a blog post”). I’m talking about your school status. Are you attending full-time, half-time, or less than half-time? Your ability to qualify for certain types of financial aid… Continue reading


Saving my Diet Coke® dollars

Each morning I make the journey from my desk to the cafeteria where I purchase my breakfast — a 20 oz. Diet Coke . Certainly not what champions are made of, but it gets me going. Recently, I’ve been paying closer… Continue reading


Rich school, poor school?

In recent weeks, several colleges have followed Harvard University’s lead  in reducing tuition costs for families below certain income levels. Student loans are being replaced with increased grants — most of these funded by the schools’ endowments . Just yesterday, Yale… Continue reading

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