Monthly Archives: June 2008

The high of buying “something”

Every once in a while I make an online purchase so good that I track its movement almost ritualistically. For example, when my new iPod Nano  was on its way, I hit up the FedEx package tracker  on pretty much… Continue reading

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Do you have a “Plan B”?

My stepdaughter is starting her senior year in college  this fall, and she’s planning on grad school after that. But recently she’s starting thinking about how competitive grad school is in her field. What if she doesn’t get in right… Continue reading

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I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Hi everyone! I am thrilled to announce that I am back at Wells Fargo, and I’m excited to start contributing to the Student LoanDown again! It’s been a while since I last wrote — 10 months to be exact —… Continue reading

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I’ve been framed

Okay, technically, it’s not ME that has been framed. It’s my new house! Now that the walls are up, it’s starting to feel more real each day. My contractor says I can expect to be finished sometime in September, almost… Continue reading

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How many hours?

Lately, I’ve been trying to resist summer spending. And I’ve found a tactic that works pretty well to deter me from a purchase. Really, I need to give my mother the credit. See, when I was younger and would beg… Continue reading


Staying afloat

Living in California , we’ve been lucky to start out summer early with sunny weather and backyard barbecues . With the 70-degree weather this past weekend, I managed to attend not one, not two, but three BBQs — one of which was… Continue reading

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Pedal pushing

For the last few months, I’ve watched my savings account grow. I’ve been allocating a bit more than usual from each paycheck in anticipation of a big purchase: a bicycle. A bike has been on my “want to buy” list… Continue reading

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Pop quiz

I know, I know, you thought school was out for summer , right? Well the other night, my stepdaughter called me with some basic questions about her credit card, and it got me thinking that there are probably lots of college… Continue reading

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Breathing easy (well, easier)

Sometimes there is no better feeling than arriving home after a long day at work. Just entering my house, I often breathe a bit easier. On my arrival home last week (after greeting Bill and supplying her dinner, of course),… Continue reading

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Be informed, not afraid, about student loan repayment

Student LoanDown readers, recently we received this question (typos and all — we publish ’em as is) on one of my older posts from kat s., a concerned grandmother: I would like to ask you a queston. My grandson was… Continue reading