Monthly Archives: January 2009


Today marks a quarter-century since I came into the world: the big 2-5. Soon, I’ll be sitting on a beach celebrating my birthday — but before deserting South Dakota for warmer temperatures, I have some evaluating to do. At 25,… Continue reading

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Tax time savings

In a year when nearly everyone is looking for ways to pinch pennies, be sure you don’t overlook opportunities to save at tax time. There are several valuable tax credits and deductions available to college students and their parents. We’ve… Continue reading

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Sticking to my budget

OK, I know Kathy just talked about BudgetWatch, but because I believe it is an amazing tool, I just have to talk about it again and share my experience. Now, over the years, I’ve employed numerous budgeting methods  — everything… Continue reading

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Introducing My Spending Report with Budget Watch

What does the word “budget” mean to you? For many people out there, the word has an extremely negative connotation, conjuring up images of self-deprivation, tedious bookkeeping, and guilt-ridden uncertainty about being able to successfully stick to it. (Not exactly… Continue reading

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Invest in yourself

Staci’s post about investing in education got me thinking: What other ways can folks invest in themselves? Education is the obvious investment for this community to talk about. By gaining knowledge in a specific field you make yourself more marketable…. Continue reading

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Your college education’s return on investment

Last week Alysa commented on my “Realistic resolutions” post, discussing the return on investment on college educations: Education is the number one priority of everyone. Everyone aims to get a degree because that will definitely helps everyone to earn extra… Continue reading


Renew old, seek new funds

Caroline has already gone over some details of the FAFSA for beginners, but what about those of you who filed a FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid)  last year? You need to complete a FAFSA every year you’re in… Continue reading


FAFSA for beginners

If you’re a senior in high school and hoping to get financial aid for college, start the New Year off right and make it a priority to get your FAFSA  completed in January. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student… Continue reading


Realistic resolutions

Happy 2009! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?  I’m not a particularly successful resolution-keeper. Last year, I vowed to eat healthier, and for six weeks it was nothing but oatmeal for breakfast, salads for lunch, and Lean Cuisine®  for… Continue reading

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