Owing Mom and Dad: Debt or Gratitude?

The following is a guest post by Susie Bafico. Plenty of parents help out their adult kids with cash, and it’s not just cars and trust funds. For many, the safety net is pulled on the way to college, while for others it never really ends.

Risky Business: When Student Loans Go To Collections

When Student Loans Go To Collections

Here’s the story of Kat Fae, an American college student finishing her law degree in London. Four of her five student loans were placed in deferment while she finished school overseas. One flat out refused. Here is how that account ended up in collections and how she fought to have the situation fixed.

Things I Wish I Knew About Money in College

Here’s something I learned, the hard way, while in college. The “real world” does not necessarily begin after graduation. Getting a full-time job or your own apartment does not define the “real world” and all the responsibilities that go along with it. As soon as are earning, spending, and/or saving money, you alone are responsible […]

Confessions of a Textbook Salesman

Lavish sales meetings in Miami’s South Beach. All-night benders with clients. Unlimited freebies for prospects. No, I’m not talking about Wall Street; I’m talking about your college textbook publisher.

We’re Getting Married (In a Week!) How Will Our Finances Change?

I’m getting married one week from today! I can hardly believe how quickly the day has crept up on us, but considering my fiancée and I have dated for the majority of the ten years since we met in high school, some might say “it’s about time”. Although at the moment we are consumed by […]

When To Finance Even If You Could Pay Cash

Should you ever go into debt even if you have the cash to make the purchase? Dave Ramsey would definitely say “NO!”. But believe it or not, there are situations in which it may actually cost you more if you don’t go into debt!

The Colleges and Majors With the Highest Paid Graduates

Will attending an elite college like Harvard or Stanford result in a higher salary? (On average, yes). How much more do engineering majors bring home than English majors? (As much as $21,800 to start). Most important: How much can you expect to earn with your bachelor’s degree? (A new report at PayScale.com may have the […]

How to Negotiate Prices at Retail Stores

You don’t have to be at a yard sale to do a littler haggling. Did you know you can actually negotiate prices at retail stores? Use this thrifty trick to save on your next purchase—no matter where you make it!

How to Overcome a Fear of Dealing with Your Finances

Have you ever been afraid to open a credit card bill, check your bank account balances, or sit down and create a monthly budget? You are not alone. I regularly talk to friends and readers who admit they are afraid of dealing with their personal finances. Even if your finances are sound, living in fear […]