Major, MAJOR Student Loan Repayment Milestone

Not quite, but getting there!

As of Wednesday, my student loan balance is officially below five figures! I now owe $9,967.51.  True, this is still a large sum of money. And it's also true that I don't like owing any money at all. But I've committed to paying my loans of a little less aggressively to ... Read more...

Student Loan Payoff Milestone!

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Guess what?! My federal student loan - my only remaining debt - crossed another payoff milestone this week. It's officially below $11,000!  When I started blogging almost four years ago, I had a hard time envisioning the day that my debt level would be so low. It feels like ... Read more...

Get Real: A College Education IS Worth It

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Since the onset of the recession in 2008, it's become very trendy to discuss the crisis that recent college graduates face when attempting to get a job in a bad economy with massive student debt loads. Of course, there has also been a lot of chatter out there about whether a ... Read more...

“Parents, Step Up!”

I have the free Dave Ramsey app on my phone, which is basically just a collection of short segments from his radio show, updated almost daily. A few days ago there was a segment, filed under the category Best of Dave, called "Parents, Step Up!"  The whole segment was a 10-minute ... Read more...

Have You Heard About Coursera?

A few weeks ago, I caught the end of an NPR story about a start-up called Coursera. I missed most of the information in the story, but I inferred that Coursera is an online learning platform. Like, where you can take full courses online. Cool, right? But then last Thursday I ... Read more...

Why ARE You Paying Back Your Student Loans?

I read a post last week at a blog I just discovered called The End of Insanity. The particular post that I read had a LOT of comments because the author argued a controversial point: there's no real reason to pay back student loans. She feels that her loans are "more of a ... Read more...

Big, Fat….

...payment on my private student loan! Since my curriculum writing money came in one paycheck early, I scheduled a payment of $610 on my private student loan; I'll do an update of all my loan balances when they post to my accounts. I'm feeling very energized about getting this ... Read more...