How I Paid Off $14,431 In Student Loans In 6 Months – BEFORE Graduating

When I was a junior during the spring of 2012, I added a giant, audacious, redonkulous goal to my Impossible List: I wanted to pay off all of my student debt – nearly $15,000 – before graduating.

In October of 2012, I made my first payment, kicking off my debt-obliteration journey.

And on March 13, 2013 – just six months after I started – my final payment to Sallie Mae cleared. I’m now completely debt-free, and I’m still in college.

In this post, I’m going to tell you my story, including exactly how I paid off my debt. Afterward, I’ll provide some additional strategies you can use to minimize your own debt and start paying it off today. Read More…

3 Freebies For Students You Can Take Advantage Of Right Now

When’s the last time you accidentally flung your girlfriend across a bunch of ice and into a wall?

The last time for me was three days ago. She’s ok. Laughs were had (mostly by me). And the best part? I got to do it at a discount?

Discounts for college students are everywhere (even ice skating rinks), and you probably run across at least 43 every seven weeks. It’s great to be a college student. Sure, we have to pay exorbitant amounts of money for a piece of paper that may or may not actually prove useful in our future careers… but we get cheaper tickets to football games, right? Right.

Those discounts are everywhere. However, that’s not what I want to talk about today. Discounts are lame. Saving money on things? Weak. I’m a last-semester senior, man. It’s my last lap. I want stuff for free.

That’s why I’ve compiled a small list of things I’ve recently found that are free for students. As in free beer, freedom, Gordan Freeman – whatever. You don’t have to pay for this stuff, and that’s awesome. Read More…

Five Ways to Save Mo’ Money on Textbooks

College is freakin’ expensive, bro – aside from tuition, you’re expected to pay exorbitant sums for trivial, frivolous things like housing, food, clothes, deodorant, and toilet paper – all of this on top of the necessities you already need such as new scoreboards for your school’s football field and flatscreen TV’s for the dining centers. In this economic climate, being expected to pay for stuff like this is extreme, and yet we students have to pay for something else on top of it all: textbooks. We just can’t catch a break, can we? Read More…

Guest Post: 5 Tips To Bag The Financial Aid You Need

This is a guest post from Carol Montrose, an MBA student at CSUN. Read more about her below the post.

When it comes time to head off to the ivory towers of your chosen university, you may find yourself stymied by a decided lack of funds.  Unfortunately for students, institutions of higher learning require up-front payment in order to register for classes, which means that if you don’t have the money in hand, you really can’t go to college.  And with the ongoing recession showing no signs of abating, this could spell disaster for the student that can’t qualify for a loan.  But don’t despair; you still have options for financial aid. Read More…

Protect Your Savings With A Spending Firewall

So, you’ve tried all of the traditional savings tips you see on the internet; you’ve started buying generic brands, you rent your college books online (if you don’t, you definitely should), you eat less fast food, and you’ve tried keeping a limited amount of cash on hand, only to find that having a debit card is too convenient not to do. What could you possibly do to save more money without trying to abide by a budget that’s so tight you’re bound to break it? Read More…

Solve Roommate Debt Drama With Google Docs

After three years of living with a variety of different roommates, I understand how hectic it can get trying to make sure everyone is sharing an equal burden. Over a given school-year, cleaning the kitchen, doing dishes, and other house responsibilities fall by the way side, resulting in an apartment that resembles more of a disaster zone than a living space. What’s even more, with houses that have a different person handling each utility and house supplies, debts can be lost in the shuffle as well. Read More…

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