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How To Graduate College Totally Debt Free

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Each year college is becoming increasingly expensive. The costs of a college education today are 500% greater that they were in the 1980s. Today’s children will be paying tuition totaling $70k – $80k for an out-of-state public school. That’s just tuition. Fees, books and living expenses will more than double the cost. Students are graduating school with tens of thousands (even hundreds of thousands) of dollars in debt and it’s just going to get worse. For the diligent student, though, it’s still very possible to graduate from a great school totally debt free. Not only does that help your finances, it’s helps your career. Without the burden of massive student loan debt after graduation, you can focus on finding the right job not the one that is going to pay your debt off the quickest. How is that possible? If you can graduate without accumulating student loans, why don’t more people do it? It takes work. But the work is worth it. Cutting Your Tuition Bill in Half (or More) The cost of an in-state public college is half that of a private school on average. On the extreme ends of the spectrum, the difference is dramatic. An education at ...

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Say No To Your Children Now So You Won’t Have to Later

One of my guilty pleasures is watching Suze Orman every Saturday. I know she tends to polarize people faster than a Tea Party Presidential candidate, but I do enjoy her show. Suze was actually the first financial show I discovered.  I found it while flipping channels on vacation. At that point, we were deeply in debt, and I seriously needed a Suze smackdown. I’ve learned leaps and bounds about taking care of my finances since then. I’ve also learned to take every famous financial “expert” with a grain of salt. If they make their living from telling you how to manage YOUR money, you can bet they want a slice of it too. Back on point, my favorite part of the show is viewer calls. Usually they are pretty funny, but sometimes they strike a nerve. A few weeks ago, one such caller really brought home a point about saying no to your children now so that you don’t have to later. This caller was in her late 40’s, a wife and mother of four. She was a PE teacher, and her husband was an electrician. They didn’t live in a super expensive place. Her oldest child was graduating from ...

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