Best of the Web: Volume 2

Michael Lux Best of The Web, Blog, News, Student Loans 4 Comments

The last couple weeks have been kind of disappointing in the world of student loans.  Here in Indiana, our garden has produced a bright spot.  Our very first tomato!   If you are a veteran gardener, this probably doesn’t seem like much of an accomplishment, but this little tomato represents hours of efforts.  Hopefully it will be the first of many.

Our garden was started to save some money.  That hasn’t happened yet, but the giant tomato plants we have growing outside may swing the numbers in our favor.


The very first tomato of the year!

Around the Web

The College Investor discusses one strategy to get a free graduate degree.  Getting your employer to pay for your education benefits both you and your company.  The most they can ask for in return is a commitment for you to stick around for a certain amount of time.  I’d say it’s a far better than dealing with a bunch of loans from graduate school.

My Personal Finance Journey discusses the reasons people struggle getting their finances on track.  Many of these factors really apply to people who are dealing with large amounts of student loan debt.  If you are having a tough time finding motivation to tackle your debt problems, it is a great read.

Nick at A Young Pro talks about perspective and the need for an emergency fund.  Nick and his young family were involved in a minor car accident.  Everyone was fine, but the events certainly triggered some interesting thoughts.

Sam at Financial Samurai has some insight on the reasons people quit their jobs.  If you are on the fence about leaving your current job, or in charge of keeping employees with your company, this is a must read.

Student Loan News

The Washington Post had a fantastic collection of student loan stories.  For those of us with student loans, I think its helpful to read these and remember that we are not alone.

This site has discussed the reported $51 Billion that the federal government is expected to make this year alone on student loans.  This number has come under some controversy.  Here is one analysis of the accuracy of the $51 Billion figure.  It’s crazy how accounting can make basic math seem so difficult.

Weekly Dose of Awesome

  • Thanks for including my article and congrats on your Tomato!

    • Thanks Nick! I hope it is the first of many, many more.

  • Congrats on the garden and the tomato. Hopefully there will be more to come. I haven’t been in a garden since I was 15 years old. The only thing I have planted so far have been mango and papaya seeds. Nice best of the web.

    • I appreciate that Thomas. This is my first gardening since I was a kid. It is a lot more fun than what I remembered.