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.
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.