Profitable Ideas: A Debt-Free Degree, Common Money Mistakes, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently.

How to graduate from college debt-free (and regret-free) (Time). Practical advice from one who did just that.

7 401(k) rules you should know by heart (USA TODAY). Good guidance for getting the most from your workplace retirement plan.

Make workplace benefits work for you (Morningstar). Many employers provide more than just a retirement plan. Are you making use of these benefits?

How to celebrate a child’s birthday without breaking the bank (The Simple Dollar). Advice from a blogger dad on how to swim against the strong current of the culture.

7 most common financial regrets (Clark Howard). I always like hearing what people who’ve been there and done that wish they hadn’t done. It’s one of the best ways to make better decisions.

5 ways to stay motivated when you’re feeling burned out (Inc.). If you’re dreading going into work, here are some ways to recharge.

Easy budgeting for people who hate math (Wise Bread). If numbers aren’t your thing, there are still ways to make use of the single most powerful tool for wise money management.

When you change the world and no one notices (Collaborative Fund). Interesting, motivational article for anyone who has a dream.

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2 Responses to Profitable Ideas: A Debt-Free Degree, Common Money Mistakes, and More

  1. Paul D September 10, 2016 at 3:58 PM #

    Getting lots of college scholarships doesn’t work for everyone. I put a lot of effort into finding them for my daughter. I scoured all the scholarship web sites, borrow enormous books from the library with thousands of listings, had my daughter writing essays for the ones that required them, and others are just ones that you put your name in the hat and hope you get randomly picked. I got ZERO scholarship money for her. Big waste of time for us, but the problem is you’ll never know whether it will work for you until you try. The best thing my daughter did was get a good score on the ACT and good grades in high school. That got her 25% off of her tuition. Never pay full price for college. If you do, you’re making a big mistake.

    • Matt Bell September 12, 2016 at 7:58 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Paul. Definitely good to manage expectations when it comes to scholarships. I’ve heard stories all along the spectrum — some who have won many, some who pursue them to no avail. Your point about your daughter’s grades and ACT score is well taken. Those are steps that are more within a student’s control.

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