you can get lower rates on your student loans using SoFi or Common Bond.
bravo, Mike! I loved this. While student loans are a big factor of one's financial situation, you don't have to let them define you.
On that note check out the bonus and travel perks on the Chase Sapphire card, too. Also, I use http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ to search for the best flights.
@Ester Bloom I actually saw this author speak last year when he was writing this book, and he told the story about dividing the cash on the table! But he didn't say it was all in $1-bills, sheesh.
@GiraffeGaffe I didn't know my parents' earnings until I was applying for financial aid in college, too, and I doubt they would have offered to let me know the exact number otherwise.
@BornSecular I totally agree! This is the sentence that caught my eye, too. Megan, you gotta treat yo'self! A vacation isn't just one thing either, it's a series of experiences, and they don't need to all be pricey. And studies say that even the process of planning a vacation brings you even more joy. Check it: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/how-vacations-affect-your-happiness/?smid=tu-share&_r=0
And good for the economy, probably, in the long run!
@j a y thanks, yeah, I've been leaning towards the savings account. Although I don't have a mortgage (yet) or any other debt, so perhaps when I am done with student loans I'll be putting the extra money towards other kinds of loans.
I admire this: "I don’t think I can unlearn being frugal." I switched careers and earned a higher salary, coupled with the grad school debt I took on in order to make the switch. So far the lifestyle creep hasn't been drastic, or harmful, but I do wonder what will happen when I'm done with student loans.
This is awesome! I also have a huge wood coffee table that I got for $50 (at a random consignment shop) and will never let go of. Finding a piece of furniture like this was so satisfying and it helps my place feel grown-up and lived-in, and isn't that what we all want?