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Blog Round-Up: College Edition

Blog Roundup - College Edition

I cannot believe it’s already time to say good-bye to May! It’s been a busy, short week, but I still had two new posts this week. My post on The True Cost of College had a great infographic from Scholarship Experts. It can a bit eye-opening once you start calculating all the costs involved in sending your child to college.

I also shared Without Purpose, Money is just Paper at Tackling Our Debt. Too many people focus on acquiring a certain amount of money, assuming that is what will make them happy. In reality, true happiness comes from using your money on the things that truly matter to you, rather than hoarding money or spending frivolously. If you haven’t had a chance to check out my post, please do!

The Heavy Purse was mentioned at Frugal Rules and Monster Piggy Bank last week. Thank you for your support and if I missed you, please let me know.

A Few Good Reads

With the holiday, I did not get a chance to visit as many blogs as I normally do, so I decided to do something different this week. As college graduates head out into the real world this month, I thought I’d share some helpful posts from my fellow bloggers.

John at Frugal Rules had several great posts aimed at college graduates and parents of future college-bound kids, including:

Nick from A Young Pro had a few great posts as well. I’d also like to point out that Nick’s first two attempts at college were a bust. But when he was ready, he want back and recently graduated. You can read his story, here.

Erin may be a Broke Millennial but she doesn’t have student debt. In her post, Confession: I Avoided the Millennial Curse, she shares the choice her father gave her when it was time to pick a college. A great lesson for both parents and kids.

Vanessa and Jacob at Cash Cow Couple are well-known for living “rich” on a very frugal budget. They had a great guest post from Stewart Bradley on Frugal Living for Students: Tips to Defend Your Financial Stability.

Kim from Eyes on the Dollar shared How We Lost $6000 in Student Loan Forgiveness. Not everyone qualifies for these programs, but if you do—make sure you take advantage of them.

And finally, I’d like to encourage parents and college graduates to visit Graduating From Debt. Kevin’s website has a ton of great information to help you make college a worthy investment, including how to find scholarships and grants to tackling student debt after college.


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May 31, 2013  •  18 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, May 31st, 2013
    Sounds like a great list, Shannon. I too just recently found Kevin's site over at Graduating from Debt and am also loving all of the great info over there. Thanks for sharing all of the good links, and have a great weekend!
    • Friday, May 31st, 2013
      You're welcome, Laurie! Kevin's site has ton's of great information and I'm happy to direct people to him. You have a fabulous weekend too!
  2. Friday, May 31st, 2013
    Thanks so much for the mentions Shannon, I really appreciate it! It's crazy how fast May went by and I assume June will be more of the same. Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Friday, May 31st, 2013
      I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought May flew by! There is always so much going on. :) You have a great weekend, too!
  3. Friday, May 31st, 2013
    Great reads! Hope you have a great weekend.
    • Friday, May 31st, 2013
      Thanks, Mike! You have great one too!
  4. Friday, May 31st, 2013
    Great list, Shannon! I'll have to check these out.

    Have a wonderful weekend :)
    • Friday, May 31st, 2013
      You have a great weekend too, Mackenzie!!
  5. Friday, May 31st, 2013
    Thank you so much for including me Shannon!
    • Friday, May 31st, 2013
      You're welcome, Nick! They were great posts. Have a fantastic weekend!
  6. Friday, May 31st, 2013
    It seems every month and every year goes by quicker and quicker.
    Thanks very much for your post this week. It was a huge hit :-)
    Enjoy your weekend my friend. :-)
    • Friday, May 31st, 2013
      Time really does fly, except, of course, when it crawls! LOL! I'm happy to hear that you got such a positive response to my post. You have a wonderful weekend, too!
  7. Friday, May 31st, 2013
    Great job putting together this list Shannon. Keep up the great work and have a nice weekend!
    • Friday, May 31st, 2013
      Thanks Grayson! You have a nice weekend too!
  8. Friday, May 31st, 2013
    Thanks for sharing these posts Shannon. My head is spinning because I've got lots of planning ahead of me :)

    Is it normal to be happy but scared at the same time?

    Gonna start bookmarking these because I know I'll need to refer back to these posts somewhere down the line :)

    Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Friday, May 31st, 2013
      You're very welcome, Corina. And yes, it's absolutely normal to be excited and scared at the same time. You and your kids have lots to consider over the next few years, but the more information you have, the better decisions you can make together. Glad I can help! :) You have a great weekend too!
  9. Monday, June 3rd, 2013
    Really good reads. Hope you all had a great weekend.
    • Monday, June 3rd, 2013
      Thanks KC! Have a great week!
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