When I was growing up, sprawling out on the floor of my grandparents’ house with the newspaper was a tradition. I’d look at the movie advertisements, cross-check show times, and plot my next trip to the local theater—the one that drew back real red curtains every night to reveal the screen underneath.
A lot has changed since then. The curtains are long gone. I can check out movie trailers and schedules from my phone. And ticket prices have gone way, way up. Read more
I check in on my student loan balance every two weeks after a payment posts. I plot out the money I’ll throw at it during extra paycheck months, or when my tax refund hits. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be debt-free this time next year.
That was the goal I set for myself last spring when I refinanced $28,000 worth of federal loans. They’re the last (expensive) reminder of graduate school. And — most importantly — they’re the last thing I need to take care of before the rest of my financial life begins. Read more