Category Archives: College costs

Staples is feeling generous this week! Also: how to make a living in an arcade

FREE STUFF FROM STAPLES: This ad is mostly self-explanatory… I say “mostly” because the cards you get aren’t real Staples gift cards, they’re “ePromo cards” which are only good until September 22. Here’s the link to the Slickdeals thread if you … Continue reading

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Student loans and moral hazard… Plus a sweet Best Buy deal!

$25 OFF $250 AT BEST BUY WITH AMEX: The latest and greatest Amex Sync promotion gets you a one-time $25 statement credit on a $250 purchase at Best Buy. The T&Cs say, “Limit 1 statement credit per American Express Card … Continue reading

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How to default on student loans! Plus hotel loyalty programs compared, and an all-you-can-fly airline

HOW TO DEFAULT ON STUDENT LOANS: It was a long struggle, but in Oregon, somebody figured out how to beat the system: The financial advice gets repeated as a mantra: Student loans are the one form of debt that can’t be … Continue reading

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Low credit scores can cost you your job! And rich moms game the system at Disney

BAD CREDIT? NO JOB FOR YOU: The spread of credit scores into all aspects of your life continues. The NYT reports that half of all employers now check credit when making a hiring decision: “Credit reports are really seeping into … Continue reading

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