Megan Mathers

Apps to help you create a budget and stick to it

online-bankingIn honor of National Predental Week, Mouthing Off will feature all predental-focused content this week. You’ll even have a bonus post on Thursday!

A great deal of our financial advice in the past has been geared toward the dental student or young practitioner. As a predental student, you have many years ahead of you to focus on dental specific financial planning. Now is the time to focus on the basics. The two most important parts of becoming financially aware as a predental student relate to understanding your personal budget, using it and choosing a dental school that fits within that budget.

There is no such thing as a free lunch

doorway ASDA blogOne of the most well-known ideas in the business world is: “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” What this really means is that when you decide to do something, there is always something that you could have done instead, but chose not to. The “thing you could have done” is a lost opportunity. You gave up something to do or get something else. This idea is known as “opportunity cost.” Read on to find out how opportunity cost can effect your financial future.

Loan money and emergency fund questions answered

emergency fundIn last month’s post, we reviewed the book, “Hot (broke) Messes,” by Nancy Trejos. We received several questions related to that review. We will try to answer them in the next couple months. This time we’ll answer 1) how much should you save in an emergency fund? and 2) can you borrow money for living expenses too and not just tuition and books?

Things you should never (or almost never) buy new

money mondayWhether you’re paying down student debt or saving for a dental practice of your own, it’s never too early to be money savvy. One way to save your pennies is to know when it’s the right time to buy something new and when something used will do just fine. The cost differences between new and used products can be huge and that means more money in your pocket. Read more…