Megan Mathers

Questions to ask on a job interview

questionsFor those of you who think ahead or are thinking about poising yourself for future job interviews, there is no time like the present. So, when you get those job interviews, what should you ask? It will serve you well to be prepared with a list of questions and concerns and be proactive when negotiating employment terms. The following are some great questions to ask potential employers…

3 financial books to read over winter break

piggy bank with bills cropYou’ve probably heard the saying “there’s no time like the present.” Well, this is especially true when it comes to figuring out your finances. As you look toward a life of managing time and money, the sooner you get a handle on some of the basics, the better. Other than Money Monday, where should one look to start understanding the made-to-seem-complex world of finances? If you are looking for some guidance, other than the books we have mentioned in the past, here are some good reads:

8 ways to spend your time [but not your money] outside of dental school

free-stuff-thumbs Welcome to Life-Hack Week! All week we’re posting about ways to hack your back-to-dental school experience. Whether it’s saving money, fitting in fitness or making your daily life more tech-savvy, Mouthing Off has you covered. As a special treat, we’re posting all 5 days this week. Be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss a single post! Now, here’s your first Life-Hack Week post:

Dental school is expensive. So when you finally have a few hours to take a break, or maybe even a week off of school, the last thing you want to do is spend more loan money on recreation. Read on for ideas on how to relax and spend your free time without spending all your money and a contest to win a $50 gift card!

Credit cards revisited

credit-cardsWe have covered this topic before, but with the increasing costs of attending school and living in some of the major cities where schools are located, it is a topic worth revisiting. Credit card debt is some of the most easily accessible debt to students, but also the most harmful. Many students, already living off of debt in the form of school loans, do not think twice about charging necessary living expenses and other “standard of living” expenses to their credit cards.

5 ways to save money this month

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Saving money is often easier said than done. After all, not only does it require discipline, but it requires one to proactively take advantage of options to save. For a student on a tight budget, here are 5 ways to save money this month and make your high interest student loan money go farther…

You can refinance your home, so why not your student debt?

187952089(1)You may have heard recent buzz over newly proposed legislation that would allow students and former students to refinance their student loans. But what does this really mean to you?

The proposed law would attempt to afford students who have already taken out student loans at fixed rates to refinance these loans. Essentially what this would allow student to do is take advantage of the current lower interest rates that apply to new student loans. Keep reading to find out more and to learn how you can tell your lawmakers this is a good idea.

A resource that could actually save you money

save for retirementWe talk a lot with students and new dentists about starting to save for retirement early. Without the proper discipline to save routinely as you start to work, dentists are left with much less at retirement than they had hoped for. Sometimes, it is hard to even know where to start. Read on to learn more!