Money Monday

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.

Your options for online banking

Online bankingBricks and mortar banks have been the go-to for banking for decades. In the last few years, we have noticed alternatives to the stand alone banks popping up in the banking industry. As we look forward, even the traditional bricks and mortar banks (e.g. Chase, Schwab, US Bank) are offering more web-based online options for banking. Many banks today offer remote deposits using your phone or online setup of retirement accounts. Some banks are entirely web-based. Given that the student of today is more connected than ever before, here are some options for banking that do not require you to step foot inside a bank. Read on for more about online banking options available to you.

Scared to invest? Try dollar cost averaging

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 9.51.12 AMMany students in school or right out of school are afraid to invest their money. With not much knowledge in the area, it can be a daunting prospect. However, if you have a brokerage account or an IRA started while you are in school, there is one way that you can invest money without having an investment background. Dollar cost averaging is a method used where you invest a set amount at set intervals over time. Not only does this method spread risk, but it is easy to budget for the amounts invested. Read on for an example.

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.