It’s September, which can only mean one thing: back to school we go! You might be going back to school in the traditional sense: textbooks, backpack, shoes tied tight, the works. But as the weather changes and a new year approaches you might also be in need of some “schooling” in the financial sense: tidying up your financial house so you can get it together — and get it all.
So whether you’re taking on a new semester at college, a new degree in graduate school, a major move in your existing career, or even starting your own thing, this week we’re taking a few lessons in financial responsibility.
First up: those dreaded student loans. You likely have them no matter what stage you’re at in your career; and if you don’t, you’re extremely likely. You might already have a plan in place for paying them back (hint: slow and steady wins the race!) but here are a few things I bet you don’t know about those lovely monthly payments.
And next, your financial report card — also known as your credit score and report! After all, grades aren’t just for the classroom. What is it, and how can it affect your borrowing and purchasing prospects?
When it comes to your money, I’m always saying to do your homework. So put your money where your mouth is — and you’ll be rocking that financial A+ in no time.