Paying back student loans can be a completely daunting process. The total amount due is usually so high that it seems like it is impossible to actually make any real progress on. I actually thought I would die with my debt, so I got to the point where I said, "Ah, screw it! I might as well enjoy myself!" Guess how that turned out? Not very well… it took some drastic measures (namely implementing my Spending Fast plan) for me to get real about my student loans and actually get them paid off: something that I previously considered an impossibility. Since I found my way out of my student loans, I've got a couple of tips for you. You really want to payoff the bills ASAP so that you ultimately end up paying less in interest. Getting those student loans paid off is possible! Click through for 7 seemingly impossible ways to beat your debt! -By Anna Newell Jones
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 12:31 PM EST
Paying back student loans can be a completely daunting process. The total amount due is usually so high that it seems like it is impossible to actually make any real progress on. I actually thought I would die with my debt, so I got to the point where I said, "Ah, screw it! I might as well enjoy myself!" Guess how that turned out? Not very well… it took some drastic measures (namely implementing my Spending Fast plan) for me to get real about my student loans and actually get them paid off: something that I previously considered an impossibility. Since I found my way out of my student loans, I've got a couple of tips for you. You really want to payoff the bills ASAP so that you ultimately end up paying less in interest. Getting those student loans paid off is possible! Click through for 7 seemingly impossible ways to beat your debt! -By Anna Newell JonesRead More »from Paying Off Student Loans: 7 Seemingly Impossible Ways to Beat Your Debt
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 12:03 PM EST
Victoria Beckham posted a shot yesterday on Twitter, showing just how much she has packed up to donate to charity - specifically to support the Red Cross Shop Drop in aid of the Philippines.
The 39-year-old fashion designer kindly raided her closet to donate some of her designer threads, all in the name of charity. The items in the boxes include dresses, tops, suits, and shoes from labels including Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, and Roberto Cavalli. Victoria even got hubby David in on the act! From the couple's matching Dickensian outfits worn at the Venice Film Festival in 2006 to David's baseball caps - they are all being boxed up!
And she didn't stop there. VB raided her shoe collection and has donated over 100 beautiful pairs!
The collection is being delivered to the British Red Cross and will go on sale at their shop in Old Church Street, Chelsea, in the heart of London tomorrow. The Red Cross has asked people to drop clothes to any of its 330 stores in the UK - and theyRead More »from Victoria Beckham Donates 20 Boxes of Designer Threads to Help Victims of the Philippines
By: Julia Rubin
GettyCollege application season is wrapping up, which means anxiety's setting in. Your mind is swirling with a million different questions: Is your GPA high enough? What about your test scores? Is your essay up to snuff? How about your...tweets?
The conversation around how social media is affecting admissions has reached a fever pitch this year, but is the hysteria warranted? The short answer: Probably not. "We are not seeking out social media information on applicants," says Kirk Brennan, director of admissions at the University of Southern California. "We're not interested in spying on them. We trust students to submit an honest representation of themselves in the application. But will we consider information we happen to come across? Absolutely."
Alexandra Fields, an admissions counselor at Barnard College, echoes Brennan's sentiments: "We do occasionally stumble upon unintended information that can influence how we feel about an applicant, but it's notRead More »from Do Colleges Really Care What You Tweet?
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 2:21 PM ESTChuck KlostermanThere are certain words that just aren't to be taken lightly in today's society. A website called Sorry Watch posted an open letter to New York Times Ethicist columnist Chuck Klosterman that was written by Kari Wagner-Peck, who frequently blogs about her son who has Downs syndrome.
People with cognitive disabilities - and those who know and love them - are right to take offense to the use of the word "retard," even if it's not directed at them. Using it to describe someone or something that's wrong or ugly or not so bright or less than is an affront to those who struggle with the day-to-day tasks that we do easily and take for granted. Using "retard" is a way to demonstrate your ignorance, not someone else's lack of intelligence.
"Today people with cognitive disabilities and their allies are asking members of society to refrain from using the word 'retarded' (along with all mutations of the word)Read More »from Chuck Klosterman Apologizes Perfectly After Using the R-Word
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 1:01 PM EST
One of the worst things that can happen in a relationship is to have your significant other cheat on you. It is a game changer, a marriage ender, and a complete betrayal. When an affair comes to light, the person who has been cheated on may be raked with self-doubt from "Am I not pretty enough?" to "Am I not good enough?" - and these self-doubts are particularly shocking when they come from celebrities. Celebrities who are known for their gorgeous looks from Halle Berry to Jennifer Aniston to those who are incredibly talented from Emma Thompson to Uma Thurman have experienced this. And really, who would EVER cheat on America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock? These celebrities seem to have it all; fame, fortune, and fabulous lives. But even with all their advantages, they too can fall victim to a broken heart. But you know what? They may have been betrayed and had their personal lives be fodder for tabloids around the world, but they are survivors. They move on, remarry, and find trueRead More »from Hollywood Affairs: 7 Celebrities Who Have Been Cheated on and Survived
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 12:22 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Your new budget has you feeling constrained in a way that hurts. It's a Catch-22, because you can't even run to your favorite consolation prize. If you're used to drowning your sorrows in fancy foods, well, you'll just have to lose some weight instead.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You're drooling over something big today -- a new car, a new house, a vacation. But unless you're blessed with money from the folks, you'll have to just keep staring for the foreseeable future. That kind of delay in gratification is good for your character, Taurus.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Money has everyone moody and unpleasant today. Consider it a real test of character -- after all, it's easy to be pleasant and happy when you're flush. Do your best to rise above it all, if only to set a good example.
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:22 AM ESTBoston MarathonSo I'm not sure if this one popped up on your radar but it got under my skin and I figured I'd share it with you.
You know that little Boston bombing thing that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and maimed countless others and completely jacked with the hearts and minds of America?
Yeah. Bill Maher thinks we should just get over it already.
According to masslive.com
Maher spoke out on his HBO show Real Time. One of his guests happened to be none other than New York politician Anthony Weiner. You may remember that after winning the world Series at Fenway park for the first time since 1918. That's 95 years, folks. And yet that may not even be the lasting memory of the series. During the championship parade the Red Sox players paid homage to the victims of the Boston Marathon by placing the trophy at the finish line.
What a lovely gesture, right? A way to take back the marathon and show theRead More »from “Your City was Not Leveled by Godzilla” – Bill Maher Makes Light of Boston Bombing Tragedy
November is Native American Heritage Month, when the United States officially celebrates the culture and traditions of Native American people. With more than five million people of Native American descent living in the United States, it's no surprise that many famous people (or their ancestors) in the arts and entertainment industries are members of one of the many tribes on record. There are many actors and musicians whose Native American ancestry may be less obvious. Jimi Hendrix, Tori Amos, and Chuck Norris were surprises to me. So was Angelina Jolie, for that matter. It didn't really occur to me to wonder where these people were from, or from whom they were descended, so there ethnicity isn't shocking. I'd just never considered it. But the history and contributions of the people are far too rich to forget. Click through for 7 celebrities you didn't know are Native American! -By Laurie WhiteRead More »from 7 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Native American
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There are a whole bunch of new vocabulary words that have seeped into the American language this year (lookin' at you, twerk), but one that has become incredibly popular, not just as a word but as an action, is "selfie." Selfie, for those of you living under a rock, is "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." This week, selfie has become the Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2013. One place where the selfie has become a mainstay is Hollywood. Some celebrities could be called selfie addicts, including Kim Kardashain, Snooki, and most Real Housewives. But one thing about the selfie that we really appreciate is the casual nature of the image. These self portraits are often stunningly beautiful, capturing not only the natural beauty of the celebrities, but also showing them in a whole new light. Click through for the 7 best celebrity selfies! -By Sunny ChanelRead More »from “Selfie” Named Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year! Plus the 7 Best Celebrity Selfies
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 1:13 PM ESTWhat the Jay-Z/Barneys Scandal Says About Race in AmericaI often contemplate the life lessons that I will pass along to my future children. Things like how precious naps are and that eating gummy bears for breakfast, lunch and dinner will make you feel terrible. Lately I've spent a lot of time thinking about how to explain race and terrible human behavior to my future progeny. Especially in the wake of people using skin color as an accessory and others thinking that judging people based on the color of their skin is still in vogue. How will I teach my children to react? Or, better yet, not to react. How will I teach them to walk away? It seems that every time I start to think that we might be moving forward as a country there comes a line of horrible people to bring me back to reality. Which brings me to this latest event between rapper/mogul/Beyonce's better half Jay-Z and luxury department store Barneys.
The quick version is that Barneys is accused of racially profiling two AfricanRead More »from What the Jay-Z/Barneys Scandal Says About Race in America
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