Sallie Mae’s New Online Pay System – Pay Extra on your Principal

I don’t know when Sallie Mae started this, but I didn’t discover it until February. Previously if you made extra payments beyond your monthly amount due and you wanted it applied to specific loans, you had to make all of your payments by check with written instructions telling them how to apply the extra amounts.

2011 Debt Update and 2012 Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! Last year sped by so fast, and although I do not feel like I made much of a dent in my students loans over the year, I did hit a major goal and my networth is slowly increasing. So as I’m reflecting on the past year and making personal resolutions, I

How to Check your Credit Report and Score for Free

With all of the bank research I’ve done the past few weeks, I’ve thought a lot about my credit score and how it effects this whole process. It’s kind of silly how a number defines whether or not you can open an account, interest rates and all sorts of other things related to your financial

Knowledge Panel Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve gotten a lot of traffic lately from people who want to find out more information about the Knowledge Networks Panel, who sends out snail mail invitations to lucky households that are invited to join their panel. Even better, the invitations always include $2 in cash. I’ve been a member of the Knowledge Panel for

Patio Gardening 2011: Week 3 — Signs of Life

Finally we got some signs of life these week from our planted seeds. In fact everything is sprouting except for the peppers and mixed greens. I’ve been super busy so I don’t have time to do up a full post, but you can check out the video with all the details. Also, we’re planting some

Patio Gardening 2011: Week 2 – Scaring Birds Away

This has not been the best week in patio gardening history. This time last year we had seedlings popping up. Sadly this is not the case this year. Instead we just have pots of dirt. Why is this? Who knows. I have a few theories. First, once we planted the seeds last weekend the weather

Patio Gardening 2011: Week 1 – Planting the Seeds

We’re off to a good start this year. The weather was pretty cold and windy today, not exactly making for the best gardening weather, but we wanted to get started so we have seedlings ready to go out when the weather finally gets nice. Our gardening adventure for the year started last week when we

Getting Ready For Another Season of Patio Gardening

After last summer, I was really burnt out on our garden. It wasn’t quite as fruitful as I wanted it to be and kind of ended in a fizzle. After a long winter, I’m excited for things to warm up and to start growing again. This weekend we purchased all of our seeds, and even

Make Money Online: Earn ECBs on the CVS Advisor Panel

This panel is a bit different from the other ones I’ve reviewed so far, but if you shop at CVS, it’s totally worth it to join. The CVS Advisor Panel is run by CVS to get feedback from shoppers about the store, products, and services. In return for your opinions–which shape future programs and services