A very happy Friday to one and all. I’ve stayed pretty busy working on housing stuff with no real end in sight, but have started to make peace with it — for better or worse.
A late update to this post about an informational interviewee that got a few things wrong: Yesterday, I received a thank you email from her, so that’s one thing she got right.
Besides a word of thanks, she mentioned that she was putting the job search on hold in order to get more certifications (I told her that her qualifications were definitely not what was holding her back) and that to celebrate, she was taking a tropical vacation before the class starts. The subject of this thank you email? “NEWS FROM [HERNAME]!!!!!”
Stuff I learned
TIL that the government (on behalf of American taxpayers) makes somewhere between 4.9 cents and 32.1 cents per dollar lent out in student loans — the wide range stemming from which accounting method the Congressional Budget Office uses to estimate, with the lower end of the range using a more experimental method that aims to better account for market risk.
Source: The Atlantic
The topic, of course, is making the news these days because interest rates on federal Stafford loans for new borrowers will double in three days on July 1, from 3.4% to 6.8%.
You know what else is happening on July 1? Google Reader stops working. Make sure you’ve got your feeds backed up in some new reader. I like Feedly.
Blog posts I read this week
Here’s some weekend reading for those of you who missed these posts the first time around:
- On Money Crashers, Michael Lewis posted “How to balance work and a happy family life,” which discussed the never easy task of reconciling staying happy at home with a career.
- On Broke and Beautiful, Stefanie posted “Avoiding an impulse buy” — a topic very close to my heart.
- On Get Rich Slowly, Robert Brokamp posted Five factors for your asset allocation,” which went through the reasons that not everyone should have the same asset allocation and discussed how you should find yours.
- If you want to learn a little too much about Erin at hashtag-Broke Millennial, don’t miss “A Q&A with #Broke Millenial“
- On Budgets are Sexy J. Money posted “The phone call,” a moving story that reminds us that amid all the money-grubbing, it’s important to go live your life.
And on that note, get out there and enjoy the weekend 🙂