Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 43
1. 7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Feel Embarrassed To Attend Community College The Frugal Gene
Both my sister and one of my brothers did the community college route. We have a robust “running start” program in our area for starting classes while still in high school, and they both took advantage of that opportunity. After that, they both went to (and graduated from) highly ranked four year schools at the respective ages of 21 and 20. And then both promptly paid off what student loans they had accrued.
Years later, if the topic of college comes up – which rarely does past graduation – they both answer with the name of their alma mater. Community college saved them SO much money, and once they’d made the transfer, it never once mattered again that they didn’t start at a four year school. Granted, my brother actually graduated high school with his AA, but he still only went to the university for two years after that.
I only took one summer class at a community college, but I also graduated in three years at the age of 21 thanks to a ton of AP classes and intentionality in my schooling. The trope that you must go to a “real” school for four years just isn’t true, and it’s simply expensive. There are so many ways to reduce that cost, and community college is one great option.
2.Emily Guy Birken
I have to say, I have never once considered anthropomorphizing my money. After reading this post by Emily, I think I’m going to try this out. It seems a bit odd at first, but it makes a lot of sense. Go check it out and tell me what you think.
It’s so easy to land in a place of both stress and autopilot, our money included. This practice of being more mindful – especially of our emotions – can be a great way to infuse more gratitude in our lives. And I think most of us could use more gratitude. Life isn’t always good or always easy, but a positive mindset tends to help, as does allowing ourselves to feel the negative emotions as well.
3. How To Save Money At The Library Young Modern Money
I ADORE the library. When I was in high school and college, I spent a lot of time in libraries. A lot. I was definitely jealous of the people who got to work in our school library (but I did work at the Writing Center, so I was still around books that way).
Now that we have a young child, one of my favorite stops in a new town is to their library. So many of them have a ton of toys and games as well as books, and they’re a comfortable place to hang out on a hot or cold day. Or when we just need a bit of down time.
And then there are all the other things that libraries provide these days. I actually met one of my best mama friends at a cloth diapering class right before my son was born and her oldest was a newborn. That class was held at a library. I love that Carrie wrote a detailed post about all the things that happen at and around libraries, because they are so much more than just books.