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My Tuition Answer Loans Are Still Being Collected by Navient But Should They Have Been Discharged in Bankruptcy?

Steve RhodeSep 16, 20223 min read
My Tuition Answer Loans Are Still Being Collected by Navient But Should They Have Been Discharged in Bankruptcy?

Question: Dear Steve, I filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010 and my tuition answer loans look like they were included in the list of debtors as “Chela” at the time. Originally taken out through Sallie Mae. I was made…

What You Really Need to Know About Inflation – Shortcast

Steve RhodeSep 15, 20225 min read
What You Really Need to Know About Inflation – Shortcast

The word inflation is used all the time, but what does it really mean, how do we measure it, and what happens when we try to reduce it? Let’s talk about it in today’s shortcast. Listen to the Podcast You…

Debt Free Dudes Podcast – Inflation, Recession, Saving Money, Side Hustle Update

Steve RhodeSep 13, 202237 min read
Debt Free Dudes Podcast – Inflation, Recession, Saving Money, Side Hustle Update

What began as a discussion about inflation, recession possibilities, and deleting debt, turned into a look inside the side hustle project and life. This week, Damon Day and I present another Debt Free Dudes podcast. Enjoy. Listen to the Podcast…

Real Money, Fake Musicians: Inside a Million-Dollar Instagram Verification Scheme

ProPublicaSep 12, 202224 min read
Real Money, Fake Musicians: Inside a Million-Dollar Instagram Verification Scheme

by Craig Silverman and Bianca FortisTo his more than 150,000 followers on Instagram, Dr. Martin Jugenburg is Real Dr. 6ix, a well-coiffed Toronto plastic surgeon posting images and video of his work sculpting the decolletage, tucking the tummies and lifting…

4 Out of 10 Americans Admit Spending Too Much to Feel Successful or Impress Others

Steve RhodeSep 12, 20224 min read
4 Out of 10 Americans Admit Spending Too Much to Feel Successful or Impress Others

LendingTree conducted a study, and out of the 1,600 surveyed, nearly 40 percent admitted overspending to impress others. The primary categories were clothes, shoes, or accessories. But if four out of ten admitted this, you know the number is much…

A Degree From a Tiny College Is Like A Thousand Dollar Car: Ain’t Worth Nothing

Richard FosseySep 9, 20223 min read
A Degree From a Tiny College Is Like A Thousand Dollar Car: Ain’t Worth Nothing

The Bottle Rockets, whose music has been compared to Woodie Guthrie’s, sing a poignant tune about a thousand-dollar car: A thousand dollar car, it ain’t worth nothin’  A thousand-dollar car, it ain’t worth shit Might as well take your thousand dollars…

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