I’m surprised when I read about how student loans are unforgivable debt. Honestly, if you are willing to go through bankruptcy, discharging large volumes of student loan debt is actually quite easy. Here’s how you do it:
- Acquire as many credit cards as you can
- Pay off as many student loans as you can with your credit cards
- Wait for interest payments to send you into bankruptcy
- Discharge credit card debt aka student loan debt
You see, it’s not as hard as you think and blatantly unethical. This is no financial recommendation. However, this is not the course most college grads take. I know this because if it were a problem, hundreds of bank lobbyists would be flooding congress trying to stop it.
While there are many people unwilling to take responsibility for their financial decisions, the fact that today’s grads are bearing the burden of their massive student loans shows a moral fiber that makes me think there is a lot of hope for the latest generation of adults and their future ability to lead.
Unless of course millennials aren’t getting student loans discharged this way because they haven’t figured out how? I guess now that I put it out into the great internet expanse, we’ll find out.
Top Ten Family Finance Posts of the Week
So much has changed in the last month and a half I’d need to do daily posts for a few weeks to cover it all. It’s created a big problem for me because I really want to share it with the entire PF blogosphere. I simply haven’t figured out a way to tell the details in a short period of time, so for now I’ll give the Cliff’s Notes version:
- I picked up a lot of new staff writing opportunities
- I went on vacation at the end of February
- A very dear mentor of mine passed away
- I completed courses for my MBA
- I made a decision to pursue a CMA instead of a CPA in the short-term
- I’ve nearly finished remodeling my master bedroom
- My son started crawling
- My daughter became a social butterfly and now regularly asks to hang out with her friends
- My department went through a major reorganization and my team completely changed
- The company I work for finished their fiscal year end (I work in finance, so this is my busy time!)
- I was promoted at work
- Our family decided to let my wife take a second year off from work for maternity reasons
- I’m headed to Virginia for Easter with my sister
Listing the events really does not do justice to how major some of these changes have been form my family and our finances. I could probably do a month-long series on most of the bullet points above – perhaps I will.
You’ll notice that some of these changes are great, some were tragic and others have left our family finances in a tenuous situation. It’s been a rollercoaster month and a half, but at least I’m feeling like blogging is back to normal. The good news is that I’ve kept up to date on reading my friend’s blogs!
- There’s still 14 days left to finish your taxes and you definitely want to avoid deductions that don’t fly. Just because you can make an argument of a deduction, doesn’t mean that you can take one.
- It doesn’t matter how much you like to shop, it is certain that there are things that you will hate to spend your money on. American Debt Project has a good list. Personally, I hate haircuts and oil changes.
- If it feels like inflation is much different for you than what you’ve been reading in the media then Don’t Quit Your Day Job has the price index for you. Browse the inflation data and pick the index that fits your own personal spending emotions! Personally, my wallet is sensitive to the Big Max Index.
- Erin is taking a trip down old credit card statements and blasting off a few centuries into the future when the only thing that stands between mankind and assimilation into the borge collective is the fearless officers in starfeet.
- Is there a lot to look forward to in old age? Maria makes the case, but then the youth do have that one coveted treasure: time. Worse still, they seem to know it and are very quick to remind those who are, shall we say, experienced.
- The problem with personal finance blogging is that there is a lot written about investing. It’s understandable since investing is very complicated. However, what many people really need is some information on how to save. Corey has been on a roll over the last two weeks, but saving in your 20’s is probably the best place to start.
- Dr. Dean is putting his fuel economy and marriage on the line. Oh yeah, there’s some reasonable advice on lowering your pain at the pump too (if you are into that sort of thing).
- How could I pass up the opportunity to point out a killer whale submarine? Step Away from the Mall couldn’t; I guess we have something in common.
- If you want to ruin your real estate business, then disorganization is the path for you. If you’d like some other tips for self-destruction head over to Simple Finance, she’s got another 7 of them.
- For Jeremy, the Jeep is gone, now comes all the fun of dealing with insurance companies, liability and finding a new car.
Carnivals that have Featured Smart Family Finance
- Fin. Carn. for Young Adults at 20s Finances
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- Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at Step Away From The Mall
- Totally Money Blog Carnival at Thirty Six Months
- Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
- Totally Money Blog Carnival at Motivating Mum
- Carnival of Money Pros at Thousandaire
- Yakezie Carnival at Money Reasons
- Carnival of Retirement at Finance Product Reviews
- Financial Carnival for Young Adults at 20’s Finances
- Personal Finance Whiz Carnival at Personal Finance Whiz
- Carnival of Financial Planning at The Skilled Investor