The Google search that led Bravely Go’s Kara Perez to pay off her student debt

Kara Perez of BravelyGo and The Fairer Cents podcast shares how she tackled more than $25,000 in student debt making between $9 and $12 an hour. Plus her go-to home recipes for making foods you normally buy in the store including bread, pickles and tomato sauce.

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What to do when your parents finances change and you have to become an instant financial grownup with Quilt co-founder Ashley Sumner

Quilt co-founder Ashley Sumner faced a totally unexpected and massive tuition bill mid-way through college after her dad’s business took a hit in the recession. The skills she learned in rising to the challenge led her first to a matchmaking business, and later to create  Quilt- a tech platform that connects female entrepreneurs online and in person.  

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When your expected tax refund turns out to be a huge tax bill with Student Loan Solution author David Carlson

A side hustle can be a great source of extra income for things like paying down debt. But sometimes that whole paying taxes thing can slip through the cracks when the income isn’t coming from a big company with automatic withholding. Before he was the money savvy personal finance expert of today Student Loan Solution author David Carlson learned an expensive lesson about financial planning.

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Getting an education in avoiding scam scholarships and finding the gems with Jocelyn Paonita Pearson

Scholarships are anything but free money. They actually take a lot of work. Jocelyn Paonita Pearson shares the story of how she graduated not just debt free, but also with cash to spare, all by knowing where to focus her efforts, and how to avoid the scholarship scams. 

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How to fund a work sabbatical when opportunity knocks with the Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise star and Laurel Road exec Derek Peth

Reality TV can be a job- but it often doesn’t pay like one. To film The Bachelorette and later Bachelor in Paradise Derek Peth had to take a break from his paying job in commercial banking. That’s where his emergency fund savings became the star of the show. 

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The pricesless value of spending the holidays with those you love with The College Investor’s Robert Farrington (encore)

The College Investor’s Robert Farrington loved his job at Target. He was also well paid. But he loved his family more. So he made the tough decision to leave and focus full-time on the side hustle that was already throwing off even more income. 

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The really good reason The Long Game’s Lindsey Holden shared a bathroom with 40 people for 5 years

Serial entrepreneur Lindsey Holden, who heads the personal finance app app The Long Game, literally played the long game when she spent 5 years living in her family’s veterinary office, to pay off her student loans and build a solid financial foundation. 

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Ron Lieber knows a guy with the secret to financial aid (encore)

The Opposite of Spoiled author Ron Lieber dishes on the underground network he tapped into as a teen to ace the financial aid game- and gives a sneak peak into his next book “What to Pay for College".Plus Ron’s secret to getting hot tickets at below market prices- Including the Cubs.

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Dot com student debt debacles with listener Scott Steenburg

Indiana-based radiologist Scott Steenburg joins the Financial Grownup podcast as our first listener to share a money story. Scott shares the story of how a push to have students take out more money than needed to pay for tuition, created devastating debt situations for classmates.

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