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Financial Planning Tips for Students & Recent Grads

One of our goals here at Manilla is to make the transition from college to the “real world” less stressful by teaching the non-textbook lessons of organization and financial literacy. Here on The Manilla Folder, we have written and developed a free online toolkit [PDF] that covers everything from preparing for college to figuring out how to pay back your student loans.

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How to Decide if it’s Time to Go to Grad School

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Deciding whether or not to go back to school for another degree can be tough because it’s an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. This is especially the case if you already have student loans or a family to support. If you’re wondering if going back to grad school is right for you, ask yourself these questions so you can get the full perspective on your decision.

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Back to School: The Boy Scouts Said It Best… Be Prepared!

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All across the country, summer vacations are ending and schools are opening their doors to a new year. Actually, my kids (and Michele’s) have already begun. And, as each of our family’s respective first days approached, we shifted into high gear making all of our final preparations. Getting everything organized ahead of time to prepare for back-to-school season will carry us far into a successful school year, not to mention saving us those precious extra minutes each and every morning. (Because I absolutely REFUSE to chase the bus again this year!)

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7 Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping

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Back-to-school can be a bittersweet time for students who are excited for the new school year, but sad to see the relaxed days of summer come to an end. Likewise, it’s a proud time seeing your little ones growing up before your eyes, but it can also be stressful because of the endless dollar signs associated with buying new items for the year. Here are seven ways to save on back-to-school shopping so you can focus on more important things, like enjoying the last days of summer.

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5 Tips to Help Kids STAY Organized All School Year

Heading back to school after summer vacation is an exciting time for kids and sometimes it’s tough for them (and you!) to get back into the swing of things. In last week’s post I shared ways to make your back-to-school transition easier, but what about the rest of the year? Here are five easy things you can do to help your child STAY organized well past fall re-entry and all year long.

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Outside-of-the-Box Ways to Save Big on Back-to-School Shopping

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If you’re like me, you look forward to back-to-school shopping season all year long. But in the midst of all the excitement, it can be easy to forget that the backpacks, lunch boxes, pencil sharpeners, and notebooks all add up. With these simple back-to-school shopping tips, you can avoid splurging, tic all the boxes on your shopping list, and still have fun doing it!

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