eCollegeFinder Financial Mentor Award

Top 50 Financial Mentor Award - Online Colleges eCollegeFinder is an online resource that helps students advance in a current job or launch a new career by offering online finance degrees from the top online schoolsthat match their unique educational needs. We would like to recognize the top financial resources on the Internet that allow students to maintain their financial health while in school. The following websites have shown their commitment to helping people successfully manage their economic position.

This award is not only intended to commend the Financial Mentors' efforts, but to provide students and graduates valuable resources to build a sound financial future. Be sure to check out the important financial tips each website has to offer for students. This financial insight and wisdom will ensure students a sunny money outlook for years to come.

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Beating Broke

A personal finance website dedicated to helping people realize that debt is a hindrance to their dreams.  We advocate for living a debt free, frugal (not cheap) lifestyle that is rewarding and meaningful.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? As a student, you have the ultimate scenario. You live (most likely) rent and utilities free. You likely don't have to buy your food either. It's the perfect time to save your money and begin building wealth. At the very least, avoid debt.

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Buy Like Buffett

This blog will discuss any and all matters dealing with being financially responsible and building wealth. Some of the topics will include investment ideas, reducing debt, saving money, building credit, retirement planning, money management, college planning, etc. This site will also discuss daily financial news, specific books, software and online resources that might be useful in building your financial future.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Students have an excellent opportunity to get their financial future off to a sound start. They should avoid credit cards while in college at all costs and start investing for their financial future.

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Dividend Monk

A concise and minimalist approach to building wealth and passive income. The focus is mostly on long-term dividend investing, and a variety of detailed stock analysis reports and general investing articles are posted regularly.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? The most important element to investing and building wealth is time, and young people are rich in that resource. Start saving and investing now, and put part of each and every one of your paychecks away into savings and investments. If money is put away now, it can grow tenfold or more in a few decades if you manage a reasonable rate of return, so whenever you consider making a purchase, ask yourself if your future self would be willing to pay 10 times the cost for whatever it is you're considering buying. That will allow you to judge the worth of something in a broader context.

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FinancialMentor.Com

Offering free articles and calculators, coaching and educational resources for students wanting to learn more about investment strategy and wealth building. This is not just another "frugality blog" but instead covers advanced personal finance and investing for students who want the next step beyond the basics.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Your biggest asset is time because you are young. Have time work for you by making lifestyle lag income and saving the difference. Your time advantage is wasted by succumbing to the allure of instant gratification and the resulting debt. Compound the savings that results by building your financial intelligence and investment skills while still young. It is better to make your investment mistakes and learn your lessons now with the smaller dollar amounts. The knowledge gained will pay a lifetime of dividends.

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Free Money Finance

Website designed to help people grow their net worths.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Free Money Finance's advice for graduates

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MaximizingMoney.com

MaximizingMoney.com provides a wide variety of financial opportunities from banking bonuses and credit card deals to investment offers and shopping discounts with everything you need to save more money and make extra cash in your everyday financial transactions.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Never let your emotions get the best of you when dealing with money, and never let your wants outweigh your needs. Money is a tool that can help you achieve your goals if used wisely.

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Money Reasons

On my site, I discuss ways to optimize personal finance. I discuss the many different financial choices I've made or seen. I'm totally debt free and pursuing the path to financial independence and try to blog about this so other can also achieve this goal.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Control your debt and look for frugal ways to still enjoy the college experience. College was a great and exciting time, "Seize the Day" as much as possible! Start your savings base now, instead of in your late 20s (like I did)...

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Plantingdollars.com

Planting Dollars is a website that discusses personal finance, real estate, and personal development from the perspective of a recent college graduate. The site aims to inspire and help people find out why they'd like to become financially successful then build on how they can accomplish it through meaningful action and education. The site is open to discussion and tracks the journey of blogger as well.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Don't think of money as dollars and cents, but as a tool to live your life in whatever way you'd like. Develop a sense of why in your life by creating goals and a meaningful purpose and money will become the how in which you'll accomplish many of those goals allowing you to lead a much more fulfilling life.

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The Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck blog at TotalCandor.com

Michael's blog is the continuation of the conversation you and he began in his book Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck (recently named one of five top books for your career by CareerBuilder.com). His  site serves as a key resource for those who want to improve their current financial situation. Either by getting you to pay attention while you are still quite young, or to get you to start just a few years earlier than you otherwise might, you can benefit tremendously by receiving the basic financial planning education our schools have  likely failed to provide you.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Start young. While you might not have a lot of money (or any) when you're a student, you have one huge advantage over your older peers: time. But, unlike most other assets, if you don't  use it you lose it. Take a few minutes to really understand the miracle of compounding interest. If you do, you'll be so motivated to take action at an early age that you can change the entire course of your financial future - no matter your income.

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Value Investing

My website is dedicated to value investing and famous value investors. Value investing was started by Benjamin Graham, and made famous by his wealthiest student, Warren Buffett. Value Investing in one sentence is buying a stock worth $1 for $0.50.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? The best advice I can possibly give is start saving NOW. Saving and investing $100 a month when you are in college, can add up to millions of dollars by the time you retire. Everyone has $100 they could scrape together and put away to save. Take that $100 call up a firm like Vanguard, T. Rowe Price, or Fidelity and open up an account TODAY.

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CollegeScholarships.org

We created this site to serve people who are interested in college funding. We give you a list of available funding sources, and let you quickly move on to the application process.

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Debt Kid

Debt Sucks. Lets get out of it together! A few in debt writers share their journeys out of debt.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Scrimp. Save. Don't use the credit card unless you absolutely must! Trust me, you don't need that CD...unless it's a certificate of deposit of course!

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DeliverAwayDebt

DeliverAwayDebt is a site dedicated to help you destroy your debt. Saving and budgeting can get you out of debt, but increasing your income is the quickest way to debt freedom. DeliverAwayDebt provides a look at how a second job can help you attain debt freedom FAST.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? You don't need to have the best of everything once you graduate. Save up for furniture and electronic devices, nothing will get you into debt faster than these "necessities". 

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Enemy of Debt

I founded EOD in April of 2008 in an effort to motivate and inspire financial discipline by focusing on behavior and truth. By teaching personal responsibility, debt free principles, and the importance of planning people can learn how to take control of their finances one step at a time.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? For college students, my best piece of advice would definitely be to steer clear of carrying credit card debt. IF you cannot pay it off by the end of the month, it SHOULD NOT go on a credit card! Students should also use any means necessary to receive grants and scholarships to avoid massive student loan debt. The less overwhelmed you are upon graduation, the better chance you will have of reaching your goals in life---financially as well as professionally.

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FinancialAidFinder

FinancialAidFinder provides in-depth information about all college funding avenues so that students and parents can maximize their opportunities. The bases are covered by FinancialAidFinder, which covers everything from private and public sector scholarships, grants, and fellowships to 529 College Savings Plans and the Montgomery GI Bill.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Start assessing your college financial aid needs early, meet application deadlines, and leave no stone unturned when looking for ways to pay for college. Utilize financial aid professionals at your college or high school as well as reputable resources on the Internet.

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MyFinancialObjectives

MyFinancialObjectives is a blog where I discuss not only my current financial objectives including student loans, credit, savings, investments, and financial news, but also a place for me to provide an example for others like myself who are in debt. I provide easy to read chart, graphs, diagrams, you name it, I have an excel Chart of it. MyFinancialObjectives is an excellent resource for students, recent graduates, and working professionals to engage, learn, and comment on my financial objectives, decisions, and thoughts as they pertain to not only myself, but millions of others in my situation.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Pay attention in stats class when the Compounding Interest topic comes up. This class changed my life and set me on the path of financial responsibility. You can harness the power of compounding interest resulting in huge gains and the path to financial freedom. Or, you can become a victim of interest rates, resulting in a potential to pay well over the initial cost. Choose wisely!

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Punch Debt In The Face

Punch Debt In The Face is a lighthearted take on the realities of personal finance. From budgeting to career hunting, we hit on all the key components needed to ensure financial success... Oh, and we make you laugh too :)

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Don't be a dumbhead and go rack up a ton of credit card debt in college. It's seriously the STUPIDEST thing you could do. In fact, don't accumulate any CC debt. None.

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Student Loan Blog

Statistics show that college tuition increases by 8% per year. Student Loan Blog is dedicated to helping students pay for their college by guiding them to the best student loans, ways to pay off student loans and in short, by creating a comprehensive guide that helps them manages their college finances-in and out of college!

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Financial success can be yours if you follow three simple steps.

1. Get a Degree - Higher education is the best investment a student can make to their future.

2. Create a daily budget with a financial goal in mind.

3. Have the guts and patience to stick to your goal!

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$5 Dinners.com

$5 Dinners is the #1 resource for inexpensive, yet healthy dinners, coupons, money saving strategies and more! Pull up a chair...we've got a place at the table for you.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? You don't have to eat just Ramen noodles while studying and getting your education! Hope you'll stop by and find a $5 dinner that will tempt your tummy and your tastebuds!

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BargainBabe.com

BargainBabe.com helps you save money on everyday expenses like groceries, gasoline, and gifts.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Never charge more on a credit card than you can pay off each month.

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FreeSnatcher.com

FreeSnatcher.com offers it's readers free samples, coupons and other great deals. We put together deal scenarios that help match up sales with coupons to help stretch your dollar.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Start learning the value of a dollar early. The sooner you learn how to be a good shopper the more comfortable you will be able to live when you are completely on your own.

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Frugal Zeitgeist

A website dedicated to living a frugal and sustainable within your means, saving money and being responsible for your finances.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Stay away from shiny objects and concentrate on finishing study with as little debt as possible. There is plenty of opportunity for nice things after college!

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Hey, It's Free!

We post daily links to freebies, coupons, and deals along with witty and funny commentary! Why pay money when, hey, it's free?

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Start saving now. Even if it's only $10 or $20 a month, compounding interest will make it skyrocket by the time you retire.

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How I Save Money

This is a personal finance blog created by a twenty something year old female, who had lots of debt and found ways to save money by doing little things. I finally learned how to budget properly and have taken control of my credit cards, leading me to make better spending and saving choices.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Make a budget and stick to it!!!!! Learn to live on less than what you make, use coupons and only use credit cards if you are disciplined enough to NEVER carry a balance. Use ING (or some other online bank) to help manage your finances and use Mint to track your spending.

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littlehouseinthevalley.com

Little House in the Valley is one person's personal journey towards home ownership. Along the way, through research and enlightenment, Little House is becoming financially savvy and sharing pertinent financial advice.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Spend less than you earn, set a budget and make a commitment to stick to it through setting financial goals. Use your credit cards sparingly and only when you know you can pay them off in full within 30 - 60 days. Set up a savings account or retirement account the moment you are offered a job and begin budgeting at least 10% of your salary towards savings.

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Not Made of Money

A personal finance blog focusing on money saving tips and frugal living.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Stay out of debt. Live on less than you earn. Start saving now!

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Ultimate Money Blog- Save Green and Live Green!

Ultimate Money Blog shares tips on frugal living, how to live green, saving money, paying off debt, and living a simpler life.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Don't get into credit card debt. Credit cards seem like magic at first, but I promise you when you receive the bill, you won't think so. Be smart about credit!

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www.youngandthrifty.ca

Young and Thrifty is a personal finance blog for 20 somethings and the generation Y. I had a steep learning curve when it came to personal finance and want to help you make your learning curve not so steep!

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? The best piece of financial advice I have for students is start off with good habits! Record what you spend, don't spend more than what you have (yes, those student credit cards CAN be dangerous), and try to put away some money automatically (pay yourself first).

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Clever Dude Personal Finance

Clever Dude and his bride started with $113,000 in consumer debt and in just 3 short years, it's gone! The "Dude" writes about his mistakes in finances and marriage in hopes that you, the reader, can learn just a few nuggets of wisdom and maybe prevent the same mistakes.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Don't expect to leave with the same degree you started with. Plans change and locking yourself into a specific school because of its program could easily cost you loads more money if you find you want to pursue a different path. Basically, learn more about yourself before committing to a college or program so you can potentially save yourself money AND time down the road.

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Foreigner's Finances

Personal finance advice for the under 30 crowd from an American teaching English in Japan. Topics covered include improving savings, avoiding debt, learning to invest, and chasing your ambition.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Do your best to avoid any high interest credit card debt. You can't chase the things you love if you're busy paying interest to your credit card company.

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Girl with the Red Balloon

Girl with the Red Balloon is a personal finance blog on paying down debt, rejecting consumerism (as much as a 20-something gal can!) and living a de-cluttered, minimalist life. As someone who has seen firsthand the negative impact that credit cards and debt can have on our lives, I've created this blog to help myself and others find ways to save money by living frugally and saving and spending wisely. On the blog, you'll find topics ranging from school to work advice, tips on de-cluttering your home and life, money in relationships, and living cash only and frugally.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Have a financial plan and a budget. It's so easy to plan for things like our career or grad school or families after college graduation, and we rarely create detailed plans for our finances. Have a budget that helps you save in school (and keep from taking out a ton of student loans) and have a plan for paying back the money you borrowed while in school. Once you see the numbers on paper, it can be a real game changer.

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Make Love, Not Debt

A couple in Chicago blogs about money and the relationships it affects.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Pay yourself first - it may be hard at first but you'll thank yourself later. Be open about money in your relationships - the cost of silence can be much more than you think!

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My Two Dollars

I started My Two Dollars after finding my way back from the brink - overloaded with debt, getting married, and changing careers. I have been reading all the great personal finance blogs for a long time and decided to throw in the knowledge I have learned over the last few years.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Start practicing smart money habits at a young age - stay out of debt! It's never too early to start investing and properly manage your money.

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Own The Dollar

A personal finance blog dedicated to helping people get control of their money, learn investing, reduce debt, and plan for retirement all in plain English.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Start investing for retirement on day one! Time is the biggest ally that students have on their side. The power of compounding interest is incredible, and the penalty of taking even just one or two years off in the beginning can have serious consequences in retirement.

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Studenomics

A personal finance/self-improvement resource written by a young dude in a common sense format. You don't need a Finance Degree to understand Studenomics.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Get into the habit of saving money ASAP. Even if you start saving $20 a week, you'll be better off than your friends that are acquiring debt.

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20 Something Finance

20Somethingfinance is created for the purpose of filling a niche in helping young professionals get out of debt, build wealth, and achieve financial freedom.

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Bargaineering - 2010 New Graduates Guide

The philosophy behind Bargaineering and my personal philosophy is that life is about enjoying the things you love doing and spending time with the people you love spending time with. This site offers financial advice of all varieties, including a guide geared specifically toward recent graduates.

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Buck$ome Boomer's Journey to Retirement

Finance from the personal viewpoint of one baby boomer.  Topics include budgeting, money mangement, travel and life along the road to retirement.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Participate in your employer's retirement plan (at least up to the match) as soon as eligible.  Contribute throughout your working life and don't touch the money.  You'll be set for retirement.

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Cash Money Life

Cash Money Life is a personal finance and career journal with daily updates for how to improve your financial situation and career prospects.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Chase opportunity and dreams, not money. If you are good at what you do and you enjoy it, the money will follow.

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ControlYourCash.com

ControlYourCash.com is where preconceived notions about personal finance go to die. It caters to both neophyte and veteran. If you don’t know where to start to get your finances in check, or want to learn how to prosper without undue risk (including the risk of inertia), stick around and stay awhile. This is financial education for people who want results, not coddling.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Eat out of dumpsters before incurring a credit card balance. Also, when the car salesman asks how much you're willing to spend, get a number out of him first.

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Financial Samurai

Financial Samurai believes in achieving financial independence sooner, rather than later. We slice through money's mysteries and challenge conventional thinking.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? It's important to give yourself the best chance possible for employment by networking and getting good grades. The people who tell you that grades don't matter are just making excuses. Having solid grades is the minimum great employers are looking for. After that, they are looking for character strengths. If you never spend more than you earn, and pay off your credit cards in full each month, you will never be poor.

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Free From Broke

Personal finance for regular folks. Where we educate, interact, and inform people on topics of personal finance.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Take a real interest in your personal finances now! Too many wait until they are in debt to try and understand their finances. Students are at a time of their lives where they can build wealth for later on.

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Learn Save Invest

A financial blog focusing on consistent saving and investing to improve net worth and provide financial stability and freedom.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Spend less than you earn. Start saving and investing as soon as you leave college. Get in the habit now and reap the rewards later.

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Len Penzo dot Com

When it comes to writing about the world of personal finance, Len definitely marches to the beat of his own drummer! In his uniquely irreverent and highly-entertaining style, Len covers a broad array of money topics, with an emphasis on personal responsibility and running your household like a business – just like he has done successfully for the past 20 years.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students?

1) Always spend less than you earn;

2) Remember that time is your ally when you're young, so take advantage of it by ensuring you are putting money away for your retirement as early as possible in order to let the power of compound interest work its magic for you;

3) Never use a credit card unless you intend to pay it off in full at the end of every month; and

4) Darn it, I forgot - but the first three will definitely keep you out of trouble.

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Money Crashers - Personal Finance Blog

The mission of Money Crashers is to develop a community of people who are trying to make financially sound decisions. The website strives to educate individuals in making wise decisions about credit and debt, investing, education, real estate, insurance, spending, and more.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Take control of your money and your future by demonstrating common sense and self-control. Educate yourself and don't fall prey to the financial predators out there. Starting out young can make a huge difference for your future.

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Money Under 30

Money Under 30 helps you make the right money moves, right from the start. My site provides simple, straightforward tips on how to survive school and an entry-level paycheck while avoiding debt and even saving for the future.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? It's simple: Don't spend money you don't yet have. The sooner you learn this one simple lesson, the easier everything in life will be.

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Personal Finance with MoneyNing

Personal Finance Blog by Money Ning, a personal finance blog where we share insights on carefully saving money, investing, frugal living, coupons, promo codes because the little things matter in achieving financial freedom!

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Don't wait. Most people already know what they can do. Just don't sit around and do nothing.

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PT Money: Personal Finance

Real personal finance information from a real guy: PT. PT discusses saving money, making money, and everything in between. He's constantly providing the latest information on the best online savings accounts and best online stock brokers as well.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Try to avoid taking on too much debt in college through student loans and credit cards. Also, try and focus on getting a degree that will pay you back. Everyone says follow your passions, but that doesn't have to replace common sense. Get a steady career and do your passion on the side.

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singleguymoney.com

Personal finance blog written from a single guy's prospective but the information is applicable to everyone.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? Don't get into credit card debt. If you can't afford to pay off the balance in full the following month, don't charge it. Start saving money as soon as you can. If you start early, you will have a nice nest egg when it's time to retire.

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The Digerati Life

The Digerati Life is a site that covers a variety of topics in general personal finance, ranging from money management, budgeting and saving to investing, debt and credit management, employment and real estate. It also contains a lot of information, discussion and valuable resources for students who are seeking to learn about personal finance, not just from a "how to" perspective but also through personal stories of people who share their own experiences with handling their money and investments.

What is the best piece of financial advice you have for students? You should start investing and learning about finance as early as you can. The earlier you start, the sooner you'll build a healthy foundation in money management, plus your money gets a chance to grow for a longer period of time when you invest early. Also, always live within your means, which is a fancier way of saying "watch your spending!"

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