About: Mary Johnson

Recent Posts by Mary Johnson

Senate Bill Would Include Some Student Loans in Bankruptcy

Say the worst has happened. Your bills are out of control, you owe more than you can ever repay, you need a new start—you decide bankruptcy is the only answer. But declaring bankruptcy won’t get you out of your student loan obligations. Under current law, filing for bankruptcy may allow you to discharge your mortgage… Continue Reading

President Obama Has Ambitious Plans for Your Student Loans

Via LearnVest By Shana Lebowitz – If you feel like gripes about your unmanageable student loans have fallen largely on deaf ears, at least you know the White House is listening: On Tuesday, Obama signed a memorandum that would give borrowers greater consumer protections. The Student Aid Bill of Rights proposes a series of changes, including… Continue Reading

How to Calculate Your ‘Cost Per Happy’

Via LearnVest By Shana Lebowitz -  Matt Shapiro, a CFP® at LearnVest Planning Services, shares a strategy for getting frivolous (and unfulfilling) impulse buys under control. “In a perfect world, you’d never feel buyer’s remorse—not even about that infomercial spaghetti maker you purchased at 2 A.M. But the world we live in is far from… Continue Reading

6 Hacks to Help Stop Financial Procrastination in Its Tracks

Via LearnVest By Amanda Kelly -  With the start of every new year comes all of those resolutions that you’re absolutely, positively, definitely going to tackle. You’ll be better at balancing your checkbook. You’ll finally kick your retirement savings into high gear. And you’re not going to let that financial paperwork pile up again. Yet… Continue Reading

Income-Based Repayment: What it Means For Your Student Loan

If you’ve used federal student loans to finance your education, you’ll be expected to start paying them back six months after you graduate. But if have very high student debt relative to your income, and if you meet certain criteria, you may be able pay your loan back using an income-driven loan repayment plan. There… Continue Reading

Recent Comments by Mary Johnson