Category: SMMO Blog

Thinking on Getting a Pet? Things to Consider.

One of the things that happens a lot whenever you move to an apartment/house by yourself, is that you think “this is finally my time to get a dog/cat/other kind of pet!!11.” Which is exciting, as it is something I also would like to do in the future. Pets can be great companions, and we

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I’ve Got My Financial Aid Refund: Now What?

Picture this: You just got your financial aid disbursement for the semester. Yay! You’re rich! This is probably how I felt every time this happened: BUT Before you go running buying all of the back-to-school Target catalog, you need to follow these steps: Set aside money for housing. This is one of the first things

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Where Has SMMO Been? An Update

Hey y’all! You might be wondering, where have we been? What kind of shenanigans has the Student Money Management Office (SMMO) gotten themselves into? We’ve actually been super busy bringing the SMMO message across the state and the country! This past May, SMMO partnered with Trellis Company (formerly TG) to host the 2018 Texas Association

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We are recruiting for the Fall 2018 Peer Money Mentor Program!

Hey y’all! Do you want to learn about personal finance? Do you want to engage your peers in conversations about money? The Student Money Management Office is seeking applicants for the Fall 2018 Peer Money Mentor Program. Submit your application here. We will select up to seven students to develop skills on how to communicate with their peers about

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5 Things to Remember When Budgeting

What do you think when you heard the word “budget”? For a lot of us, it looks like a really sad movie of “being responsible” and “having it together” while not having any fun at all. One of the reasons as to why some folks don’t like the idea of budgeting is because it always

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Employers Can Check Your Credit: Here’s What to Expect.

Did you know that potential employers may check the credit of potential hires? Now, this doesn’t mean they get a full credit report or even your credit score. That is for your eyes only. Instead, they can have access to a modified version of your credit report. This version only outlines the credit you have,

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What to Discuss with your Roommates Before Signing a Lease.

You know that saying “never room with your best friend from high school”? You might be wondering why people say that, and the reality is simple: having a roommate is much more than just being friends. There are a lot of logistical aspects to having roommates–from utilities, to cleaning schedules, to common area rules–and a

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4 Ways To Up Your Money Game During Spring Break

Spring break is just around the corner! Now, I’m going to be real with you. When I was in college, my Spring breaks were spent with my family. It never occurred to me that I could stay–my family lives 5 hours away–but if I were to do it all over again, I would definitely take

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3 Books on Personal Finance to Read Over Spring Break

Vacations are great. It’s very good to disconnect and just relax! And the same time, though, sometimes our mind starts to wander and we tend to lose our focus by the time we come back. I feel this is specially true for spring break! I come back a little confused, a little groggy. This is

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Pantry Staples for Quick (and Affordable!) Meals

We all know the feeling when you’re stuck in Austin traffic and don’t have anything prepared at home for dinner. Usually the first route is to look for the nearest drive thru and satisfy the need for a quick and cheap dinner. But when you are trying to minimize your eating out spending, it’s necessary

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