Category: SMMO Blog

Arjana’s Take on iGrad, the Financial Wellness Program for Students

I spent a small part of my Friday afternoon exploring iGrad. iGrad is a website that helps college students and graduates receive a custom financial literacy program. The website serves over 1.2 million students across 500 schools and organizations around the country. When I first opened up the web page, it was super easy to

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Coping with COVID-19: Navigating Through a Pandemic with Peyton

Former Peer Money Mentor, Peyton, talks about her experience during this pandemic. She also mentions how the Peer Money Mentor Program (PMMP) has prepared her for emergencies: “I have really bad asthma and so I had to take off of work for the last couple months and I don’t know when I can go back.

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Coping with COVID-19: Navigating Through a Pandemic with Alicia

I’m excited to post another former Peer Money Mentor’s insight as they navigate through this pandemic. Here is Alicia sharing her experience:  “Now when this all began, I was so sad and worried about everything. I was grieving a lot and I still am but I think I’m managing it better. I like to journal.

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Coping with COVID-19: Navigating Through a Pandemic with Laura

Many people are being affected around the world by COVID-19 and it is a stressful and unsettling time for everyone. We have all had to reschedule and rearrange our lives because of this pandemic. Among those that are being affected, we have college students that are juggling school, work, and other factors while trying to

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Time To Ditch That Super Expensive Cell Phone Plan!

What’s up SMMO Money Tribe! Going through this current pandemic should have us all looking for ways to cut down on expenses. Cell phone plans should be one of the first places to start. I could never wrap my head around the normalization of paying exorbitant prices for something we mainly use to text, tweet,

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Credit: For College Students, It’s a Hot Topic

Did you know that your credit score and your credit report are two different things? According to Investopedia, your credit score is a statistical number that evaluates a consumer’s creditworthiness and is based on credit history. A credit report is a detailed breakdown of an individual’s credit history prepared by a credit bureau.  You may

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Finally, the Blog on Investing

Our last Peer Money Mentor meeting was a bus load of valuable information. We had a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) come in and talk with us about investing. We’re going to give you a little bit of insight into our two and half hour lecture on investing. We’re going to touch on what investing is,

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Finally, the Blog on Investing

Our last Peer Money Mentor meeting was a bus load of valuable information. We had a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) come in and talk with us about investing. We’re going to give you a little bit of insight into our two and half hour lecture on investing. We’re going to touch on what investing is,

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Where’s The Cash At?

Come one, come all, and let’s whip out our excel spreadsheets, calculators, bank statements, pen, and paper. We’re talking about budgeting. What are the two main components to budgeting? Income and Expenses Expenses are, as you guys might have known already, the money you spend. These expenses can be categorized into 3 types of expenses; fixed,

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My Path to Finishing College Debt Free

If I am being truly honest, my path to a degree has not been without any debt.  Early in my college career I was taking classes that I did not need. I changed my major many times before deciding I wanted to be a Bilingual Education teacher.  Unfortunately during the course of my educational journey,

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