This week was an unusual one for me because I skipped my Wednesday night church small group meeting. Kyle has been playing hooky from it for a couple months (thesis hermitage) but I am an incredibly regular attender. This week I just wasn’t feeling up to the game night we had planned. Trying to get a date set for Kyle’s defense has been emotionally exhausting for both of us. The news this week is that he is 1) not able to find a date before this semester’s deadline (April 10) because of his committee members’ schedules and 2) he can’t defend between April 10 and the end of the semester for funding reasons. So now he’s looking at the second half of May but still doesn’t have a date set. He has lightened up on the dissertation-writing now that he has a complete draft, thank goodness. So we are spending more time together, which is very nice.
Is anyone else so relieved that March Madness has arrived?! I need the distraction. As of this writing (Saturday night), our team is still alive in our conference tournament and headed to the finals tomorrow. It’s an exciting year because it’s so difficult to predict how our team will perform – they’ve been very uneven.
Favorite Posts This Week
Ninja from Punch Debt in the Face finally pulled the trigger on investing some of his cash on hand.
Ashley from Saving Money in Your Twenties got a shout-out on a local radio station and started a second blog!
Retire by 40 defends his position that he would prioritize funding his child’s college education over his retirement if necessary.
E 2 agreed with my criticism of Suze Orman regarding student loans: “I think Suze Orman’s advice towards recent graduates tends to be very lowest-common-denominator, assuming we’ll take on lots of debt, not pay it back, and spend our entire paychecks. (I say “we” because I checked it out as a recent graduate and just rolled my eyes – take out credit card debt if you need to and try to save $10 a month, really?) My attitude toward student loans is similar to yours… We’ve decided the returns on our retirement accounts add more to our net worth than low interest loans take away, and put most of our money there instead. Without enough money to have a big emergency fund, max out retirement accounts, AND pay off student loans, you have to make choices, and sometimes the loans are not actually very dangerous at all.”
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