Reflections After 3 Years of Helping Borrowers with Student Loans
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In this monumental 50th episode, I’m taking you back in time on my journey of starting this thing called Student Loan Planner.

Here’s the story of why I feel deeply called to helping you and others like you make sense of your finances and what I’ve learned over the past 3 years of working full-time in the world of student loans.

In today’s episode, you'll find out:

  • Why some school are honest and others are downright profit-hungry
  • Why colleges foot the bill for flights, hotels, meals, and more when you agree to a tour
  • The things people put too much focus on when it comes to personal finance
  • The only three areas you need to focus on to make your money work for you
  • The secret I’ve learned to increase your savings rate
  • What happens when you think in terms of value rather than cost
  • What I think about the future of student loans
  • The crucial piece that most people miss when it comes to investing
  • The biggest worry about I have about running Student Loan Planner

Full show notes at: http://studentloanplanner.com/50

Retirement Answer Man
Retirement Answer Man
Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, RMA, CPWA®, AIF®
Retirement Plan Live 2020: Unexpected Retirement - Trish and Lynn’s Retirement Goals
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