Yes, It Really Does Cost (a Lot) More to Eat Healthy

I am constantly seeing chefs and health/nutrition experts on TV claiming it’s a myth that it costs a lot to eat a healthy diet. They go through all of these examples to disprove this “fallacy,” which usually involve some really unbelievably low prices for the healthy options. Well, sorry—I’m just not buying it.

Granted, maybe they live/shop in an area with more grocery shopping options, or in a region where the warmer climate makes fresh produce easier to get (and therefore more affordable). But that’s not the case in my area.

The food shopping options within a 25-mile radius of my home consist of a Walmart and two mid-sized grocery stores that are part of a regional chain. Despite the fact that I’m a pretty savvy shopper, I’ve been unable to buy nutritious grocery items without spending a fortune. (more…)

Colleges misleading students about financial aid requirements

As if paying for college isn’t already hard enough, it now looks like some schools are deliberately making it tougher for students to learn about and apply for aid that might be a big help to them. The Washington Post reported that a federal lawmaker is harshly criticizing some colleges. A prominent House Democrat charged more »

For 1 In 10 Americans, Full Time Job Isn’t Enough to Escape Poverty

Many people assume that having a steady, full-time job is enough to at least keep someone living in a decent manner, but as this special report notes, that’s not necessarily true. The shocking reality is that at least 10% of people with a full-time job are still living in poverty. A good job may be more »

Four sneaky college financial aid tactics that can backfire

It’s financial aid application time, and students (and parents) are eager to get as much help as they kind. To that end, they may even be tempted to skirt the rules a bit. But as this story notes, that can really come back to haunt you. There are legitimate ways to get better offers, but more »

Get Started on the FAFSA Now!

It’s a very good idea to start working on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as early as possible. The application for the 2013-14 school year is available now. If you want to get it over with and check one thing off your financial aid to-do list, you can submit your application here. more »

Unpaid Bills and Utility Shut-Offs Become More Common

In what may be very unsurprising news, more and more people are struggling to try and pay their utility bills. This is especially true this winter, when record-breaking low temperatures and harsh weather conditions have caused many people’s utility bills to skyrocket. Unfortunately, it seems that utility companies don’t have much patience when it comes more »

The Mystery of How Colleges Award Financial Aid

It’s one of the most important factors that determine where a hopeful college student will attend school – or if they will be able to attend at all. And yet they are given precious little information about how it works. It, of course, is the financial aid award. Schools seem to come up with this more »

5 Places to Hunt for Free College Financial Aid Help

Spotted this quick and easy list of five places to find financial aid help today, and wanted to share… From Yahoo News: If you find the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, intimidating, you’re not alone. Families must fill out the FAFSA every year with their financial information, which is used more »

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