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10 Tips for Repaying Student Loans

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Author's Note: 10 Tips for Repaying Student Loans

Student loans aren't the only debt that if ignored can wreck your life and credit. Defaulting on credit card debt, mortgages or car loans will also have ramifications that might follow you around forever. If I could go back and tell my 25-year-old self one thing about money, it would be to start saving now. Saving money is hard -- if it wasn't, there wouldn't be so many how-to books and articles written about it -- and I've not been as good about it as I should have been. Save money every month, I'd tell myself, even if it's only a little bit. Save for the long-term and short-term. It will offer peace of mind in middle age and can keep you from worrying about defaulting or running behind on credit cards, rent or mortgage, car loans or student loans.

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