The latest on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s first job, labor unions, and employers helping out with student loans

The latest on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s first job, labor unions, and employers helping out with student loans

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Here are some favorite personal finance reads from around the web this week.


To draw workers, employers offer to help with student loans

The New York Times

Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loans, and some employers have noticed. A few of them are starting to offer attractive benefits aimed at helping their employees pay off student debt while also saving for retirement. Although such benefits are still rare, hopefully they will be more widely available in the future.

Neil deGrasse Tyson bought his first serious telescope at age 14 by walking dogs for 50 cents each


Famous astrophysicist (and avid tweeter) Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about his money values as a kid, and about how he paid for his first telescope by saving up his own money.

Supreme Court ruling delivers a sharp blow to labor unions

The New York Times

The recent Supreme Court ruling regarding labor unions is expected to diminish the effectiveness of public sector unions and disrupt their collective bargaining power.

Planning my summer budget

The Billfold

A candid look at a Billfold writer’s summer budget. So impressed by her careful planning, and love the automatic deductions from her freelance income for taxes, savings, and retirement

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How to get to college for free—or close to it

Worried about student loans? Here are a few ways to get a college education that won’t get you too far into debt.

What is the ‘yield curve’ and why should you care?

Not just for economics wonks. The shifting consumer interest rate landscape has implications for all of us.

Infographic: How to save on vacation travel

My new infographic breaks down how to get the best deals for your trips.

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