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Emily’s list: The top 10 this week, ‘Saved by the Bell’ edition

Emily Crone

Mario LopezToday marks Mario Lopez’s 35th birthday. While the actor has played roles on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Pacific Blue,” he will always be remembered best as the hunky jock A.C. Slater on “Saved by the Bell.” In honor of Mario’s birthday, this Friday’s roundup celebrates that show, which is a favorite among those of us who grew up in the 1990s.
1. Jenna at Ask Mr. Credit Card explains how you can begin to repair your credit after bankruptcy. The makers of the “Saved by the Bell” spin-off “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” could have used this information; due to very low ratings, the show was canceled after one short season and everyone was jobless.

2. Trent at The Simple Dollar writes a refreshing post about accepting that there are certain things we can’t change, even in harsh financial times. However, there are some important things we can change, he says. Things in “Saved by the Bell” really changed once the characters went to college; Screech’s voice got a lot lower and Zack’s hair wasn’t quite as bleach-blonde. And sadly, there was no more Mr. Belding.

3. The Wall Street Journal’s Wallet blog explains what the new rate cut means for you and your finances. It can make getting a student loan easier. This would have been useful for Zack Morris, who planned to go to expensive Yale University but instead went to the slightly more economical Cal U.

4. The Consumerist lists 12 signs that you may be addicted to debt. Jessie Spano knows about addiction. An academic overachiever, she struggled with a bad caffeine pill habit. Who could forget that scene of her singing, “I’m so excited! I just can’t hide it!” and breaking into tears with the bottle of pills scattered on her bed? Fortunately, she got help and still graduated second in her class…though she’ll never forgive Screech for getting valedictorian.

5. Dumb Little Man gives tips on how you can break the online shopping addiction. Lisa Turtle, “Saved by the Bell’s” resident shopaholic, could have used this article…though fortunately, one-click shopping was not around in the late ’80s/early ’90s — she would have been in a world of hurt.

6. Nine Circles of Debt provides advice on how to keep your credit options open during this economic crunch. Kelly kept her options open by bouncing back and forth between Zack Morris and A.C. Slater, until Zack won her heart and Slater started dating Jessie.

7. Get Out of Debt asked several personal finance bloggers: “Would you like more credit card rights if it means credit cards are more expensive?” Their answers in this post make a very interesting read. Slater would enjoy it too, if he read.

8. Zen Personal Finance ponders a brain teaser: Do credit card minimum payments actually cause people to pay less each month? Screech could certainly figure this one out.  Our own Julie Sherrier also wrote a blog on the same topic this week.

9. Generation X Finance writes that children are becoming major identity theft targets. Not even Zack Morris would cook up such an awful scheme.

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