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Miami students flunk conmanship

Jay MacDonald

An enterprising group of 18 current and former Miami Dade College students have been indicted for laundering $500,000 in other people’s stolen income tax refunds through their Higher One student financial aid accounts, in exchange for a cut of the action.
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A student’s eye view of credit cards in China and the U.S.

I was one of the first college students to get a credit card when I was a freshman at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

But now that I’m studying in the United States, credit cards don’t seem like a must-have.

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Emily’s list: My 27th birthday edition

Emily Crone

I turned 27 on Saturday, and something about it felt really different from all of my other birthdays. I know, I know — 27 isn’t old at all in the grand scheme of things. And for the most part, I truly do have my act together. It just feels like a big leap from 26. I do feel very proud of where I am financially for my age. I have many other peers who are also on point with me, but I am shocked how many people I see my age or older who seem to lack personal finance know-how. They need to start reading my weekly blog posts!

If you are looking to whip your finances into gear, read on for my roundup of my favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week.

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Emily’s list: Valentine’s Day edition

Emily Crone

My poor husband. There was Christmas in late December, my birthday is tomorrow, Valentine’s Day is next week and we have our first wedding anniversary in March. Even worse, he is in law school, so I’m trying to make things easy on him.

I’m proof that being romantic doesn’t have to make you broke. If you need suggestions for an affordable Valentine’s Day, read below for my list of favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week — several of which have many great tips for this.

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Spending for back to school? Check out nail salons, tattoo parlors and kids’ closets

Connie Prater

How much are you spending on back-to-school supplies or clothes for your children this year?

I haven’t set up a budget, but being the frugal mom that I am, I’m hoping it’s as little as possible. My teenage daughter, however, may have different thoughts about this.

With her, cost is often an afterthought. A Capital One survey released this week found teens and parents have vastly different views of how much school supplies cost. Only 41 percent of the teens surveyed said they expect their parents to spend more than $100 shopping for school, but 68 percent of parents expect they will spend more than $100. To me, that says teens often don’t have a clue about how much things cost today.

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