Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EST Nov 8, 2018 November marks a time to talk turkey about how to repay those student loans. Are you looking for a way to keep the monthly payments as low as possible? Or a way to control your total debt? Because honestly, you can't have it both ways. Sort of like expecting to load up two plates on Thanksgiving — and drop 20 pounds by Monday. College grads receive a six-month grace period before they have to start paying down their student loans. Getting a diploma in May means many will begin to repay those loans in November. The real fun starts when you try to figure out what kind of repayment plan you might like to obtain for your federal student loans. You're looking at eight different kinds of repayment plans. While some, budget-friendly plans make sense to help you avoid defaulting on your student loans, experts note that paying as little as you can in some cases could dig … [Read more...] about Student loan repayment plans: What to know before you decide
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Subscription services are the norm nowadays. You can subscribe to Netflix to watch movies, to Spotify to listen to music, and to Blue Apron to try out new foods. So, why not start subscribing to cars? Basically, a car subscription is exactly what it sounds like. You don’t have to buy or lease a car anymore. You just pay a monthly fee instead without worrying about all the pesky insurance and maintenance costs. And you can even swap your car in for a new one when you feel like it—so, y’know, you can take the whole family on a road trip in an SUV, but go back to your small vehicle to get the fuel savings to the work commute. Why Subscribe? Car subscription gives you the kind of flexibility that the traditional avenues of driving don’t offer. You can change cars quickly and more freely than normal because basically all you’re committing to is a certain brand’s service. If you’re cool with driving nothing but Volvos but need the … [Read more...] about This is What You Need to Know About Car Subscriptions
The turbocharged 2018 Mazda6 will likely be one of the best-value sporty sedans you can buy new. On Tuesday, we’ll be spending some time with the 250 horsepower four-door and the people who built it. So what do you want to know? The updated 6 doesn’t look radically different, but its new boosted 2.5-liter engine is supposed to give the car the legs it always deserved. That engine will be the model’s premium option, rated at 250 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque on 93 octane gas. Interestingly, Mazda disclaims that the engine will only make 227 HP on 87 which is “regular” in most states. No word yet on what it will make on California’s 91 octane “premium.” The new 6, or at least the top trim variant, is also supposed to be upmarket inside with fancier wood and leather than we’ve seen in the past. For those who would rather have something simpler, a non-turbo 2.5-liter with 187 HP and 186 lb-ft (and an available manual transmission), will be … [Read more...] about What Do You Want To Know About The Turbocharged 2018 Mazda6?
It’s a culinary school and a fitness complex. On some days, it’s a farmers market.“This is the culmination of everything you’ve been waiting for,” pitches Cerner Corp.’s website dedicated to the upcoming crop of college graduates.In its nonstop hunt for young talent, what Kansas City’s medical-data giant does not pitch very hard is that it’s a corporation.Employers everywhere know that millions of millennials favor independence and choice. On laptops they can launch start-ups from a couch. Famous for protesting the ways of Wall Street, many are drawn to Uber, eBay, freelancing and other parts of a burgeoning gig economy that lets them earn a living without answering to The Man.But their skills are needed.So companies seeking young professionals are crafting benefits to help employees be purposeful, proud and personal.Not minions.Human resource managers say benefit options should integrate job life, home life and social life to address the … [Read more...] about What companies want: millennials. What they’re offering: massages, student loan help
It’s 1981, and a man pulls up to an intersection in his ‘52 pickup. He looks left to check for traffic. All clear. He looks right, but the van next to him is blocking the view. The man driving the van waves him through. The man in the pickup proceeds. Moments later, he is thrown from his truck, his skull cracked on the pavement. Some days later, he wakes from a coma, but his life is changed irreparably. He spends the next 36 years suffering the effects of that crash, and trying to figure out why that one man waved him through. It’s a bad memory for sure, but as we learn on this third episode of Tempest, he has plenty of other great ones that revolve around cars as well. (By the way, if you’re new to this, catch up on episode one here and episode two here.) In this episode of Tempest, we meet a man named Steven Weber, whose life has revolved around his love of cars and of people. You may have heard part of this story before. In the summer of 2017, I wrote an … [Read more...] about What Happens When Your Life’s Best And Worst Memories All Revolve Around Cars?