The goal of the $uccessful Start program is to ensure that Boston College's students are financially literate for their lifetime by offering a series of workshops and seminars, led by Boston College employees and expert guest speakers, related to all aspects of personal financial management.
From the Director's Desk
Welcome to the $uccessful Start Newsletter and Happy Holidays. I know that the holidays can be a very stressful time of year for many of us for many different reasons, financial being one of the top reasons. Let me start by saying, take the pressure off yourself! Remember what is important about the holiday, to you and to your family. A gift given out of thoughtfulness is something wonderful to receive (and it does not have to be expensive). Try doing something, creating something, or being with or available to someone(s) this holiday that will bring a special smile to his or her face. This will help you be less stressed and have more fun during the holiday. It will also help you to stay on track with your budget and financial goal.
$uccessful Start Director
December 2012 Upcoming Workshops
- Thursday, December 6, 3:15-4:15, Gasson 204
Student Loan Repayment
Learn all of the different options for paying back your student loans!
Presented by Kathy Rosa, Associate Director, Student Receivables, Student Services.
To RSVP for this workshop, visit https://orgsync.com/52349/events.
$uccessful Start's Annual Clothing Drive
The staff of $uccessful Start and the Office of Student Services would like to thank everyone who donated to help make our clothing drive a success this year! We gave out over 325 articles of winter clothing to BC students!
Financial Literacy Focus: Holiday Shopping
- Believe it or not, the holidays are quickly approaching. There are a lot of wonderful things about the holiday season, such as spending time with family, great food, and fun holiday traditions. However, the holidays can also be a major budget killer. According to the National Retail Federation, the average holiday shopper will spend about $750 this holiday season on gifts, greeting cards, and decorations. Even if you don’t plan on spending that much, holidays can be rough on finances because people often don’t plan for them. Without a plan, holiday spending can be costly. According to CNN, the average American family takes six months to pay off holiday spending debt. To avoid going into debt this holiday season, check out these useful articles:
- Bankrate: 18 Ways to Save Money During the Holidays
- Deal News: How to Avoid Overspending During the Holidays
- Santa Savings: Make a Holiday Budget
Having trouble planning for the holidays or creating a budget? To sign up to talk to a Peer Money Mentor, visit www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/stserv/financial/financial_literacy/succstart/peer_money_mentors.html.
Peer Money Mentor’s Corner
This month, our Peer Money Mentor focus is on creating long-term financial goals.
This month’s Financial Facts focus is on one of the most common spending leaks for students: food purchases!
Money Saving Smart App of the Month
This month’s money saving smart app comes from www.mint.com. Mint makes meeting your savings and budgeting goals easy with its comprehensive tracking system. Check out Mint’s website for more information.
Download the Mint app!