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One of my main goals here at College Info Geek is to help students understand their student loans and pay them off as quickly as possible.

Stephanie Halligan has both of these skills on lock.

As the founder of The Empowered Dollar, Stephanie is one of the most entertaining personal finance writers on the internet, and probably the only one that draws comics about money.

In addition to being a excellent artist, she’s also fantastic at communicating her professional value – an essential skill for anyone who wants to increase their income.

Shortly after graduating, Stephanie used smart salary negotiation practices to land raises at her job totaling $13,000/yr – which was one of the key reasons she was able to pay off $34,579 of student loan debt in under 4 years.

In this episode, you’ll learn about the strategies Stephanie used to negotiate a higher salary, and how you can do the same – even in your first post-grad job.

She also talks with me about other things she did to pay down her debt quickly, and how she started The Empowered Dollar. Enjoy!

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • How Stephanie paid off almost $35k in student loans
  • Connect with Stephanie on Twitter
  • My journey to paying off my own student loans

Wondering where the Resources of the Week segment is? I’ve decided to use the 80/20 principle to enable myself to focus my attention completely on the things that matter, so I’ve trimmed it – but worry not, because you can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.

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