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Student loans: paying off loans with different interest rates

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(Read caption) In this May 9, 2011 photo, graduates of the School of Theology celebrate during Emory University's commencement ceremony, in Atlanta. For some graduates, the next test is figuring out how to repay student loans.

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1. Guilt for every little purchase
2. Handling partner without money skills
3. Auto insurance challenges
4. Handling elderly relative in decline
5. Preparing for a growing relationship
6. Handling student loan repayment progress
7. Used car decisions
8. Partner with terrible credit
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