Many times, the best investment you can make is one in yourself. I am not talking about a new pair of shoes, but putting money towards taking classes to learn a new skill or tools to help you get there. To me, it seems, whenever I take time to take a class, I never can afford everything I need because I am not working in order to make the time.
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If you are planning to go back to school, your goal may be financially obtainable knowing that you can get some of your supplies at a discounted rate.