Your weekly money scoop: August 26, 2016

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Your weekly money scoop: August 26, 2016


We're serving you our weekly bite-sized roundup of the stories you need to know.

This week, learn how one couple overcame the burden of student debt together, some strange facts about billionaires and how you can score some sweet freebies.

Is debt a drain on your relationship? If so, you're not alone. One writer shares her experience of how $80,000 worth of debt almost tore apart her relationship with her boyfriend -- but how they recovered by tackling the debt together. She also learned that supporting a partner with debt doesn't necessarily mean offering to pay more.

If you're an Aquarius, you might be in luck. MarketWatch took a look at the 2016 Forbes Billionaire List and found that Aquarius is the most popular astrological sign of billionaires on the list. And that most billionaires have more kids than the average family. And that there's a billionaire named God.

Free ice cream? Yes please. Everyone likes a good freebie, especially when there are no strings attached. Check out these eight freebies you can score, including free ice cream from Baskin-Robbins, online courses, Godiva chocolate and Kindle books. Feel free to put away that wallet...

Some older millennials are paying for their vacations with home equity. The Discover Home Equity Loans Survey found that half of 30- to 34-year old homeowners are borrowing against their home in order to fund short-term expenses. The most popular expense? Vacations, followed by emergency funds and home remodels.

Jobs in health care can rake in the big bucks. Surgeon, psychiatrist and general practice physician top this list of the 10 highest-paying jobs in the world (based on median pay). Others include petroleum engineers, data scientists and air traffic controllers. Hope you're not regretting that decision not to go to med school...

And that's the scoop this week -- see you next week for more.

About the Author: Mika Bhatia is a Staff Writer for Credit Karma. She's worked in financial services and tech, and has now found the perfect union of the two at Credit Karma. When she's not busy coming up with credit-related analogies, she's most likely supporting the Warriors, enjoying a fine cup of British tea or doing yoga (goal: completing a headstand without toppling over). Follow her at @MikaBhatia!

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