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Anyone who has been fresh out of college with little to no money to their name, or who has tried to pay off student loans on an entry-level salary can relate: Trying to make it in ?the real world? after graduating college is hard.

The co-founders of Smarteys (@Smarteys), Chicago-based Charisse Conanan and Adrissha Wimberly, found themselves in this exact situation. They eventually figured most of it out, and knew that they needed to share their lessons learned and money-saving tips they?ve discovered with a broad audience.

When a user signs up for free at Smarteys, he or she is walked through the first important steps that will help get a budget under control. First, the site helps you estimate your lifestyle so you can find out how to make sure your beer budget doesn?t eat into your student loan payments. Next, get expert financial tips from money experts, and learn from their mistakes. Lastly, read about free money opportunities, which include recommendations and perks for services that will benefit you now and for a long time to come.

Before the high-speed Internet was ubiquitous, tips like those on Smarteys might have been passed down if you were lucky enough to have a mentor or older sibling who had been through the same situation. Now, powered by broadband, the founders of Smarteys are able to share important money-saving tips and life skills with new college graduates who otherwise could end up with even more debt they don?t know how to handle.