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5 things to know: 6-12-12

By Dan Miranda · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Posted: 6 am ET

It's so hard to like nice things and care about the environment at the same time. Yes, the polar bears are dying off, but when weighed against how hard the other PTA members will laugh at you when you roll up to school in a Prius, the death of a species seems downright trivial. But with these high-end eco-friendly cars, your conscience can finally feel as luxurious as your leather seats. This and more, today on Bankrate.com.

1. Save the pandas in style with these environmentally friendly luxury vehicles. You'll feel smug and superior!

2. Hey college students! Did you know an income-based repayment plan can put a cap on your student loans? It's true. This calls for a party, as if you needed a reason.

3. Hey cigarette addicts! People seem to be losing interest in hiking taxes on your next pack. This calls for a smoke out on the porch, as if you needed a reason.

4. Are you sitting down? Good. This may come as a shocker, but it turns out your auto insurance company just might be shortchanging you on your claims.

5. The U.S. Department of Transportation is trying to put an end to distracted driving. Raise both hands if you're reading this off your smartphone while driving (please don't)!

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