Category: Buy stuff – Pay off student loans!

Mar 03

Trump Is Paying Off This Woman’s Student Debt By Being A Complete Tool

Dr. Althea Rizzo creates snarky political and science-y t-shirts and Trump is helping her sell them by really pissing people off. Her designs capture the zeitgeist of the #Resist and #NotMyPresident movements. She is grateful because her doctoral degree left her with nearly $100,000 in student debt. Every time someone buys one of her shirts, she has a little bit less student debt.


Nevertheless, she persisted women's t-shirt

Nevertheless, she persisted women’s t-shirt

“I started selling t-shirts to help pay off my student loans faster. Over the last couple of years, I’ve paid off two student loans. Since the election of Trump as President, my political and feminist designs are selling like gang busters, or in Trump-speak, bad hombres.”


Trump Putin Kiss Bromance Men's Sweatshirt

Trump Putin Kiss Bromance Men’s Sweatshirt

Using the online print on demand service, Cafepress, Dr. Rizzo puts her graphic design skills to good use in creating t-shirts and hoodies with an artful if sarcastic sense of humor. No science pun is too groan worthy to be put on one of her designs. Until the middle of November, the best selling designs were the Student Tears and the Engineering shirt. Now it is almost exclusively feminist or political resistance designs that are selling.



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Jul 11

Paid off a student loan!

Thank you to everyone who helped me pay down one of my students loans by buying a t-shirt or coffee cup! I paid off the Wells Fargo student loan this weekend and only have about $98,000 left to go! Help me celebrate by sharing this post! Yee-haw!

Boom! Paid off the Well Fargo student loan. Help me celebrate by sharing this post!

Boom! Paid off the Well Fargo student loan. Help me celebrate by sharing this post!

I started selling these t-shirts and coffee cups with funny and snarky designs at Cafepress and Zazzle several years ago. While I don’t make a lot of money doing it, it does help me to pay down my student debt faster and this weekend I had the great joy of zeroing out the Wells Fargo student loan.

Curious about my t-shirts? Here are a couple examples. You can follow the links in this post to see more funny snarky t-shirts and coffee cups. And if you buy from one of my shops, it helps me get out of debt faster without government hand-outs or crowd funded begging. And YOU get a cool thing! Check out the world map of where people are wearing my snarky designs.


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Student Loan Memories Tshirt
Student Loan Memories Tshirt by MalarkeyPie
Find more College T-Shirts at Zazzle


Jul 11

Need to brush up your science-y Back to School stuff?

Are you looking for lunch boxes, coffee cups or sweatshirts with funny science designs? Then you have come to the right spot! These make great gifts for the student heading back to class this fall. Give them something to smile about, other than the opportunity to learn cool things!

Science-themed lunch boxes



Science-themed tote bags




Science-themed coffee cups




Every time you purchase a t-shirt or coffee cup from Malarkey Pie on either Cafepress or Zazzle, it helps me to pay down my student loans faster. Check out my designs and don’t be shy about pinning, posting, liking, rubbing or licking any of them. Don’t worry, they can take it! And send your wee free student back to school with serious swag!



Jun 27

Where in the world is Malarkey Pie?

… Or Further Adventures in “Who’s wearing my t-shirts today?

There is something extremely satisfying in creating a thing and having people like the thing you have created. This is especially true for something as intimate as clothing. I mean, every morning, you wake up and decide who you want to be that day and then you don the costume that tells the world about your decision.

Where in the world are people wearing Malarkey Pie?

Where in the world are people wearing Malarkey Pie?

When I started making the t-shirts to sell on Cafepress and Zazzle around seven years ago, it was just a way to express a creative side that had been set away during graduate school. It later developed into a way to help pay down my student loans faster. And that part is working! I’ve paid off one private loan and will soon stick a fork in a second. Only $100,000 left to go between my federal loans, private loans, and Parent Plus loans, because student debt is now multi-generational.

Recently, I became curious as to where my designs were being worn splashed across the chest. I mapped the locations and found that not surprisingly, most of my sales where in North America. But I am tickled to no end to see just how far afield my snark extends. [insert evil laugh here] Seriously, someone in Ireland is probably drinking Guinness right NOW wearing something I designed!


They are wearing Malarkey Pie in IRELAND!


So I began to dig a little and found sales to Australia (It figures that THEY get my sense of humor!), all over Europe, China, Tunisia (Really?), and the United Arab Emirates. Check out the Google map and see where fine and intelligent people have purchased my snarky designs for yourself.

Malarkey Pie truly is an international purveyor of fine snark for the discerning taste.

Malarkey Pie - International purveyor of fine SNARK for the discerning taste


What to get some Malarkey Pie for yourself? Check out my shops!