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Travel Home for the Holidays on the Cheap

airplaneIt’s hard to believe it’s almost that time, but the holiday season is right around the corner. For many students, that means wrapping up the semester and trying to head home for the holidays.

As a student, the key to getting home and enjoying your holiday time with the family is to get there spending as little money as possible.

Spending on a budget is nothing new for most college students, so below are some great ways to get home without breaking the bank.

  • Take a bus: Taking the Greyhound is notoriously cheap and you don’t have to worry about doing the driving. Of course, if you are traveling a long distance, you’ll need to plan this out. While taking a bus is very inexpensive, it can also be a time consuming process since you aren’t in charge of the schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

NBC’s New Televison Show School Pride Restores America

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UPDATE 10/14/10: Our Interview with Cheryl Hines and Denise Cramsey, the show’s executive producers.

When you think of school pride, most students envision marching bands in sharp uniforms, homecoming court posters, school mascot sports decals on their parents’ cars and lots of school spirit pom poms. But for some schools across America, their Friday night lights are non-existent; turned off because the school can’t afford their electric bill, let alone the tens of thousands of dollars it costs to boast a prominent sports team.

In fact, many schools across the country can’t afford library books, pencils, or lockers to even put into a locker room.

Recognizing this problem, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Executive Producer Denise Cramsey and Curb Your Enthusiasm Executive Producer Cheryl Hines have enlisted NBC and Horizon Alternative Television to create School Pride, a new television series about restoring public schools with the help of community volunteers. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Save Almost $1,000 This Month

penny jar moneyWe all know that the average college student is not exactly rolling in dough. It’s hard to work 40 hours a week when you are taking a full course load, studying, being involved in campus, pursuing an internship, and trying to get enough sleep somewhere in that mix. As a result, we students need to be somewhat frugal with our money or else we might end up eating Ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Trust me, this is not at all pleasant.)

Here are some great tips to help you save almost $1,000  this month:

1. Brew your coffee at home instead of going to Starbucks. If you go to Starbucks every school day to get a burst of energy, you might as well just start handing them a portion of your paycheck each month. Face it: Starbucks is EXPENSIVE! Sure, the coffee is good, but is it really worth $4 or more for one cup o’ joe? I don’t think so. Try brewing your own coffee each morning or hitting up cheaper coffee shops, like McDonald’s. By eliminating Starbucks from your daily schedule, you could save up to $80 a month. Read the rest of this entry »

Price Comparison Reveals Cheapest and Most Expensive Textbooks Sources [INFOGRAPHIC]

After tuition, the heaviest financial burden facing college students is the textbook bill. With some titles costing a couple hundred dollars a piece, a semester’s worth of books can set back some students more than a thousand dollars.

With the campus bookstores being the most convenient locally, and dozens of textbook retailers available online, the choices can be overwhelming with the bill be underwhelming. So where should you look?

Click on this infographic to see the full-sized image and reveal the cheapest and most expensive places to buy books.

College Textbooks Price Comparison

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Brown Bag Lunch Ideas to Save You Money

brown bag lunchMost college students are living on a fixed budget. There are so many expenses that steal your money, little is left over to feed yourself. Buying your meals everyday from the school cafeteria can add up fast, and personally, I don’t like to spend a big chunk of my weekly “allowance” on food at the school cafeteria. However, I usually don’t have enough time to go off campus to get something to eat either. As a result, I brown bag it most days.

While bringing my own lunch is a much cheaper and healthier option than getting French fries and a burger every day, it can get boring. A girl can only eat pb&j so many times before the mere thought makes her mouth feel sticky with peanut butter.

Here are some of my favorite alternatives to the boring sandwich-and-chips brown bag lunch to jazz up your meals without putting a big dent in your pocketbook. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Save Money in the Dorms

Trying to stretch that dollar in the dorms? Living on your own isn’t easy or cheap, but here are some helpful tips that will lessen the strain on your checking account:

dorm-pizzaFood: You can only force down those ramen noodles for so long, and let’s face it, they’re not the most nutritious thing you can eat. Check out the local farmer’s market to find great deals on fruits and veggies. At the grocery store, buy the generic brands and be sure to clip those coupons.

Coffee: Limit your Starbucks runs to once a week. Start brewing your own pot of coffee or bum a complimentary cup of joe from one of the campus offices.

Entertainment: Going out every night will drain your budget quickly. Instead of hitting up the club, opt for something cheaper. Host a pizza-and-movie night at your dorm or see what your college student activity center has planned for the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Save Money in College by Buying Used Products

Used-College-TextbooksWith the economy in the current state, and tuition on the rise, many students are finding that they need to cut back on their spending. Here is a list of items available in most cities. With a little research, you can purchase these secondhand and save a lot of money!

  • Used DVDs and CDs, if well cared for, work just as well as the new ones and if the disc is scratched there are effective methods to remove them and make the DVD or CD perfectly playable again.
  • Books and textbooks bought from online sellers like Amazon.com and Half.com are significantly discounted. While the condition of the books may vary, they normally are still readable. And obviously, your local library always has free reading material available.
  • Students get bored of or “beat” video games rather quickly, so many video game stores will feature a used game section, or you can always rent or borrow the game from a friend. Read the rest of this entry »

The Average College Student’s Spending

College students are notorious for being broke. I cannot count the number of times each week I hear someone say, “Sorry, I can’t go out to eat/go to the movies/go to the clubs. I’m broke.”shopping

However, maybe we college kids aren’t as broke as we think we are. Something that I find pretty interesting is that 66 percent of students receive funds from home each month, and the average amount of money received is $312. Another 49 percent of students have a part-time job and report an average monthly earning of more than $450.

So what do we spend our money on? Surprisingly, 40 percent of the average student’s money goes to discretionary spending, including 6.5 percent for entertainment, 6.7 for apparel and services, and 4.7 percent for travel and vacation. Another 26 percent of the budget goes toward room and board, two very important things if you don’t want to share a bridge with a few random rodents. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Save Money During Summer Break

saving moneyIf you are thinking of spending your summer days at the mall or on road trips, you may want to reconsider.

It seems that whenever we are out of school, we immediately drain are checking account. Quite frankly, it’s because we’re bored. And when we’re bored, we spend money quickly.

So if you’re finding it hard to save your money throughout the summer, follow these simple tips.

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How to Throw a Fourth of July Party on a Budget

american flagIf you’re spending the summer on campus or at home working at the country club, you’re probably watching your budget. But hosting a Fourth of July party is not out of the question, despite what you have saved in your checkings account.

Follow these tips to throw a frugal but super fun Fourth of July party.

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