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Five Ways to Save Money in College

This is guest post from Jeff Cohen, blogger at TheTextbookGuru.com and CEO of CampusBooks.

There’s no getting around it: college is expensive. But while you may not be able to do anything about tuition costs, there are tried and tested ways to take control of your financial situation without sacrificing the cherished college experience. Here’s how to do it:

1) Books

It’s easy to save money on textbooks as long as you avoid the campus bookstore. Check with friends to see if anyone has taken the class before you and has the textbook to lend you or exchange. If you can’t borrow, you’re your books through sites like CampusBooks.com, which offer coupons and will compare prices from a range of booksellers to get you the best deals. After the semester ends, sell your used textbooks online and recoup some of your losses using the same sites.

2) Food

Learn to cook! Ditch the local fast food chain and learn how to prepare your own nutritious food. Healthy doesn’t always have to mean expensive—buy in bulk from warehouse clubs like Costco, go generic, clip coupons, and try your local Farmer’s Market for great bargains. When all else fails, however, ramen noodles are an acceptable, if stereotypical, fallback—it’s hard to beat at less than a dollar a package.

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Healthiest and Unhealthiest College Stadium Food

sports stadiumFrom jumbo hot dogs to greasy French fries, you don’t need a Ph.D to know that most foods offered at sports stadiums are not the healthiest fare. Since college campuses are always buzzing with football, hockey and basketball games, it is important to arm yourself with a score sheet of the best and worst eats in sports arenas. Read the rest of this entry »



Should Kids with Allergies Be Forced to Homeschool?

peanutsThe Gill-Montigue Regional School District has adopted a new lunch policy, one that does not ban nut products. Instead, the school has offered a “nut free” table at lunchtime for students with allergies.

But one parent, Michelle Rubin, says the policy has forced her to homeschool her two children. She maintains that the nut-free table didn’t prevent her kids from having their severe allergies triggered. After two incidents, she’d had enough. “If they touch a keyboard or a desk that a child who had peanut butter touches, they go into anaphylactic shock,” Rubin explained to WGGB.

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Whole Foods Campaigns to Put Salad Bars in Schools

great-american-salad-projectChef Ann Cooper and Whole Foods Market are partnering to get salad into public schools. The new program is called the Great American Salad Bar Project, which aims to make school lunches healthier by providing students with more ways to eat fresh produce. The initiative will provide grants to schools to cover the costs of equipment, delivery and training. Each school will be responsible for providing the greens and toppings that will go in the bar.

“Every school can still find fresh produce,” said Cooper, who is the founder of the nonprofit TheLunchBox.org. “All we can do is tell them how important it is and give them the tools.”

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Healthy Breakfast Options for Non-Breakfast Students

healthy-breakfastSomehow this semester, I ended up with classes from 8:30am to 12:30pm, three days a week. I am a morning person, so this isn’t as bad as it sounds, except in one area: my tummy. I used to skip breakfast and have an earlier lunch. However, my new schedule of waiting until 12:30pm or later is killing me. So, I decided to give the experts a chance, who say we should eat breakfast every day, and try making a few breakfasts.

Here are the easiest, healthiest and most portable breakfasts I came up with for non-breakfast-eaters, like myself.

1.    Yogurt with berries. My favorite is red raspberry yogurt, covered with fresh blueberries. There is plenty of protein in yogurt, which keeps you full longer, and carbohydrates, to give you a kick of energy early in the morning. Go for fat-free or Greek yogurt to cut fat and calories.

2.    A hard-boiled egg with toast. This is really convenient because you can take it with you on your commute to classes. The egg white will give you lots of protein, and the yolk will give you fat, both of which do wonders for managing hunger, and the toast will give you the carbohydrates your brain needs for class. Read the rest of this entry »



Everything You Need to Pull an All-Nighter

coffeeAs another school year gets underway, there are some constants you can’t forget. Between homework and library research, term papers and study sessions, it’s inevitable that there will be days you don’t have enough time to finish everything in your regular waking hours. Whether it’s a habit of procrastination, a big test or a heavy class load, college students are going to need to pull an all-nighter sooner or later. Some dread them, and some find they work better under the pressure of a looming deadline and lack of sleep, but either way, you better get used to them.

It’s definitely better to study on a regular basis so you aren’t forced to pull an all-night study session to get things done, but when you find yourself unable to avoid it, there are some things that will make your evening easier, and maybe even a little more enjoyable:

  • Caffeine: Whether it’s in the form of coffee, chocolate, tablets or a fancy latte, caffeine is a must for pulling an all-nighter. It will help you stay awake so that you are alert enough to absorb the material you’re cramming into your brain at four in the morning. Read the rest of this entry »


Going Veg this Fall? Cookbooks Here to Help

Being a vegetarian takes a lot more work than switching from pepperoni to cheese pizza. Getting the right balance of protein, fats and vitamins is an important and often overlooked element to staying healthy and succeeding academically. After all, the brain uses 20 times more energy than the same weight in muscle. For the college student who’s new to cooking or new to eating meat-free, having a guide in hand can be extremely valuable.starving-student-vegetarian

Here’s a quick round-up of vegetarian and vegan titles to consider:

1. The Starving Students’ Vegetarian Cookbook by Dede Hall
Easy recipes that can often be made in a single pan.

2. The Students’ Vegetarian Cookbook by Carole Raymond
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