Tuition, books, room and board, and life in general cost more than they should. But you work hard for your money, so don’t let the cost of college break the bank. All you need to do is become a savvy spender. Here are 5 ways to save money in college:
The best way to save money in college is to think about spending before you do it. Start by putting a limit on your monthly expenditures. Avoid exceeding that limit at all costs! To choose a number, consider the following: conservative estimates are better and no budget should exceed the income that funds it. In other words, don’t dip into your savings if you don’t have to.
2. Make use of your student ID.
You know what’s awesome about being a student? Student Discounts! You’d be surprised how often and how much you’ll save on food, entertainment, transportation, museums, and more. As a student, you even qualify for an International Student Identity Card, which can save you boatloads on travel! A rule of thumb to maximize your savings: every time you spend money, get in the habit of asking if there’s a student discount.
3. Buy in bulk.
Don’t resort to sample-sized bottles of toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, or food items that don’t spoil. Go big and save money. Better yet, go big during a sale and stock up when all your essentials are cheap. You’ll spend a bit more at the register, but over time you’ll save money.
4. Enjoy free fun.
Eating out at restaurants or going into the city can cost a pretty penny, so why not enjoy free campus activities instead? Most campuses host screenings, lectures, dances, parties, concerts, and more—all free of charge. Check your school’s events calendar for leads.
5. Use cash instead of credit.
The nice thing about cash is that you can’t spend more than you have. If you spend more than you have with a credit card, and don’t pay your bill at the end of the month, you’ll get stuck with late fees or interest payments. That’s wasted money! Plus, according to psychologists, people tend to spend less when they’re using cash. Apparently the physical act of handing someone money—and actually seeing your wallet get thinner—isn’t as enjoyable as you thought.
Summer internships are a fantastic opportunity for college students. They allow you to get your foot in the door at a company and give you first-hand experience in the working world. Remember, however, that you only have 2-3 months to deliver and gain value from your work experience—so make the most of your summer internship! Here’s how:
1. Be on time.
Although it seems self-explanatory, sleeping in during the summertime can be incredibly enticing. Fight the urge and show up to your internship on time. You’ll make a better impression and get the most out of every day.
2. Always be ready to learn.
As an intern, you’re not expected to know everything. You are, however, expected to be open to learning all that you can. Being flexible and expressing interest will help you tremendously.
3. Maintain a positive attitude.
It’s important to remain positive as an intern, even if some of your time is spent completing pesky or tedious tasks. Proving you’re enthusiastic and hard working will lead to more significant responsibilities over time.
4. Volunteer yourself.
If you ever find yourself bored and without work, offer your services to your supervisor/boss. Come to them with well-thought out ideas and prove yourself as an independent thinker and worker.
5. Keep a journal/work notebook.
Taking notes is the key to success in any internship. Not only will this help you keep organized, it gives you something to look back on when updating your resume!
Remember that every person in your office and every professional connection you make can be useful to you in the future. Introduce yourself and have conversations. The more of a mark you make, the more they’ll think about you during hiring season. Not to mention these people will most likely be your references when applying for jobs in the future.
If summer is the season of travel, it’s also the season of spending. That’s because you need a vacation, right? So here are a few tips on how to make summer travel less expensive.
1. Go somewhere unique.
Europe is beautiful, but not cheap. Consider going where the adventures are: Central or South America, Africa, or parts of Asia, which can offer more bang for every dollar you spend.
2. Compare flights and plan ahead.
3. Keep your travel dates flexible.
The price of plane tickets can fluctuate a lot even day-to-day. Keep an open departure and return date and you could spend a lot less.
4. Don’t forget to compare hotels.
Or if you’re truly budget minded, stick to hostels and book directly via phone or their website. These days hostels can have amenities that rival hotels (at a lower price).
5. If going abroad, pursue a “local” experience.
That means eat the national cuisine. Travel independently. Use taxis instead of tour buses. Not only will you spend less, you’ll have a better trip.
Mother’s Day is nearly here. That means it’s time to honor the woman who gave you the gift of existence! Showing your love doesn’t have to break the bank. Feeling creative? Here are some cheap DIY Mother’s Day gifts you can whip up at home:
Try out this recipe for some natural beauty products that will impress! Add some essential oils like lavender or peppermint to kick it up a notch.
An iPad stand for the kitchen.
Does your mom keep her recipes on her iPad? This stand can be made with nothing more than a cutting board and a scrabble tile holder. Functional and stylish!
A photo board.
Sort through photo albums (or your hard drive) and pull out your favorite pictures of you and your mom. Then pin them to this DIY wooden photo board to give them a nicely framed look.
Photo tile coasters.
Decorate these coasters with photos of anything your mom loves (most likley you!) They’re a great addition to any mom’s dining room table.
A hand-decorated tote bag.
Pick up a simple blank tote bag and let your creativity run wild! Mom will love to show all her friends her hand-crafted masterpiece.
Why not dig up an old recipe your mom used to make and prepare it for her. Do all the cooking and all the dishes.
Midterms are the worst, aren’t they? There’s so much studying and stress involved. Fortunately the British Academy of Sound Therapy put together a list of the most scientifically relaxing songs in the world. So kick back, unwind, and stay sane with this selection of songs that are proven to keep you calm:
1. Coldplay – “Strawberry Swing”
2. Enya – “Watermark”
3. Barcelona – “Please Don’t Go”
4. Adele – “Someone Like You”
5. Mozart – “Canzonetta Sull’aria”
6. All Saints – “Pure Shores”
7. Café Del Mar – “We Can Fly”