College students’ DIY holiday gift guide

With all you’ve got going on, there is little time to shop for Christmas gifts. We won’t even talk about the costs. Whether it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas, though, it’s nice to be able to give your friends and family something special.

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

With that in mind I’ve put together a holiday gift guide of DIY Christmas gifts and homemade gifts for the season. So let’s take a look at how college students can celebrate the holidays and every holiday tradition. Read more

How college students can get free stuff

They say the best things in life are free. I wonder if that’s because it’s good stuff or if it’s just because it’s free? As college students, you should know how to get free stuff online and anywhere else that you can. Student free stuff is everywhere. The hunt for freebies not only pays off, it’s fun, too.

Who doesn't love free stuff? (Credit: MemeGenerator.net)

Who doesn’t love free stuff? (Credit: MemeGenerator.net)

There are entire web services like Freecycle that are set up to help people share their free stuff. By the way, did you know you can get free stuff for your birthday? Let’s see what other treasures we can find. Read more

Have yourself a DIY Halloween

It’s time once again for you to gear up for Halloween. While one night might have sufficed when you were a kid, college gives you the opportunity to keep the All Hallow’s Eve jam going on for much longer. A little DIY can go a long way when it comes to your college student budget.

Learn how to create your own DIY Halloween. (Credit: Robeson Design)

Learn how to create your own DIY Halloween. (Credit: Robeson Design)

So whether you lean toward the macabre or the cuter end of the scare spectrum (I personally prefer cute kittens in pumpkins and such), read on for easy to make Halloween decoration ideas and homemade costumes that will maximize your spooky fun. Read more

DIY ideas to make your own backpack, bag or tote

If you’re not intimidated by a needle and thread there are lots of great DIY ideas that you can do. For example you can make your own DIY backpack, bag or tote. I found all kinds of sewing ideas online including patterns for how to make a drawstring bag.

Use your creativity and make a DIY backpack. (Credit: LaudDIY.com)

Use your creativity and make a DIY backpack. (Credit: LaudDIY.com)

It looks so easy I bet even I can do it. You don’t have to look like everyone else as you stroll around campus this year. Let’s take a look at some DIY ideas for yourself or to create gifts for friends. Read more

Top 5 ways to save $100 this semester: Try them all and save up to $500

Everyone has heard the old axiom about two things in life being constant, death and taxes, right? Well I’d like to add a third constant to the mix, during college your budget is going to be tight. I’m talking about “living off of nothing but grocery store samples and ramen noodles for 6 weeks tight.” That kind of tight. I’m sure you can agree.

So I’d like to bestow some money-saving tips upon you to make it through. Tips that your GPA will thank you for, your social life will thank you for and most importantly your budget will thank you for! Here are 5 ways that you can save $100 this semester – or maybe more! Read more

Cool cell phone cases for college students

Cell phones are not just a necessity; they are a way to express your personal style. Rather than spending money on a fancy case for your phone why not consider some DIY ideas for cool phone cases that you can make and then switch out to match your mood.

Learn how you can create your own customized cell phone case. (Credit: allwomenstalk.com)

Learn how you can create your own customized cell phone case. (Credit: allwomenstalk.com)

Here are some suggestions on how you can make your own personalized cell phone cases. Read more

Dorm room ideas—decorating on the cheap

It’s almost time to pack it up and return to the dorm! Whether you are just starting college or an old pro at small space living, everyone could stand to learn a bit more about decorating on the cheap.

Follow our simple tricks for dorm room decorating. (Credit: GradGuard)

Follow our simple tricks for dorm room decorating. (Credit: GradGuard)

I’ve compiled some great dorm room ideas to help you make those cinder block walls a bit more cozy and inviting. Read more

Useful apps offer college students ways to save money

Are you always looking for ways to save money? If not, just look at your current student loan debt for inspiration. Saving money is like planting a tree. From little acorns do big trees grow. Start with small amounts put aside on a regular basis and before you know it you’ll have a nest egg.

There are many money saving apps to choose from. (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

There are many money saving apps to choose from. (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Need more help? Try some useful apps that you can use wherever you go. Here is a list of money saving apps to help you stay on track with your savings plan. Read more

The 5 best workout routines that won’t break the bank

Even though I’m not a college student anymore, I still completely know what it’s like to be on a budget (I still am!) However, I still think it’s important to take care of myself and workout. And if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking “Yes, I want to be active and in shape, but how can I do it without paying an arm and a leg?”

It's possible to workout without spending too much. (Credit: The IVA People)

It’s possible to workout without spending too much. (Credit: The IVA People)

Well, I have some ideas for you. Time to share 5 of the best workout routines that are effective, yet inexpensive. Read more

How to save money this Father’s Day

Dear old dad—if yours is like mine, he does so much, often without asking for a lot of attention in return. Wouldn’t it be nice if this Father’s Day you made a little effort to show him that you care?

How are you going to celebrate dad this Father's Day? (Credit: Pinterest)

How are you going to celebrate dad this Father’s Day? (Credit: Pinterest)

Don’t worry, you won’t have to break the bank if you go the DIY route and make your own gift. And wouldn’t dad approve of your effort to save money, too? Double win! Read more