5 things college students should NOT save money on

As a college student, it seems like I’m constantly reading about “ways to save money/not break the bank.” But what about things you definitely should not be frugal with in college? I realize it’s important to save money in some instances – there’s always an exception to the rule though!

Which items should you not save money on? (Credit: Getty Images)

Which items should you not save money on? (Credit: Getty Images)

Check out the 5 things I suggest you not skimp on despite being a budget-conscious college student. Read more

The hidden gems of summer jobs for college students

It’s officially summer break! You know what that means? Plenty of sun and relaxation… OH WAIT, you want (or need) a summer job? There are a handful of options available to you. You just have to do your research on the best summer jobs.

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

Here we show you some great ideas for summer jobs that will almost make it seem like you’re having fun and not working! Read more

Making money after college graduation

I like to think I’m like most college students – obsessed with finding the perfect job after college graduation and making money right away. It’s understandable considering that you want a good career to support yourself, pay off your student loans and not have to move back in with your parents.

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

But there are alternatives to life after college. Here is some advice for what to do after college. Read more

Student debt relief is available for federal student loans

If you’re worried about how you’ll pay off your federal student loans, then I’ve got good news for you. On April 28, 2016, President Obama “crashed” a press conference with some breaking news for college students. Within the next year, 2 million more people will be enrolled in the Pay As You Earn program.

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

The program will help some borrowers with federal student loans by capping their monthly loan payments. The President also promised other future announcements that will help ease the burden of student debt. Read more

Paying for college: Are small scholarships worth the essay?

It’s common knowledge: apply for scholarships and you’ll be better able to afford college, right? Certainly, large scholarships are the best ones to receive: $10k or $25k off of that $70k per year college bill makes a huge difference in the amount you have to cover. I wonder now if I should have applied for more scholarships–even small ones that would cover my books (or groceries!)–to limit the amount of debt I’m leaving college with.

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

For high school seniors or returning students looking for tips on paying for college, consider whether it’s worth applying for a small scholarship, especially if it requires a brand new scholarship essay. Read more

Don’t throw out that plastic bottle! Here’s how to reuse it

Do you feel guilty every time you buy a drink that comes in a plastic bottle? I do. So I decided to look for ways to recycle and reduce my plastic pollution footprint. What I found is lots of DIY ideas on how to use plastic bottles for jewelry, storage and even DIY decor.

What ways do you recycle plastic bottles? (Credit: BudgetDumpster.com)

What ways do you recycle plastic bottles? (Credit: BudgetDumpster.com)

With enough plastic bottles maybe I could even start a side business selling this stuff! But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me show you what I found on how to be a plastic bottle recycler. Read more

Would Bernie Sanders’s free tuition plan help all college students?

Free tuition? Sounds like a dream! I would love to be able to graduate from college without being saddled with loads of college debt. It will take me years to pay off my loans, and my parents will have loans from my college, my younger sister’s college tuition, and my mother’s master’s degree program to pay off.

What do you think about Bernie Sanders's free tuition idea? (Credit: RingOfFireRadio.com)

What do you think about Bernie Sanders’s free tuition idea? (Credit: RingOfFireRadio.com)

The rise in college prices is a big hurdle–which is why so many college students are attracted to Bernie Sanders’s proposal for free tuition to state colleges. And it’s why we don’t really want to hear Hillary Clinton poke holes in the plan. Read more

Financial aid eligibility requirements for college students

Unfortunately, for many college students how you picked what school you would be attending probably came down to the financial aid package you were offered. Of course you opted for the school that was giving you the most money! But what you may have overlooked in your excitement over all those grants, scholarships and loans is the eligibility requirements and strings attached to that money.

Do you understand your financial aid eligibility requirements? (Credit: UNTHSC)

Do you understand your financial aid eligibility requirements? (Credit: UNTHSC)

What are the things you need to know about keeping your financial aid, once you’ve gotten it? Read on for more information to keep you in the know. Read more

Your student loan debt and the presidential candidates

The 2016 election is mere months away and the presidential candidates on both sides have been narrowed a bit. For college students, one of the big issues in this campaign cycle has been student loans. Now the latest news has a debt clock tracking the increasing student loan debt rate.

Find out the views of presidential candidates on student loan debt. (Credit: CNNS)

Find out the views of presidential candidates on student loan debt. (Credit: CNNS)

The clock was created by the education data site StartClass for MarketWatch. How will this issue play out when November 2016 rolls around? Read more

Ideas on how to spice up your sneakers on campus this spring

Spring is just around the corner and soon you’ll be thinking about spring outfit ideas. One of the must haves is bound to be sneakers. They’re comfortable and affordable and can go just about anywhere.

They come in all kinds of colors but even so, you can save money by coming up with your own fashion ideas to make your sneakers stand out. Here are some cool DIY ideas for warm weather footwear. Read more