3 money saving ideas that might actually work!

It’s not easy being a poor college student. While I balance studying for classes with work study and other jobs on campus, I will still end up with a huge student loan balance to pay off after graduation. Lucky for me, my food is included in those loans, and I eat most of my meals in the cafeteria. But some college students aren’t so lucky, and turn to ramen noodles just to stay full.

Credit: moneyaftergraduation.com

Credit: moneyaftergraduation.com

Everyone could use some ideas to help them with how to save money (I can always use a few extra ways to make my budget go farther), but when you live in student housing and have to manage life on campus, it can be extra difficult. Take a look at these three ways to save money… you might find something that will work for you! Read more

Is psychology the right major for you?

Psychology is one of the most popular college majors and often ranks at the top for most colleges and universities. College students who want to study psychology are often cultivated by schools. Yet critics say that there are too many psychology majors who have little prospect for a decent career after they graduate.

Are you interested in a psychology major? (Credit: BizarroComics.com)

Are you interested in a psychology major? (Credit: BizarroComics.com)

Here is some information to contradict the critics. When choosing a major, psychology can still be in the running. Read more

You need to file your tax return: Here’s how

By now you should have received your W2s (if not, you better check on that!) and now you’re probably wondering what to do next. The good news is that the tax return deadline for your federal tax return gives you a whopping three more days this year(!). But if you expect a tax refund, then file as soon as you can.

File your tax return so you don't get in trouble. (Credit: Pexels)

File your tax return so you don’t get in trouble. (Credit: Pexels)

To get you started, I’ve put together some tax tips and info on how you can check on your tax refund status. Here’s what college students need to help you hack your taxes. Read more

Winter skin is the WORST – Here’s what you can do to help it

It’s that time of year again. I don’t mean the time of year when you have to keep your ice scraper handy in your car, or when you have to worry about trudging through snow (or the mud it leaves behind when it melts) across campus. No, I’m talking about the annual recurrence of dry winter skin. Having dry skin, especially when you have papers to write and need to spend time at the keyboard, is no fun. But here are some DIY recipes to fight winter skin.

How do you avoid dry winter skin? (Credit: California Life)

How do you avoid dry winter skin? (Credit: California Life)

Whether you need a DIY moisturizer for your hands and face or a little lip balm to keep you from getting chapped, check out these tips and see what will work for you! Read more

You ask, we answer: Say what, FAFSA?!

Dear J,

As if I’m not bad enough at filling out my FAFSA on time, there is a whole section asking me for my parents’ income? I asked my parents and they haven’t filed their taxes yet!? What do I do?

Thx- Anthony W

My exact look when filling out FAFSA forms. (Credit: cdn.meme.am)

My exact look when filling out FAFSA forms. (Credit: cdn.meme.am)


Everyone is bad at timing FAFSA forms so don’t feel too bad! The important thing is that you’re getting it done. Now, for the dilemma. Read more

8 ways on how to be the perfect Valentine

It’s time to show your special valentine how much you care about them! But do you know how you’re going to celebrate?

Here are some ideas for how to go about your special day: Read more

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for college students

Dating back to the 5th century, Valentine’s Day is devoted to romance and the giving of sweets, cards and flowers. Whether it’s your sweetheart, a friend or a parent, there are plenty of homemade gift ideas that college students can create on a budget.

Valentine's Day gift ideas include yummy cupcakes. (Credit: Studio DIY)

Valentine’s Day gift ideas include yummy cupcakes. (Credit: Studio DIY)

Even a romantic dinner is possible. Here are a few Valentine’s Day ideas to get you started. Read more

DIY furniture projects and decorating ideas for college students

Whether it’s your dorm room or your first apartment you’ll want it to reflect your style. But if you’re like me, your imagination is limited by your budget. That’s where design ideas for DIY furniture projects can come in handy. With a few basic tools, supplies and plans, you can create all sorts of affordable DIY furniture projects that will make a fashion statement without straining your finances.

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Take for example pallet projects that utilize the basic wodden pallet to create all sorts of shelves, tables and chairs. Let’s take a look at what college students can do with a bit of elbow grease and ingenuity. Read more

How to stretch your college budget

You think you already know the answer to this question on how to maintain a solid college budget (old, leftover pizza and ramen, duh). In all seriousness, you and I both know everyone gets sick of that same old eating routine after a few days! Why feel like you must deprive yourself of the good things in life in order to save a few bucks here and there?

Sure, pizza is delicious – especially leftovers the following day! – but give it another day, or two or three, and you’re DONE. Let’s discuss some other ways on how you can stretch your college budget and get more of what you want. Read more

7 most viewed CengageBrain blog posts of 2015

Happy 2016! Another year has come and gone so we thought we’d look back on the past year and share with you the most viewed blog posts.

Take a look at our list below, which goes in countdown form (only fitting for New Years, right?), and check out the blog posts yourself if you haven’t already done so! Read more