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How to Stay on Budget as a College Student

Being a college student is expensive enough. With all the money we spend on food, printing services and tuition it’s easy to fall into a financial hole. Balancing social experiences, food and academic expenses can seem almost impossible, but if you sit down and attempt to make a budget, you’ll be fine. Budgets are essential to saving money and determining how much money you should spend. Yes people, how much money you make determines how much you should spend.

The amount of money you make should be at least 50% more than how much you spend. This leaves you with enough money for financial mishaps, accidents, and hidden fees. Once you’ve picked a budget, you need to learn to stick with it. Here are 4 ways to successfully create a budget and stick to it. Read more

5 Things You Can Do on a Budget For Your Orlando Trip!

To many, Orlando is known for its tourism, entertainment and family fun, but to me it’s home. I have grown up here since the start of grade school, so I certainly know my way around the streets!

I’ve managed to explore all of the “hot spots” without breaking the bank, so if you’re looking for the best summer break destination, here are five things to do in Orlando on a budget.

1. Experience Disney for free

Yes, for free! Disney Springs offers the same entertainment and fun as Disney at no cost to you. Disney Springs is home to a few iconic restaurants, one being the Rainforest Cafe, and there are a lot of awesome shops too, shops like the World of Disney! Legoland is fun for the whole family, you can express your creativity brick by brick at no cost to you! There are other attractions as well, available at a price, which include an AMC Dine-In Movie Theater, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Cirque du Soleil, hot air balloon rides and DisneyQuest, an indoor interactive theme park.

2. Universal Studios

Located before the entrance of Universal Studios and Universal’s Island of Adventure, Universal’s Citywalk has restaurants, shopping, bars, nightclubs and a movie theater, just like Disney Springs. Universal’s Citywalk also offers a boat ride to and from their most popular resorts such as the Hard Rock and Portofino Bay Hotels. Even if you’re not spending a night at one of these resorts, I still recommend taking the tour because these hotels are unlike any other. To end the night, Universal’s Citywalk puts on a firework show every night starting at 9 PM.

3. The Orlando Eye

Much like the London Eye, the Orlando Eye is a 400ft tall Ferris Wheel located at the heart of I-Drive. If you visit during the day when the skies are clear, you can see all the way to the coast from the top of the wheel. Unfortunately, this attraction isn’t free, but tickets are only $25 for adults and $20 for kids. I’ve seen discounts through Groupon, so double check for coupons before you go!

 4. The Enzian Theater

If you want to experience Orlando like a local, this is the perfect place for you! This theater is not your average movie theater, it shows alternative, independent, and classic films. They host annual film festivals and local community events, such as “Popcorn Flicks In the Park”, which is free and open to the public, otherwise admission is just $10 a person.

5. Feeling adventurous?

The state of Florida is known for its natural beauty and the city of Orlando is no different. Only 45 minutes from downtown, Wekiwa Springs is a charming escape from any overcrowded tourist destination. There is a $5 charge to park, and you can rent kayaks and canoes. I recommend stopping at a store along the way and picking up a few pool toys as well as snacks for a picnic.

Comment below with your favorite Orlando destination!

 


Alisia is a mechanical engineering student at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and holds an internship at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. After graduating with her bachelors, she wants to pursue her masters with a minor in environmental studies. With her degree, she hopes to develop alternative energy resources and create a sustainable environment.

Apart from her school extracurricular activities, she enjoys drawing, painting, and traveling. Within the next year, she plans to get involved with Give Volunteers, an organization that combines volunteer work and overseas travel to improve lives. Apart from helping others in developing countries obtain necessary resources, she is also passionate in helping other achieve their academic goals which is why she is so excited to be a Cengage Student Ambassador!

Your Ultimate List for Student Discounts

Although the “freshman fifteen” may be a myth, there is a general consensus that your college years are the nicest to your wallet.

However, most students don’t know there are hundreds of places that give student discounts with a valid college ID–and here they are: Read more

How to save money the DIY way on college

It seems like not a day goes by that you don’t hear something in the news about the high price of education for college students. From student loan debt to constantly increasing tuition costs, there seems to be a never-ending stream of expenses.

Find out how you can save money in college. (Credit: Getty Images)

Find out how you can save money in college. (Credit: Getty Images)

What about some great ideas to save money while you are earning that degree? I’ve compiled a quick DIY how-to guide to help you keep your college costs down. 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

College tips: Save money and get organized

Due to the high cost of college and how busy I am all the time, I have to cut corners to save money and time wherever I can. College students can learn to streamline projects, get organized in your dorm room and reduce costs.

There are several ways to save money while in college. (Credit: peerTransfer)

There are several ways to save money while in college. (Credit: peerTransfer)

Here are some college tips for the best ways to save money and practice time management skills. 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

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

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

Common sense for eating healthy on a budget

Food—for too many of us, we have a love/hate relationship with what we eat. You want to eat healthy, but you also want to save money, and all too often the food that is good for you is not kind to your wallet.

Yes, you can eat healthy and enjoy it too. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Yes, you can eat healthy and enjoy it too. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Common sense tells us there has to be a better way. Read on for some tips on eating healthy on a budget. Read more