Getting Fit On A Budget

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

Looking to get healthy but don’t know how? Or are you looking to get a good workout in to lose a couple of pounds before the holidays without spending money on DVDs and gym memberships? If you’re looking to shed some weight and tone up, here are some fun, easy, and free workouts you can do!

1. YouTube Videos

Who needs workout DVDs when you can get a great workout from videos on YouTube? Whatever your fitness level is, there are videos that can help you get into shape. Whether you’re looking to shed weight or tone up, the variety of videos are nearly endless.

2. The Prison Workout

These workouts can be done in small spaces such as a dorm room or apartment. Like the conditions of a prison, you have don’t need much room and you only need to use your body to tone up. The workouts are based on repetition and your body’s weight. If you follow this workout, you will definitely get stronger and more toned!

Man Doing Crunches

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3. Running Apps

Running is one of the best ways to get into shape! If you’re a beginner and need a push to start running, there are many apps (most are free) that you can download to your phone to help push you. It has set running schedules made to push you into running harder and faster. These apps are like having your own personal trainer. It will tell you when to run, rest, and even push you to run faster. There is a variety of apps ranging from beginner runners to more advanced runners. Whichever level you are at, these apps can definitely give you a great workout.

Runkeeper Running App

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These are great ways to kick-start getting towards a healthier you! If these workouts aren’t enough, many colleges have gyms included in their student fees and tuitions. If you’re looking to get fit, you can definitely take advantage of working out at your school’s gym. If you need more help or tips in getting fit, you can also inquire about personal training sessions. A great tip I can give is, ask friends who are into fitness for tips on how to get fit. Most times, they’re willing to help whip you into shape for free!

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4 Campus Services You Should Not Pay For

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By Guest Blogger, Kevin Foor

College is expensive. One year of school at an in-state public institution currently averages $18,391, according to the College Board. If you go out of state, that number bumps up to $31,701. Because of the high costs of tuition and room and board, it’s essential that you cut costs wherever you can. In addition to saving money on textbooks by using a service like BookRenter, there are plenty more ways to conserve cash in college – and they come mainly from avoiding costly campus services. Here are four that you should avoid.

1. College Debit Card

You might think that getting a college debit card is a great idea, especially since many schools can load your financial aid directly onto it. However, these cards are typically chock-full of fees, including swipe fees, usage fees, and inactivity fees. Plus, having all that student loan money on a piece of plastic is only going to tempt you to spend it unnecessarily. Your best bet is to get in on the latest checking account promotions or to open an account at a local bank that offers a fee-free debit card.

Campus Credit Debit Card

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2. Errand Services

These services run the gamut. You might see signs in your dorm lobby for laundry pick-up, grocery shopping, or meal preparation and delivery. Don’t take the bait. College is tough, there’s no denying it, but if you don’t think you have enough time in the day to take care of these responsibilities yourself, try instituting some time management practices to free up the necessary time. When you’re studying, go to the library or another quiet area so you’re not interrupted. If you’re doing online research for a school project, stick to the matter at hand and avoid surfing the Internet or checking your social media accounts. Free up more time in your day and you can complete these errands on your own and save a bundle.

College Laundry Services

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3. University Health Coverage

Because of the Affordable Care Act you can now stay on your parents’ health insurance plan until you reach the age of 26. Take advantage of that and opt out of campus-based health insurance. This is another unneeded expense and even if your parents ask you to pay for your portion of the coverage, it’s likely to be less than what you would pay through your school plan since many institutions have significantly raised premiums.

College Health Services

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4. Dining Meal Plan

I was recently reading a college education website and one student commented that his food plan cost $1,325 for 100 meals. That’s $13.25 per meal. Be sure to run the numbers of a university meal plan before signing on the dotted line. You could save yourself hundreds by eating in your dorm room. Take advantage of cooking facilities and clip coupons to save money on your grocery trips.

College Dining Hall Plan

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You may believe some of these services are worth the cost, but don’t lose sight of how important it is to keep your expenses down while in school. Once you graduate and hopefully find work, you’re going to be responsible for personal budgeting. Save money any way you can during school and start paying your loans back as quickly as possible.

What campus services can you eliminate that are unnecessary?

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Managing Stress With Bach Flower Remedies

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

Unfortunately, the stress of college doesn’t ever dissipate, even after graduating. I’ve been done with school for about a year and I am still learning to handle my daily stress. Someone recommended Bach flower remedies to me to help with stress management, in addition to my efforts with being active, hanging out with friends, and occasionally taking an aspirin. Bach flower remedies are diluted flower material that are believed to contain healing properties.

I was a little skeptical of Bach flower remedies at first, but after adding them to my daily eating habits, I’m happy to say I’ve felt a difference. The remedies come in small bottles and can be found at any natural health foods store. Just use the dropper to add a few drops to your water, juice, or tea.

Here are some remedies that could significantly help you if you’re feeling stressed from classes, work, relationships, or even grief:

1. Gorse

Try this remedy for feelings of hopelessness and despair. Feeling hopeless is a common feeling after graduation, especially if finding a job has become your full-time job if you aren’t already offered one.

Gorse Bach Flower Remedy Stress Management

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2. Mustard

This remedy is a good one for those who struggle with depression. I don’t think there was ever a time in my college life where I didn’t know at least a few other students dealing with depression.

Mustard Bach Flower Remedy Stress Management

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3. Star of Bethlehem

If you’re dealing with the loss of someone close to you, this one is a great choice. It also helps for dealing with traumatic events or crises.

Star of Bethlehem Bach Flower Remedy Stress Management

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4. Pine

If you’re someone who tends to blame themselves for everything, Pine is the remedy to consider. Being plagued by guilt or the mistakes of others adds a lot of unnecessary stress.

Pine Bach Flower Remedy Stress Management

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5. Walnut

Whether you’re starting a new job, beginning a marriage, or transitioning into some other significant life event, Walnut can help you feel a little more relaxed about your choices if you tend to be easily influenced by the opinions of others.

Walnut Bach Flower Remedy Stress Management

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Check out all of the Bach recipes website to see which others could work for you.

How do you cope with stress?

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5 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s the season of colorful crunchy leaves underfoot, tart apple cider, cozy sweaters, and of course, the great Halloween debate: what can I dress up as that won’t break the bank Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to be creative (and original) when it comes to costumes, and all of them can be easily put together yourself.

1. Marionette Doll

All you need for this one is a steady hand with a makeup brush, and an old dress or suit and tie. Not good free handing makeup? Check out a YouTube tutorial. For more inspiration, see the newest scary movie Annabelle.

2. Sims

There are plenty of templates for that neon little diamond shape above a Sim’s head. The rest of the costume is just your normal clothes!

3. Bunch of Grapes

Pick a color, any color! Blow up a bunch of purple, green, or red balloons and then pin them to your clothes (which should be the same color as whatever color balloons you choose).

4. Lego

Find an old cardboard box and spray paint it the color Lego you want to be. When it’s dry, cut out the holes for your arms and head. Grab six plastic cups and paint them if necessary, give them a trim, and then glue them to the box.

5. Risky Business

Easiest costume ever, right? All you need for this classic is an oversized white dress shirt, white socks, and a pair of sunglasses! Classy and comfortable!

Still stuck on ideas? Check out your local thrift store as sometimes they have costumes put together in the window displays. Whatever your choice, it doesn’t have to be expensive!

Have you already decided what to be for Halloween? Share your idea with us in the comments!

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3 Apple-icious Fall Baking Recipes

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When I think of baked goods in the fall, I automatically think of one key ingredient – apples! This is the season of apple crumb cakes, hot cider, and most important of all, apple pie. So head on out to your local super market and pick up a pound of your favorite apples. Or better yet, if you’re really in the Autumn spirit, drive out to your nearest pick-your-own farm and pick your own fresh apples to try out these three delicious fall recipes!

1. Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie is the best fall dessert! If you are really skilled, you can do a homemade pie crust, or you can buy a frozen pre-made 9-inch pie crust instead. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and melt 1/2 cup of unsalted butter in a pan and stir in 3 tablespoons of flour. Mix well, then add 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Pour in 1/4 cup water and bring mixture to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and set aside to cool. Peel, core, and slice about 6 apples. Place the apples inside the prepared pie crust, then cover the mound of apples with your top crust and pour the liquid moisture over it. Bake for 50 minutes.

Homemade Apple Pie Fall Dessert

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2. Soft Apple Cake

An alternative to apple pie, is soft apple cake. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and remove the egg yolks from 5 eggs and beat the egg whites until a white foam forms. Slowly mix in 1 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of vanilla sugar. Add the egg yolks back into the mixture slowly, one-by-one while continuously mixing. Add in 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. After completely mixing, pour the batter onto a greased baking pan and place the apple slices of 5 apples on top of the batter. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

Apple Cake Fall Dessert

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3. Homemade Apple Sauce

Although not a baking recipe, this homemade apple sauce is a great addition to any baked good whether it be a muffin or a piece of cake. Place 8 apples peeled, cored, and cut into cubes in a pan with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/2 cup of water. Cover the pan and leave it to simmer on low heat. The apples will begin to soften as they are stirred continuously with all of the ingredients. Completely soften the apples until it becomes apple sauce – simple enough!

Homemade Apple Sauce Fall DessertHomemade Apple Sauce Fall Dessert

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Do you have any fall dessert favorites? Tell us in a comment below!

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