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How To Un-Spend From The Holidays

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If you are like me, you love to go all out for the holiday season and spoil everyone you love with gifts! Sometimes though, I will admit, I spent much more than I should. I can’t help it though! I want to get things for friends and family that I know they will love. However, there could be a plus side – usually, you can reap on the returns!

Broke empty wallet

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Cash is always one of the best gifts to give/receive, especially when you are a college student. And I can usually count on getting cash in some form from at least one person, whether it be from my parents, my grandpa, an aunt, or a brother. Of course I don’t expect it and I appreciate it anything I get from anyone.

If I do end up getting cash for the holidays, it instantly goes into my savings. I know Christmas cash usually means instant shopping spree for that thing you have really been wanting, but by saving it I see it as going towards the gifts I purchased for everyone else!

Saving Cash Piggy Bank

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I then instantly feel better since I feel as though I spent less initially. Saving money is not easy to do, especially this time of the year. However, if you think of incoming money as paying off money you have spent, you will gladly hold on to it rather than spend it.

How do you deal with overspending on the holidays?

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Homemade Gifts

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Last minute Christmas shopping can be stressful, but to save time and money, maybe consider a few homemade DIY gifts that will really make a meaningful holiday gift.

1. Candles

Homemade candles not only smell delicious, they are also a creative addition to any room in your house. You can find candle making kits at almost any craft shop, or you can use this recipe. You can even buy some scented oils to add to your candles. Cinnamon, pine, or even peppermint are the perfect holiday scents!

Homemade Candles

Photo © manufactum

2. Ornaments

A personalized touch to the tree is never a bad thing. You can make popsicle reindeer, spoon Santas and Mrs. Clauses, or my favorite, “Swirl-a-balls.” You can find all the supplies to make these inexpensive ornaments at a craft store. Homemade ornaments might be small gifts, but who doesn’t love something homemade?

Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

Photo © spoonful

3. Jewelry

Again, all the supplies you need to make a bracelet, necklace, or even a regular keychain can be found at a craft store. Find out your friend’s or a family member’s favorite color and you can find the corresponding beads to match! I like picking out funky beads with random shapes, animal faces, or even letters for initials. You can also buy beads to spell out a special phrase or inside joke. You also don’t have to buy regular old fishing line for jewelry – use cord, rope, or hemp!

DIY Craft Homemade Bracelet Jewelry

Photo © Sometimes Homemade

4. Photo Collage

Photo collages are a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them. Pick out your favorite photos together and you can either place them in a fancy frame with pre-cut shapes, or simply pick out the frame and add your own personal touches using scrapbook paper, pieces of dried flowers, or even twigs from the woods. Anything you add is sure to personalize it!

Happy Holidays Photo Collage Gift

Photo © 365loveideas

5. Dessert

Mmmm, something delicious to nibble on around the fire or at parties? How could a person say no? Do a bit of digging to find out their favorite guilty pleasure and surprise them with it! If you can’t figure out what to make, fudge and peppermint bark never disappoint!

DIY Homemade Fudge Gift

Photo © momswhothink

 

Will you be making homemade Christmas presents? What will you make? Let us know in the comments!

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10 Gifts Under $10

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The holiday season is here and so the shopping begins. If you’re like me, you’re breaking your piggy bank right about now and using every penny you can find. It’s also a huge hassle figuring out what to buy for each person. To help keep your holiday spending low, I have come up with ten different gift ideas that are all under $10.

1. Fuzzy Socks

The holidays are all about getting cozy and what’s more cozy than fuzzy socks? Depending on who you’re shopping for, choose a pair that fits their personality.

Fuzzy Socks Holiday Gift

Photo © Abercrombie & Feast

2. Coffee Mug

Everyone drinks something hot, whether it be coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. There is an infinite variety of mugs out there that are cheap and you can find one that perfectly fits the person you’re shopping for. To supplement the mug, place a packet of hot cocoa inside before you wrap it.

Coffee Mug Holiday Gift

Photo © Top Dreamer

3. Used Novel

For a very personal gift, go to a used-books store and pick out your favorite novel. Write something personal on the inside cover for an added touch!

Used Novel Reading Book Gift

Photo © PhatCatVintage

4. Winter Hat

You can’t go wrong with a winter hat! You can go for a goofy monkey hat or a thick furry one, either way it’s always a big hit.

Winter Hat Gift

Photo © aliexpress

5. Homemade Cookies

If you can bake, bake a batch of holiday cookies, tie them up with a nice ribbon and give them out as gifts. They are a personal and tasty gift!

Homemade Cookies Gift

Photo © saveroomfordessert

6. Scented Candle

This is a perfect gift for moms or any female. You can buy a large holiday candle to accommodate the person’s favorite scent.

Red Scented Candle Gift

Photo © Ikea

7. Box of Chocolates

If you’re visiting someone for the Holidays, this is a great gift for the host. Who doesn’t like chocolate?

Box of Chocolates

Photo © flowerno5

8. Gift Bag of Travel Minis

If you know someone who has travel plans coming up, get some travel-size goodies. Pick a variety of travel-size minis such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and lotion and throw them into a gift bag for your future traveler.

Travel Size Toiletries

Photo © Couponing 101

9. Gift Card

Pick up a $5 or $10 gift card to their favorite coffee shop, store, or restaurant. Sometimes the simplest and smallest gifts are the most appreciated.

Visa Gift Card Gift

Photo © FreeStuffWorld

10. Lend a Hand

Not all gifts have to be store-bought. You may know someone who needs help moving or your mom might need her driveway shoveled, either way doing someone a favor or lending a helping hand can be the best gift of all.

Shoveling Driveway Snow

Photo © tommelodaywerner

 

Do you have any holiday gift ideas you’d like to share? Tell us in a comment below!

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5 Healthy Meals for College Students – Brought to You by BookRenter™ and ZocDoc

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Eating well while you’re in school can be a challenge for a myriad of reasons: it’s expensive (I’m looking at you, Whole Foods, you temptress); there aren’t enough hours in the day for extensive prep time; and dorm rooms don’t usually have the necessary appliances to create that gourmet experience.

That’s why BookRenter partnered with ZocDoc to create five healthy, quick meals on the cheap to add variety and protein to your daily food consumption.

Each meal:
• Is less than 500 calories
• Costs under $3 per serving
• Takes 30 minutes or less to make
• Requires only a microwave

These quick and easy ideas are sure to satisfy your hunger pangs, wallet, and other limitations. So get to cooking!

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Halloween Costumes For Serious Procrastinators

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By BookRenter Email Marketing Manager, Suzann Moore

If you’ve got the cash to hit a Halloween costume store and pick up a sexy Darth Vadar getup or a fake beard from Duck Dynasty, we will promise to not judge. Okay, maybe just a little judgment, but as a company, BookRenter goes all in at Halloween.

BookRenter Android Halloween Costume

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Granted, almost all of us are no longer college students, so we have time and extra cash to plot our path to BookRenter Halloween party glory. Still, we very well remember what it is like to try to be creative and thrifty in costume creation.

BookRenter 60's Hippies Halloween Costumes

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So we thought we would put together a list of a few sites to help get you looking good without breaking the bank this Halloween:

1. Top 10 Last Minute Ideas From “Real Simple”

If you have masking tape, a t-shirt, or a sheet, then you are blessed with abundance, my friend. Get creative and inexpensive costume ideas here. It’s as easy as pumpkin pi!

Real Simple Halloween Costume Orange Shirt Pumpkin Pi

Photo © Real Simple

2. 22 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes From “Buzzfeed”

These creative photos and ideas are enough to want to get anyone thinking about what to wear this Halloween. Grapes anyone?

Halloween Costume Group of College Girls Dressed As Grapes

Photo © Buzz Feed

3. Homemade Halloween Costumes From “Martha Stewart”

If you want to get really creative and have some extra time on your hands, these homemade costume ideas are perfect for you!

Halloween Costume Bug Idea

Photo © Martha Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If none of these ideas float your boat, follow our Pinterest board, “Is It Halloween Yet?” and see what we are pinning for added inspiration!

What will your costume be?

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