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

Filed under: College Life, Food, Health & Fitness, Money/Budget, Tips - BookRenter Team
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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

Filed under: DIY & Crafts, Fashion, Money/Budget, Seasonal Celebrations, Tips - Angelina
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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

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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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Thank You Gifts For Abroad

Filed under: Money/Budget, Tips, Travel & Abroad - Angelina
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Whether you are planning to stay with a host family, in a hostel, or with friends, it is a good idea to always have some small trinkets to give as gifts to whomever shows you a little hospitality while you are abroad. Not only will you be presenting yourself in the best light, you will also be presenting your country positively, which is something a lot of travelers don’t think about.

Rest assured buying thank you gifts doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many inexpensive things you can pick up that will be sure to satisfy and are easy to travel with!

1. Magnets

Magnets make great gifts because they add life to a kitchen! Plus, anyone who comes over to their house for a meal will most likely ask about them and that makes it a gateway to a great conversation about how a wonderful traveling student gave it to them as a little thank you.

Cute Refrigerator Magnets

Photo © Sarah Benning

2. Postcards

I have pen pals from Africa, Spain, and even just a few states in the U.S. and postcards are one of my favorite little gifts to get. I love having something to pin up on the refrigerator, around my room, or on my bureau mirror, and your kind friends, hostel works, or host family will too!

Costa Rica Postcard

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3. Homemade Goods

Anything home-made or handmade from your state is always a great gift. People love supporting local businesses and areas. Some ideas could be: jewelry, candles, jams, or chocolate. If there is a local market in your town on weekends, chances are it is a jackpot for inexpensive goodies like these.

Handmade Earrings Jewelry

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4. Keychains

Add a little flair to your someone’s key ring with a unique keychain with their name or a cool design on it. Each time they reach for their keys, they will think of you.

Don't Worry I Got Your Back Funny Keychain

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Still in doubt? Think about what you would like to get as a gift from someone and go with that. As long as you put some thought into it, you can’t go wrong. Mostly it’s the idea of being appreciative to those who welcome you into their space for your extended travels. Show them they have made a difference!

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Back To School: Things To Consider

Filed under: College Life, Education, Money/Budget, Tips - Angelina
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Summer is finally at an end and it’s time for a new school semester. Are you ready? Here are some things to consider before heading back to school to make the semester as stress free as possible.

1. Schedule

It might be a good idea to go back and review what your class schedule looks like. This way you can develop a better time management plan to make the most of your semester. With the right time management you can have time for a great social life as well as acing your classes and maybe even picking up a part time job.

College Student Class Schedule

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2. Books

What books do you need? How are you going to pay for them? Will you rent or buy new or used or ebooks? Take the time to sit down and figure out the best way to pay for your books so you can find the best deals around.

College Student Used Rental Textbooks For Courses

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3. Budget

How much money can you spend this semester and how much will you save? Having a realistic budget that you strictly follow will help to prevent overspending and should still allow for some fun time. It may even be a good idea to leave the plastic card at home and to plan your budget at the beginning of the month before you start spending.

Female College Student Budgeting Her Money For Spending And Saving

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These are certainly not the only things to keep in mind this semester. Finding a good place to consistently study as well as figuring out an exercise schedule will also make for smooth sailing. Remember, one secret to success is finding the perfect balance between fun and play. Too much work will drive a person insane but too much fun and you will end up paying for it come finals week.

What are some things you do to prepare for a new semester?

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On-Campus Job Hunting

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It is almost time to head back to campus. Now is the best time to start job hunting on campus. The great thing about on-campus jobs is not only that they work around your class schedule, they also are conveniently close! The problem most of us have with finding a job on campus is knowing where to look.

1. The Library

College libraries are most often one of the largest buildings on campus, which typically means that they usually have the most job openings for students. Simply go to your college’s library and ask about job opportunities.

Male College Student Working Job At School Library

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2. College Bookstore

The best time to apply for a job at your college’s bookstore is right before the start of the semester  since that is their busiest time. Although often times the positions are only temporary, it is still a great job for students.

Female College Student Working Job At School Bookstore Cash Register

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3. Dining Services

If you don’t mind the smell of cafeteria food, this is a popular place for student jobs. There are different positions available in your college’s cafeteria: line servers, dining room attendants, checkers (swipe ID cards), etc.

Group Of Male College Studens Working At School Dining Hall Food Services

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4. Peer-Tutoring

This is a great job for students who did well in certain classes and would like to tutor others in those subjects. Visit the department in which you’d like to tutor and find out if they need peer-tutors. Not only do you get paid, but you’re also refreshing the material for yourself!

Male and Female College Students Working Together To Study As Peer-Tutors

Photo © Bethel College

5. Federal Work Study

In order to get a work study job, you have to apply for FAFSA. On the application, indicate that you are interested in work study. Not everyone will qualify for it, but if you qualify for Financial Aid, you will most likely qualify for work study. Call your Financial Aid Office on campus to find out if you qualify and how to apply for a job.

College Girl Working For Campus Mail Job

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The best time to apply for these jobs is early August and/or early January. This is the time in which there are the most job openings. Also check out local shops, restaurants, or gyms.

Tip: If applying in person, always have your class schedule printed out with you. Since on-campus jobs work around your schedule, they like to see your schedule along with your application. 

Have you ever worked on campus before? Tell us about your experience below!

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