Summer On A Budget

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School is out and you are now probably wondering what to do for the rest of your vacation. Trying to go on a summer adventure, but only have a small budget? No worries, here are a few ideas to help you have fun this summer!

1. Free Festivals

Check out your local newspaper or online news to find events happening locally. Chances are there are a ton of free festivals happening! Everything from music, to food, to arts and wine festivals, are happening every summer. If you use an online search engine, you can narrow it down to “free festivals” and select from a variety of fun events.

Free Summer Festival

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2. Half Off Rides

If you have local amusement parks in your area, then you’re in for a treat! Most amusement parks have specials on their admission tickets. Whether you get a coupon online or from a soda can, they also have other deals if you ask the ticket office. Call your local amusement park and inquire about admission tickets after a certain time. Some parks give their admission tickets half off after 5pm!

Amusement Park Roller Coaster

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3. Free Day

Museums and zoos have what’s called “Free First of the Month.” Take advantage of this special admission day! Museums and zoos pick a certain day of the month for people to come visit for free. Usually these days are the first Mondays or First Fridays of the month. Definitely check these out and you’ll have a blast checking out cool artwork or animals for free! If you’ve missed the free day, they also have special discount days as well.

Dinosaur Museum Exhibit

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Sometimes the best fun is just hanging out low-key with some of your closest friends and playing a game of cards or video games. There are tons of things you can do without spending loads of money. What will you be doing this summer that is budget friendly?

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Top 3 Summer Blockbusters

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Although summer conjures up images of sunny days at the beach, not all summer days are created equal. For the days when the weather is more suited for staying indoors, the movie theater is always a good option. Consider seeing these summer blockbusters to brighten your rainy days.

1. Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise plays Major William Cage, an officer who had never seen combat until the day he was dropped into a suicide mission against a powerful alien enemy. Cage is killed in battle but is inexplicably caught in a Groundhog Day-esque time loop where every time he dies he wakes up before the battle and relives it. And every time he runs through the battle his skills and knowledge in combat increase. He works with a Special Forces agent, Rita Vrataski, played by Emily Blunt, as they keep progressing through the battle trying to unlock the secret to victory.

Edge of Tomorrow Movie Tom Cruise Emily Blunt

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2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

This is the sequel to the surprisingly good remake of the 1968 classic. It takes place eight years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes when humanity has been devastated by a widespread virus. The survivors are left to contend with the Apes that have been genetically altered to have the capacity for human thought and even speech – making for a formidable species about as close to super human as it gets. Starring Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman, this should make for another epic installment in the series.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie

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3. Neighbors

This is a comedy many college students and full time residents of college towns can finally come together and enjoy. Kelly and Mac, Rose Byrne, and Seth Rogan, move into a seemingly quiet neighborhood with their newborn child when a fraternity moves in next door. After a series of noise complaints and mutual pranking, things start to get out of hand as the police and the college are forced into the conflict. Zac Efron also stars in this comedy as the fraternity president. This is definitely a must see as it is already being called one of the funniest college movies of all time putting it in the ranks with classics such as Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, and Old School.

Neighbors Movie Seth Rogen Zac Efron

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What summer movies are you looking forward to seeing?

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4 Methods For Finding A Job

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Congratulations to all you 2014 college graduates! And congrats to everyone else who has successfully completed another school year. If you haven’t already, the first thing you are going to want to do is relax and enjoy some time off before gearing up for another year. As understandable as this is, you might want to put relaxation to the side for just a minute and think about what you are planning to do for a summer job or how you are going to get money for the next semester.

1. Online

Try job searching online with websites such as www.monster.com, www.indeed.com, or www.simplyhired.com and search for jobs in your area or jobs that match your job interest. You could even just type your job interest into Google and all relevant positions should end up in the search result. Some places may require you to create an account to apply or to fill out an application online in addition to digitally submitting a resume and cover letter.

Online Job Searching

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2. Newspapers

Sometimes you can find job positions in your local newspaper. These may even be positions that might not end up online, so take a quick peak and see how you can apply. You might have to contact someone first to find out what they are looking for as a job application.

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3. In Person

If there is a place you go too often or somewhere that isn’t too far away? Stop in! Ask them in person if there are any open positions. It shows them you are making the extra effort and hopefully they will remember you when looking at your application as a step above the rest. If you come prepared with your resume, a cover letter (depending on the position you are applying for), references, and dressed appropriately – you will leave a lasting impression that tells them you are serious, prepared, and trustworthy.

Walk-In Job Search

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4. Recommendations

Jobs are highly competitive these days; especially for college students during the summer. It wouldn’t hurt to let everyone you know that you are job searching and what kind of a job you are searching for. Others may be aware of a particular job opening that they can recommend to you! At the least, they can keep a lookout to any potential job openings and let you know if they hear of anything.

College Female Getting Personal Job Recommendation

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Although you will want to have fun and relax during your break, you will also want some spending money now and for your upcoming semester. It also doesn’t hurt to get some job experience on your resume. And for graduates, don’t give up – you may not land your dream job right away and that is okay. Finding any kind of job is a major accomplishment!

Do you have any jobs lined up yet? If so, what? If not, then how do you plan to find one?

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6 Ways To De-Stress

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We all have those days where it seems like there’s not enough time (or coffee) to do everything you need to do. Whether it’s finals, a hard day at work, or even just a particularly stressful day – knowing how to relieve some of your stress can be beneficial to your health, not to mention your sanity. Try some of these methods the next time you need to relax:

1. Take A Breath

If you start to feel the pressure, stop and take a deep breath. Breathing deeper brings more oxygen to your brain, which can help reduce tension and relieve some of that stress. It will also give you a moment to mentally take a step back from the situation.

Female Taking A Deep Breath Outside

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2. Talk It Out

Call your best friend or someone you enjoy talking to. You can feel a lot better after talking about everything that has been bothering you. Sometimes the person you talk to can even give you helpful advice.

Talking With Your Best Friend To Relieve Stress

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3. Go For A Run

Running can help clear your mind and give you time to yourself and away from any stress-inducing factor. In addition to being a stress reliever, it doubles up as some added exercise! The Endorphins your body produces during exercise will reduce stress, improve your sleep, and ward off anxiety. Make time to take a short jog or trip to the elliptical.

Going for a run to relieve stress

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4. Think Positive

Make a list of things you’re grateful for. People who focus on the positives are less likely to be impacted by stress. Write down a list of things you’re grateful for and remember to focus on these things at times you are feeling down or overwhelmed.

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5. Music

Music can have a major impact on your feelings. Listening to happy and soothing music can help lower stress levels from evoking positive emotions. Put together a playlist of songs that make you feel happy and relaxed that you can play at any instance of stress.

College male listening to music to relieve stress

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6. Chocolate

How about having some chocolate? Who wouldn’t want to eat chocolate to throw their worries away? Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, which are not just good for preventing heart disease, but also are great for minimizing stress.

Eating chocolate to reduce stress

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Yesterday, I was walking across the street, getting pelted by the typical springtime Oregon rain and thinking about how many things I had to do. I got to the other side of the street and this random guy looks up, smiles at me, and says, “Don’t worry, smile! It’s not all bad! Stressful moments will always be there, but just remember that there is always something to be happy about and these moments will pass.

How do you relieve your stress?

 

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How To Make Quick & Easy Money!

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Now that summer is here, you are probably deciding whether you’re going to do summer school, where you’re going to go on vacation, or what concerts you’ll go to. Making summer plans then makes you think about where the money is going to come from. Whether you have a job already, or you have some free time and would like to make some cash on the side, I’m going to share with you a few ways I’ve made some quick, extra, easy money!

1. Pet & Baby Sitting

You’re probably more comfortable with one over the other, but I personally enjoy doing both. Lately I have been doing a lot more pet sitting because it’s a lot less time consuming. If you know a lot of people in your area, just start spreading the word of your interest to get started! If you don’t know a lot of people nearby, you can join the free site, www.care.com. This allows you to set up a profile for both pet and baby sitting, and have people find you!

Pet and Baby Sitting Odd Job

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2. Sell Your Stuff

Several times a year, I do a major cleaning of my entire house. When I do this, I always find a lot of stuff that we just don’t use or wear anymore. I’ve sold things like old iPods, broken iPhones, jewelry, and clothing. You won’t get what you paid for it, but you’ll get more out of it than it just sitting in your closet! Selling your stuff is easy. You can turn to a pawn shop, eBay, consignment shops, and craigslist! Just always make sure you’re being safe with whatever outlet you choose.

Selling Old Stuff For Money

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3. Odd Jobs

Okay, so this one definitely isn’t going to be for everyone, but just hear me out. I am not a person that is a huge fan of cleaning. However, I have a little more incentive when I’m being paid to do so. I started by cleaning up one day for the family I pet sit for, and then she asked if she could pay me to do so once a week! I made even more cash for a place I was already going to! Care.com also has job listings for cleaning and odd jobs, which could mean something as easy as going to get groceries for someone!

Cleaning For Cash

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There are so many ways to make some extra cash so that you can enjoy your summer without have a 40+ hour a week job! Just be creative, and dedicated to what you do, and you’ll be at your favorite music festival in no time! Who knows, you might even find out you have an interest for doing something you never knew about before.

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