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Vacationing On A College Budget

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

We all have those Facebook friends who post tons of pictures of their amazing trip to Europe or somewhere else amazing. Not all of us can go on an extravagant vacation, but with a few tricks, anyone can have a great weekend getaway! Over the years I’ve found a few key ways that have allowed me to enjoy summer on a budget.

1. Shop The Deals

Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are built so that people can find great things to do for a great deal, so take advantage of it! There are some out of country trips if you have some money saved up for that, but if not, there are so many local hotel deals for a few days away!

LivingSocial Website Online Coupon Deals

Photo © Money Crashers

2. Travel By Car

If you cut out the flight, you cut out the majority of the cost. The best way to vacation is to get a group of friends, split the gas, and hit the road. Next month I’m going to San Francisco with friends and we are driving the eight hours together while splitting the gas and hotel costs, which is making it such a cheap trip!

Driving Across The Country Open Road Outdoors Adventure

Photo © Business Insider

3. Plan Ahead

It’s hard for us sometimes to make plans in advance, but if you can book a flight, or book a hotel, it’s much more beneficial to you if you can book it at least a few weeks out. Every time I want to go home, and have to book a flight, I make sure that it’s at least a month out because the prices are much cheaper.

Female Student Looking Online On Laptop For Hotels Vacation

Photo © sirvoy

4. Landmarks

Find cool places to go that don’t require you to spend a lot of money to see them. Once you are on your way, find bars, local shops, and restaurants to make it an adventure along the way!

Girls Posing And Taking Pictures With Local Louisiana Landmarks

Photo © thetowntalk

To have a great summer, you don’t have to have a lot of money, or go to another country. Get a group of friends, or your loved one, and start making plans!

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Summer Parties On A Budget

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School is officially over! Well, at least for those who aren’t taking summer courses. But whether or not you’re taking classes this summer, it’s time to enjoy this nice weather! Summer parties are great because you get to hang out outside with your friends and family, fire up the grill, and enjoy the sun.

However, throwing these parties can get a bit pricey especially if you get a bigger crowd. Here are some ideas I have for throwing a great party without spending tons of cash!

1. Homemade Drinks

People are a lot more thirsty when they’re eating outdoors with the sun blazing down on them. It is important to keep hydrated, but buying beverages can put a dent on your budget. A great way to save is to make your own! Make your own lemonade and iced teas with this easy recipe that includes water, ice, lemons, and strawberries.

Pink Strawberry Lemonade Drink

Photo © craftaholics anonymous

2. Chinese Paper Lanterns

Chinese paper lanterns are a cute addition to any party. They run on batteries and create such a great ambiance. Plus they’re fairly inexpensive! Here are some lanterns that you can use over and over again!

White Paper Lantern String Party Lights

Photo © Paper Lantern Store

3. Appetizers

No one said you have to barbecue massive amounts of meat. I love to just make a few different appetizers and put them out and let people munch on those before the grilling begins. This way, they’re not as hungry by the time the meat comes around and you won’t have to buy tons of meat. Start with stick salads. This is essentially just cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves. They’re delicious and my guests always love them! Fruit is always a great thing to play with because you can make all sorts of different shapes out of it, like this hedgehog made out of watermelon.

Lettuce tomato cheese salad on a stick

Photo © POPSUGAR

With these ideas, you can throw a fun and festive party without breaking the bank. Just allow yourself some time to get creative and you can come up with anything!

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DIY Toiletries & Cleaning Supplies

Filed under: College Life, DIY & Crafts, Money/Budget, Tips - Angelina
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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

College is where we all learn how to live frugally. Students always need to save money. However, that doesn’t mean we always see opportunities to save money. A lot of us spend what we think are small amounts of money on things we use every day (shampoo, soap, shaving cream, etc), not even realizing there is a cheaper way. Have you ever made your own toiletries or cleaning supplies? It might seem like difficult, time-wasting work, but it pays off in the long-run. Here are a few ways to get started:

1. Deodorant

For the solid kind, follow this recipe, which uses coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch. Want to try a spray-on? Go for this recipe, which uses only baking soda, water, and a spray bottle. If you want a nice scent to it, try adding an essential oil.

DIY Make Your Own Deodorant Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © One Green Planet

2. Shampoo

As the writer of this recipe notes, just a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of hot water will make an inexpensive, yet effective, shampoo. If you want a shampoo that smells good, buy the Castile soap in the first recipe in a different scent.

DIY Make Your Own Shampoo Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © Money Saving Queen

3. Toothpaste

Just 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and 1 ½ teaspoons of salt will make you toothpaste! For a little flavor, add some peppermint essential oil or cinnamon.

DIY Make Your Own Toothpaste Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © Thankfully Thrifty

4. Countertop Cleaner

This recipe for a multi-purpose cleaner calls for quite a few ingredients, but you know what they say: a little goes a long way! The maker gave it great reviews too – this might be one I even try!

DIY Make Your Own Counter Cleaner Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © Our Semi Organic Life

5. Dish Soap

For liquid dish soap to wash with by hand, try this recipe. Have an automatic dishwasher? Try this one.

DIY Make Your Own Soap Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © MadeFromPinterest.com

6. Shower Cleaner

I like this easy recipe for doing one of the most hated household chores. All you need is borax, baking soda, vinegar, liquid soap, and warm water.

DIY Make Your Own Shower Cleaner Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © Whole New Mom

As you can see, a lot of these recipes require the same ingredients, so you’ll save time and money on something you can use multiple ways.

Is there anything you make to save money? Let us know in the comments!

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Penny Pinching in a Glitzy Town

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Tiana Bouma Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The cost of living always seems to be rising. I just returned from a three month internship in Washington D.C. and realized while living there that I wasn’t properly prepared to be living in such an expensive city. I’m hoping to return there upon graduation and decided to try to decrease my cost of living to save up by making a budget.

How To Build A Budget:

1. Online Websites

There are multiple free websites that help you build a budget and watch your expenses. You can usually input credit cards, bills, and investments so that you have a complete view. I made an account at mint.com and have decreased my spending on groceries on budgeted clothes and restaurant expenses as well. Analyzing my expenses this way was an enlightening experience.

mint.com screenshot pie chart of finances and money budget

Photo © darksidesunny

2. Stay In

It’s easy to overspend on entertainment, especially with how expensive going out to a movie or getting drinks can be. Instead of going out, a stay-in night with friends can be just as fun. Movies are cheaper to rent, board games are always fun, or bottle of wine on sale and some invigorating conversation can keep a budget in check. If you do need/want to go out, than look for happy hours with seriously cheap drinks and maybe even some food options as well. Big cities may have a website listing all the happy hours in the area.

Uno Card Game

Photo © futilidadesdemenina

3. Savings

Coupons and deal websites are helpful in saving some additional costs. Livingsocial and Groupon saved me a lot of money when I wanted to go to sports events or themed parties for holidays. I was even able to save on cooking classes and haircuts.

Pile of coupons and discounts and savings

Photo © Mandy_Jansen

Any little savings will go far in the long run. Saving only $50 a month on groceries will equal $1,200 in 2 years! The budgeting has even helped me when I returned to my last month in college.  Hopefully these tips can help with living costs in any city.

What do you do to save money? Leave a comment below!

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D.I.Y. Dorm Decor

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It’s the return to school, homework, and studying time of the year. For some of us, we pack up our bedrooms at home and move whatever we can into what will be our home away from home for the next 8-9 months. Since most of us are on a student budget, we look for ways to live inexpensively (cheap meals and cheap dorm furnishings), but that doesn’t mean our dorm has to take the grunt of it. Believe it or not, there are some easy and affordable ways to decorate without breaking the bank.

1. Stylish Lighting

Hot glue flowers to a lamp shade. This one is probably more for the ladies, unless you can find a pattern you like, guys. Stop at Target and pick up one of their $10 lamps, a white lamp shade, and then hit the craft store for some fake flowers. You could also use feathers, beads, or ribbon.

Flowers Glued to Homemade Lampshade

Photo © Star's Fault

2. Where Are My Keys?

Take a wooden board, cover with the fabric of your choice, and add hooks. Use for jewelry or keys. Check out these key holders for more creative inspiration.

Monkey Wall Key Hook

Photo © bending light

3. Drink In Style.

Pick up some small frames at Ross, TJ Maxx (or another similar store), and instead of putting a picture in them, fill them with corks to create some rustic-looking and original coasters. You could also use beer bottle cap or create drawings on the basic white coasters. It’s a built-in conversation starter!

Creative Drink Coasters with Drawings

Photo © Vedran Židanik

4. Bottlecap Memories.

You know those photos on your computer of you and your friends? Print them out in a small size and glue them to the inside of bottle caps. Or create fridge magnets out of them! Follow this simple tutorial.

Bottle Cap with Glue Gun

Photo © sorakirei

5. Make a museum.

When was the last time you painted? With this tutorial, you can get back the little kid in you and create a piece no one else will have. Experiment with different designs, such as spirals, circles or another funky pattern.

Modern Painting

Photo © LaBetenoir

What are your favorite ways to decorate your dorm? Let us know in the comments!

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