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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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3 Ways To Cut Down On Spending

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Summer is coming to an end and you are probably wondering where all of your money went. It’s alright, everyone goes through the summer spending frenzy. I have a few tips on how to get back on track as the new school year and classes are about to begin.

1. Write Out A List Of Bills

This may seem monotonous, but with all the paperless billing and everything being an auto-debit these days, it’s easy to forget how much of your money you are spending. Take a few minutes to sit down and think about all the bills that go out, the average cost of each one, and the date that they go out. When you write it, it gives you a better idea of what time of when your bills are and how much you are spending.

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2. Use Cash

It’s so much easier to spend money when you are swiping that plastic card and not physically handing over your money. I have started to figure out a budget for myself per week. I go to the ATM and only use that cash when I’m paying for things. I always have my card for emergencies, but it is so much easier to keep track of what I’m spending.

Young College Girl Holding Up Money One Dollar Bills For Cash Spending

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3. Out With The Old

There are so many consignment shops that will take your old clothes and give you cash right on the spot. I have done it a few times with outfits that I haven’t worn in months, and I knew I probably would’t ever again. This helps me save space and get a bit of my money back for those unused items. A lot of places will take shoes, jewelry, scarves, anything you have in your closet!

Female College Student Trading Her Clothes In Store For Cash

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These are just a few ways that I have gotten back on track each year after a full summer of spending! Hopefully some of these will work for you! What do you like to do to track and cut down on spending?

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Vacationing On A College Budget

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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