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3 Inexpensive Recipes for the Starving College Student

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography





College is one of the best experiences of our lives. However, college food can sometimes be one of the worst. Being on a budget and starving can sometimes be a struggle. Here are three easy recipes that will satisfy your taste buds and save you money!

1. Mexican Hotdogs

Take a flour tortilla and spread a spoonful of beans onto it. Sprinkle on some of your favorite cheese, place a hot dog in the middle, and roll it up. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Afterwards top it off with salsa!

2. Potato Soup

Add peeled and cubed potatoes to a saucepan. Add chopped celery and onions to the mix. Add water to bring the items to a boil, but make sure not to cover the veggies and potatoes fully with the water. Bring to a boil for about 25 minutes and then roughly mash up the potatoes. You want to coarsely mash up the potatoes so that you have chunks of it in the soup. Add 1/4 cup of milk to thicken up the sauce and flavor it with salt/pepper.

3. Peanut Butter Fudge with Vanilla Frosting

Empty a full jar of peanut butter and a whole can of vanilla frosting into a microwave safe bowl. Mix well and microwave for 30 second to 1 minute, watch carefully not to over cook it! Afterwards, pour the mix out onto the bowl and let it set. After letting it cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

What is your go-to meal when you are on a budget?

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Summer On A Budget

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography





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.

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!

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.

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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Budget-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography





It has been another year and now another Mother’s Day is approaching! Do you know what you’re getting your mom (or mother figure in your life) yet? Flowers and chocolate work well, but why not try something different this year?

Check out this list of budget-friendly ideas:

1. Music

If you know her favorite songs, compile them all together for her to bring along wherever she goes (a CD, on her iPod, or whatever). Not sure what she’ll like? Make a list of some songs that make you think about her – that remind you of good times spent together, or even just a playlist of songs you think she will like. It’s the thought that counts!

2. Collage

Make a collage of all your own photos of the two of you together over the years, or just your favorite moments as a family. You can even put it in a fancy frame to spiff it up!

3. Handwritten Letter

Not creative with photo art? Put your heart to words. Write a list of all the reasons she means a lot to you, ways she’s helped you over the years, or your favorite memories. Also, fight the urge to type it up. It may be quicker and less of a strain on your hand, but handwritten shows real effort and adds a personal touch.

4. Pampering

Not all spa services cost an arm and a leg. Either a chair massage or a simple pedicure – moms like to be taken care of and feel pretty too! This is a great way to remind her she isn’t just a mom, she’s a woman too!

5. Her Guilty Pleasure

It can be as simple as a card, a hug, and her favorite candy! Surprisingly, my mom pointed out a coloring book (of all things) she wanted. Of course it’s not the only thing I’ll get for her, but the point is, all moms have things they do or indulge in to relax. What does your mom do? Let her know you pay attention by picking her up that special something!

No matter what you choose, the goal is to make your mom feel appreciated. Put a little thought and time into your gift, and you can’t go wrong!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Dates

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography





Think you have to be rich to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Wrong. Valentine’s Day, like other holidays, doesn’t have to break the bank. No matter what your budget is, there are always ways to celebrate. The big day is only one week away, so if you don’t have something planned, I have a few inexpensive suggestions for you.

1. Cook Dinner

You can surprise him/her with a homemade dinner, or make it a duo activity and pick out your meal together, go shopping to get the ingredients, and spend some kitchen time together while your favorite music plays in the background. Or, maybe one of you will focus on the meal while the other focuses on the dessert. Don’t forget to light the candles for the mood!

2. Have A Picnic

You can still have a picnic even if it’s cold outside. Just bundle up with some scarves and mittens, bring a cozy blanket, and find a spot in a park or beside a lake. Snack on fruit, cheese, crackers, and of course, chocolate. When it gets too cold for comfort, head back home and warm up inside with some cocoa!

3. Enjoy The Waves

Pick up some dessert and enjoy it by the beach as the waves crash in. Be sure to get there before sunset for a romantic view. End it with a stroll in the sand.

4. Rent A Hot Tub

In some towns, you can rent a private hot tub by the hour for pretty affordable prices. Grab your bathing suits and some towels and spend the night relaxing in hot water. Afterward, grab drinks or a late dinner.

5. Go Out

Downtown or near campus there are always places with fun events like dancing, karaoke, ice-skating or other holiday-themed events. Check your local paper or Craigslist – you’re bound to find something!

6. Try Something New

Get takeout at that new restaurant you always drive or walk by, rent a couple new movies, take it all back to your place and veg out. Afterward, venture out for dessert or create something on your own with what you already have in the cupboards. Anything new is bound to be exciting and make for a memorable night.

Just remember to enjoy the day and the rest will come naturally. Get creative and have fun! What are some Valentine’s Day date ideas you have? Leave them in the comments below!


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How To Un-Spend From The Holidays

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography





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!

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!

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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