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Spring Break Alternatives for the Broke College Student

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While most people may be partying it up in Vegas, Cancun, or Miami, the broke college student may feel as though they are just sitting at home staring at the wall. Well don’t! Do these cheap alternatives for spring break:

1. Tourist

Join in on a tour guide or visit a museum in a city you would like to learn more about. Visit (or re-visit) local landmarks! Spark up a conversation with someone while you are there! It’s fun to meet people from different states or countries. You could even exchange fun travel guide tips or even learn about local food hot-spots.

Tourist Digital Camera
Photo © fxdx

2. Groupons

If you’re looking for something to do, check out the groupon page in your area. They have tons of “now! deals” which include deals for a variety of options. There are some pretty awesome deals such as paintballing, sky diving, and even a deal for cooking class. Whether you’re looking for a new place to eat or if you’re looking for some entertainment, groupon is a great way to go. It’s great for students who are on a budget!

Groupon.com Website

Photo © groupon.com

3. Picnic

If you can’t afford to splurge for spring break, you and your friends can still have fun party outdoors! Get all your basic picnic necessities (cups, soda, plates, etc.) at the dollar store for less than $10! Next, hit up the grocery store and shop clearance items. Though these items are on “clearance” they’re actually NOT expired! The products are still good, it just means their expiration dates are nearing and the stores need to sell them fast. If you’re looking for a change in scenery, have your picnic at a nearby park so you can do other fun outdoor activities like play football or volleyball.

Outdoor Picnic Food and Table Near Lake in the Park

Photo © KFoodaddict

4.  Volunteer

You can also do volunteer work at surrounding communities or in other countries. Many different organizations have  sponsor programs which helps students to send them to various locations to do volunteer work. Students would have to just raise X amount of dollars through donations to be provided with food, boarding, and transportation during the duration of their volunteer period. For more information on volunteer work visit Volunteer Alliance or United Way’s Alternative Spring Break.

Volunteer Help Alternative Spring Break

Photo © ahbrooks

Utilize this time to de-stress from all of those late night study sessions. Whether you’re partying up or giving back by volunteering, just try to make the most out of your spring break!

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5 Cute and Cheap Dates for Valentine’s Day

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Has cupid’s arrow struck you this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry if you still don’t have any plans or if you are short on cash (like most of us college students). I have five ideas that you can pull off last minute for the special day and also not go broke for!

1. Cook Dinner Together

Think of a meal to make together, buy the ingredients together, then go back and cook it together. Not only will the process be fun, but you can both enjoy a nice dinner afterwards with some added candle light and a single red rose as the center piece. Add a little soft music to set the mood and share some strawberries topped with chocolate for dessert.

Romantic Candlelight Dinner Cheap College Style

Photo © Pleaides

2. A Night Walk

Take a walk together holding hands to a place that is special for both of you. Shut your phones off and give each other full attention! Walk and share stories with each other you have never told before. Reflect on memories you have already made together. And gaze at the stars and bring a mug of hot cocoa to share under the moon.

Couple Walking At Night

Photo © Narratography by APJ

3. Secret Surprises

Special surprises are always good. Slide a love note under their door, leave a balloon tied to the knob, and a flower in front or taped to their door. Either do this before they wake up for them to start their day, or for them to come home to as a special way to end the night.

I love you rose taped to door

Photo © Check My Pulse

4. Day Trip

Get in the car and go! Go to a city you have never been and just explore. Site see and spend the day being adventurous. Randomly stop at different places and find things to do to keep you busy. Make sure to take photos and have the perfect playlist for the ride!

Couple Driving Blue Pontiac Firebird

Photo © Stefan Tell

5. Friends

Valentine’s Day is not JUST about couples. It’s about for those you love – that includes friends too! Whether you are single or in a relationship, get with your significant other and your friends and do something together! Go ice skating, bowling, go see a movie, whatever it is – just spend time together. Share some food, conversation, and laughs.

Group of College Friends Ice Skating

Photo © amadut1

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What will you be doing?

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3 Cheap Ways to Spruce Up Your Dorm / Apartment

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Dorms or apartments can be dreadful, especially if it’s your first year away from home. Make it your own and then you will feel more than welcome! Here are some dorm décor ideas to spruce up those boring old rooms!

1. Gift-Wrap Wallpaper

Dorm room and apartment walls can be a such a bore! Add a splash of personality by decorating your wall. This DIY project is cheap, easy and only requires a couple items: 2-3 rolls of gift-wrap paper, thumb-tacks, scissors and tape. Tack on two thumbtacks to the edges of the gift-wrap paper. Make sure you align the edges parallel to the ceiling and then let the gift-wrap roll all the way down to the floor. Cut off the gift-wrap paper parallel to the floor using the scissors and fold it inwards to have a straight-edge look at the bottom. Secure the bottom by tacking on thumbtacks to the bottom as well. Use pieces of tape to hold down the top, sides, and bottom of the gift-wrap paper. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have run out of wall space. Now, you should have your own customized wall design that everyone will envy!

Green Decorative Wallpaper Wrapping Paper

Photo © The Shabby Nest

2. Can Pen Holders

Need some inexpensive yet chic way to store your pens and pencils? Here’s a way to recycle some of your empty cans! All you need is a can opener, nail file and a few empty cans. Go ahead and take the empty soda can and remove the entire top portion and then file down the sharp edges of the can and rinse it out with soap and water. Let it dry and voila! You have yourself an awesome pen/pencil holder.

Fabric Covered Can Pencil Holder

Photo © Making This Home

3. Clothespin Photos

Why buy frames or tape photos on your wall? Here’s a unique, cheap and artistic way of posting photos onto your wall! All you need is some ribbon, clothespins, thumbtacks and your favorite memorable photographs! Cut the ribbon to size and tack thumbtacks onto each end. Evenly space out the areas in which you’d like to post your photos, use the clothes pins to create markers. Hang the photos in place using the clothespins and now you have a cool way of displaying photos!

Photos Hanging from Clothes Pin Line Inside

Photo © My, oh my! D.I.Y.

No need to splurge all your money on dorm/ apartment décor! Try these DIY décor projects and save even more cash! Can’t get enough of these DIY projects? Well, check out this website for different ideas on how to add a splash of your personality into your dorm/apartment!

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Stretching Your Student Wallet for Summer

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Last month marked the official start of summer 2012! That means a whole lot of fun in the sun and chillaxing with your friends. You might wonder what things you can do that are fun and exciting, yet cheap.

Food, friends & fun

Well for starters, everybody loves to eat, so why not get a group of friends and host a potluck or a picnic at a popular spot in town? Here are a few pointers on how to stay under a reasonable budget.

  • Buy what’s on sale! Food goes on sale all the time and is usually the first thing you’ll see when you walk in the store.

    picnic

    Photo © KFoodaddict

  • Value brands are pretty great. If you see something that looks great but is a little pricey, look for a generic brand. Odds are they taste exactly the same!
  • Need your condiments? Save your ketchup, mustard, mayo, & hot sauce packets from every time you go out to eat. It’ll probably save a lot of time when large crowds of people are trying to use the same bottle of ketchup.
  • Most importantly, divvy up who brings what. The more people that participate, the more options, and the easier it’ll be to have a great time!

Movie time

movie theater

Photo © Abhijit Patil

Now that you have a lot of free time, you probably want to catch up on all the movies you missed out on during the semester while you were studying (of course you were studying, right?).  Luckily for you, those awesome movies you missed out on at the time are probably in Redbox or at the dollar theatre! Since you worked hard for a good four months, get a group of friends and make it a weekly thing to hit up your local dollar theatre, or stay in and rent a movie from your nearest redbox! Here are a few ways to find out where to check out cool movies:

  • Got a smart phone? Download the Fandango and/or Redbox app to search local theatres near you and to see what movies are available to rent.
  • Always on your laptop? Have a movie night with a group of friends and hook up your laptop to a TV and stay up all night watching TV from Hulu.com or Netflix.

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have tons of fun. When there’s a will, there is a way! Inside or outside, doesn’t matter! It’s summer. It’s time to have fun… the inexpensive way!

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College Cooking On the Dime

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Keep it cheap and easy with these mouthwatering dishes for a college student’s budget

by Guest Blogger Tiana Bouma

College is all about the cheap and easy. We students are usually on the hunt for better bargains at bars, easier classes, and quicker meals to cook. With the right recipes and some kitchen savvy, you can eat great even on a student’s budget. Here are some easy, cheap, and especially delicious recipes perfect for the student saver. They will make your taste buds jump for joy and save your wallet a few dollars along the way.

Breakfast Burritos

For a quick grab-and-go breakfast, you can make your own breakfast burritos and freeze them the night before. You will need:

by Dennis Amith

12 flour tortillas
6 eggs, scrambled
6 potatoes, diced and fried
grated cheese
cooked and diced bacon or sausage (optional)
salsa (optional)

  • Scramble the eggs and fry the potatoes in a pan until they are golden brown.
  • Soften the tortillas,  and cook or fry up the bacon or sausage.
  • Lay out the tortillas and add the filling ingredients after mixing them together. Roll up, tucking the ends in first, and freeze the extras.

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Ramen

Using a staple food in every college student’s kitchen, make this extremely affordable dish a tad healthier with meat and tastier with flavoring that isn’t artificial.

1 package beef or spicy beef ramen noodles
2 cups water
1 lb. beef steak strips
2 tspn. oil
2 cups broccoli, cut up
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1/8 tspn. crushed red pepper (optional)

  • Cook noodles according to package directions and drain.
  • In skillet, cook brown beef and drain. Add oil, half of the seasoning packet, broccoli and onions.
  • Stir fry for five minutes. Add soy sauce and red pepper. Simmer for five more minutes. Serve over noodles, and slurp up!

Roasted Asparagus

by Elana's Pantry

Asparagus starts appearing in grocery stores around early spring, so stock up when you can! Roast this wonderful vegetable into a crisp, sweet delight.

1 lb. asparagus
2 tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. salt

  • Clean asparagus and take each stalk in your hands. Bend the stalk and the asparagus will naturally snap at the point where it becomes tough.
  • Place the tips on a heavy baking pan and toss with the olive oil.
  • Roast at 425 degrees F for 5-10 minutes until the asparagus is tender and begins to brown.

Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

Not into baking? Don’t be afraid! This four-step recipe only requires two ingredients.

1 (16 ounce) can vanilla frosting
1 (18 ounce) jar peanut butter

  • Empty an entire jar of peanut butter into a mixing bowl.
  • Heat vanilla frosting in its container (remember to take off the foil lining first) in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until completely melted.
  • Pour the melted frosting in the bowl with the peanut butter and mix well.
  • Quickly pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan, allow the fudge to set, cut into small squares and enjoy!

I hope these recipes will inspire you to think outside of your budget and get your stove fired up for more delicious dishes to come! What do you like to whip up in your kitchen?

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