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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.
  • 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

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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Mike’s Top 3 Tips To Maximize Thanksgiving Break on the Cheap

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By BookRenter Mike

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The pilgrimage back home for Thanksgiving Break is one of my favorite times of the year. Since, I go to school so far away from home, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and see my family! That being said, I want to have as much fun as I can this week without spending a ton of money. Check out my top 3 favorite ways to enjoy Thanksgiving break without having to spend any money!

1) Enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner at home with Family

My fraternity house has a meal plan that enables me to enjoy lunch and dinner four nights at week at a very low cost. Unfortunately, the meal plan food is less than satisfying. One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving break is enjoying my mom’s home cooking. A family dinner always offers good laughs, plus it’ll help you rejuvenate for the upcoming finals push.

2) Attend a local event such as an High School athletic competition or Performing Arts Event

Often times these events will free or offered at very little cost to your wallet. These events will help you catch up with old friends and help you rediscover what makes home so special. Plus, there’s nothing better than watching your alma mater beat up on your local rival on the way to the state championship!

3) Give back to the community by helping out at a local food bank or soup kitchen

A lot of people say that their favorite part about Thanksgiving is the leftovers and for good reason, they are absolutely delicious! However, instead of enjoying them of Friday, why don’t you drive them over to the local food bank and drop them off to those in need? Better yet, helping out for a few hours at a soup kitchen will make you feel good and maybe help you work off some of the calories you accumulated from your Thanksgiving feast!

Since Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks, let your wallet have the opportunity to give you thanks my doing things that won’t cost you much money. What activities do you like to do when you go home that don’t cost much money?

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