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Posted August 07, 2015 by

College Life 101: A Student’s Guide to Saving Money in School

happy student with a money at the school desk on the white background

Happy student with a money at the school desk on the white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Students need to be their own personal financial managers. They also need to be financial planners, looking at future expenses. How can you survive the money pit of college? By planning and managing your money vigilantly. Avoiding overspending and accumulating high credit card balances are important goals for success.

Books and Materials

One of the first major expenses is textbooks. You can save significantly by renting your books. Many students buy used books and materials. Make sure that any interactive materials, such as CDs, website codes, and more, are transferable. Some students share books, especially when they have different class periods.

Materials, such as art supplies, can wreck a budget. Ask your instructor if any stores offer student discounts. Sometimes, you need a voucher or coupon from the college; but, generally, your student ID is sufficient. How much can you save? Up to 25 percent on average. (more…)

Posted June 04, 2015 by

How to Handle Life After Graduation

Graduation: Student excited about diploma and graduating

Graduation: Student excited about diploma and graduating. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

So you raced through the last four years—acing tests, tackling internships, and having some fun along the way. It was all for this moment, now you proudly hold your college diploma in your hands. Go ahead and celebrate, you deserve it! But when you wake up tomorrow, will you know what you’re going to do with your life?

There can be some tough situations after college for which you may not be prepared. But that’s okay, you’ll get there.

Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate the post-grad landscape so you can make educated decisions on the things that will impact the rest of your life. (more…)

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Some Education But No Experience: Entry Level Jobs

Laura O. Tolentino

Laura O. Tolentino

Most of us work retail at some point in our lives. It’s a job you might not want to work at forever, but there are ways to leverage some great perks working on the retail floor. It is also possible to advance into the corporate realm in some retail situations, making this a real career path. Whether you are treating it as the former or the latter, there are ways to make the most of your retail job. Here are a few strategies. (more…)

Posted November 18, 2014 by

Keeping Debt Down: Money Saving Tips for Students

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Closeup portrait of young woman holding her piggy bank friend in hand, isolate on white background. Positive emotion facial expression feelings. Smart wise saving paid financial decisions. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Last week a report in the Express and Star indicated that more students than ever before are relying on Payday loans to supplement their finances. A spokeswoman said that payday lending is becoming ‘increasingly prevalent within the student community’ and this controversial method of borrowing money can see students racking up even more debt by the time they finish their studies. Managing your budget as a student can be difficult. For many it is the first time they will have experienced living independently and budgeting accordingly. This along with the social temptations that are often associated with a student lifestyle and expensive costs of course materials can see them frittering away their money before they realize how and where it has gone. Being a student often means accruing at least some debt, but keeping this to a minimum is seriously beneficial so here are some ways that you can save money while studying and still have a good time. (more…)

Posted September 12, 2013 by

College Freshmen, Avoid These 15 Financial Errors

College student holding money and books, upset by tuition cost and debt

College student holding money and books, upset by tuition cost and debt. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you are a college freshman who wants to make the most of your financial situation, be sure to avoid the 15 mistakes mentioned by Kiplinger in the following post.

·         Spending without a budget—students might not have much experience tracking their spending, but their checking account balance could quickly hit $0 if they don’t take the time to find out where their money is going on a day-to-day basis.

·         Paying for a checking account—it’s become harder to find free checking accounts with no strings attached, but many banks offer free student accounts with no minimum balance. (more…)

Posted July 01, 2013 by

10 Things to Do Before You Graduate

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College student with tablet and backpack. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Whether you’re headed for commencement or viewing it from afar, have you made the most of college? Between enrollment and graduation, you may think that you have plenty of time to get everything done that you want to do. But imagine graduating and then looking back only to realize all the things you missed. Bump these ten things to the top of your to-do list and squeeze the most out of college while you still can. (more…)