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Posted August 07, 2015 by

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

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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 April 09, 2015 by

Saving on Schooling: Slick Tips to Stick to a Budget in College

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Chalkboard with “Budget” written on it. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Who has the time and energy to work, earn money, and study while attending college? Here are some slick tips to help you stick to a budget in college and give you a leg up when it comes to figuring out first time finances.

Write a Budget
You listed expenses and income, set priorities in case funds run short, and allocated an amount to each item, right? If not, do this today. Use free, online budget software and worksheets you can download, or make your own.
Account for expenses students often overlook:
Tithing and charitable contributions.
Auto maintenance and repair.
Savings – List as an expense each pay period. Use only for planned purchases like books or travel home.
Gifts, cards – Don’t be robbed of the joy of giving.
Emergency savings – Covers out-of-pocket expenses like ER co-pays, major car repairs, or a lawyer should you need help fighting traffic tickets, for example, but not that college students are ever in a hurry, of course.
Fun money – a set amount to spend as you please. (more…)

Posted February 27, 2015 by

Considerations for Your Next Move (How It Can Affect Your Career)

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Deborah Anderson

While it is true that it is still pretty early in the school year for most college students, those finals and the last days of the school year are just around the corner. It is easy to plan out how you will address the class requirements, but sometimes the other aspects of life are missed or not given as much attention and you may find yourself “throwing it together” when faced with projects at the end of the year.

One of those areas is the dorm room or suite that you have occupied and that you won’t be needing in the summer. Even if you have already graduated (congratulations!), you may not have found that next place to live, or if you have, you may be wondering if this is your final destination. Speaking from experience, that choice of where to live can sometimes change a few times in life, especially as it relates to jobs! (more…)

Posted January 14, 2015 by

5 Ways for a Woman to Create Financial Independence

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Woman saving money in a piggybank – isolated over white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

College graduation is a milestone. Marked with a cap and gown, a ceremony, and also, financial independence. After college, you may be faced with making a number of decisions regarding your career, living situations and personal relationships. All of these areas of your life are improved if you are managing a path toward financial freedom. Here are five ways for a woman to create financial independence: (more…)

Posted September 23, 2014 by

5 Habits You Need to Develop During College

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Rear view of students attentively listening to male teacher in the classroom. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Starting college is a huge step. For most, it’s your first taste of long-term independence. Although this is a new and exciting time, that doesn’t mean that it is also a time to go crazy.

This transitional period between relying on your parents and relying on yourself is a key period. Habits that you start now are going to have a much larger effect than habits that you may have had before, so it’s important to develop good, strong habits when you’re in college. These habits are ones you will hopefully carry on to your professional life and benefit you in future jobs. (more…)

Posted May 22, 2014 by

Saving for College? What You Need to Know

I am sure going to college is a goal for many students.  While getting a higher education can set you up for career success, it can be expensive.  That’s why prospective students who are saving for college need all of the knowledge they can get concerning this decision.  The following infographic shares some points to help you plan ahead. (more…)

Posted May 09, 2014 by

Where Does Startup Money Come From?

If you are thinking about building a startup and wondering where to find some financial resources, the following infographic highlights them. (more…)

Posted March 17, 2014 by

Financing Your Business Career With Green Deals

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Businessman wearing a green tie with thumbs up. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The field of loan segment is increasing in a fast pace. The banking sectors are coming up with new and innovative methods to make your business reach the highest ranking position by offering the best monetary help for different situations. Keeping the prevent ecofriendly situation in mind, the governmental aids have come across a new segment, known as the green deal. It can be defined as an innovative way of a financial mechanism, which will help the people to pay for some of their energy efficient improvisation. This can be done by saving more towards their energy bills. This can also be defined as a new method, launched on a recent value and it can be applied in both non-domestic and residential sectors. This new policy is going to replace the former policies, associated with CESP or CERT subjects. (more…)

Posted December 02, 2013 by

Leaving Recent Graduate Jobs to Go Out on Your Own? The Steps You Should Take

At some point, young professionals may want to leave their recent graduate jobs, and go out on their own to become entrepreneurs.  Before making this change, there are some steps these workers should take according to the following post.

How do you confidently make the leap from corporate employee to entrepreneur or consultant? If you want to make it on your own, there are three important steps many successful entrepreneurs take before they head out. While some folks get lucky or find a way to make it work without much

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Posted September 23, 2013 by

4 Reasons You Should Negotiate a Raise (But Never Spend the Money)

Jim Hopkinson

Jim Hopkinson, Salary.com contributing writer

When asking for a raise or promotion, many people ask the wrong way and ask for the wrong reasons.

The wrong way to ask is to walk into your boss’ office and beg for a raise, demand a raise, or give an ultimatum. The wrong reasons to justify an increase are excuses like you need the money for rent, you heard that a friend of yours makes more than you, or you want to buy that new Jaguar convertible you saw on TV.

In fact, if you’re like many Americans, even if you get that raise, you’ve already spent the additional money before it even clears direct deposit.  According to a CNN/Money survey, 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, 50% have less than a three-month cushion, and 27% had no savings at all. (more…)