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Christmas Wallet Savers

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, How-To, Money Honey, Tips with tags on December 13, 2010 by Jill
About the only thing that ever loses weight at Christmas is our wallets. They just seem to go thinner and thinner as the weeks leading up to Christmas fly by. There are lots of things though that can be done to help take some of the crunch out of Christmas. Each on their own may not add up to much, but if you combine them all I bet you will have saved enough money to buy an extra gift or two.

Make sure you eat before you shop

It really is surprising at how many people tend to eat out when they are Christmas shopping. Often the reason for this is because they are away from home for many hours, and often have left home without eating. So if you are planning an early
morning shopping excursion then get up a bit earlier and have a hearty breakfast. You can bet it will hold you through those next several hours while you are shopping. This way you won’t lose precious shopping time by having to stop to eat, and you will have saved some substantial money as well.
If you are a night time shopper, then same thing, have an early dinner and a filling one,  but not one that is going to take a lot of clean up time.
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Changing Colleges? Dos and Don’ts You Must Know

Posted in Articles, Blog News, General, How-To, Tips with tags , , on November 7, 2010 by Jill

(This is a guest post by Abby Nelson.)

Applying to college as a high school student/graduate is one thing; trying to transfer from one college to another is entirely different. For one, your decision is taken in a shorter time period and is fraught with uncertainties; and for another, you need to find a college that not only suits your needs but which also accepts credits you have earned during the semester or two you spent in your current college.

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How Not to Kill Your Roommate

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, On Campus, Tips with tags , on September 26, 2010 by Jill

Oh, college roommates! What in the world could possibly be more exciting or better, really, than sharing a hundred square feet of space with another person? Like you, that person is probably someone who wants to succeed, not become horribly malnourished, and perhaps find some sort of connection with another person in a thrilling new environment. And you’re inevitably going to run into issues.

Photo by Patty.B

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Going Back to School: Here’s What You Need!

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, General, How-To, Tips with tags , , on September 15, 2010 by Jill

It’s a momentous decision when you choose to go back to school years after your graduation; and whether it’s because you want to prove something to yourself or because your career depends on it, when you enter the world of education after a long gap, you need to be prepared for it, no matter if it is full or part time.

Life is no longer as simple as it was when you were in high school or college – it involves much more than just agonizing over lessons, assignment and exams and mulling over the fight you had with your significant other. There could be many other things on your plate now – a job, a family, and other commitments that are not easy to push aside. This makes going back to school a more challenging task, so unless you’re prepared, you could fail in your endeavor to earn a degree.

There are two ways you could go back to school, and each comes with its own challenges:

  • When you decide to do it full time: There are very few people who would choose this option because it would mean putting their jobs and practically their lives on hold. However, if it is the opportunity of a lifetime or if circumstances demand it, it’s not uncommon to decide to go back to school full time. If you belong to this category, you’ll need to ensure that your finances are in order and that you (and your family if you have one) won’t have to worry about money while you spend your time slogging it out. If you’re taking out a loan to finance your education, make sure it’s worth the effort – you don’t want to be burdened with a loan that you cannot repay. Also, a full-time college schedule can be very demanding and you’re going to have to keep pace with kids who are much younger and more ambitious than you. You’re going to have a lot more on your mind than you did the last time round, and concentrating on your lessons is going to take a significant amount of willpower and determination. So psyche yourself to be mentally prepared, and give it the best you’ve got.
  • When you opt to study online: More than 90 percent of those who choose to go back to school take the online route. It’s very convenient because there’s not much change involved – you can continue to work at your job and go on with your life as usual; all you have to do is make some time for your lessons and exams. However, if you’re not disciplined and dedicated to the cause, you could end up lagging behind your classmates and taking much more time to complete your degree than necessary. Also, you must put in a significant amount of effort to balance all the balls you’ll be juggling – work, family, social life and studies – without dropping any of them. You will have to make sacrifices and compromises in order to do justice to your degree. So if you’re prepared and ready to accept the challenge, find a school of your choice and get started.

Going back to school is a worthwhile attempt to improve the quality of your work life, enhance your professional standing, and achieve a sense of accomplishment.

This guest post is contributed by Debbie Owen, she writes on the topic of online doctorate degree. She welcomes your comments at her email id: debbieowen83@gmail.com

How to Make Pumping Gas Awkward

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, How-To, Money Honey, Tips on January 4, 2010 by Jill

(My friend Jaclyn wrote this, as it happened to her recently.)

(Photo by futureatlas.com.)

  1. Pay at the pump before pumping the gas. To make this awkward, make sure you somehow are unable to access the money in you account. Try enough times that the cashier inside says he is coming out to help in a second.
  2. Wait….wait….waaaait…….until a random also pumping gas come to help. To increase awkwardness, believe him when he says you can pre-pay inside.
  3. Go ask the cashier if you can pay inside before pumping gas. When he says you have to pump first, insist you HAVE the money, you just don’t know if you can access it for some reason.
  4. Find a $10 in you purse to hold you over until you can get to the bank to remove the rest of you money. Pump the gas.
  5. (Now here is the tricky part!) Make sure the $10 bill blows away in the wind as you are walking inside.
  6. Be sure to be with friends who have no money. That way, they can’t help at all. As you go in, pray to meet strangers who found your bill and are kind enough to give it back.
  7. Go to the bank, get the rest of your money, go back to the same station (to prove you did indeed have the money all along) then meet up with the guy who found your money as you are leaving.
  8. Tell him you in fact do not want his number when he asks. Then laugh along when he says he was kidding.

Last Minute Gifts on the Cheap

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, How-To, Links, Money Honey, Tips, Web on December 20, 2009 by Jill

Students have no money. We all know this. Here are some websites to help you find cool, creative gifts for low-ish prices. Happy holidays and happy hunting!

25 Basic Study Tips for Students

Posted in Articles, Classy!, College Stuff, General, How-To, On Campus, Tips with tags , on December 10, 2009 by Jill

This guest post is written by Angela Peterson, who writes on the topic of online psychology degrees . She can be reached at her email id: angela_peterson@rediffmail.com

Photo by estebandid.

There’s more than one way to study and each student knows what works best for him/her. But then, there are also some very basic study tips that help you get more done in less time and with greater efficiency. So here goes, 25 great study tips that every student must know:

  1. Paying attention in class is the first step in studying for your exams.
  2. Understand a lesson before you attempt to learn it. When you understand a subject, you’re halfway to learning it.
  3. Set a schedule to study, perhaps an hour everyday even when you don’t have exams coming up.
  4. Doing a little everyday helps you avoid having to cram on the eve of an exam.
  5. When it comes to learning, don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
  6. Don’t sacrifice sleep during exams – a sleep deprived brain does not function efficiently.
  7. Eat more of fruits and healthy foods instead of stuffing yourself with junk food and liters of coffee or going without food when you study.
  8. Don’t hesitate to pick your friends’ brain if you know it will help you study.
  9. When you study, concentrate on the job at hand instead of letting people or situations distract you. Accordingly, choose a location where there is relative peace and quiet and where you will not be disturbed to do your studying.
  10. Take down notes while learning – you remember better this way.
  11. If music soothes you, play some in the background while studying. Some people find it helpful while others feel it is a distraction.
  12. Never study with the TV on because it only distracts you from your purpose.
  13. If you’re using your laptop or computer to study, disable the Internet so that you don’t get sidetracked.
  14. Don’t approach your professors on the eve of an examination with your doubts. Get them cleared well in advance.
  15. Organize your notes and lessons after each class so that you don’t have to scramble for them when your exams are around the corner.
  16. The best time of the day to study is early in the morning when your brain is fresh and rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep.
  17. Use mnemonics and other memory aids to remember names and dates – associate them with people and events that are familiar.
  18. Leave some time to go review and revise your lessons before an exam. Learning them just once is not enough.
  19. When you’re learning Math and other subjects where formulae are involved, practice makes perfect – the more number of problems you solve, the better and quicker you become.
  20. Try combined study with a friend so that you can motivate each other and help each other when your energy and enthusiasm tend to flag.
  21. Alternatively, discuss the subject with your friends. It helps you gain a deeper understanding of what you’re supposed to learn.
  22. Know how to skim when you’re running short of time – when time permits, you can study in detail; but if you lack this precious resource, you must know how to speed read so that you glean all the important points with one or two quick skims of the page.
  23. Some students find that audio lessons help them learn better.
  24. When you teach a friend a concept, you tend to remember it more thoroughly. So if any of your friends come to you with doubts, help them out without hesitation.
  25. And finally, don’t let the stress of examinations get to you. When you’re stressed, your brain stops functioning as it should and all your hard work goes to waste. So stay cool and crack your exams with good groundwork and preparation.

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