Cheap College Cuisine: Making a Meal Plan

iStock_000014871272MediumMuch like how carefully planning an itinerary will help reduce the costs of travel, carefully planning meals will help reduce living expenses while in college. You can find many excellent meal plans on the Internet that feature inexpensive and healthy recipes (I particularly enjoy the ones from Clean Eating magazine which change weekly), but the best way to find a meal plan tailored to your tastes is to make one yourself. Spending half an hour each week to outline what you will eat for the next few days can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

A Freshman’s Guide to Doing Laundry

As you begin your first year at college, you’re going to learn how to master some new skills: how to take effective notes; write a twenty-page term paper; and find work-study balance are just a few. Chances are that you are living in a resident hall and this is the first time you will live alone and that you are not used to doing certain things by yourself i.e. washing your dirty clothes. What better time to learn it than now? Here are is simple guide to doing your laundry. (more…)

Choosing a compatible roommate

As someone who shares your living space, your roommate is one of the most important people in your life as a college student. To some degree, you are relinquishing a sliver of your privacy to this person. Having said that, a good roommate isn’t essential for a good college experience, but considering the inherently busy and often stressful life of the diligent student, it’s always comforting to know that you won’t come back from class to find your roomie snorting your prescription of Ritalin or your borrowed-without-permission Skyrim game scratched beyond all hope. (more…)

Grocery Shopping on a College Budget

Living on a college campus certainly has its perks, but sometimes the meal plan isn’t one of them. Whether you’re paying for your meal plan or not, there can be motivation for a student to wish to venture to a local grocery store to find their own food. And while there’s no problem with a little extra food on the side, spending money on grocery shopping week by week can be a huge financial burden for anyone. Here are some tips to manage grocery shopping on a college budget: (more…)

Dorm Pets: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Let’s face it: dorm rooms can be a drag. Sure, your roommate’s great, but something is missing. If you’re an animal lover and a college student, chances are that you’ve at least considered getting a pet for your room. Pets can be interesting and rewarding additions to your living space, but there are some things you should consider before taking in your new “roommate.” (more…)