While I was browsing Pinterest today, I came across this awesome post about discounts you can get with your student I.D. I never would have guessed there were so many discounts for just having a college I.D. Whether you’re looking for discounts on food, fashion, or electronics, check out this list.
I really want to be able to help college students everywhere avoid living the broke college kid lifestyle – ramen noodles, raggedy sweats you’ve owned for five years, digging through couch cushions for loose change.
Through this blog, I want to offer tips and tricks on saving money in various categories, such as food, fashion, and every day essentials.
Today, I am going to discuss how to stock your closet with affordable fashion essentials. By doing so, you can be fashionable and have a lot of options without breaking the bank.
With the help of Frugal Beautiful, let’s break it down.
The worst feeling is wanting to look cute and fashionable but having no money to buy this season’s new collection. Living in a fashion-forward city like Pittsburgh, I envied the fashion choices of my fellow classmates at times. I guess, I felt like my fashion was still stuck back home in high school. My only problem? I just spent all of the money I had saved and gotten from graduation on stuff for my dorm and books for classes. Slowly, after starting a work study job, then shortly after that, getting another job at a tanning salon, I started collecting up neutral pieces to help build my wardrobe with the little money I had leftover after paying bills (phone bill, food, transportation, car insurance).
So, if you have a small budget and desire a big selection in your closet, where should you start?
Let’s start at the bottom: Shoes. What’s worth buying and what should you walk on past?
Frugal Beautiful includes a pair of black or nude heels to go with everything, a pair of statement heels, black flats, a pair of classic boots, and a pair of sandals that match practically every outfit. Adding to the list, I think that every girl should own a good pair of sneakers – whether it’s for working out or to go with your sweatpants on a lazy day.
Now, for the clothing items that you shouldn’t live without: a simple pencil skirt to dress up or dress down, a dressier blouse appropriate for church or work, a little black dress (of course), 3 cardigans – one black, one tan, and one that is brightly colored and fun – , 3 pairs of jeans – one pair being a classy dark wash for when you need to dress an outfit up -, 4 camisoles or undershirts that can be paired with your cardigans or layered, and a black trench or peacoat.
I also think a good pair of black leggings (thick enough that you can’t see through them!!) is an essential part to any wardrobe.
To finish off your looks, gather up some accessories that can go with anything. Frugal Beautiful likes a classic pearl necklace and pearl studs, basic gold and silver necklaces and studs to match, a leather belt, a couple of statement items like vintage brooches, tights, and basic handbag that can be worn with anything.
My favorite accessories are scarves – I own over a dozen of them, and Charlotte Russe always has them on sale for $5. They are an effortless finishing touch to any outfit.
Once you buy these essential pieces, you can buy other pieces here and there, when your wallet permits, that go with the items that you already have, and then you can watch your wardrobe grow and grow.
For more information on essentials and how to shop on a budget, visit Frugal Beautiful.
While we are still in the midst of the New Year, people are still trying to follow their New Year’s Resolutions. Personally, even though it’s cliche, I chose to be healthier in the new year.
Unfortunately, on a college budget, it’s hard to refrain from buying pasta for a dollar a box and three dozen chicken nuggets on that yellow Styrofoam for $5 (you know, the ones that are stuffed with cheese and really aren’t that good for you) because it’s a lot of food for a small price.
With the help of the Smarter Renter Blog and author Derek House, here are some tips for eating healthy on a college budget.
To start your healthy “stockpile“, start with staple items like brown rice, 100% whole wheat bread, and non-fat Greek yogurt. These items can be used in many different ways, and all are very healthy for you. With the rice, you can make stir fry, casseroles, or soup. With the bread, you can make sandwiches, stuffing, or breakfast strata. Greek yogurt can be mixed with granola, fruit, or into a smoothie for a quick, filling snack.
As elementary school as it sounds, brown bag your lunch. By doing so, you not only save money, but you only pack things that you know the nutritional value of.
One of my favorite tips from this article is “buy your veggies frozen”. Some people have a theory that when veggies are frozen, they lose a lot of their nutritional value. False. Frozen vegetables contain just as much, if not more nutrients, according to House. Not to mention, frozen veggies are cheaper and keep longer.
Other tips in this article include never shopping hungry, drinking water instead of soda, using rewards cards at the grocery store for extra savings, and only buying the produce you need to avoid the produce going bad before you use it.
Overall, I think House makes a lot of great points. If you follow the tips in his article, then you can chisel away at your grocery bill and at your waist line.
All of the tips highlighted in this post came from 20 Money-Saving Ideas for Eating Healthy in College. For the full article by Derek House on the Smarter Renter Blog, click here.
If you’re looking for tips on how to pay for college, fastweb.com is a great place to start.
In this particular article, author Elizabeth Hoyt gives 30 tips on how to save in college. If you aren’t already on a budget, you should probably start one so that you don’t end up in a never ending “cycle of debt” as author Elizabeth Hoyt puts it.
Number 1 is a tip that I live by each semester; Buy or rent used textbooks and sell last semester’s books back. I can’t stress enough how much cheaper it is to search websites like Chegg or Campus Book Rentals to get books for half the price than you’d pay at the campus’ book store.
9, 15, and 22 are more of my favorite tips. Click here for the full article and full list of tips.
YouTube user StephalliJane23 has a lot of really helpful videos for so many different topics pertaining to surviving college.
This video has a lot of great tips on how to cut a few dollars here and there.