How to save money on DIY Christmas gift ideas

The holiday season is fast approaching—a scary time for a broke college student. You want to give your loved ones presents but your funds are limited. How to save money and celebrate the season? DIY Christmas gift ideas to the rescue.

Create a personalized mug as a Christmas gift. (Credit: Tutorial)

Create a personalized mug as a Christmas gift. (Credit: Tutorial)

Not only will you spend less by making your own presents, but everyone will feel extra appreciated knowing you spent time and creativity on them. Read more

DIY handmade holiday ornaments for college students

It may be a bit early to be thinking about Christmas. But if you’re on a budget then you can save lots of money by starting early with things to make for Thanksgiving and homemade Christmas ornaments. DIY crafts can be a great way to create unique decorations and presents for Christmas and other holidays.

Create your own handmade ornaments for the holiday season. (Credit: Michael Minars)

Create your own handmade ornaments for the holiday season. (Credit: Michael Minars)

Take for example what you can do with homemade cinnamon ornaments. They are pretty and smell good too. Here are more DIY ideas for your holiday ornaments. Read more

What you should know about Apple Pay

Apple Pay, the contactless payment system that runs on your iPhone 6, debuted on October 20, 2014. Now, barely a month old, the electronic payment system faces a challenge from a newcomer that won’t be available until spring 2015. What started this battle of payment methods is an attempt by retailers to avoid paying the processing fees for credit card transactions.

Apple Pay is a push into mobile payments. (Credit: Apple)

Apple Pay is a push into mobile payments. (Credit: Apple)

By most accounts, Apple Pay, which uses near field communication, is the superior system. That hasn’t stopped some retailers from blocking Apple Pay from its customer payment options. Read more

5 ideas to find the perfect holiday gift for your bae

It’s that time of year for college students to start thinking about buying their bae a holiday gift. Budgets are tight, but you want to get something special without breaking the bank.

There are many holiday gifts that don't break the bank.

There are many holiday gifts that don’t break the bank.

You could consider homemade Christmas gift ideas or store bought gifts. Either way, the point should be that you got something they will treasure. Here are five Christmas gift ideas for a girlfriend or boyfriend that say, “I thought of you!” Read more

Ask your ‘rents for these cool Christmas presents

Let’s face it, a college student budget isn’t exactly made to purchase any big ticket items. So if you’ve been longing for the perfect Christmas gift that’s too expensive for you to swing, it may be time to ask Santa, aka mom and dad.

If you want something that’s not in your budget, ask mom and dad for it for Christmas.

If you want something that’s not in your budget, ask mom and dad for it for Christmas.

College students: now is the time to give the ’rents a heads up on the cool Christmas presents you have your heart set on, but you just can’t afford on your own. Come Christmas morning, you will be happy knowing you got just what you wanted, and they will be happy knowing how much you appreciate their gift. Read more

Credit card tips and tricks—things you need to know

When it comes to credit card tips and tricks, there are a lot of things you need to know. College students can get burned, and burned bad, by a whole host of common mistakes that will tank their credit score quicker than they can learn what is a good credit score.

Be wise about using a credit card in college. (Credit: Coupons.com)

Be wise about using a credit card in college. (Credit: Coupons.com)

Here’s the lowdown on the good, the bad and the ugly of credit cards. Read more

DIY Halloween costumes for college students on a budget

Witches and goblins and ghosts, oh my! Halloween is fast approaching. For many college students, Halloween is “THE” holiday.

Even if you aren’t super keen on the whole dressing up thing, odds are you have a party (or two, or three) to attend that requires some creative attire. Now you just need some quick costume ideas, preferably DIY Halloween costumes, that can help keep you on a budget. Read more

Strike Debt challenges student loan debt crisis

It may seem like it’s been awhile since Occupy Wall Street took over town greens and camped out in front of businesses to protest the rising gap between the wealthy and the 99%.

The group Strike Debt takes on the issue of student loan debt. (Credit: Occupy.com)

The group Strike Debt takes on the issue of student loan debt. (Credit: Occupy.com)

But while the movement has largely disappeared from the headlines, a spin-off group known as Strike Debt, which previously purchased medical debt and forgave it, has continued to work on behalf of those who can’t afford the rising costs of their debt repayments. That includes recently graduated college students who are facing what many media outlets consider a student loan debt crisis. Read more

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Procrastinating. Something college students know absolutely nothing about, right? Just kidding. I’ve been in your shoes before so I understand that sometimes you’d rather wait to prepare yourself for the new school year.

The good news is that you can still take advantage of great back-to-school deals for all of your college needs. CengageBrain.com is here to help make your transition into the fall semester a smooth one. Read more

eChapters vs. an armload of huge textbooks that weigh a ton

Everyone has their own preference. Some college students like echapters and others would rather walk around campus with an armload of huge textbooks that weigh a ton.

Read your eChapters with ease on your digital device. (Credit: Alexis Grant)

Read your eChapters with ease on your digital device. (Credit: Alexis Grant)

Whether you’re the type of student that likes to highlight and scribble, or the type of student that’s always on the go, CengageBrain has all college textbook formats to make college life easier. Read more