How to have a summer beach party, with or without the beach

One of my favorite summer activities is going to the beach. I grew up in Iowa, and even though I live in Connecticut now, the novelty of living so close to the coast has not worn off. If you live on the coast, you may be planning to have a beach party or two before the fall semester begins. But say you’re miles from a real beach?

What do you suggest bringing to a beach party? (Credit: Goa Streets)

What do you suggest bringing to a beach party? (Credit: Goa Streets)

You can still embrace party themes celebrating all things beachy by organizing a beach party. Have a budget? No problem. You can select party games, foods, and decorations while keeping everything on the cheap. Check out these ideas for indoor or outdoor beach parties this summer. Read more

9 best websites for college students

There’s so much information out there to help you with college life, dorm life and social life on your college campus. How do you know where to start? Although I always start with Facebook and Twitter, there are many websites and resources to help college students muddle through.

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Here are some tips about a few of the best websites that are useful in surviving college. Read more

On a budget? DIY gift ideas for this Father’s Day

Dear old dad … it’s time again to celebrate all he does for you. With Father’s Day around the corner you may be stumped for some good gift ideas.

What Father's Day gift ideas do you recommend? (Credit: Mr Printables)

What Father’s Day gift ideas do you recommend? (Credit: Mr Printables)

Why not go the DIY route with some homemade gifts that will keep you on a budget, words I know college students love to hear. Read more

5 things college students should NOT save money on

As a college student, it seems like I’m constantly reading about “ways to save money/not break the bank.” But what about things you definitely should not be frugal with in college? I realize it’s important to save money in some instances – there’s always an exception to the rule though!

Which items should you not save money on? (Credit: Getty Images)

Which items should you not save money on? (Credit: Getty Images)

Check out the 5 things I suggest you not skimp on despite being a budget-conscious college student. Read more

The hidden gems of summer jobs for college students

It’s officially summer break! You know what that means? Plenty of sun and relaxation… OH WAIT, you want (or need) a summer job? There are a handful of options available to you. You just have to do your research on the best summer jobs.

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

Here we show you some great ideas for summer jobs that will almost make it seem like you’re having fun and not working! Read more

Making money after college graduation

I like to think I’m like most college students – obsessed with finding the perfect job after college graduation and making money right away. It’s understandable considering that you want a good career to support yourself, pay off your student loans and not have to move back in with your parents.

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

But there are alternatives to life after college. Here is some advice for what to do after college. Read more

Student debt relief is available for federal student loans

If you’re worried about how you’ll pay off your federal student loans, then I’ve got good news for you. On April 28, 2016, President Obama “crashed” a press conference with some breaking news for college students. Within the next year, 2 million more people will be enrolled in the Pay As You Earn program.

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

The program will help some borrowers with federal student loans by capping their monthly loan payments. The President also promised other future announcements that will help ease the burden of student debt. Read more

Paying for college: Are small scholarships worth the essay?

It’s common knowledge: apply for scholarships and you’ll be better able to afford college, right? Certainly, large scholarships are the best ones to receive: $10k or $25k off of that $70k per year college bill makes a huge difference in the amount you have to cover. I wonder now if I should have applied for more scholarships–even small ones that would cover my books (or groceries!)–to limit the amount of debt I’m leaving college with.

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit: NAU.edu)

For high school seniors or returning students looking for tips on paying for college, consider whether it’s worth applying for a small scholarship, especially if it requires a brand new scholarship essay. Read more

Don’t throw out that plastic bottle! Here’s how to reuse it

Do you feel guilty every time you buy a drink that comes in a plastic bottle? I do. So I decided to look for ways to recycle and reduce my plastic pollution footprint. What I found is lots of DIY ideas on how to use plastic bottles for jewelry, storage and even DIY decor.

What ways do you recycle plastic bottles? (Credit: BudgetDumpster.com)

What ways do you recycle plastic bottles? (Credit: BudgetDumpster.com)

With enough plastic bottles maybe I could even start a side business selling this stuff! But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me show you what I found on how to be a plastic bottle recycler. Read more

Would Bernie Sanders’s free tuition plan help all college students?

Free tuition? Sounds like a dream! I would love to be able to graduate from college without being saddled with loads of college debt. It will take me years to pay off my loans, and my parents will have loans from my college, my younger sister’s college tuition, and my mother’s master’s degree program to pay off.

What do you think about Bernie Sanders's free tuition idea? (Credit: RingOfFireRadio.com)

What do you think about Bernie Sanders’s free tuition idea? (Credit: RingOfFireRadio.com)

The rise in college prices is a big hurdle–which is why so many college students are attracted to Bernie Sanders’s proposal for free tuition to state colleges. And it’s why we don’t really want to hear Hillary Clinton poke holes in the plan. Read more