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Getting into the spirit of a new school year is never an easy feat, especially when it seems like your summer vacation just started. Or maybe you’re absolutely ecstatic about the upcoming school year and are already thinking about what you need to ensure yourself a successful semester!

Whatever the case may be for you, keep in mind that CengageBrain.com is always here for your textbook, eBook, rental and study tool needs. And if you’re looking for a great deal on those back-to-school necessities, you’ve come to the right place. Read more

DIY gift ideas on a college student budget

Let’s face it; you’re a college student on a budget. You know that everyone understands, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to still give gifts to those special people in your life that won’t break the bank? Read on for some DIY gift ideas for any occasion!

Combining simple recipes into a mason jar makes for a great gift idea. (Credit: tiffany)

Combining simple recipes into a mason jar makes for a great gift idea. (Credit: tiffany)

Let’s get organized

First, let’s round up a list of people you’d like to make these gifts for in the next two to three months or so. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking a year ahead. I’ve found that if I plan ahead I’m more likely to create something worth giving. Read more

DIY Dorm room decorating ideas for college

Dorm life includes a lot of studying, partying and just plain hanging out. You need to do a lot in a small space. In order to pull off a cool dorm room you could use a few diy decorating ideas.

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

Dorms tend to be pretty small so creativity is the key to success. Let’s look at how to decorate your room for this next semester. Read more

10 money saving tips for college students

Handling money during college can be difficult. Some college students don’t yet have the experience to know how to handle financial situations when they’re on their own at college.

Saving money in college is a challenging, but doable, task. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Saving money in college is a challenging, but doable, task. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Navigating college life finances is tough with a part-time job, classes and daily living expenses like food, utility, car and phone bills. Here are some Dos and Don’ts that will give you easy money saving tips for college students. Read more

Summer music festival: What (not) to bring

It’s finally summer break and that means it’s time to start hitting the summer music festivals. So many to see and so little time! So what to bring? As any summer music festival veteran will tell you, it’s not packing light, but packing savvy that could make or break your experience.

Electrobeach Music Festival, 2013. (Credit: Ville de Barcarès)

Electrobeach Music Festival, 2013. (Credit: Ville de Barcarès)

So, before you get into your groove, follow these top tips for college students on what to bring and what to leave home to ensure a good time. Read more

DIY pet care tips for man’s best friend

Owning a pet, especially a dog, is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have. And it can be one of the most expensive. Pet care can include costs for special food, shots, grooming and other medical issues. But you can save money with home remedies for fleas and other DIY ideas.

Provide your pet with a little TLC to show him how much you care. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Provide your pet with a little TLC to show him how much you care. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Our animal friends are always there for us. They deserve the best care that we can give. Here are a few ideas on how you can care for man’s best friend even if you’re on a college budget. Read more

How to eat healthy on a college budget

There are many organic products now available at local grocers that weren’t available a few years ago. And there are many people pushing the “all organic diet” and passing judgment on those of us who can’t afford these expensive products.

Despite being on a strict budget, it is possible to eat healthy as a college student. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Despite being on a strict budget, it is possible to eat healthy as a college student. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Curious about how to eat healthy on a college budget? Read on for this week’s college life hacks about healthy eating. Read more

If you dislike washing your jeans, you’ll like this

Want to save some laundry money and help out the environment? Stop washing your jeans, says Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. It seems like strange advice, but there are other ways you can kill germs  and stop the smell  from rising off of your Levis.

According to the CEO of Levi jeans, it's okay to not frequently wash your jeans. (Credit: memecrunch.com)

According to the CEO of Levi jeans, it’s okay to not frequently wash your jeans. (Credit: memecrunch.com)

For this and other life hacks, check out these tips for college students on homemade stain remover, alternate uses for your freezer and salad spinner, and hemming jeans while keeping the original hemline. Read more

Plan a staycation during your summer break

If you’re staying close to home this summer break to save money and take extra credits at the community college, you should consider planning a ‘staycation’ celebration with your buds who will also be hangin’ around.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Cindy Cesca, writer over here with CengageBrain, posted the “Top 10 staycation ideas for college students in need of R&R” last April 22, 2013. Check out her post for some new ways to enjoy your hometown. For ideas on how to throw a staycation bash that will be one for the books, read on! Read more

DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

If you’re like me and you like having a crafty project to keep yourself busy between semesters or on breaks, you’ll love these easy DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an art major or champion with the sewing machine to tackle these crafts. You just need a few materials, some friends to join in, and a little imagination! If you’re on campus, here are some college dorm room ideas for you; and if you’re in off campus housing, this easy DIY décor might be just what you need. Read more