Common mistakes college students should avoid on their income tax return

Spring is when the flowers bloom, you change the clocks and you have to file your income tax return. The tax return deadline is weeks away. But there’s no sense in trying to put it off even if it turns out you have to pay taxes instead of getting a refund.

As smart as you are, college students are just as guilty as anyone else of making common mistakes in preparing their income tax return. Let’s look at how you can ensure that your return will be error free. Read more

How college students can prevent identity theft

As a young, poor college student, the last thing you expect is for someone to use your identity to commit credit card fraud. Unfortunately, identity theft statistics show that college students are especially vulnerable to this costly crime. It can affect your ability to get credit for years to come.

Everyone should know how to protect themselves from identity theft. (Credit: diylol.com)

Everyone should know how to protect themselves from identity theft. (Credit: diylol.com)

Among the privacy issues that you need to be aware of keeping your identity safe, is another one of those valuable skills that you need to learn now while you’re young. Let’s look at how criminals steal your identity and how you can protect yourself. Read more

Tax tips for college students

Your April 15 tax return due date is only weeks away. Whether you’ll do an online income tax return filing or go with old-fashioned paper filing, you’ll need some tax tips to help you out. Income tax brackets for college students tend to be low because you work part time, often for minimum wage.

Now is time to take care of the dreaded tax return. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Now is time to take care of the dreaded tax return. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Whatever you’re earning, you’re going to want your tax refund status to show the highest amount possible. Let’s take a look at how you can make tax filing easy and profitable. Read more

10 ways to save money on spring break

If you live anywhere that is currently dealing with mountains of snow and temperatures in the single digits, it’s hard to imagine that spring break is just around the corner – but it is!

You might be thinking you don’t have the funds to do anything fun, but we have some ideas to help you pull off the spring break of your dreams. Read more

Ways to save money without living cheaply for college students

Now that the holidays are over you may find that your waistline is thicker while your wallet is thinner. Need some ways to save money and create a simple budget? Living cheaply doesn’t mean that you have to do without.

There are ways to save money and not give up a certain lifestyle you're used to. (Credit: FunnyMemes)

There are ways to save money and not give up a certain lifestyle you’re used to. (Credit: FunnyMemes)

Budget 101 says that what you need to do is look at how you typically spend your money and then make a plan for handling future expenses. Let’s take a look at how you can make this year the year that you finally save money. Read more

New Year’s resolutions life hacks for college students

December is almost over. That means it is time to dust off those New Year’s resolutions once again. If you try to figure out how to better yourself every year, but find yourself unable to stick with those promises, help is on the way.

Be realistic with your New Year's resolutions. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

Be realistic with your New Year’s resolutions. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

Here are some simple life hacks for college students to help teach you how to keep your resolutions this year and for many years to come. Read more

Investment advice for the millennial generation

For the millennial generation, it’s time to start thinking of saving for your retirement. What?! That’s 40 years away! That’s why investment advisors say it’s the perfect time for college students to think about retirement savings and to learn what is 401(k) savings as soon as they get their first job. Millennials in the workplace have many investment options.

Follow our investment tips for the millennial generation. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Follow our investment tips for the millennial generation. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Disclaimer: Consult an investment advisor of your own to discuss options before making any investment decisions. Read more

Easy travel hacks for college students

As the semester draws to a close, your mind naturally turns toward winter break and traveling home or other trips. With a little digging you can find easy travel hacks that will make your journey more enjoyable and less stressful.

Be prepared to travel with our best tips. (Credit: btitravel.com)

Be prepared to travel with our best tips. (Credit: btitravel.com)

With only a few weeks between semesters, it will take some planning and thought to ensure that your winter break is the best it can be. Let’s look at a few life hacks for winter travelers. 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

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