College students’ DIY holiday gift guide

With all you’ve got going on, there is little time to shop for Christmas gifts. We won’t even talk about the costs. Whether it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas, though, it’s nice to be able to give your friends and family something special.

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

With that in mind I’ve put together a holiday gift guide of DIY Christmas gifts and homemade gifts for the season. So let’s take a look at how college students can celebrate the holidays and every holiday tradition. Read more

5 resources you are not taking advantage of as college students

Transitioning to college life is a blast, but it can also be overwhelming and cause stressors in your life that lead to illness, depression and other issues. There are many resources on campus to help you along the way but first you must seek them out!

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

I remember at an orientation session before my first week of Undergrad, the President of the school came on stage to get everyone hyped up about the path that lay ahead of them. Read more

College tips: Save money and get organized

Due to the high cost of college and how busy I am all the time, I have to cut corners to save money and time wherever I can. College students can learn to streamline projects, get organized in your dorm room and reduce costs.

There are several ways to save money while in college. (Credit: peerTransfer)

There are several ways to save money while in college. (Credit: peerTransfer)

Here are some college tips for the best ways to save money and practice time management skills. Read more

New rules on campus debit cards: Here’s what you need to know

The U.S. Department of Education is trying to make the financial lives of college students a little bit easier. The feds just released some new rules about campus debit cards, you know the ones that your college sponsors or is affiliated with. Why is this cool?

New rules on debit cards will make college students' lives easier. (Credit: mrwgifs.com)

New rules on debit cards will make college students’ lives easier. (Credit: mrwgifs.com)

A lot of these cards are linked to financial aid, and the new rules will help with some of the unreasonable fees you may have experienced with these kinds of debit cards. I know how crucial financial aid can be, but I also know you don’t want to be losing any of those much needed funds. Read more

How college students can get free stuff

They say the best things in life are free. I wonder if that’s because it’s good stuff or if it’s just because it’s free? As college students, you should know how to get free stuff online and anywhere else that you can. Student free stuff is everywhere. The hunt for freebies not only pays off, it’s fun, too.

Who doesn't love free stuff? (Credit: MemeGenerator.net)

Who doesn’t love free stuff? (Credit: MemeGenerator.net)

There are entire web services like Freecycle that are set up to help people share their free stuff. By the way, did you know you can get free stuff for your birthday? Let’s see what other treasures we can find. Read more

Money problems for college students: How to not get ripped off

All of your money problems would be solved if you could just make more money, right? After all, that’s why you’re in college. To get a degree and a better job. But college often means borrowing. That student loan could be the beginning of a cycle of debt that’s hard to break out of.

Learn how to manage the money you do have. (Credit: Pinterest)

Learn how to manage the money you do have. (Credit: Pinterest)

What college doesn’t teach you is how to manage your cash flow and not get ripped off. Let’s look at how you can be a better money manager and avoid money problems. Read more

Have yourself a DIY Halloween

It’s time once again for you to gear up for Halloween. While one night might have sufficed when you were a kid, college gives you the opportunity to keep the All Hallow’s Eve jam going on for much longer. A little DIY can go a long way when it comes to your college student budget.

Learn how to create your own DIY Halloween. (Credit: Robeson Design)

Learn how to create your own DIY Halloween. (Credit: Robeson Design)

So whether you lean toward the macabre or the cuter end of the scare spectrum (I personally prefer cute kittens in pumpkins and such), read on for easy to make Halloween decoration ideas and homemade costumes that will maximize your spooky fun. Read more

College students: How do credit cards work and other money skills

It’s hard to believe, but I still run into other college students who don’t seem to know how credit cards work. Don’t even get me started on what they know about developing a good credit score. And understanding loan amortization? Nope!

Do you know how credit cards work? (Credit: Useful Finances)

Do you know how credit cards work? (Credit: Useful Finances)

So if you’re wondering, “how do credit cards work?,” and your personal finance education has been neglected, read on to get the basics on good money skills and building your credit now. Read more

DIY ideas to make your own backpack, bag or tote

If you’re not intimidated by a needle and thread there are lots of great DIY ideas that you can do. For example you can make your own DIY backpack, bag or tote. I found all kinds of sewing ideas online including patterns for how to make a drawstring bag.

Use your creativity and make a DIY backpack. (Credit: LaudDIY.com)

Use your creativity and make a DIY backpack. (Credit: LaudDIY.com)

It looks so easy I bet even I can do it. You don’t have to look like everyone else as you stroll around campus this year. Let’s take a look at some DIY ideas for yourself or to create gifts for friends. Read more

#NothingIsCrazy for the charity: water September Campaign

For the 2015 September Campaign, charity: water has set a goal to bring clean water to 50,000 people in need – and YOU can help! This year it’s all about teamwork.

What ways can you help donate to charity: water? (Credit: charitywater.org)

What ways can you help donate to charity: water? (Credit: charitywater.org)

Visit the charity: water September Campaign page to find out what some of the brave, nerdy and not-so-bashful fundraisers are doing to bring clean water to those in need. Read more