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

How to become an entrepreneur while still in college

You don’t have to worry about facing a tight job market after college if you know how to start your own business now. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, but if you like calling the shots and taking some chances it may pay off big time.

One successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004. (Credit: Business Insider)

One successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004. (Credit: Business Insider)

How to be an entrepreneur? Start off by looking at successful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, who started his business while attending Harvard. Let’s take a look at what you can do to start your business now. 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

Believe it or not, back to school time is near

With Fourth of July in the rearview mirror, it is only a matter of time before you will be heading back to school. Although college students may feel like they just left the dorm and quad behind, summer’s over … almost.

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for the new school year. (Credit: Smosh)

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for the new school year. (Credit: Smosh)

You can make the transition from time off to hitting the books a bit easier with these back to school tips for college students. Read more

DIY ideas for book loving college students

Nothing beats the look, feel and smell of a real book. If you love books, then no doubt your home is chock full of the little dears. Stacked up and overflowing.

Whether you own one book or 100 books, you can still make your own DIY bookshelf. (Credit: FSG's Book Keeping)

Whether you own one book or 100 books, you can still make your own DIY bookshelf. (Credit: FSG’s Book Keeping)

Let’s look at how to make a bookshelf that will store your treasures and keep them safe. Here are a few DIY ideas for bookshelves and other things book-related. Read more

Have you been targeted by debit card fraud?

Exacerbating the student debt crisis is debit card fraud targeted to college students. A recent federal and Illinois state ruling fined a bank and its agent $4 million for fraudulent and deceptive practices.

Beware of being a target for fraud with your credit or debit cards. (Credit: Stephanie Groves)

Beware of being a target for fraud with your credit or debit cards. (Credit: Stephanie Groves)

There are about 900 debit card partnerships between colleges and financial firms that cover about 9 million students or 42 percent of students in the United States. Here are some ways to recognize and avoid debit card fraud for students on college campus. 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