If you plan to travel out of the country, having an updated passport is essential. (Credit: Full Issue)
There may still be snow where you are, but it’s not too early to start planning your spring break travel. Unfortunately, some of those great deals you find online or through a little-known travel company may result in travel scams or outright fraud. You can protect yourself from some of the most common scams by reading the fine print in any agreement you sign, or using your credit card to make purchases (since credit cards are insured against fraud). You can also help protect your parents against spring break phone scams. To get tips on how to avoid scams during your spring break, keep reading! Continue reading
The all important question with tax refunds is whether you should save or spend it.
Tax season is upon us, and if you have any income you are probably hoping for a hefty check after filing your return. The big question once your tax refund arrives is what to do with it. Read on for some ways to save that money, as well as smart spending tips if it is burning a hole in your pocket.
Part of your income
The experts at TurboTax would like to remind you in their article “How to Spend, Save, or Stretch Your Tax Refund” that your tax refund is not a gift from Uncle Sam. In reality, that money is part of your income and you should take that idea into consideration when you are deciding on whether to spend or save that check.
What’s more, if you are getting too large of a refund, then you may need to adjust your paycheck withholdings. According to TurboTax, “the amount that is withheld from your paycheck is based in part on the number of exemptions you entered on the W-4 you gave to your employer.” Continue reading
Right now you’re probably more acclimated to the new semester and are getting a solid start on the projects and research papers your professors have assigned….or so we hope. Regardless of where you stand, CengageBrain.com wants you to know that they are still here to help you get your classroom essentials for that big paper you have due next week. In fact, there is another college supplies deal being offered that might make you want to get started on your assignments.
And the final deal is…
Through the remainder of February (2/7/2014 – 2/28/2014) CengageBrain.com is giving you $15 off your purchase of $150, which includes everything from textbooks to eBooks to rentals to study tools! When you reach check out, use coupon code 15OFF150 to take advantage of this great deal. Continue reading
A look at how people respond to snowy weather.
Baby, it’s more than cold outside—it is downright frigid across most of the U.S. Whether you were born in an igloo or have never seen a snowflake, there is no time like the present to brush up on your cold weather survival tips. The key to making it through the winter is learning how to stay warm under any circumstances.
Survival tips for people
You may not put much stock in Punxsutawney Phil and that whole “seeing his shadow” thing, but according to the tubby rodent we are in for six more weeks of winter. Basic survival tips may just be common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to review them anyway. Continue reading
Take the proactive route and don’t wait until the last minute to file your taxes.
With student debt growing and becoming a burden to recent graduates, college students will want to take all the tax deductions they can to save money. Federal tax filing is very complicated and the information here provides just a few tips. Always seek advice from a tax professional or accountant before filing your returns.
Preparations before filing taxes
Before beginning the tax filing process, students and parents need to make a few decisions. If your parents live in one state and you attend college full-time in another but go home for the summer, you will need to determine which state is your primary residence. As each state has different qualifications for residency, both states could claim you as a resident. Continue reading
Are you passionate about helping people?
Are you looking to utilize your leadership skills by making an impact in a particular community? If so, let us know about it and you could win up to $2,500 to fund your very own Alternative Spring Break project!
We at CengageBrain.com are giving away the CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award to one student, or group of students, who will spend their spring break serving those in need. Along with receiving The CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award, you and up to  of your friends or classmates will be rewarded with $500 each to be used for airfare, food, lodging and other related expenses while participating in the service project of your choice! Continue reading
Adding honey to your diet can help relieve sore throats. (Credit: Berenice Herrmann)
When you have classes to attend and deadlines to meet, you can’t afford to let yourself get sick. Neither do you have a lot of time or money for doctors. That’s why learning about home remedies for sore throat or headaches can come in handy. Thanks to Doctor Oz and other health professionals, we now have validation for many affordable and easy-to-use home remedies. Here are just a few.
Home remedies warning
Before we get started, let’s think about some safety issues. The editors at HowStuffWorks.com put things in perspective in an article titled, “Home Remedies A-Z.” Continue reading
By making spring break plans in advanced, you will reduce unnecessary stress.
Hitting the road with your best friends is a time-honored ritual, and spring break has quickly become the epitome of bonding for college students. But as important as the fun you plan to have is how to stay safe while you are relaxing and taking a break from classes. Read on for some spring break travel tips that will ensure your spring break is memorable for all the right reasons. And if you’re thinking “I know these already,” we get it. But it never hurts to be over-prepared!
Prep in advance
You don’t want to start out on your spring break journey stressed out because you aren’t prepared. A little advance thinking can save you from a major problem down the road. Continue reading
February is about to approach, and you STILL haven’t gotten your supplies for the Spring 2014 semester? No problem. Life can be hectic and it’s not uncommon for college students to procrastinate (we’re not fools, we know how college works). The good news is that just because you ended up getting a late start on purchasing your school supplies, doesn’t mean all the “good stuff” is already taken. We’re here to tell you how CengageBrain.com is going to help you.
Show me the deals
This is your last chance to pick between two deals so get them while they last! This week you will receive five dollars off your purchase of fifty dollars or more or textbooks, eBooks, and study tools. Go to CengageBrain.com and use coupon code 5OFF50 when it comes time to check out. Continue reading
Volunteering for a worthy cause is a great way to give back to the community.
As we get ready for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, let’s take a moment to learn about the Special Olympics and the role college students can play in volunteering their time to this worthy cause. The Special Olympics offers summer and winter sports training and athletic competition in a variety of fields for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In addition to athletics and competition, the Special Olympics fosters the joy of participation and a sense of community.
The beginnings of Special Olympics
The establishment of the Special Olympics is credited to Eunice Kennedy Shriver (sister of President John F. Kennedy) who in 1962 began Camp Shriver as a place for children with intellectual disabilities to play. Continue reading