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How to build a college student budget template for student success

College savings and money managementStudent success depends not only on grades, but also on how you budget your money, pay your bills responsibly and financially prepare for the future. Whether you’re one of the many students working your way through school or your parents are footing the bill, the sooner we learn about handling money and expenses, the better off we’ll be. Some tips for successful college life include creating and sticking to a super simple budget template (also called a budget calculator), prioritizing expenses and managing your loans and grants. Read on to learn how!

In “Back to School Tips: Student Budget Planner,” Kerry, a writer at SquawkFox.com offers these suggestions: “A student budget is a financial plan for tracking the flow of money into and out of your life. Read more

Create a cheap grocery list with spring foods in season

Springtime produce

Supermarket produce by Flickr i5design

As the temperatures rise, you may find it harder and harder to hang in the kitchen and cook up a meal. Before you turn the takeout window into your second home or overdose on ramen, consider these healthy spring foods.

It’s easy being green

Let’s face it, when it comes to eating, you want it to be fast, easy and cheap. But, that doesn’t mean it has to be bad for you. Read more

Study abroad expenses: Budget and finances for the college student

If you’re considering spending a semester studying abroad, you’ll want to be sure you’ve budgeted all necessary expenses for the most enjoyable trip possible. Costs such as tuition, room and board, meal plans, insurance, travel expenses and entertainment should all be considered when budgeting your semester abroad.

You certainly don’t want to find yourself sitting alone in your flat while everyone else is having a beach vacation weekend because you didn’t consider the costs of traveling into your budget. Being prepared is the first step! Read more