Be Frugal in 12 Unorthodox Ways

Be Frugal in 12 Unorthodox Ways

Let your pockets rest.
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Summer spending is a weakness for most students. Actually, let’s face it, it doesn’t have to be summertime. College life is a strain on the wallet! Use some of these tips to save money while your focus is on school. These suggestions may also save you time and effort, which is rare with budget-friendly hacks. But here we go:

1. Use Quizlet, Not Notecards

“But it helps me to write it down!”

Listen, I get this completely. It’s true for me, too. However, this is a major lifesaver if you don’t have time to make 70 flashcards in one night. People will have made your study material into flashcards already… and then some. Quizlet is a website that makes it possible for you to access it. If you want to save Study Sets for later, you can just log in with your Facebook account so the website knows it’s you. So much time saved, trust me. And money.

It helps that there are options to not only use the flashcard interaction, but you can play games to help you remember custom content that you need to learn quickly. If you can’t take yourself seriously playing games, they have practice tests as well. There are so many options to adjust the study sets to be exactly what you need. For example, if there are words you don’t yet have definitions/translations for, there’s a little option to see the suggested answer based on other users’ flashcards. I could go on about how great the text-to-speech and practice activity customization is, but I’ll spare you my inner-nerd. Quizlet is so great that it’s used globally by students, guys.

2. Stock up on non-perishable food items

Things will not always go as planned, so it helps to have a constant supply of snacks. Also, this will stop you from buying from various places with different price ranges as opposed to from one affordable location. Besides, you know what you like. And your friends will appreciate it, too.

3. Get a cheap book bag… or two

The tiny amount of things you have to carry around at all times is refreshing. It separates high school from college. Another difference is that you will have different classes on different days, so if you want to make things easier on yourself, get two super cheap book bags. Have them ready for today and tomorrow. It may still save you money to have two bags vs. one overpriced bag. Bonus: You don’t have to use the second one for school supplies! Or at least, you can hope.

4. Know your meal plan choices

Recently, I had to make a schedule for myself so that I was at each dining location at the right times on the right days to get my “free” meals. I was honestly concerned I would spiral into debt otherwise. Credit cards are a necessary evil, sometimes.

5. Get some sleep

I would be lying if I said I was proud of my sleep/wake times. I have an app on my phone that reminds me in the morning what they were (Samsung Health). If you save yourself some sleep, you won’t need so much caffeine. Then, you’ll save money on drinks or, if you’re like me, caffeinated chocolate. Yum.

6. Look for freebies everywhere

They will have them at the post office, the grocery store, almost anywhere if you look hard enough. Don’t be afraid to stock up on food or supplies.

7. Get friendly

Money can’t buy you friendship, but friendship can get you money and favors. Be nice and resourceful at the same time. Just be sure you can help them out, too.

8. Know your library/health office resources

My university’s counseling office has things in the lobby for free use like adult coloring pages, period supplies, health bars, and sometimes even dry shampoo samples. They smell great, too! The library can have de-stressing material.

9. Look through old stuff and find cool new uses

I have an old black pillowcase that I don’t need right now, but let me tell you how helpful it can be for covering the window next to my bed for naps. I just tuck it into my blinds near where I lay my head and I’m good to go!

10. Invest in good supplies to go in the cheap bag

You want them to last, because replacements cost money over time. Plus, if you love the stuff inside that cheap bag, you’ll look forward to using it more often. Then maybe you’ll work harder… fail less classes… and save money again!

11. Find a monthly mail gift program

If you are someone who tends to treat yourself to fun things on a regular basis, this is a great way to satisfy this habit without being impulsive. The price should be consistent each month, and you won’t be as likely to go out and buy a bunch of extra things for yourself. Decide what you tend to spend money on impulsively most often. Look for a monthly gift box to subscribe to which serves that niche.

12. Convert all your coins to dollar bills

It will now be easier for you to put it in the bank to save!

Was some of this relevant to your college life? How do you save money at your university?

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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To My SCCA Family, Thank You

A thank you to the office that made my Rowan career amazing.
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When I was accepted into Rowan as a transfer student, I did not know what was in store for me. However, soon after my acceptance, I was asked to fill a position at the front desk for what was then the Office of Student Activities.

I took the position, because why not? The thought that crossed my mind was that it was a good way to make money throughout the school year. Little did I know that the office would offer me so much more than some spending money.

In August 2016, I walked into room 144 right on time for training. I soon learned that, in office terms, on time is late and late is unacceptable. I walked in as a shy and timid person, who knew only a handful of people, thanks to my sister. Almost as soon as I sat down, I began to quickly make friends. Some of those friendships have continued to grow to this day.

I was given countless amounts of opportunities I would not have gotten elsewhere. From the start, I wanted to be as involved on campus as I could possibly be. Every hour that I put into volunteering for the office events in the last two years are hours that I will never regret. I have enjoyed every single hour of volunteering.

I also had the pleasure of witnessing what some might call "the transition of the century": when OSA merged with the Student Center and became the SCCA. Our family grew and doubled in size. But with that, our friendships grew even stronger. The transition may have had some bumps, not very noticeable from my point of view, but being here in the summer and getting to witness the change firsthand was an honor.

I will forever recommend to anyone going away to school that the best way to spend your college career is to get involved. Because I was lucky enough to get involved in the office, I was fortunate enough to make some incredible friendships that will last a lifetime beyond the day I graduate.

I wish I could talk about every single person that I have become close with over the past few years, but then this article would turn into a book. Just know that each and every one of you hold a special place in my heart. But most of all, I was able to make some really amazing memories. In the last two years alone, I have made more amazing memories than I have in most of my lifetime.

So here's to you, SCCA. It's not really a goodbye, but more of a "see you later". Most of all, a thank you. Thank you for making my Rowan career the absolute best. Thank you for giving me a second home and a second family.

Thank you for giving me the many opportunities and abundance of knowledge that I will forever be grateful for. Lastly, thank you for giving me many friendships that will go way beyond the moment I walk across that stage in a few weeks.

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