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11 Recipes To Get You Through College That Won't Break The Bank

A delicious list of budget-friendly meals.

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After starting college and living on my own for a few years, I have had to learn how to cook. I've always had a knack for cooking, it just took living on my own to be obsessed with it. Since I'm going to school, I don't have a bunch of money to blow on nightly dinners. I have compiled a list of recipes that I absolutely love, that are cheap and have gotten me through school.

1. Buffalo ranch chicken pasta

This is my favorite recipe out of all of them. I stumbled upon this recipe a few years ago while surfing through Facebook. I make this recipe once every few weeks and it is my go-to for homemade recipes. There aren't even that many ingredients either.

2. Sausage and cream cheese dip

This is a staple in my house. Grab a bag of chips and some sausage and cream cheese dip and you're set. It's creamy and delicious, and with the spicy sausage, adds a tremendous flavor. There are literally only three ingredients, so go pick them up now for this amazing recipe.

3. Turkey burgers

I love myself a good burger, but there is something about turkey that enhances a burger's flavor. It's very lean and is a better alternative to ground beef. Season the turkey with whatever you like, and toss it on the grill/stove. This meal is super cheap and simple, all you really need is turkey and buns! Trust me, make these turkey burgers with some mashed potatoes, you won't regret it

4. Buffalo chicken dip

Buffalo chicken dip is a nationwide favorite. It's flavorful and spicy, and is perfect for all occasions. Again, very few ingredients, so this recipe doesn't break the bank.

5. Pasta carbonara

This recipe is super simple, and extra delicious. Bacon mixed with eggs in pasta is a combination that I never would have thought of, but I'm glad I found. It's filling and cheap so stock up!

6. Baked lemon chicken

This recipe is basically lemon and chicken. Its soft and juicy and goes great with oven roasted potatoes. I promise you, you won't regret making this meal. It's a very reliable meal

7. Chicken parmesan 

Chicken parmesan is amazing! It gives you a true Italian feel, and goes great with pasta. This recipe is filling and tasty so make sure to cook this ASAP.

8. Homemade pizza

Head to your local grocery store and pick up pre-made pizza dough, sauce, and whatever toppings you like! It's cheaper than buying a pizza and is really fun to make with your loved one.

9. Baked potato casserole

This recipe is so amazing. It's cheap to make and great to taste! It's all you could ever dream for as a college student, and it might be your next favorite meal

10.  Crockpot mac n cheese

Every young person loves mac n cheese. Kraft is great and all, but it's better to make it yourself. This gooey, delicious recipe will surely have you feeling great during and after.

This budget-friendly list will be a lifesaver for people first living on their own at school. They are easy to make and really cheap. I use these recipes all the time, and so should you.

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.
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There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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You Should 100 Percent Not Go Out To Eat If You're NOT Going To Tip 18 Percent, Or More

My current summer job is serving at a restaurant and it is the first serving job I have ever had. Here is what I have learned so far, in terms of tipping.

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Being a server can be the best job at times and the worst job at times.

Most servers only make between 3 and 3.50 hourly, we rely solely on tips.

There is nothing more disappointing than picking up the check from a table and seeing that they tipped you under 20 percent. I would say a good rule of thumb is to always tip your server 20 percent unless you have a valid reason not to. If their service was truly terrible, then tip them under, but when their service was good and the meal was good too, you have no reason not to tip 20 percent.

I've been serving about 2 weeks now and I have been undertipped or not tipped at all several times.

I'm still learning as I go, but I think I am a good server. I always greet my customers, offer input on the menu, and constantly check on them during the meal. I can confidently say that I think I am worth a 20 percent tip. When I see that someone did not tip me what they should have, it's upsetting. I always wonder what I could have done to earn a better tip but the fact is that some people are just oblivious.

Some people are not aware that you are supposed to tip 18 percent as the bare minimum.

When I don't receive a tip at all, it feels like a waste of time. I put in your orders, brought your food to you, made sure you were enjoying my meal, constantly offered my services, and you don't tip me? Not tipping your server is just plain rude.

There are always some people that tip over 20 percent so, for the most part, it evens out between these people and those who do not tip, but there is no excuse for not tipping your server.

In conclusion, don't eat out if you are not going to leave a decent tip for your server.

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