Affordable, Last-Minute Halloween Costumes For Every Situation

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Halloween is the best when you’re a kid. A night out with all your friends when everyone wears funny clothes and there’s free candy everywhere? Yeah, that’s an 8-year-old’s dream.

But in college, the holiday gains a second wind. A campus full of goofiness and the perfect excuse to act like a child? Sounds pretty great (I bet there’s candy around too). The problem? Well, many college students aren’t necessarily known for planning ahead—and that can lead to spending a big chunk of change on a costume at your local Halloween store.

If you’re still looking for something to wear tomorrow, you came to the right place. Check out these cheap, last-minute ideas to give you the perfect ‘stume for any scenario.…

Scary Cheap DIY Decor And Freaky Food For Halloween

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Halloween is arguably the best holiday on the calendar. It’s fun at every age to dress up, transform your apartment into a haunted house, and use it as an excuse to eat loads of junk food. It’s no wonder most people stretch it out and celebrate for an entire week (or even the whole month of October!)

Fortunately, it’s also easy to impress your Halloween party guests without breaking the bank. On a low budget, you can produce a spectacular array of DIY decor and freaky foods. Here are a few tips.…

3 Ways To Make College Food Delicious And Affordable

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I have a love/hate relationship with my college’s dining hall.

As someone who hates cooking for herself, I like the ease of walking to the cafeteria and grabbing a meal. But I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of dining hall food, and believe it or not, sometimes I get sick of eating pasta every day.

Whether you have a meal plan or not, eating well on a college budget can be a challenge. Here are three ways to spice up your diet without emptying your wallet.…

The 3-Step Plan To Map Your Financial Future

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Maybe you don’t think of yourself as much of a cartographer, but you should never set out on a journey without a plan of how to arrive at your destination. And that includes traveling into your financial future.

As 20-somethings, it often feels like we have to manage so many financial obligations just to stay afloat. Because of this, it can be hard to look past the next payday—let alone to the next year or decade. However, it’s essential to think about your finances in a long-term context. Here’s a three-step plan to help you do it.…

How College Grads Can Inexpensively Recreate The Feeling Of College Life

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As much as you might hate it, the back-to-school whirlwind hit this month. For those of you lucky enough to still be in college, I assume you have that special feeling in your stomach that marks the beginning of a new semester.

But for those of us who have graduated, that feeling isn’t coming back. We had our time in the sun, and it seems over for us. I don’t want to accept that, though. I want to bring that feeling back. And as always, I want to do so without spending a pile of money.…

Are You Taking Advantage Of These 5 Employer Benefits?

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A little while ago, my fellow SALT™ blogger Bridget wrote a great piece about considering total compensation when comparing job offers.

I’d like to take it a step further and talk about maximizing those benefits after you’ve started your job. After all, just because they offer the benefits doesn’t mean your employer will remind (or require) you to use them.

Here are five you’ll want to make sure you take advantage of.…

How To Stock Your First Kitchen On A Budget

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September is here, and across the country, students are moving into new apartments. For many of you, this marks the first time with your own kitchen. If you and your roommates are still debating who’s going to buy what, be careful—it can be quite expensive to stock the cabinets and drawers.

If you start with a well-stocked kitchen, and you learn to use all of your kitchen supplies, you can save money on food forever. Cooking cheap and easy meals at home is my number one way to cut down on living expenses. Follow these tips to get everything you need on the cheap.…

4 Free Ways To Continue Your Education After College

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During my time in undergrad, I learned that school is more than sitting in a classroom. So, even if you’re not heading back to school in the fall, that doesn’t mean you can’t nurture your love for learning into your adulthood!

You can further your education without filing that FAFSA all over again. Get resourceful, and use your connections and community to improve your skill set and beef up your résumé. Or heck—just learn something new because you think it’s cool. That works too. Here are four ways you can do it for free.…

3 Ways That Apps Can Help You Survive Long-Distance Friendships

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In high school, I counted down the days until summer vacation. But now that I’m in college, I’m really starting to understand the “Summertime Sadness.”

With classes and homework out of the way for 3 months, there’s plenty of time to hang out with friends. In high school, most of my friends were a short drive away, so pool parties and bonfires were weekly events for us. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in college.…