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.

3 Ways You’re Wasting Money On Technology

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What would we do without our gadgets? (You don’t have to answer that if it hurts too much!)

If you’ve ever felt a phantom phone vibration, hallucinated your ringtone in the middle of the day, or couldn’t determine north from south without Google Maps, then you know how integral technology is in our lives. Sure, we spend a big chunk of change on the latest and greatest, but are we getting the most for our money?

Why You Need To Have A Side Hustle

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They say “do what you love and the money will follow,” but I’ve always taken such colloquialisms with a grain of salt.

When I started blogging about my student debt experience, I didn’t expect my writing would secure any attention—let alone profit. However, after 3 years of blogging, my website, Money After Graduation, has become an unexpected resource of both money and work experience.

Since then, I’ve become enthusiastic advocate of pursuing your passions on the side. Here are three big reasons why.

How To Build A Back-To-School Budget

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I remember making the big Target trip the summer before my freshman year of college to get everything I thought I needed for school. I went up and down every aisle, generally looking like this guy.

I ended up with a lot of things that I never used (including several (!) lamps), so sophomore year, I started making shopping lists. Each year, I’ve gotten smarter with my spending, but this year, I want to take charge—that means making a budget and shopping on my own for the first time.

I broke my spending into four main categories, allocating a percentage of my money to each. If you’re getting ready to go back to school, consider this a starting point for your budget—with bonus tips on saving money.

3 Steps To Quit Your Full-Time Job Gracefully

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Most recent graduates are concerned about finding a full-time job. Recently, though, I faced an entirely different concern with my first post-grad job.

Sitting in a cramped conference room with just my boss, I had to figure out a way to explain that my last day would be in 2 weeks. It felt uncomfortable and maybe even a little crazy. But I knew I had to do it—and do it with at least some grace.

3 Non-Academic Things To Do Before Your Freshman Year Of College

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August is winding down, and fresh high school graduates (like my brother) are preparing to take on a new stage of their life.

Incoming college freshman need to do a lot of official things before you finish “THE LONGEST SUMMER OF YOUR LIFE.” However, you’ll want to accomplish some less official things before leaving home, too—like spending time with loved ones and exploring all you can.

For the Syracuse-bound Little Goose, his big sis’s to-do list for him includes preparing for the cold north. “Chancletas” (flip-flops) are not meant to be worn year round in the northeast. No matter how much you wish you could. For you, here are three other suggestions on what to do.

3 Social Media Myths Job Seekers Shouldn’t Worry About

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As a millennial, I can say with some confidence that one of the worst things about this generation is the word “millennial.” It’s among the many burdens of my people:

Worrying about when the next iPhone will come out.
Losing sleep by watching just one more episode on Netflix.
Discovering Buzzfeed doesn’t think you’re the Disney princess you thought you were.

Yes, the rigors are seemingly endless, but none matches the monster that is social media—especially if you’re hunting for a job.