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 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.…

How To Tell You’re Ready For A New School Year [COMIC]

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Summer can be a time for freedom for many; however, the school year brings routine back—as you have no choice but to make time in your schedule for classes, homework, and perhaps, some much overdue rest. After all, if you spent your entire summer working and saving money, you’re probably ready to relax and unwind with a few good textbooks.

Check out our latest comic to see what we mean. …

A Major Debate About College Minors

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Senior year seems to quickly be turning into the year of last-minute decisions for me. It’s only the first week of classes, and I’m already toying with dropping my minor.

Long story short, to complete the minor, I’ll have to take six classes this semester. That’s one more than the standard max—and it actually requires a petition from the university to do.

Now, I’m faced with a tough choice: do more than the max during my last semester of college, or give up my minor altogether and take some weight off my shoulders.…

4 Dorm “Essentials” You Do Not Need (And A Few That You Actually Do)

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It’s the time of year again when college students run around to get their dorm “essentials.” For parents and students, paying for these items can really add up.

Through my experiences, I’ve learned that I didn’t need some items that I thought I would. Since it stinks to spend money you don’t need to, here are four expensive items that I didn’t need to for school—and you probably won’t either!…

4 Ways To Be “Book” Smart When Buying Textbooks

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Now that I am done with my undergrad and graduate education, I am extremely happy about one thing: I no longer need to purchase books for each class!

After paying “X” amount for each class, I always dreaded spending an additional $200–$300 dollars on each class’s books. The worst part? Most of the time, I felt like I could count on one hand the number of times I used each “mandatory” book. Talk about a high cost per use!

After 5 years of school, I finally perfected my book-buying strategy. If only I had learned the following ways to be book smart during my freshman year—I could have saved hundreds of dollars!…