10 Money Saving Tips For College Students

By: Rachael Faust

Do you have champagne taste? Are high-priced textbooks, $5 lattes, and paying to print getting you down? If this is you, fear not! You can have what you want by being a savvy shopper, and these 10 tips will help you $ave! 

Check them out below:——Results are guaranteed to Stretch your hard-earned dollar a little further.

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Why spend money on music when apps like Spotify, Pandora, and Google Play exist? Save yourself some cash and stream music for free!

 



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Eating out may be a social rite of passage, but you have to have discipline when your budget comes into question.

 



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Rent your textbook for 3 months instead of a full semester. Take your notes ahead of time. Send the book back 3 months into the semester. Remember to be a thorough note-taker!

 



 

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Save time and money. No more lines! Also, if you buy a $4 cup of coffee every day, in a year you’ve spent over $1400. Purchase a $15 coffee machine from Walmart and keep it moving.

 



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Don’t allow yourself to slip into frequent delinquency. I know times are tough in college, but you don’t have to make it worse if you can help it. 



 

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Living with others allows you to split rend and all expenses that come with living on your own.



 

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Chipotle will give you a free drink with your meal. Just flash your student ID. Sams Club offers a Collegiate Membership that comes with a 15 dollar gift card. Show your student ID at H&M and get an extra 15% off your total. 



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Colleges offer gyms to their students free of charge…you know after you’ve paid thousands in tuition. Get your money’s worth every chance you get!



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Are you a responsible student. Do you take detailed notes. Come through for your classmates and make some money in the process. You deserve it!



 

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Lay out at your pool. Go to work. Check out the local bars. Catch a movie. Get some sleep. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on plane tickets and hotel reservations to have fun over Spring Break. Sometimes, less is more! 



Saving money can be hard, especially when you are still figuring out life. I just want you to know that it is possible, no matter where you currently stand in life. Stick in there! You’ll be fine. Until next time!

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Rachael Faust

Operations Supervisor at University of Mississippi

5 Ways to Nail Your Next Job Interview

By: Rachael Faust

So you’ve done it! After 4, 5, maybe even 6 years, you’ve finally graduated from the university of your choice. Congrats are in order because you’ve completed something that millions aspire to receive “A college degree”.

So….now what?

Well, if you haven’t already gotten that dream job, don’t get down. According to the Washington Post 4 out of 5 students will graduate without a job lined up.

With those statistics it can be discouraging, but these 5 tips will  get you closer to snagging a job worthy of those countless tears. Cheers to the late nights!

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1. Preparation is Key! If you fail to plan then you’ve planned to fail.

Once you’ve snagged an interview, make sure you fully understand the job description.  The best way to get started is to research the company’s website to find out what their mission is.Not only will this show a greater interest, but let the employer know that you have dedicated time and effort.The more you know about the organization, the more you will allow your confidence to shine through.  *Always have a list of questions prepared to ask during the interview*

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2. Don’t undersell your personal strengths.

This is your time to shine. Being a recent graduate means you may not have much job experience so be creative! If you have led any groups on campus, solved problems in class projects, or volunteered, highlight those moments.

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3. Watch your posture.

Believe it or not, how you carry yourself can take you very far in life. Sitting tall, and not slouching, are just known key points to remember. Don’t forget having a firm handshake and making eye contact makes a great first impression. FYI: You are being watched as soon as you enter the office, so the lobby is not a time to take a break.

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4. Know your weaknesses and strengths.

So, just in case you forgot: No one is perfect. You aren’t. Your interviewer isn’t. The owner of the company is NOT! Knowing what your weaknesses are shows that you have areas you are wanting to work on, not that you can not handle the job. Some good answers when asked that question is to not give a negative answer, for example: What are your weaknesses and strengths? :  “My strength is my flexibility to handle change. As customer service manager at my last job, I was able to turn around a negative working environment and develop a very supportive team. As far as weaknesses, I feel that my management skills could be stronger, and I am constantly working to improve them.”

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5. Make sure to never get TOO comfortable!

OK you mastered the interview, but what you do after is just as important. Make sure you write a thank you card to let the company know you appreciate their time. Most employers go through several interviews in a week. Sending a follow up email shortly after, will help you to stand out from the other candidates.

Hopefully these tips can help you nail your next interview!

Best of luck as you continue to search for your dream job recent graduates! Whichever route you decide after you finish college, rather to start a business, or join the military, always put your best foot forward.

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Rachael Faust

Operations Supervisor at University of Mississippi