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  • Savings 101: 45+ Student Discounts You Need to Know Now

    Oct 13, 2014 • Textbooks.com • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Savings 101: 45+ Student Discounts You Need to Know Now

    We know you appreciate a good deal – heck, you shop with us here Textbooks.com and save big time on your books each semester. Now savvy shoppers can rejoice - and indulge your inner fashionista, decor lover, and tech guru guilt-free with this round-up of 45+ student discounts. ...

  • Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    Oct 1, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    College engineering classes offer mathematical challenges far more advanced than anything most students see in high school. Generally, people assume that they need a powerful college calculator for these classes. As an engineering student, sometimes I found such calculators to be enormously useful, but in other cases they can be unnecessary or even hinder learning. [&hellip...

  • How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Sep 23, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Do you need to balance giving your college student the cell phone he or she wants against keeping your student on a budget? Don’t worry, there are ways to afford a smartphone on a college student budget. My oldest daughter made a convincing case for having a smartphone before she started college. On campus, the [&hellip...

  • Fit Entertainment Into Your College Budget: It’s Possible!

    Sep 23, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Fit Entertainment Into Your College Budget: It’s Possible!

    Last year, I lived right next to a movie theater. It was great to see movies all the time, but it was expensive on a college budget. Luckily, a friend told me about AMC’s discount Thursdays, when college students can go to AMC theaters for free. I promised myself that I could only go to [&hellip...

  • Scholarship Scams: 5 Warning Signs You’re Being Had

    Sep 19, 2013 • Brenda High • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Scholarship Scams: 5 Warning Signs You’re Being Had

    Too many students become victims of scholarship scams. Students are enticed with promises of money for school in exchange for service fees or personal information. A major part of my job as a College and Career Readiness Coach is to help students find money for college using free resources. One of my students recently received [&hellip...

  • Score College Student Discounts with a Student Advantage Card

    Sep 17, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Score College Student Discounts with a Student Advantage Card

    When my school offered me the chance to sign up for a card that would give me college student discounts, I was reluctant. I wasn’t sure whether I would use it, and I was worried it wouldn’t be worth the cost to enroll. The card in question? The Student Advantage card. Though it cost $45 [&hellip...

  • College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    Sep 13, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    My daughter had a couple of nice local college scholarship awards going into her freshman year. These were one-time amounts and it was great to save some money on the first-semester bill. But I figured there had to be scholarships available to current college students too, so I did some research. It turns out there [&hellip...

  • Establish a College Budget by Giving Your Student an Allowance

    Aug 19, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Establish a College Budget by Giving Your Student an Allowance

    Money management is a great skill to prepare your college student for adult life. One way you can teach this skill is by establishing a specific college budget for living expenses and spending money. I struggled with how to do this when sending my daughter off to college until I got some great advice to [&hellip...

  • Time to Pay College Tuition: Get the Most From Your Savings!

    Aug 13, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Time to Pay College Tuition: Get the Most From Your Savings!

    As a new school year approaches, so do fall semester tuition bills! As a college parent, here are 4 tips I found helpful to get the most from your money. 1. Take advantage of college tuition federal tax breaks. Some pre-planning is required to make sure you qualify for these. I have found that as [&hellip...

  • How Parents Can Set a Budget for College Students

    Aug 5, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How Parents Can Set a Budget for College Students

    Sending children off to college is expensive. There’s tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and don’t forget spending money! Establishing a budget for college students can be tricky because it’s hard to know how much they are going to need, and it can vary widely. If you establish a good plan for spending money [&hellip...