Holidays don't have to ruin your student budget. Try to make the most of the festivities and time off to boost your financial status. These tips and ideas made a lot of sense. See what you think!
- Be Creative
- Take your parents out to brunch instead of dinner--this is usually easier on the wallet.
- Give mom a break--use your skills from Cool Campus Cooking to have breakfast or dinner waiting.
- Arrange a movie night for the family and/or friends. Treat everyone to pizza.
- Cash is always nice, but it never seems right "asking" for it, so have a back-up:
- Gift cards are simple, i.e. to your favorite clothing store or restaurant.
- Gift cards minimize you returning an item or hurting someone's feelings for not liking the scarf they made you
- Spend some time looking into scholarships.
- Find mentors to review your applications and essays, and then take them to lunch.
- Touch base with the folks who are writing your 'Letters of Recommendation'
- Consider volunteering over break to boost your resume and applications
- Make some New Year's Resolutions
- Identify your talents and what makes you unique.
- Consider working over break to boost your "financial cushion" for the school year
- Work in retail venues that offer employee discounts, i.e. clothing stores, Target, Marshall's, TJ Maxx
- Restaurants typically either feed the crew or offer reduced meals--try to work during school to off-set the grocery / food costs
- Work part-time at companies like Starbucks who offer insurance beginning at 20 hours / week