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College hacks: Saving and feeling comfortable

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Rex Sample
Staff Writer

University of La Verne students are pressed for cash and are looking into alternative ways to help them adapt to college living. Many students have taken it upon themselves to turn their dorm room into more than a place to sleep, but a home away from home.

Students have become crafty with their money by renting or borrowing used books to lower the cost of textbooks.

The most expensive thing, next to tuition, is textbooks, which everyone needs.

“College students spent roughly $1,290 on books and school supplies during the 2018-2019 academic year,” according to College Board.

Before buying a book, ask your friends if they happen to already have the book you are looking for. If so, you can borrow or rent the book from your friend for a cheaper price. It is not only cheaper but smarter to rent from other students since they most likely already took the course you will be taking and have notes in their books.

Going to a thrift shop to help you find a cheap new outfit is an alternative to shopping in whole sale stores which have cheaper alternative for the same quality.

The University of La Verne offers many opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students with financial needs. Federal Work Study, which provides a part-time job with limited hours to help fit your schedule, is a great opportunity to make some extra money and the application is fairly easy. Federal Work Study allows you to work toward your degree while decreasing debt.

Coming into college with a strategy or plan allows you to keep track of your daily life. Food and money are the biggest limiting factor for a college student. “Some 45% of college students say they experience food insecurity, meaning they have limited or uncertain access to nutritious food,” according to a nationwide survey of 86,000 students by the Hope Center for College Community. It is as simple as giving yourself some leeway and alternate options, such as attending campus events to capitalize on the free food.

Taking a monthly trip to the store to stock up on food is a good alternative for a healthy snack.

However, this does not mean go straight to the snack aisle, but rather go through to see what is affordable. You could buy a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly and make peanut better and jelly sandwiches. This is an alternate option to taking a trip to Jack in the Box late at night. It gives you a cheaper option by choosing to spend $5 to make nine sandwiches or pay $5 for one sandwich. Being resourceful and crafty with what you have will make your day to day life easier.

Whether or not The Spot is open, come second semester everything is going to taste the same. This quick delicious meal is perfect for the students who find themselves running into time constraint. This decadent favorite won’t break the bank and will hit the spot.

Try this cheap and tasty five-minute microwave mac ‘n’ cheese recipe that will cost you less than a dollar.

Start by combing a half a cup of your pasta of choice with equal parts water into your favorite microwave safe mug and give it a stir.

Add a pinch of salt and microwave for about three minutes – until the pasta begins to soften (place a plate under to catch any water that boils over). Drain any excess water from the mug after step one.

Then add two tablespoons of milk, a quarter cup of shredded cheese and add salt and pepper for taste. Microwave for one final minute, just long enough to make sure you melt all of the cheese over the noodles.

Students bring life to their rooms by decorating their space with all of their favorite things from home as well as testing out their green thumb.

“Studies have proven that house plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15%), reduce stress levels, and boost your mood,” according to the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Not only do the plants reduce stress levels but they also release oxygen into the air, making them the perfect inexpensive companion to set your room apart from others. Plants can help prepare you for the weighing stress of class and work.

By using these tools, you can lift the pressure from your back. You can use these tools to help ease everyday stresses, allowing you to focus on school work.

Rex Sample can be reached at rex.sample@laverne.edu.

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