The fall semester has started on college campuses across the country and students are settling into their college dorm rooms. These rooms are generally not very big and most students have to share them with another student.
Here are some Easy Organizing Tips to make use of the space:
-->Use plenty of clear plastic containers that stack easily. Label the containers using masking tape and a Sharpie pen on what's inside. When you are hurrying in the morning to get to class, you don't want to waste time opening several containers to find what you need. These containers come in handy for storing snacks that you want to stay fresh. -->Buy a sturdy laundry basket so that you can easily grab it when heading to the laundry facility. The ones with a lid are best to avoid dropping any clothes from the basket while walking to the laundry room. -->Use an over-the-door shoe rack for easy access to your shoes. This will keep the shoes neatly organized. If you get up in the night, you don't want to run the risk of tripping on shoes that have been left in the middle of the floor. -->Stay organized on assignments and events with a bulletin board. Hang it near the desk area in the room for easy referencing. There are always fliers being handed out with college events coming up and the board would be a good spot to make sure you don't miss an important project or event.
Please share some of your own tips especially if you lived in a college dorm.
The last few mornings in Atlanta have been so refreshingly cool and this weekend will be about the same. If the weather is cooling a bit in your area, give the air conditioning a break by opening the windows of your home or apartment to let in some fresh air. This will also help cut down the A/C bill for extra savings. If it's safe enough, keep the windows open at night.
A new month has begun and what a good time to start that budget you've been putting off. If you already have a monthly budget and are sticking to it, I applaud you.
I am sure you have balanced your checking account from last month and are about to start paying those pesky, but necessary bills for September. It's time to take a serious look at your spending habits to make sure you are putting away money into your savings. I know budgeting can put a damper on your lifestyle, but there is no time like the present to start.
I recommend at least a six to eight months of savings for emergencies which can include car repairs, medical costs, home fix-ups, etc. Don't get caught in a lurch with no money to fall back on. Be prepared and start budgeting today!
A new start to the work week and you hit the ground running. The family may frown at eating Sunday's meal again tonight. But with the price of groceries, leftovers should not go to waste. Think outside the box and see what you can add to step the meal up a notch. Get the kids involved as you raid the refrigerator for ideas. I bet everyone will enjoy the leftovers after all. Yummy!
Today would be a great day to stop by your favorite Consignment or Goodwill stores. I like these places and think the bargains are endless. The season's are beginning to slowly change and some of these stores are marking down their summer clothing to make room for the fall arrivals. You may find some good buys for yourself and the kids especially if you live in areas where the climate will still be warm for another month or so. A fresh pair of capri pants, shorts, t-shirts, etc. will give your wardrobe extra mileage. It's worth a stop while you are out and about. Your wallet will appreciate you for it!
Here are 3 healthy tips that reap plenty of benefits:
1. As the weather starts to cool, step up your walking program with early morning or evening walks. The hot summer months may have slowed down getting out often due to the heat. Get back in stride! 2. For portion control at mealtime, use a salad-size plate. This helps keep you from filling the plate with too much food. 3. If you feel sluggish while working, step away from your desk or office for a few minutes. If you can, go outside for some fresh air and drink plenty of water for hydration. Skip the chips or sweets.
Every little bit of healthy eating and exercise is beneficial for all of us.
This week begins the fall semester for colleges and universities across the country. I remember my college days and the joy of resuming my studies and meeting up with friends. I also recall thoughts of how much the textbooks for my courses would cost.
I wanted to give some saving tips on purchasing textbooks for college students because I know how expensive they can be especially if you have to purchase them new. I always hoped that the professor did not change the textbook from the previous quarter/semester so I could possibly by the book used.
When students get the syllabus for their classes, they should check the campus bookstore's Used Book section to see if the textbook is available there. Better yet, some off-campus bookstores will carry college textbooks at a reduced price so it's worth a walk or drive to see.
During my college years, I did not mind buying used textbooks especially for courses that were electives as we called them back in my day. If the used book was in pretty good condition and the pages weren't filled with too much yellow highlighter, it's a good buy. Another way to find good deals on textbooks is to post on campus bulletin boards the textbooks you need for the courses. A lot of students want to make some extra bucks and may be willing to sell you their textbook at a good price. Just make sure the book is the correct edition for the course.
I hope anyone reading this post with kids in college will appreciate these tips and pass them along to their son or daughter. A college degree will open many doors and take you far in your aspirations. Keep on Learning!
If you are only picking up one item from a store, skip having the item placed in a plastic bag. Just make sure to get the receipt before leaving the store. No need to add one more piece of plastic to the landfills that will take a long time to break down.
I'm living more eco-friendly by reducing, reusing & recycling. Hope you will too!
It's back to school for some kids and when they get home, they are usually hungry for a snack before starting on any homework or play. I enjoyed this snack over the weekend and thought I would share it with my blog readers especially those with kids. It's really very simple.
Here you go: Spread peanut butter and a slice of banana on top of a saltine cracker. Prepare several for munching and it's a better snack than chips or candy. This snack is filled with protein and potassium which are good nutrients kids need in their day. If dinner is a few hours away, this is the perfect snack that will tie them over. I'm sure the kids will love it!
Here's a easy and quick salad for the weekend that's cool for the hot days of summer.
Place romaine or green leaf lettuce in a bowl and top with these favorites ->tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and sliced fruit like peaches or mango. The fruit will give the salad a sweet kick. Also, pick up a rotisserie chicken from the deli and chop some on top. To finish, pour on your favorite salad dressing along with slices of buttered french bread on the side.
This salad can be enjoyed the entire weekend and doesn't require using the oven and heating up the house. Talk about yummy, cool!
1. Before walking through the house in the shoes you've worn all day and tracking in dirt, switch into some slippers or flip-flops to help keep your carpet and floors clean. Place these shoes at the door you enter daily for quick change.
2. Wash your hands after returning home before putting away the shopping and touching objects inside the home.
3. When cleaning the toilet bowl, don't forget to wipe off the flusher handle where germs can remain. Also, clean around the soap dispenser too.
My trip to the grocery store yesterday inspired this blog post because I was shocked at the higher prices on all my favorites. It was like the store had my buying habits pegged and decided enough bargain shopping for her. I'm kidding of course, but grocery prices are rising and will continue.
So my Frugal Tip of the Day is to always make a shopping list when heading to the grocery store and stick to the list. This will help keep you from overspending. It's easy to wander down aisles and browse. Before you know it, your cart is full of items you had no intention of buying at least not on this shopping trip.