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New Year, Improved You: Making Resolutions For 2014

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Take a few minutes to reflect on 2013 – do you remember your resolutions from January 1st? What worked well? What didn’t work at all? Do you even remember what your resolutions were?

When beginning a new year, we enter with a lot of enthusiasm, momentum, and overall excitement for what is to come. Especially for the clean slate. But sometimes we lose steam, focus, and motivation to hold ourselves and our goals accountable.

Before you pen your list of New Year’s resolutions, ask yourself this question: What do I really want to improve? Read on for some 2014 resolution suggestions:

  • Get Healthy

First off, take it easy on yourself. You’re busy, you’re on a budget, and no one transforms into a model overnight. Begin with setting realistic, long-term goals. Getting healthy has nothing to do with weight loss but everything to do with losing the unnecessarily bad food! (Little secret: just by adjusting your diet you’ll lose the weight anyway as your body’s way of saying, “thank you.”)

Start here: Set workout goals that fit your schedule (aim for three days a week), make the conscious effort to eat one more fruit or vegetable per day, vow to sleep for longer periods of time, and cut back on your caffeine intake.

Think of your resolution as an ongoing process throughout the next 12 months and eventually it will become your lifestyle.

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  • Devise A Game Plan

Write out a blueprint. Step by step. Know exactly what goals you would like to accomplish and by when. Hold yourself accountable for those goals. Be consistent. Remember that if you wrote it down it must mean something to you. Why not make 2014 a personally productive year?

P.S. Reward yourself! Not everyone can be strict with their goals, so every time you have a victory (big or small) - spoil yourself.

  • Make A Budget

Perhaps a part of your game plan is to travel more. Maybe it is to join a new gym or attend a fitness class. Possibly it is to change your eating habits and go gluten free or vegan.  Unfortunately money trees don’t exist, so all of these things require money.

So along with your blueprint, include a section for finances. Figure out how much the essentials cost and then map out how much extra you will need to do the activities you’d like to participate in. Check out this website for tips and a template.

Tip: Try to only use your credit card for the necessities – ask yourself, do I want it or do I need it?

  • Apply For Scholarships

The average amount of student debt in 2013 was almost $30,000 according to CNN Money. Whether you’ve already embarked on your undergraduate career, are about to graduate high school, or have just entered a graduate program – it’s important to use all your resources to keep your debt to a minimum.

So, carve out some time to apply for scholarships at least a couple times a month for an hour or two. There are multiple scholarship deadlines every month, so no excuses!

Create a student profile with Cappex to search and locate multiple scholarships to aid with your financial situation and specific needs.

  • Be Persistent

Every year is filled with highs and lows or ups and downs. We all have our own personal struggles and our situations are uniquely different. And as difficult as it may sound, try not to lose focus on the resolutions you have for 2014.

Adjusting to a new lifestyle, working towards new goals, and changing certain learned behaviors can be extremely trying. You may slip up on the way but as opposed to stressing out and wasting energy, think of ways to get back on track to making 2014 the greatest year.

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Christmas For College Students: Buying Your Student Gifts [Part II]

Categories: College Life

The holidays are all about family, spending quality time together, and of course Christmas! However, this year is a little different. Your college student is returning home for the holiday and you want to make it extra special. But what to get them?

Well, we may have given your college student an unfair advantage last week by telling them what to get you for Christmas but we just couldn’t exclude you. Here is your guide to getting your student the perfect Christmas gifts!

Apple TV

Apple TV

You’re probably thinking: What is an Apple TV? Apple makes a TV now? Well, sort of!

An Apple TV is a digital media player that supplies you with digital content like music, television shows, trailers, and movies straight from the iTunes store. It will also grant your college student access to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, ESPN, and many more applications for them to view on their television. They will even be able to stream content like photos and YouTube videos from their smart phone straight onto the Apple TV.

It’s all done with one small appliance and a sleek silver remote. The kicker? It’s only $99. Don’t waste your hard earned coins on premium cable, this little guy houses all the entertainment your college student will need.

Netflix & Hulu+ Subscriptions

Netflix & Hulu

Living in a dormitory or in an apartment with roommates usually means that your student’s primary source of entertainment is on their computer. Purchasing a subscription for Netflix or Hulu Plus provides a great way for  your student to be able to relax and stream their favorite television shows and movies from their phones, laptops, tablets, Apple TV, etc in their spare time.

Both are just $7.99 a month – however, they often run specials on a subscription for 12 months with a one time fee.

Gift Cards

Gift Cards

Target, Walmart, Amazon, Visa Debit Card, Gas Cards, etc. Your college student can purchase pretty much every last thing they want from these one of these stores or with one of these gift cards. If you’re in a bind for time or a clue, this is a wonderful Christmas gift alternative or addition. Trust us, they won’t be disappointed to spend money on whatever they want all from the comfort and convenience of their computer.

Digital Camera

Digital Cameras

Believe it or not, these four years will fly by – I know, it seems like forever. Sure, your student has a smart phone with a camera, but a digital camera captures moments a lot crisper. They may not know it now, but they’ll treasure these days when they’re all over – help your college student freeze those memories.

Are you not sure how to purchase a digital camera? Check this article out for some advice!

Business Cards & Holder

Business Cards & Holder

While in college, your student will have many opportunities to attend multiple career fairs, internship workshops, and networking parties. One of the most essential items outside of a well crafted resume at these events is a personalized business card displaying their contact information. This will allow your student to appear professional, well prepared, and above all – hirable. Because that’s the end goal, right?  So get your college student ahead of the pack this Christmas by designing their first business card and purchasing a professional holder.

Visit VistaPrint.com to view some of their business card templates or customize your own! Free shipping too.

Kitchen Set

Kitchen Set

Whether your college student lives in the dorm or in an apartment with roommates, you can never go wrong with supplying them with the kitchen essentials. Maybe this will also encourage your student to learn how to cook and ease off the Ramen noodles.

Walmart has an awesome 84-piece Kitchen Combo set for only $39.99!

iPad, Kindle, or Tablet

Electronics

Although a bit on the pricey side, these portable devices are a great study aid for your college student to trek to class, to read and rent textbooks, and to travel home to see you with (instead of lugging their laptop along). All of these portable tablets all have different built-in functionalities, purposes, and applications – make sure you do some research to get the best match for your student!

Workout Apparel

Workout

Worried your student isn’t getting enough exercise? Have you heard some horror stories about the “Freshman 15″ from other parents? Whether or not your student is into being well and staying fit, reminding them that it’s vital to their overall physical and mental health is the least you can do. Almost every retail store carries workout apparel but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, head to a Sports Authority, Footlocker, or Nike and have the sales associates pick out the hip gear for your college student.

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Christmas For College Students: Buying Your Parents Gifts [Part I]

Categories: College Life

Christmas Shopping

When it comes to Christmas shopping, it comes down to dollars and cents. Unless of course you’re really crafty then you should consider making something yourself! You’re in college and you probably have been so wrapped up in finals that you didn’t realized that you don’t have a large sum of money set aside for holiday shopping. But you still want to get your parents a little something. As you should! So even though you are a little short on money, there are plenty of items you can still purchase or events you can plan for your parents for Christmas.  Here are a few ideas:

1. Framed Photos

Parents love this kind of stuff – memories and bragging about their “beautiful, handsome, smart, talented, awesome” son or daughter to their co-workers and friends. Find your favorite photo on Facebook, scour through your personal photo album, or dig into your parents’ memory chest (but be sure to make a copy – parents want to keep the original, trust us). You could even take a photo somewhere on your college’s campus! Head to print it at a Target, Walgreens, or CVS.  These one-stop-shops usually have a wide selection of frames and gift bags for you to place the gift in!

2. Date Night

 

Date Night

Your parents are busy individuals – between work, hobbies, and taking care of you and your siblings – they probably don’t get to enjoy each other’s company too often. So why not plan them a date night? Perhaps dinner and a movie?

Everybody has a favorite restaurant, especially your parents who don’t get to frequent it often. So do them a solid and head down there - purchase a gift certificate, and make them a reservation for their date*.

Next, go to your local movie theatre and grab a pair of tickets. Wholesale stores like Costco and Sam’s Club also sell movie passes that are extremely inexpensive!

*Bonus points if you can act as their chauffeur for the evening!*

3. Newspaper or Magazine Subscription

While you may read everything on your laptop, kindle, or iPad your parents probably still prefer the hard copy.

Newspaper/Magazines

Do they like to read the morning paper? Get them a year subscription to the local newspaper. Is your mom into fitness? There are dozens of magazines that are dedicated to just that. Does your dad enjoy traveling? You see where we’re going with this. There are tons of discounted subscription services online – just google search it!

4. College Merchandise

Bookstore

If you’re in a bind with time, head to your campus bookstore: University inspired pens, mugs, sweaters, hats, water bottles, key chains – your parents will love every single item in there as long as it says, “My son goes to…” or “My daughter is a student at…” Hey, they’re proud of you! I mean you are pretty awesome.

5. For Mom: Manicure & Pedicure

Mani/Pedi

When you come home for winter break, all your mom wants to do is hang out with you one on one. So you might as well squeeze in a little pampering session while you’re at it! Head to your local nail salon or your mom’s favorite nail shop and grab a gift certificate for a spa service or two. Throw it in a Christmas card and BOOM – happy mom.

6. For Dad: Sports Apparel

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Is your dad a football, baseball, basketball, hockey, or fan? Perfect. Every sports team has their own gear – pick him up a hat, a jacket, or a t-shirt that represents his favorite team. If you can swing it, try to pick up a pair of tickets for you and him to attend together.

 

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