3 Principles of Avoiding Bad Purchases

Well, it has been fun folks. I figured my last blog post as your residential ‘style advisor’ should be a tip that can applied season in, season out. With that being said, nothing is more seasonal than having making those bad and regrettable purchases. We all make them occasionally. You know what I’m talking about.. ‘that’ pair of pants that will never see the light of day or those pair of shoes that you have worn maybe 3 times in the past year. Sure they might have been only 30.00, but that’s 30.00 wasted and the only return you are getting for your investment is dust. Couple more of these bad purchases, and you are looking at a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear. Avoiding bad clothing purchases can be a little tricky but is something that will help you save money in the long run. I’ve managed to break it down to three fairly simple rules


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Hats for the Holiday!

With all the talk of dressing up for the winter season, don’t forget about hats! Hats will keep your head warm and comfy as well as give you a fun way to show off a bit of your personality.

Bomber hats are in stock in many stores! You may have seen them around during the winter time, but never really took notice, but never really given them much attention. These hats are square shaped, with flaps that cover your ears. They are commonly found with furry material on the inside and often come in unique patterns.

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10 Item Grocery List

Grocery shopping can be a hassle for college students. Make it easier on yourself and create a personal grocery list so you can grab everything quick and not spend too much time or money buying stuff you don’t need. Here is an example to get you started. You can get all of these items for around $30-$40.

  1. Milk- Necessary for healthy bones and strong teeth…oh and your cereal. ($3)
  2. Cereal or Granola Bars- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. ($3.50)
  3. Juice- Important for starting your day off right. ($3)
  4. Frozen Dinners- Quick and easy meals. ($2.50 each)
  5. Bread-Take a sandwich to-go. ( $2.50)
  6. Snacks-Things to munch on while you’re studying. ($3-$6)
  7. Bottled Water- Stay hydrated all day during your busy schedule. ($5)
  8. Fruit/ Vegetable- Be healthy! Choose your favorite fruit or vegetable. ($2-$4)
  9. Coffee/Tea- Essential for those early mornings and all nighters. ($5)
  10. Ramen Noodles- Can’t forget the cheapest, most college friendly grocery item! ($0.30)

For more information on grocery lists and healthy options check out Grocery List for College Students and Healthy College Food.

Getting in the spirit with the arts

Vim Studio imageIt’s the end of the semester, and not to mention the end of the year. We are all looking for a little rest and relaxation after this very long, tedious semester. The Dallas Arts District is getting in the spirit by celebrating the Holidays in the district with many amazing, festive activities for the whole family. After a long week of finals we suggest that you enjoy the holiday festivities at The Dallas Museum of Art during their late night on December 16th. For only $5 you can attend the up-coming Late Night at The Dallas Museum of Art and enjoy all of the wonderful warmth of our local museums until midnight! Don’t forget to check out the Jean Paul Gaultier event and the Mark Bradford exhibit. If all of the exhibits inside the DMA aren’t enough for your wandering eyes, then you can take a stroll through the Arts District and see the beautiful Christmas tree. Don’t forget that you can take the DART train down to the Arts District for free with your UTD DART pass. For under $10 you can travel down to the Arts District and start getting in the holiday spirit to prepare to see your folks during the holiday break!

Gifts for Her: Under $30

The holdiays can be an expensive time of year, so we’re keeping the money-saving tips coming this week with a continuation of our earlier post, Gifts for Him: Under $30. Here are some unique gifts for the special women in your life.

Hilary Duff With Love perfume

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Outerwear to Keep You Warm for the Holiday!

Girl in Knit SweaterWhat could say more about winter than a knit sweater! With such cold and windy days, a knit sweater will do the trick! They come in many patterns and colors to fit your style and are sold at a fair price. Some can be found at Forever21, and are usually sold around $20, more or less. If you love them, check out some sweater dresses as well. Sweaters are not limited to just a top, but also come as outerwear. Some look similar to jackets with buttons and are split down the middle. These sweaters look cute with short dresses or casual clothing, yet still give off the winter-theme feel.

Blue BlazerFeeling classy? Try on a blazer. Blazers are not just for professional wear, but also give you a more mature look. You can pair longer ones with dresses and go out to social events. The perfect blazer can give you a comfortable and forming shape on the shoulder, as well as leave you looking slim. Most blazers don’t come as light as the one above, so it will still block the wind on a cold day. And as any outerwear, they come in all sorts of colors and patterns.

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DIY: Tote Bags

The tote bag is a college girl’s essential, especially around this time of the year. Whether it be to carry your books around campus, or to take your things home for the holidays, a nice tote bag is something you want to have handy. By this point, you may be growing tired of your old one, but you don’t have the money to buy a new one because of all the Christmas shopping you’re doing. Well, we have a solution to both problems- wanting a new tote bag and Christmas shopping- make your own tote bag at home! You can use it for yourself and give them to your friends as Christmas presents! It saves money and the hassle of trying to figure out what to get all your friends.

All you need is: fabric and a sewing machine. Here is a simple step-by-step you can use to help you make your tote bag. I gave it a shot myself and here’s how it turned out.

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