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.

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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Don’t SHOCK your parents, instead DAZZLE them!

Everyone wants to dress cute when they’re home for the holidays, but how do you stay trendy and stay under your budget?

This season, the style calls for patterned tops, blazers, and bright colors. The patterns range anywhere from polka dots, to swirls, to motifs; but the choice is really up to you. Blazers have become a hit among celebrities, but why stick to the plain black blazer when you can were a fire-truck red blazer. Along with blazers, are of course, long coats, and vests. It’s always a good idea to add color to your wardrobe. The colors this season, per New York Fashion Week, include, reds and blues paired, but also oranges and yellows. Marigold to be exact. But most importantly you have to be sparkly! You don’t have to buy that Dolce & Gabbana metallic dress or that red, knit Chanel coat. Stores like Forever 21 and H&M are up-to-date with the latest trends of the season and help you stay within your budget. Don’t forget to play with scarvesboots, and hats, to add to your winter look.

Forever 21 outfits

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Whether you’re dressing up for a family dinner, or going out with your friends, impress everyone with your knowledge on the latest trends and even more with the dollars you saved.

Putting Your Best Face Forward

As the winter season approaches, and the weather outside changes, so do the trends in make-up. This season calls for smokey eyes, wine-stained lips, and natural facial tones.

Smokey Eyes 

Kim Kardashian with the smokey eye look

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This winter the smokey eye is a big hit. The colors you can use for you smokey eye vary with the look you’re going for, but the big colors this season include burnt orange and electric blues. Of course, you can never go wrong with blacks, grays, and browns. Continue reading

Heavy On Style, Light On Your Wallet

Accessorizing, although quite possibly the most important part of completing your look, can often also be the most expensive. The majority of girls don’t realize how simple it is to make your own jewelry that is both unique and inexpensive. Here are just a couple of the endless options of DIY jewelry projects.

  Wrap Bracelets   

Example of beaded wrap bracelets Wrap bracelets displayed on hand

These bracelets are fun to make and can give you so many different looks depending on the beads you use, the color of the cords, and the number of times you wrap them.  You can make them as dressy or as casual as you choose to and you can wear them with jeans and t-shirt or a nice dress. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to make these wrap bracelets. Continue reading

A Haunted Night on the Edge

Halloween is just around the corner, and many of us are still trying to figure out how to spend it. As college students, we have been too old for trick-or-treating for far too long, tired of the costume parties we have to spend so much money to dress up for, and bored of having scary movies marathons with our best friends.  This year try something new and exciting and make your way to a haunted house.

There are countless haunted houses and corn mazes in the DFW area, ranging usually from $15- $30.  The most convenient place  for students here at UTD is the Slaughter House in Deep Ellum. VIP tickets are $30, and you do not have to wait in line. However if that’s too pricey, you can get tickets for $18 at the door. There’s also a free shuttle that takes you to Slaughter House as well as two other haunted houses located in downtown Dallas.

This past weekend, I went to Cutting Edge Haunted House in Forth Worth. It is rated one of the best haunted houses in America and holds the Guinness World Record for longest haunted house. Although the price is $30 per ticket and $10 for parking, most would say it is definitely worth it. Loud sounds, mazes in the dark, people following you, and of course chainsaws are just a few of the exciting things in store for you. Be prepared to get wet because there is a nice surprise waiting for you at the end.

My advice before going to a haunted house this Halloween is to look for coupons online, arrive early to avoid long lines, and be ready to scream!

The Endless Possibilities of a Plain White Tee

Every female college student should invest in a few Hanes v-neck plain white tee’s. The possibilities with this one piece of clothing are endless. They come in a pack of three for about $7, and I assure you, you won’t regret a single penny spent. Here are just some of the ways you can utilize your new plain white tee.

White Tee with Cardigan White Tee with Scarf

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Dress it Up- You can wear your white tee with a high-waisted skirt and a blazer for a job interview or a nice pair of skinny jeans and heels and you’re ready for a night on the town. Or Dress it Down- In a hurry to class or just not in the mood to get ready? Slip on a pair of shorts or some leggings with your tee for a more casual look.

Wear your white tee with a cardigan or a vest, with fun scarves and necklaces, or layer with colored tank tops for a unique style. You can even add a big belt buckle to make a statement.

There are many ways to make your white tee your own. You can start simple by tie dying or splatter painting your shirt- not only is it fun to make with your friends, but it is also fun to wear. You can grab a pair of scissors and make it a cropped tee, or add fringe to the bottom. You can even cut your t-shirt into a scarf. Make a quick trip to Hobby Lobby and add glitter glue, sequins, rhinestones, patches, and all sorts of other things. To make something even more advanced, transform your tee into a dress for the college that you attend by adding ribbon and fabric of your school colors.

White Tee with Gray Cardigan White Tee with Leather Jacket

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The plain white tee is a must have for your college wardrobe. Not only is it affordable but gives you the ability to transform it into whatever you want it to be to match your personality.