As the summer is slowly coming to end i thought i would make a post that might be helpful to those new high school graduates out there! Some of the new High School graduates may be preparing to enter college in a matter of weeks...Entering college is a very exciting and new experience!
You will experience and learn so many things! It is the time to explore and have fun...BUT do not forget why you are at college...to LEARN!
When it comes to college it is wise to go into your freshman year with a few tips that may help you save a little bit of money!
For example...cherish your student ID...it not only allows you to check out books at the library or get into your recreational facility. At most schools you need it to swipe yourself in for meals!
Also...look into and join campus organizations you like! It is so important to get out and have fun and it is also a great way to meet new people! But most importantly shop around for your college text books! Doing so can save you HUNDREDS of dollars each semester. Yes you have to get NEW text book for the new classes you take each semester! When and if you can save money you should!
Today i will talk to you about how to save money on getting the text books you may need for your new college classes. One site that i have personally used and that i greatly enjoy is www.campusbookrentals.com . If you are not careful you can end up paying TWICE as much for all of your text books! My first semester of college i tried to make things easy for me and use the on campus book store...little did i know that was going to cost me over $600 for 5 books! Yea my heart sank when i got to the register and saw the amount of these few books on the cash register.
www.campusbookrentals.com can help you cut those expenses by allowing you the chance to possible find your needed text books for 40-90% the price you can get them at your local book store! Oh and did i mention that you get FREE SHIPPING!?!? (and yes you get shipping paid for to send the book(s) back to them! another way to save money!) Getting books from www.campusbookrentals.com allows you the change to rent your text books at a cheaper cost than it would cost you to purchase them at your local book store or even on some other online stores.
What is renting your text book?
When you traditionally get a book for your college class you have the option to purchase the book. When your classes or over you can either keep the book or sale it back to different book stores and try to get some money back for the books you purchases (BUT BE WARNED! You may not always be able to sale the book back so you are out a lot of money PLUS you are stuck with this book you will probably never use again :-/ ) . With renting text books you pay a fraction of the cost for your book(s). The only difference is that you can not keep the book at the end of the semester! You simply send it back to the company you got your book from. If you can rent your books i would HIGHLY suggest this! It will save you tons of money, and you do not get stuck with a ton of books at the end of each semester. No you do not get any money back for your book if you choose to rent it. BUT the plus side is this: If you need a science book that originally cost $250 at the book stores....you can rent it possibly for 40-90% of the retail price! If you purchase your book you pay the full $250 and when you sale it back at the end of the semester you may get 20-30% back...so in the end you will usually save more money renting it!
Being a graduate of undergraduate classes i wish someone would have told me some of the things i just told you above! It would have been very helpful and it would have saved me TONS of money over the many semesters i was taking classes.
There are TONS of other tips i can share with you guys...if you want me to do another post on College Tips just let me know and i will be more than happy to create a few more helpful post that may help the parents or new college students out!
Hope you guys are having a great week!
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Well i was SO SO SO lucky to be apart of this blog hop!
I am a Co-Host and i am so happy to be apart of it and to see all the new bloggers "hopping" to my page :-)
So take a few minutes and check out some new blogs and make some new blogging friends :-)
It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the GFC Blog Hop!
Last week we broke our record of 267 with 293 Link Ups!! Let's try and get to 300 this week!!
When I want to follow a blog the first thing I look for is GFC (Google Friend Connect), it's so easy and it's nice to be able to go and see all of the blogs you follow in one spot. It's really a great tool to have.
One side note- Did you know you can follow through GFC using your Twitter Account? TRUE, it's definitely an option!
Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?
RULES are simple:
1. Follow your host via GFC
The First link below
2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC
The Next 8 links below
3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.
4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them via GFC
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.
5. Tweet about this blog hop
6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!
Yes one more week has FLOWN by! Can you believe that July is almost over!?!
It seems as if this summer is FLYING by so fast!
I love this time of year so i am for sure trying to enjoy every second of it!
I hope that you guys had an amazing week/weekend!
I know my weekend was jammed pack with modeling stuff so i was running around like crazy all weekend! I am for sure wishing that there was at least ONE MORE DAY of the weekend to just sit back and relax! But oh well...the show much go on...and tomorrow will bring us Monday :-/
Well without any further delays
Here are this weeks LoL moments
I hope they make you laugh if not giggle!
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That means rejoice! the week is half way over and we are just a little closer to Friday
I know these past few weeks have been a whirl wind for me so i look forward to the weekends i get to stay at home and relax!
WARNING: This post may contain affectionate...sentimental...romantic...and other "mushy love" type of words/emotions from my recent trip to Texas. No worries i do not do this very often...BUT i felt that this post was needed just because i also wanted to share my happiness with you guys :-)
For my new followers out there i have a pretty awesome boyfriend (who currently lives in Texas and i live in Missouri :-( yea talk about LONG DISTANCE...thank goodness for video chatting! LoL)...
He is SO awesome that i gave him the nickname...Mr. Awesome (so original...LoL...i know!)
any wayz...a few weeks ago i made a surprise trip to go see him! His best friend helped me out and i planned out a weekend full of surprises for him. I flew all the way to Texas and spent a few days with him and it was amazing! I am so happy that i was able to keep it a secret because it is SO hard for me to keep things from him.
While in Texas Mr. Awesome did a gr8 job at showing me around his town...BUT you guys know i had to explore the local shopping! and he even went with me! He is the kinda guy that will carry my bags (and he will even carry my purse while i am piling stuff in my arms to try on...or while i am in the dressing room!) needless to say he is not much of a shopper (but lets be honest gals and say most guys really don't like to shop unless its at Best Buy or some other "man" store)...but he was able to tolerate my mini shopping trip...i guess he is a keeper! LoL
Mr. Awesome to the rescue! For those of you who do not know i am pretty health and fitness related. I am currently training for a bikini fitness contest that is in October...so my diet is pretty strict right now. Mr. Awesome knows how important eating right is so he made a pretty healthy meal for us...and i must say...he is pretty amazing on the grill! :-)
meanwhile...back in Missouri...
Like i said i am training for a bikini fitness competition so my veggie mix is a staple in my current diet and is one of my favorite side dishes to add to my grilled chicken or fish.
OK i know you guys probably don't want to see my gigantic feet...but i was relaxing while waiting for the fire works show on the 4th of July and i just LOVED how the light was hitting everything...it just seemed like a Kodak Moment for me...so i had to take a quick pic :-) Hope that all of you guys had an amazing 4th of July!
OK OK...Last Mr. Awesome pic for the day...and i am sorry that this post has a lot to do with him...BUT i just spent some time with him and i guess you can say that i am still gleaming for having such a gr8 trip...so of course i had to share....But this is the last thing i will share for the day! Mr. Awesome got me this amazing necklace as a "Just Because" gift. Funny thing is that he got it for me and was going to mail it to me (as a surprise) but since i went to Texas to surprise him he went ahead and gave it to me :-) He saw is and thought i would like it...and i sure did! LoL
So Mr. Awesome...this post is dedicated to you. You are truly Awesome and i am so happy i got to come surprise you and visit you and i cant wait to see you again!
I Love You :-)
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Well first i want to apologize for my lack of post the past few weeks!!!
but there is a GOOD valid reason for that...and here it is....
I was accepted into a Graduate program i have been trying to get into for the past few years.
I was put on a waiting list and i found out last week that i got in! I had to scramble to get my financial aid together...get work schedules worked out...get all the other required material and shots and all that other crap updated because i started classes A FEW DAYS AGO!!
It still has not quite hit me yet but this is kinda big deal! It has been something i have been working towards for a few years now and it is just so amazing that i finally has everything needed for the program and i was finally given the opportunity to be apart of the program
SO yea...that has been my life the past few weeks... complete CHAOS! LoL
My room looks like it was hit by a hurricane! That is how busy i have been! But no worries! As of RIGHT NOW i am finally caught up with everything and getting my life back on track (this also includes cleaning my room and the rest of my house :-/ )
SO yea...i just wanted to share my joys with your guys and thanks so much for being patient with me :-)
But without further delay here is your LoL Moments for this week (posting it a day early because i just had to share my exciting news with my blogging family :-) )
hope you guys had a happy 4th of July!!
*notice the dogs behind the kid on the left...LoL*
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