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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stop The Money Bleed in Publicly Funded Schools

I've been a little AWOL lately from the blogging world.  Let's just say I've been super busy.  I bet you have too, so maybe you haven't had the chance to read lately and maybe we are on the same page.  If you haven't been as busy as me I apologize for the extended absence.

I recently read an article in the New York Times about spending inequality in colleges.  Apparently private research colleges have increased their per-student spending by nearly 5 times in the last ten years, while community colleges have been spending about the same amount of money as ten years ago per student.  This is mostly because state and local funding has dropped significantly for public colleges and universities.  This stagnation means that real dollar values for expenses related to running these colleges and universities have decreased.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pets


I love pets, I even have two cats right now and I grew up with dogs and cats.   One thing I can definitely say about pets is that all they do is give unconditional love.  I can see why anyone would want a dog or cat or some other type of pet while they are at college.   Sometimes having something that greets you every day can help alleviate the stress of being on your own for the first time and navigating the life of a college student. 

If you are struggling financially I would have to say don't get a pet.  They are expensive.  If you forget about food (which is a constant expense) and accessories (like collars, leashes, and toys) you still need to consider the vet.  Although there are ways of getting reduced priced vaccinations the vet bills can be very hefty.  Some people invest in pet insurance to offset those expensive bills, but if you add that cost into the monthly cost to feed and take care of your dog or cat the cost can be prohibitive for students struggling to pay rent and tuition. 

What ends up happening to these poor animals is that students get them, realize that they can't afford to (or aren't allowed to) keep them and abandon the poor animals.  Where I live there is a large roaming cat population because irresponsible students (who probably had good intentions at the start) would do this. With a large population of animals in shelters already (due to the bad economy) please consider what you are capable of taking doing both financially and with your obligations.   

It will only be four to six years before you will be done with school and most likely will be able to afford a pet.  If you simply can't be away from animals for that long consider volunteering at an animal shelter, or become a dog walker/ pet sitter.  This way you get to spend time with animals in a responsible and caring way. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

College is Unaffordable?

Now for the flip side of yesterday's video.  What does this make you think about the economic value of education?

Tomorrow I will discuss the seemingly contradictory circumstances we as college students find ourselves in today.





Thursday, August 25, 2011

Education and Income

First of all I apologize for skipping a post yesterday!  Classes come first as a college student and unfortunately I had no time left at the end of the day.

I just thought I would share an interesting video on the economics of earning a college degree.  Hopefully this will push some of you over the edge who are not sure if they want to spend the money on college.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How To Pay For College While Still In High School


Don’t worry high school students I haven’t forgotten about you.  You may be wondering with all these posts on how to save and make money geared mostly towards college students how you can pay for college.  It’s great that you’re already thinking about this (you’re ahead of the curve). 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jobs Students Will Love


Since many students work at least part-time in college I thought it would be useful to point out a few job choices that usually are good fits with college student’s schedules, and also are great part-time gigs when you leave school and may need a little additional income.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Linearity in Education: Should You Go Directly From High School to College?




Why am I showing you a video on education and education reform?  Well there are several ideas in the video I think as someone who is or will be paying for college you should be thinking about.  You need to think specifically about why you want to go to college and if it is truly right for you.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cheap Fun For Broke Students


All work and no play make you tired and dull.  So what is a broke college student to do?  There are so many ways of entertaining yourself (or a date) without spending a penny.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Stupid Mistakes You Can Avoid That Will Cost You Hundreds



School is starting at many college campuses across the nation! That means buying books, moving into dorms and apartments, and going to classes for the first time this semester.  School starting also means the beginning of what I like to call the My Parent’s Aren’t Here Syndrome (MPAHS).

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Insurance Tutorial


 Insurance sounds boring doesn’t it?  You know what isn’t boring? Going through a true emergency insurance would help pay for and not having any insurance.  You might be thinking that your parents have taken care of your insurance, or you might be worried over the fact that you don’t have any insurance.  There are several kinds of insurance that are important to know about…let’s go over things.
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