If you’re in college, first of all you have my sympathy. But seriously, particularly if you’re putting yourself through college, you’re going to need a lot more than five ways to save money. Hopefully, the following information will at the very least, get you pointed in the right direction. And just to start things off, every time you have to buy something from a company that you’ve never purchased from before make sure you ask for a new customer discount. It’s kind of like people of a more ‘mature age’ asking for the senior discount. There may not be one but there’s certainly never harm in asking. If they tell you they don’t have one, your next question may be – “well, why not? Your competition does!”
1. When you’re thinking about how much something costs try to think about it less as dollars and cents and more on the terms of hours and minutes of your valuable time. If you’re spending almost 5 dollars for that mocha-choke-a-latte-ya-ya at Starbucks, how long is it going to take you to earn that money if you actually had to? What’s the minimum wage these days? The answer – $8.25 per hour. So realistically, it would take about half an hour to earn that Starbucks coffee you couldn’t do without. (Though coffee may be a bad example because who can live without coffee?)
2. They make deadlines for a reason. To avoid paying late fees try to be on time where and whenever possible. This can particularly apply to the enrollment deadline, if you are or plan on being a student. Not getting to enrollment on time could mean you missing out on getting into a class which means you’re going to have to pay to take it next year.
3. Okay the coffee was a bad example but if you can do away with certain little bad habits not only will you benefit from it financially but it could even be good for your health. Alcohol is pricey and so is partying. Smoking is not only dirty, disgusting and bad for you but it’s getting more and more expensive every day. A decision has to be made here. Beer pong or coffee?
4. Living on campus is nice. It’s convenient. But getting an apartment and sharing the cost with several friends is probably the more frugal living arrangement for a college student. (I realize that dorm living is required for a certain period of time in some schools.)
5. Taking care of a car costs money – so do taxicabs. Walk, ride a bike or take the bus. You’ll get over it.
And though many of today’s “textbooks” are actually online, there are a few old school courses that still rely on good old-fashioned paper textbooks. If possible, buy your textbooks used whenever you can.
You’re parents love that you’re a part of a cheer leading squad, and they support you as much as they can, but times have been tough. Everyone’s parents seem to be unable to help you raise the funds you need as a squad. With no real options left, you’ve only got one choice- raise the money on your own. You’re all in desperate needs of new uniforms- tops, skirts, cheer bows- the works. That’s going to run a lot of money, so you better have a sure fire plan to raise it all. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind.
When the going gets tough, the temptation is there to do as much as you possibly can. This can sometimes lead to you taking on more than you can handle, and that can really end up hurting the squad in the long term. When planning out just how each of you are going to do your part, be sure to set realistic goals for yourselves. The last thing you need is for everyone to end up falling short, and your goal ends up not being met. Work within your means, and do your best to reach those more realistic goals.
Whenever you’re going to be asking for donations, make sure to always wear your uniform. This accomplishes a few different things- it puts people at ease, lets them know what the fundraising is for without you even having to say anything, and encourages them to donate, seeing as how cheer leaders always leaving people feeling energized and involved.
Why not consider a fundraising party during the final week? This gives everyone the feeling that you’ve been building towards something, and when people are gathered together, they feel compelled to come together in hopes that your goals are met. Gatherings always pull in more funds than reaching out to people on an individual by individual basis. Give it a shot!
Similarly to a fundraising party, take a minute or two at the start and finish of each game you cheer at to appeal to the crowd- you would be surprised how far school spirit can carry a fundraiser. You’ll almost certainly gather more funds at a game than you will going door to door, or any other means you may come up with.
What’s most important is that you be up front and clear every step of the way with whoever you ask for a donation. Let them know what their money is going towards, when if will go through, and how much you’re looking for in total. There’s nothing wrong with raising funds, but those who chip in deserve clear communication the whole way through.
You’ve waited you’re entire life for this. (All 18 or 19 years of it). Now you are on your own. You’re off to college. Whether it’s across the street, across town, across the state, or across the state line you can now claim independence, from the oppression of your overbearing parents. (Except for the fact that you still need money, and you’re parents are either paying for your college or have signed off on your financial aid. Oh yeah, and your parents weren’t really that overbearing, but it sounds really cool to say so). Sure, it would be easy to pick up the phone and call them to float you a little dough. But, you have decided to do this the right way. Mumsy and Dadsy can’t pay for everything you know. So, now it’s time to pound the pavement and look for a job to help pay college fees. Of course the internet makes pounding the pavement a little less pounding.
The key element to this is “part time”. Remember you are a student. You are trying to find employment that will fit in with your busy school schedule. So, look for employers that are accustomed to working with students. This means your main focus is on school. Some employers realize you are a student and will still put unreasonable demands on you, as if your entire life revolved around that particular part time job. Some employers will also push the envelope, when it comes to part time. In other words pushing the mandatory work hours as close to full time, without becoming a full time position.
As long as you are taking responsibility to get your shift covered (and not calling in at the last minute saying you can’t work your shift) most employers are okay with student employees. Make sure from the start, how many hours you are working each day or each week. Keep in mind that it’s not always the employers fault. There are a lot of student workers who are unreliable. They show up to work late, call in sick when they are not, call in at the last minute, because they have a test to study for or just because they don’t feel like working that day.. Etc., etc. etc.
If you are going to take on the responsibility of a job, remember, the employer makes his or her bones on that business. That is their livelihood. They can’t run a business if the employees are unreliable and not showing up to work. But, if you build up a good rapport with your employer and keep in good communication, they are more willing to work with you and around your school schedule. It’s just like any other relationship. Communication is key.
When thinking of college students you generally picture sweatshirts and pants and a comfortable, but unkempt appearance. After all, they are more concerned with getting those long papers completed and studying for exams. This is followed by a weekend of partying, usually starting on Thursday night. While that may be true for many college students, it is not representative of all.
There are a growing segment of college students that actually care how they look on campus. A increasing number of them are not satisfied blending in with everyone else; they prefer to stand out by wearing Dickies brand clothing or Supra Shoes. Although this may not be the majority of college students, it is a large cross section of that population.
Gone are the days when you are expected to crawl out of bed, throw on anything and then show up to your dorm cafeteria or apartment kitchen. Students believe they should at least try to mimic what life will be like in the “real world” where you are expected to dress business-like. You never know which company reps will be observing students on campus. Just in case they come across you, why not dress to impress from head to toe, so you can stand out amongst the others.
Various special events are held on college campuses each year. In the beginning of the school year, there are formal dances to introduce new students to the upperclassmen. Then at Homecoming time you can expect an entire weekend of special events, some with alumni who have prestigious jobs. Now it would be wise to spend some money on clothing to show your unique style to catch their eye.
When company recruiters visit your college campus, they observe your fashion sense, from head to toe. So, when they get to your feet and see them sitting inside those special shoes, they will have no doubt the kind of decision-making you are capable of in the boardroom.
Resumes and interviews are vital to this process, but what you wear also speaks volumes. Next time you go shopping, keep in mind your fashion sense in college can go a long way toward getting that first job in your quest for a successful career.
I don’t want to say there’s a recipe for the perfect cheerleader… but there totally is! The secret? Bows that sparkle on the competition floor. People don’t just want to watch a routine you’ve memorized and rehearsed hundreds and hundreds of times… they want to be dazzled. Cheer leading is supposed to be entertaining. It’s supposed to keep the energy high, when the team and fans need it most. Your job as a cheerleader is to be a performer, and part of that performance rests on your visual appearance. If you mess up either half of that equation, you’re just not going to get very far.
You can be amazing under the lights, but if you don’t look good while doing it, no one’s going to notice. There’s way too many distractions in today’s day and age for you to give anything less than your best. Between smart phones, being out with friends, looking for a loved one out on the field, and eating snacks, cheerleaders have to work hard, if they’re going to grab people’s attention. That’s where the visual side to the equation comes into play. Something as simple as a sparkling bow can help aid you in giving the best performance you’re capable of.
I’m not just trying to put people down here- I say all this from experience. My team went from excellent cheerleaders with terrible uniforms to national champions. We were able to turn things around, when we realized that people just didn’t have interest in watching something that wasn’t visually arresting.
Once the new uniforms came in, we noticed a difference in people’s reactions to our performances almost immediately. The bows gave us a unified appearance that kept people staring, while we did what we did best. These days, people come for our performance just as much as they come for the game itself!
Looks aren’t everything, but when it comes to cheer leading, you need every edge you can get. Our job is important, so why would you give anything but your best? That applies to your appearance as well. Bring your A-game to every aspect of your performance. Give people an amazing show; one that keeps their eyes locked on you the entire time. One of the easiest ways to do that is with a sparkling bow on a new outfit- you’ll be perfect and unstoppable! What are you waiting for? Get out there and put on a showstopper!