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5 ways to lose all your money

When it comes to money, I’m the worst at knowing what’s best. I want to spend every cent I have on things that I know I don’t need, or things that I need to survive but could potentially purchase cheaper alternatives. Even though I don’t make a lot of money, the money I do make never stays in my bank account long enough to gain interest or to gain more than 50 dollars at one time. Here are the 5 reasons I never have any money:

Don't waste your money on daily McDonald's trips. Graphic from JP Koning
Don’t waste your money on daily McDonald’s trips. Graphic from JP Koning

1. Food

Food is my worst enemy when it comes to spending all of my money. When I’m hungry, I have to eat as soon as possible, or I might explode with rage. I become the definition of “hangry” and, as you know, there is only one cure. My go-to when I’m dying of hunger is McDonald’s. I began eating McDonald’s when I was probably 4 or 5, and I’ve never looked back. However, McDonald’s can be pretty expensive when you’re not eating from the dollar menu, which of course, I usually don’t, unless I’m scrounging for change in my car. For some reason, I think eating at home is the worst idea ever and refuse to do it, until I’m out of money and crying on my couch eating Ramen. What I should be doing is only eating out once or twice a week, while eating at home the other 5 days, but that will never happen. My addiction to McDonald’s is too far gone. Save yourselves.

2. Gas

Gas is so expensive. I will never get over having to spend 25 to 30 dollars on gas every four days. My car literally eats my money and then poops it out over the course of a few days, then has the audacity to ask for more. Stupid car. Being a commuter and having to drive to and from Radford, from Blacksburg, multiple times a day, obviously doesn’t save any gas. In the long run, I’m sure it’s cheaper than living on campus, but my debit card sure feels sad and lonely at the end of the day.

3. Cigarettes

You don’t need to tell me how to save money with this one. I get it.

4. Significant Other

Relationships can be expensive, especially when expensive to me means more than 15 dollars. But your significant other deserves to have money spent on them, to have new things, but only every now and then. If you’re struggling with money like I am, then things like food, rent, gas, and other essentials tend to have a higher priority on the list. Just don’t forget about them. Nice things every once in awhile are good, but keep it to a minimum.

5. Clothes

Buying clothes can be a tricky situation. When you actually need clothes, it makes sense that you would go to a store, and buy your clothes. However, when you convince yourself that you need clothes, that you genuinely need new jeans or shirts, even though you really don’t, that’s when money and spending choices need to be questioned.

The bottom line here is spend your money wisely. If you can, save as much as possible so you can have it when you really need it. Try not to buy things you don’t need or spend money when you could eat or use things you already have.
Okay, time to get McDonald’s.

Radford printing: Some things you should know

Radford University provides $5 in printing every year. Unfortunately, many students don’t find out how little this is until they’re in the middle of their first semester and halfway through their budget.

It’s not just that college students are irresponsible. If printing cost is five cents a page, the average student would only be able to print off ten papers a year. That’s one paper per class per semester (assuming the student in question has a course-load of 15 credits).

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Make sure you have time to run to Young hall or Walker hall to print just incase your printer fails. Photo from Creative Commons.

As you can imagine, this isn’t feasible for anyone.

This is particularly troubling for transfer students, many of whom are used to unlimited printing policies set by community colleges and the like. (Central Virginia Community College has an unlimited printing policy, for instance.) Here are some tips to help offset printing costs when you come to RU. Continue reading Radford printing: Some things you should know

Does financial aid play a role in college selection?

Paying for college should be a high priority for anyone who’s considering attending college. With the current state of the economy, just how easy is it to get financial assistance from the institution of your choice?

Most colleges and universities provide financial aid for students through various sources such as loans and grants. Continue reading Does financial aid play a role in college selection?

Students hear about tuition efforts firsthand from Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden held a teleconference call Feb. 2 where students from colleges all over the country could listen to him speak about the Obama administration’s efforts to lower college tuition rates. Students were also able to ask the vice president questions directly. Continue reading Students hear about tuition efforts firsthand from Vice President Joe Biden