Create a College-Friendly Holiday Budget...and Stick to It!


December 14, 2011
by Radha Jhatakia

It’s that time of the year again where we see festive decorations, cheerful people...and empty wallets. The holiday season can definitely take a toll on our bank accounts – not only do you have to buy gifts but you have to get formal wear for fun holiday events! Can it be done on a college budget? Hard to believe but it can!

It’s that time of the year again where we see festive decorations, cheerful people...and empty wallets. The holiday season can definitely take a toll on our bank accounts – not only do you have to buy gifts but you have to get formal wear for fun holiday events! Can it be done on a college budget? Hard to believe but it can!

First, know where and when to shop. Stores will sometimes offer seemingly large discounts on Black Friday but drop prices even more as the holidays draw closer. How do you know which sales you will save the most on? Well take a look at retailers’ websites to determine the prices and sales they usually have. If you see the percentage of the sales on "special shopping days" are the same as their usual Saturday sales, it’s not a deal! I know what stores I need to go to by doing a little research ahead of time, targeting what items I want and finding additional discounts online and in catalogs: Last year, I found a $99 jacket on sale for $19!

Also, think about making gifts – it’s the thought that counts after all! This year, I’m on a tighter budget so I’m going to make customized stockings. People love gifts that are handmade over something store-bought that might be exchanged. You can even fill the stockings will homemade treats; there are so many recipes for easy-to-make desserts online!

Just remember that the holidays are not about how much you spend. Shop only for what you need and give the rest from the heart. Enjoy the season, amazing food and great friends without going broke!

Radha Jhatakia is a communications major at San Jose State University. She's a transfer student who had some ups and downs in school and many obstacles to face; these challenges – plus support from family, friends and cat – have only made Radha stronger and have given her the experience to help others with the same issues. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, cooking, sewing and designing. A social butterfly, Radha hopes to work in public relations and marketing upon graduation.

College is expensive, Scholarships.com is completely free. Pay for your college education with as much free college scholarship money as possible. By applying to all the awards you qualify for, you can be sure to not miss a single opportunity in paying for your college expenses - including tuition, fees, room and board. Get matched to college scholarships instantly and start applying today by conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Discuss

Share your thoughts and perhaps thousands of students will benefit from your unique insight on the subject!



If you can read this, don't touch the following fields


 
It's senior year of high school and you're just about ready to graduate and move on to the next chapter in your life. Have you been accepted to college, enrolled in the military or a trade school, planned a gap-year or secured a job? If not, you may not be eligible to receive your diploma. Starting in 2020, Chicago high school seniors will have to demonstrate any one of the above in order to graduate.

Chicago Schools: "No Plan, No Diploma"

July 11, 2017 9:28 AM
by Susan Dutca
It's senior year of high school and you're just about ready to graduate and move on to the next chapter in your life. Have you been accepted to college, enrolled in the military or a trade school,
Due to a new budget deal, all qualified students will soon be admitted into one of the 23 campuses at California State University. With some of the more competitive schools only accepting 30-34 percent of its applicants, qualified students have been historically denied because campuses were too full. While the initiative gives students more access to higher education, there is a catch.

CSU to Admit All Qualified Students

July 3, 2017 11:02 AM
by Susan Dutca
Due to a new budget deal, all qualified students will soon be admitted into one of the 23 campuses at California State University. With some of the more competitive schools only accepting 30-34

    Serving your country is no easy task and for those who made the decision to do so, there are various types of scholarships to help pay for college. Whether you're in the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Army or other division, there are many scholarships for which you may qualify. There are also scholarships designated specifically for children, spouses or descendants of active or retired military personnel. Check out our long list of military scholarships or visit this page for even more opportunities!:

Military Scholarships

June 29, 2017 4:07 PM
by Susan Dutca
Serving your country is no easy task and for those who made the decision to do so, there are various types of scholarships to help pay for college. Whether you're in the Air Force, Marine

    As we celebrate national holidays by honoring and remembering those who served or died while serving our country, or celebrating our independence, we explore what it means to be American. In light of this, we've come up with a list of scholarships for Americans, based on a variety of criteria. Here you'll find free college scholarships for American citizens, college scholarships for ethnic-Americans, free college scholarships for veterans/military scholarships, and more! If you're proud to be an American and believe in the American dream - whatever that may entail, then check out these patriotic college scholarships for 2017 and help fund your American dream:

Scholarships for the American Dream

June 29, 2017 2:35 PM
by Susan Dutca
As we celebrate national holidays by honoring and remembering those who served or died while serving our country, or celebrating our independence, we explore what it means to be American. In

    Make the most out of your summer break this year (and secure some financial aid for the fall) by applying for free college scholarships. While it may not feel like it, fall semester is about two months away and now is the prime time to apply for scholarships since you’re probably not overwhelmed with school, homework and other activities. Why not take the opportunity to help pay your tuition bill while kicking up your feet this summer? Stay ahead of the game and apply for these August scholarships:

August 2017 Summer Scholarships

June 29, 2017 9:18 AM
by Susan Dutca
Make the most out of your summer break this year (and secure some financial aid for the fall) by applying for free college scholarships. While it may not feel like it, fall semester is about
The Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated the POTUS' travel ban, exempting foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. Acceptable groups include students admitted to U.S. colleges and universities, employees who have accepted job offers in the U.S., and lecturers invited to speak to American audiences.

International Students Impacted by Partial Travel Ban

June 27, 2017 9:08 AM
by Susan Dutca
The Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated the POTUS' travel ban, exempting foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.

    When it comes to earning scholarships for college, some students have the go big or go home mentality and chase the big buck scholarship opportunities. Landing a huge scholarship may take more work - meaning more time spent on the application process and essays, needing strong recommendation letters and competing against a pool of highly-qualified students. If you're motivated to land a large dollar scholarship that can potentially pay for your entire college tuition, check out these generously-endowed scholarships:

Large Dollar Scholarships

June 23, 2017 11:01 AM
by Susan Dutca
When it comes to earning scholarships for college, some students have the "go big or go home" mentality and chase the big buck scholarship opportunities. Landing a huge scholarship may take

    Everyone knows big-name companies such as Google or Coca-Cola...but did you know that these companies also offer scholarship opportunities to help you pay for college? That's right! If you love these quality products and services, you may be interested these generously-endowed scholarships. Check out this list of brand name scholarships offered by the companies with which you are most familiar:

Brand Name Scholarships

June 22, 2017 2:44 PM
by Susan Dutca
Everyone knows big-name companies such as Google or Coca-Cola...but did you know that these companies also offer scholarship opportunities to help you pay for college? That's right! If you love