noob

noob

hey everyone... i'm lara, i'm 27 and live in unemployment land(humboldt county, california). my boyfriend and i live with our cat in an apartment and live off, like many of you, a very limited budget. we moved up here so we could afford to go back to college full-time(cheaper by HEAPS than the bay area) but we're still struggling. this community so far has been a godsend. not only have i found some great tips, but it makes me feel better that i'm not the only one in a financial bind. everyone i know personally seems to have plenty of cash for whatever they want, it can be pretty disheartening. i have a few tips and i'll put them behind the cut. i mostly wanted to say thanks to whoever created this community, and everyone who is putting their ideas out there. 1) textbooks(for students) a) ask your professors before buying a textbook if they have a copy of the text on reserve in the library. this has worked for me for a few classes and helps reduce your textbook expenditure. my library won't let me leave with it but i don't mind studying in the library - i easily get distracted at home anyway! b) go to half.com or ebay and see if you can buy them there. i got a book priced at my bookstore at $68 for $35 on half.com *including shipping*. it was used, but highlited in all the right spots. :) c) check out local bookstores and bulletin boards around campus. students sometimes won't get much back from the bookstore for a book they no longer need, and will go to these measures as well, you'll most likely get a $50+ book for $15-20. d) on the flipside- selling your textbooks: if your bookstore won't take it back for a decent amount of money, use the bulletin boards on campus to sell your books (or half.com, or ebay, or locally owned bookstores). do other broke students a favor while you try to recoup your own money. 2) entertainment- there's nothing worse than being bored and having nothing to do. livejournal is fun but there are only so many days you can stare at your screen- same can go with television. a) go hiking, or on a walk regularly. depending on where you live. getting outside cures the "broke-ass blues" on a nice day. walking is free, and healthy. if you're lucky enough to live near a national or state park, frequent it and take picnics or a good book with you- just get out of the house! it helps keep me sane. b) scour free local journals(if available- most colleges have free papers) for free events - and go to them. arts alive once a month here gives us free music, free snacks, free trip to the muesem and art gallery(usually $5 apiece), basically a free and fun night on the town. free music at bars(that have no minimum!) can be fun, and you can order a water or soda- say you're the designated driver. even if you've never heard of the band or aren't sure the event is up your alley, just getting out in a social atmosphere provides a moodlift... and you can always leave, heck it's free! c) the LIBRARY. it's been said before but i EMPHASIZE IT. aside from borrowing books for free: free movie rentals?! who can say no to that?! they might not be recent movies but you'd be amazed at what you find. i end up watching documentaries and movie classics i never would have batted my eye at before, and they can be fascinating. most libraries have internet access too, so if you find that you aren't online very much that might be a great way to save. utilize the library, your tax dollars pay for it and it's there for your use. and finally: 3) food a) the only real suggestion is this: if your town has a farmer's market, go to it. you'll get good deals there for really fresh produce, and some vendors will be willing to trade goods, if you have anything you think you could trade. b) if you're worried about getting protein and meat is too much $$ get beans! black beans, kidney beans, any beans. they're cheap if bought in bulk and dried(even canned can be cheap), and can make a myriad of good food: chili, burritos, soup, casseroles, etc. someone earlier had mentioned obesity being a problem below the poverty line. well in order to metabolize food properly you have to have enough protein in your diet, so try to keep that in mind! eating healthy doesn't have to mean eating expensive. i hope that none of this is too rehashed, i hadn't read anything particularly about textbooks and thought that since many people here are college students they might benefit. xo~
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