So I realize I’ve been slacking. This post has been a long time coming and trust me…I’ve heard more from people about my lack of posts than my fantastic blogs (Okay, so I admit I have some catching up to do). Life has been nothing but busy with finishing up the semester, planning for next semester, having an online class (that I’ve also been slacking with), and trying to enjoy the holidays. #collegekidproblems. That’s the only hashtag I’ll use today. I’ll have to write a blog about how Twitter is taking over the world, but for now…How to Solve College Kid Problems!
Well, I can’t quite solve all of them. Nothing is going to make an 8am class enjoyable or magically have a professor become ill on the day of the test I didn’t study for, but nothing tops the charts like being BROKE. About a month ago, I found the most amazing website to cure boredom. It’s called Pinterest and most people link to it through Facebook. You can request an invite (and wait months for them to “accept” you to the website) or have a friend already on Pinterest invite you and have instant access. If you have more questions about that, let me know.
I know you’re wondering how this website can solve my money problems, right? Well, let’s talk cheap dinners, free workout videos, repuposing galore, and just about anything else you can think of. Like many other things on the internet, you can find what you need by using the search bar, or you can just browse through the different categories. Since I’ve been home for break, I’ve made so many things (I decided to become a craft lady for Christmas) to decorate the house, many of which came from the dollar store. One of my favorites was a shadow box with mini bows hot glued inside for a cute wall hanging. I also made decorated cookie plates for Christmas with a glass plate from the dollar store and some holiday scrapbook paper from the craft store. For about $1.30 each, you could make a ton of cute plates for an apartment to match any theme you want!
Besides decorations and crafts, part of the holiday season always brings the “new found” desire to work out and get fit. (Is it really “new” if it just leaves in February and comes back in December?) With a little motivation and a new Peak Fitness membership, my older brother, my dad, and I are determined to make this THE year. Anyone who has gone into working out or running full steam ahead knows how expensive it can get. Between a gym membership, new shoes (because there’s no better excuse for a new pair of sneaks), and miscellaneous other things, money starts to disappear fast. My solution? Head to Pinterest and search for free workout videos and today’s project…homemade protein bars! I made 15 large bars for less than the cost of a box of 6 tiny bars! If you’re not trying to go that intense, there are still tons of healthy (and unhealthy) recipes that are cheap and simple. Just what college kids need!
Along with these things are hundreds of repurposing ideas for cheap clothes, easy decorations, and adorable homemade gifts! I have to give you a warning, though. The website is addicting! If you’re anything like me, it will make you think you could have the biggest and best booth at the next craft show! Until then, I’ll stick to pinning my way through college poverty!