DIY Dorm: SmartPhone Amplifying Speaker

Mashable recently pinned a tutorial on making an amplifying speaker out of a Pringles can. I love this idea because I am far too cheap to spend money on an iPod docking station. I may or may not have broken my last one by knocking it off the table during an intense dance party…

This project costs less than six dollars!

What You Will Need:

1 Pringles Can (minus the Pringles and crumbs)
Toilet Paper (approximately 14 inches)
X-ACTO Knife (or scissors)
Two Binder Clips (large)
Spray Paint (any color)
Sheet of Paper
Tape

1.Eat Pringles…

2. Trace the outline of bottom of your device (any iPod or iPhone that plays music out loud) onto the sheet of paper. Wrap paper over Pringles can, aligning the traced area parallel to the end of the can about an inch away from the can’s bottom. Use the knife or scissors (carefully) to cut around the inside of the outline. You want the hole to be a little smaller than your device so it will fit very tightly.

3. Position the binder clips metal hands open at a 90 degree angle. Rest the can on top on the clips so that they act as a stand. Tape the metal parts to the can.

4. Coat the outside of the can and binder clips with spray paint. Let dry for 2-4 hours.

5. Cut 14 inches of toilet paper. Insert throughout can – you want it to be evenly distributed.

6. Insert your device into your brand new amplifying speaker and start listening to your favorite playlist.

Other fun DIY Dorm Projects:

Smartphone Projector
Decorative Book Phone Charger
Instagram Coasters

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Going to College For (Almost) Free…HOW?!

Every student has had the discussion about how they plan to pay for college. What if I told you that you could potentially go to college for free? Yes, free!

According to Daily Finance, there are ways of getting your college paid for. I’ve decided to include a few that popped out to me:

• Become a teacher in a low-income area. When you teach in that area for five years, large portions of your loans will be forgiven. The Stafford loans could forgive up to $17,500 and the Perkins Loan could forgive the entire loan

• Join the Peace Corps. They’ll forgive up to 70% of a Perkins loan. Their policy is a bit different for Stafford Loans so check out the article for more information.

• Become a veterinarian in a rural area. You may receive $75,000 in loan forgiveness. According to Daily Finance’s article, you “probably have to get used to living in the boonies”.

• In certain states there are programs where state employees who have studied law can have their loans paid off.

Check out the Daily Finance article to find out more about options for getting your loans forgiven. Obviously these are just a few ways to help during this financially stressful time in your life.

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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Style on a Budget

We know it’s important for college students to live on a budget, so when our reader, Jenn, asked us where she could find websites to shop for stylish clothes that are not too expensive, we were inspired to share our bargain-hunting abilities with all of our readers! After all, who wants to brag about expensive labels when you can enjoy the fact that you saved tons of cash on all of your new outfits? Keep reading for our money-saving tips.

Tip #1: Be open-minded.
Just because a shop isn’t necessarily a fashion hot spot, doesn’t mean you should rule it out. I’ve found inexpensive hidden gems at stores like Walmart and Costco.  The key is to keep your eyes peeled for anything you might not have considered before!

Check out the Target Website for more designs by Jason Wu!

Tip #2: Collaborations can be amazing. I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with Jason Wu for Target! Why, you ask? It combines the delicate craftsmanship of his designer label with the more budget-friendly prices of Target. Tons of less expensive stores have been teaming up with big-name designers and the outcome has been a magical flurry of inexpensive fabulous-ness. Versace teamed up with H&M, Karl Lagerfeld went to work with Macy’s, and the list goes on and on.

MSNBC even discussed how two Italian designers were so inspired by the Franklin & Marshall sweat shirt they came across that they launched a high-end label featuring the school’s logo! However, you can save yourself a $100 by purchasing clothes featuring the logo from Barnes & Noble at a fraction of the cost. It’s all about doing your research.

Tip #3: Check discount websites.
Nowadays, there are tons of websites that offer designer clothing at discounted prices. Sites like Gilt and Shop It To Me offer designer brands at 40-70% off of what they normally cost. Other web pages, including 599 Fashion, sell clothing for well-below retail prices.

Tip #4: Think twice before buying.
The important thing to remember here is just because the clothes are less expensive than usual, doesn’t mean you should be buying every item you see. If you’re on the fence about making a purchase, wait a week or two and see if you still want it. If your enthusiasm has died down the next time around, refrain from buying the item. You’ll save time and money.

Forever21.com lets you stay within your budget...easily!

Tip #5: Sale Sale Sale! Whenever I get the urge to shop, I immediately check the SALE page on my favorite sites. Some stores, like Forever 21, DHstyles, and GoJane, regularly update their sale pages and offer excellent deals. Campus bookstores (like Barnes & Noble!) also offer sale items regularly, so don’t hesitate to check for promotions or items on clearance. If you really need a new sweatshirt, for instance, be sure to browse a few sale pages first – you’ll be surprised with what you can find.

Tip #6: Learn to make quick fixes. Have you ever ripped a hole in a pair of pants or shirt and felt like you had to go buy a new one? Now is the time to grab a needle and thread! Learning to make small repairs will extend the life of your clothes and will save you money you would have spent on replacements.

What’s better than watching both your closet and your wallet expand? Remember our tips next time you go shopping and don’t forget to share your own with us!

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Dish It: Super Bowl Made Super Easy

Whether you have been looking forward to the Super Bowl since preseason or had no idea it was still football season, everyone has something to look forward to this Sunday: a marathon day of snacking. If we at The College Juice can plan a full Thanksgiving feast within the confines of a dorm room, we are confident we can tackle a Super Bowl Feast as well. Giants and Patriots fans alike won’t be able to resist cheering for the easy-to-make menu ideas we’re about to bring you!

RECIPE IDEAS

For our readers that are a little more adventurous, we’ve got some recipe ideas that are sure to please. You’ll only need a few ingredients and you’ll be all set to watch the game! We found this Spicy Blue Cheese Dip recipe on the Delish website and just had to share it.

Everyone will be cheering for YOUR Super Bowl snacks!

Spicy Blue Cheese Dip

What You’ll Need:

2/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

What You’ll Do:

Whisk sour cream, blue cheese, vinegar, and cayenne in a small bowl – we told you it was easy! Microwave TGI Friday’s Buffalo Wings per instructions on package. Serve the dip in a bowl with Buffalo Wings. Yum!

Here are some other mouth-watering dip ideas we came across. Choose just one or make them all!

Easy Layered Dip from Kitchen Daily

8-Layer Mexican Dip from CDKitchen (Vegetarian!!)

Touchdown Truffles

In case you’re looking to add something sweet to your party (touchdown snacks, anyone?) we found this Touchdown Truffle recipe on Food.com and couldn’t keep it to ourselves. The best part? It only requires 2 simple ingredients!

What You’ll Need:

1 (18 ounce) package Oreo cookies
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

What You’ll Do:

- Crush Oreos in plastic bag
- Add Cream Cheese and Oreos in bowl and mix together
- Chill the mixture in fridge for about 5 minutes
- Roll hunks of mixture into a ball about 1 1/2 inch wide (shape to look like football if you wish!)
- Chill before serving

SHOPPING LIST

For those pressed for time or those that aren’t as confident in their concocting abilities, these items are bought ready-to-serve or at least require very little preparation. Most can be picked up right from your campus bookstore!

Don't these look delicious? Go to TerraChips.com to check out all the flavors!

  • Chex Mix (My favorite is the Bold Party Blend, but opt for the Chocolate Turtle flavor if you’re looking for something sweet)
  • Terra Chips
  • TGI Friday’s Buffalo Wings (pop in the microwave and pair with the Blue Cheese Dressing recipe we’ve included above, of course!)
  • Dirty brand Chips
  • Pre-made Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla Chips (Food Should Taste Good brand is delicious AND healthy)
  • Flipz Chocolate Covered Pretzels (salty and sweet is always a good choice)
  • Campell’s Chunky Roadhouse Chili with Beans Microwave Bowl (combine a few containers for a larger serving and add crumbled tortilla chips and shredded cheese for extra flavor!)
  • Beverages – soda, juice, and iced tea are always good options

Whether you act as the sole host/hostess or opt for a potluck-style floor gathering, it will definitely be a Super Bowl to remember. Both team’s colors are a mix of red, white, and blue so don’t forget to decorate accordingly! Share any more ideas or suggestions you have in the comment box below. Enjoy!

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10 Things You Should Rent Instead of Buy

Renting just makes "cents" (pardon the pun!).

We know college students are on a budget and cutting costs is important!  So when we came across the Yahoo! Finance article, 10 Things You Should Rent Instead of Buy, we knew we had to share.  Since we offer textbook rentals, we understand that renting, rather than buying, presents an opportunity to save money.  Want a stunning dress to wear to a formal coming up? Planning a weekend camping trip but aren’t too happy about the growing costs? If you haven’t considered renting before, this article just might change your mind! We’ve highlighted a few items here but check out the full article for even more ideas.

Designer Dresses
Last January we blogged about renting all sorts of items (check it out here if you missed it!). A year later, we stand by all of our assertions, including getting all of your fashion needs for a fraction of the usual cost. Sites likes Wear Today Gone Tomorrow and Rent the Runway lend out dresses and accessories for up to 90% (yes, NINETY!) off their retail prices. Why shell out stacks of money for a dress you’ll wear once, when you can pinch pennies without sacrificing style?

Renting textbooks can save you OVER 50%!

Textbooks
College is expensive, but that doesn’t mean your textbooks have to be! Unless you plan to become very attached to that Advanced Cell Biology book (we won’t judge!), renting your textbooks is definitely an option to consider. Many Campus Bookstores offer textbook rentals that can help you save over 50%! During the semester, you get all the perks of buying a textbook without the financial commitment of doing so.

Camping Gear
Adding in financial responsibility doesn’t have to mean subtracting fun from your life! Fun weekend trips, like camping, don’t have to break the bank – especially when you can rent most of your gear! Sporting goods store, REI, offers a four-person tent for $55 for a weekend (that’s only $13.75 per person!). For those who camp only a few times a year, renting equipment is probably the best option.

For more items to rent instead of buy, check out the full article here! Is there anything that you prefer to rent? Post a comment and we’ll check it out!

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Birds of a Feather…

…look great together. We’re loving the feather trend right now. From jewelry to water bottles to super-cute t-shirts, we have the feathers you need to stay stylish on campus.

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The IT List: Burn Out

A trend we love this fall is the use of Burn Out fabric to update basic looks.

So how is fabric “burned out?”  The textured look is created by applying a chemical paste to a garment.  The paste then eats through the thinner fibers of the fabric, leaving behind the fabric’s backing.  The end result is a thinner and lighter garment.  It’s “see through” in random spots or patterns, depending on how the chemical was applied.  Pretty cool, right?

Burn Out fabric was introduced and gained momentum on the west coast and has quickly spread to the Northeast.  The unique look of burn out fabric will give you an edgy look at class, the gym, even tailgating.  These light-weight airy garments are perfect for layering under or over wardrobe staples to update your look this fall.  So be sure to pick up a burn out tee or tank at your campus bookstore!

~ by Resident Fashion Guru, Jennifer Hazzard

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Don’t Let Rain Get In the Way!

The true fan won’t let a little rain get in the way of tailgating! Bad weather won’t dampen your school spirit with these rainy weather tailgate picks.

Rain Game Guy

  • This Nike Dri-Fit hat is great for keeping rain out of your eyes, as well as keeping your head dry
  • Not a “hat person”?   Show your support with a bandana complete with your team logo instead
  • The ideal rain game hooded jacket is the Charles River Jacket.  It will keep you dry while rooting for your team
  • Choose a tee or fleece without a hood to wear under your waterproof jacket
  • While it’s still warm out, wear shorts for a rain game. The Under Armour micro short has HeatGear technology that keeps moisture out so you’ll always feel comfortable
  • Keep all your tailgating essentials dry in this Nylon string backpack with school logo

Rain Game Girl

  • A spirited poncho is an essential for a rain game
  • A crew neck fleece is perfect for layering under ponchos and rain jackets alike
  • The Under Armour Women’s catalyst tee keeps you dry and fashionable while cheering for your team
  • These yoga pants from So Low are super comfortable and perfect to tuck into your rainboots
  • Logo’d rain boots keep your feet warm for any rain game
  • Keep all your tailgating essentials dry in this Nylon string backpack

 

 

 

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Slightly Obsessed With…

…this necklace.  It’s a custom fingerprint necklace with a person’s fingerprint on one side of the heart and his or her name on the other.  I’m absolutely in love with this idea.  It’s a bit pricey at $190, but if you’re looking for a great gift to send to mom while you’re away at school, this would be perfect.

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Back to School, Back to the Gym

Having access to a campus gym is one of the many perks of being a college student. As you figure out your routine this fall, you may find it most convenient to work out in the middle of a hectic day, leaving little or no time to change before heading to your next class or meeting. We have all of the tips you need to show up fresh-faced and put together after an intense gym session.

1. Keep deodorant in your backpack so you can apply post-workout and avoid smelling like the gym. This will be handy even if you are not working out but find yourself running around campus, especially before the weather really cools down.

2. Pack a washcloth or hand towel to mop up sweat (we know you’ll be working hard!)

3. The Under Armour Catalyst Tee will be your best friend this fall. The fabric is very lightweight and breathable, allowing you to cool down quickly. Plus the custom college logo means you’ll always be in style on campus. For all of their men’s and women’s styles, see your campus bookstore.

4. Carry a brush or comb to quickly re-style your hair. I like wearing headbands to keep fly-aways in place.

5. Lastly, it is important to stay hydrated, especially when you’re working out. The water bobble is great for those of us who are wary of water fountains as it has a filter built right in.

How do you juggle gym sessions with your class schedule? Do you always make time to change or will you be consulting these tips all semester? Tell us what you think of this post below!

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