Let’s face it. Commuting can be both a time suck and get extremely expensive for you. Whether it’s driving to and from class, or driving to work, or social events, gas + car maintenence + insurance adds up, and it’s added up all the way up to graduation day and will continue to after.
So what are real ways to save?
Today’s post is inspired by a recent article on LifeHacker.com.
2 of our favorite tips?
1) Change your work hours
- While this may be difficult for the just recent college grad to ask for a flexible schedule or work at home accommodations, it’s not to say you can add things to the beginning or end of your work day. Consider avoiding rush hour by hitting the gym early, or hitting the gym later . Grab groceries nearby to pass the rush hour instead of driving then grabbing them. Plan ahead, and you can often shave off a lot of minutes from your commute.
2. Partner up
Heading to the local coffee shop to study? Partner up with your girlfriend, boyfriend, or friend. Not only will this be more fun but you guys can switch off on driving each time.
So with graduation and graduation parties coming up soon, for those that do choose drink and enjoy a glass of wine, have you heard of this trick? The trick is adding frozen grapes to your wine and using them as ice cubes.
Why you ask? Because wine is often best served between 45-60 degrees. Adding in the frozen grapes will likely not dillute or throw off the flavor and would be a quick way to do it in case you forgot to chill your wine.
So wash a batch of grapes and throw it into the refrigerator as soon as you can so that when commencement comes and you’re decked out in your graduation gown and sash, if you do forget to chill the wine, you’ll have a solution!
Read the full tip here
Photo Credit: http://www.improvisedlife.com/2011/08/29/dept-of-chill-wine-friendly-grape-ice-cubes/
Today’s post is inspired by an article on LifeHacker. The article highlights this new company, Chef 5 Minute Meals, which makes a to-go meal that cooks itself!
Where was this when we were in college and running late to class?
Would you try this? We would.
Today’s post was inspired by an article on LifeHacker. Throughout high school and college, it’s likely that we’re being introduced to new people every day. Whether it’s friends of friends, professors, coworkers, etc. By the time graduation hits you’ve probably met hundreds if not thousands of people. And while some of those introductions and relationships may not go anywhere, there are those that are lasting. Those who become best of friends, sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, or mentors.
The premise of the Lifehacker article mentioned earlier goes into remembering names. While many of us may have different mimonic devices to remember names, this idea is much simpler: pairing people’s eye colors to their names.
What do you think of this strategy? Will it work? Would it help you remember a name of someone you met three years before graduation this spring?
What are your tips to remembering names? Share them with other grads today!
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Let’s admit it, keeping a clean apartment or dorm room in college can sometimes be as challenging as an upper division course. Whether it’s because of your personal habits, your roommate from hell, or the guests who come over, often times common areas can become dirty and disorganized so quickly.
So how is one to combat this? Especially with a full course load, work, and prep for graduation? Well, there’s many ways, but today’s strategy is inspired by Unclutterer.com’s method. The method focuses around a concept of 15-minute cleaning sessions everyday. Squeezing those in either in the morning, in the evening, or whenver you have some down time. In these microbursts, the goal is to focus on just 1 area of your room/apartment and in doing so you’ll get to your entire room in a week’s time.
Check out the full tip here.
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Did you know that up to 40 percent of food that is grown and sold in the US is wasted? Yes, that high! And what’s the major reason for that? It’s fresh produce that is spoiling.
So the question is, when you’re shopping for fruits and vegetables and eating healthier to look great in your graduation sash and gown, which ones tend to keep longer? Here are a few fruits and veggies that won’t spoil as quickly.
Carrots – Carrots tend to give off a lot of moisture, so keeping them dry will be key to preventing them from spoiling. Add a paper towel or two into the packaging and they’ll likely last a bit longer than expected.
Potatoes – Who doesn’t like mash potatoes? The ideal temperature to store them is 40 degrees Farenheit. Hide them in darkness and keep them away from other veggies and they’ll likely keep for a while.
Apples – Did you know apples placed in the refridgerator tend to keep much longer than if placed outside? Well now you know!
If you’re interested, check out the full article here at organicgardening.com.
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Productivity. It’s something we all strive for. In college, it’s getting through all of the readings and assignments without being distracted. In the real world, it might be hitting that deliverable deadline on time, and consistently.
But what does it really mean? Does productivity mean always being busy? Would a worker who is done with his or her work in 4 hours, and sits around the rest of the day be more or less productive than a worker who takes 8 hours to finish the same amount of work?
When thinking about this, but in the context of college, I’m sure we’ve all had our friends who were more “productive” in class. In that, they could read or study material once and just get it. And for others, including myself, sometimes we’d struggle to fully understand the concepts of discrete mathematics, or credits and debits, or a sociology topic.
So what are tips that can help you be more productive as you move one step closer to graduation and dawning those graduation sashes and stoles?
One tip is to use the rule of three and keep major decisions to three of fewer people. So when you’re trying to decide the course of your final project, or how to organize your chapter’s next event… consider going with the rule of three.
Looking for more productivity tips? Check out this great article on the globeandmail.com. While the tips pertain more to companies, you can see how this can easily apply to study groups, Greek chapters, and more.
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As you can imagine, we’re all about life hacks here at YourSash.com and finding little things that can make college life just a bit easier for you. Whether that’s by saving you time, money, or recommending healthier options, we hope that these little tidbits of info can help you on your road to graduation.
Today’s interesting tip comes from lifehacker, and it’s on how to organize your minifridge for soda.
Check out the full post link below, but the picture above should cover it!
Why didn’t we think of this?
Photo credit and source: http://lifehacker.com/5982483/split-a-12-pack-in-half-to-fit-it-in-a-mini-fridge
It’s no doubt that eating healthy, cooking, and college don’t always go together.
From late days of studying, to grabbing the quickest/cheapest fast food option nearby, it’s easy to pack on many of those pounds before you dawn your graduation stole and gown.
So what are some tips to avoid eating out all the time?
MainStreet.com has a great (and short) article on 10 meal starters that you should always keep in your kitchen. Cooked correctly, these will keep you full, be nutritious options, and your spending low.
Check out the full article here.
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Today’s post is an odd one, but one that I think all of us have thought of. What if you could send a robot to school instead of yourself? Like sit in on lectures, interact with classmates, participate in group work… while you were at home?
Well this idea would have been great for me during freshmen year in college during that Classics class, but I digress. The future seems to be here and in New York. Check out this touching story of how technology is changing the life for this student who is allergic to almost everything.
Full article here: http://www.cnet.com.au/bubble-boy-attends-school-via-robot-339341881.htm