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The best money saving tips from our customers

by ValoreBooks

 

Recently we asked you for your best money saving tips — how you spend less on food, books, fun, and more when you’re in college. Now we’re here to share your wisdom with the world! Read on and spend less:

 

Buy Groceries in Bulk

“If you cook, buy groceries in bulk (meats, snacks, frozen foods). You get more value for your money rather than buying the same in small packages. And it saves you trips to the grocery store!”

- Caroline Huang

 

Roommate with someone

“Roommate with someone and share the bills with them.” 

- Sandra Wilson

  

cook on weekends

“I cook on weekends and freeze the leftovers. This gives me meals all through the week and encourages me to not eat out.” 

- Paige Magelky

 

go to yard sales and thrift stores

“I can go to yard sales and thrift stores to buy fabric, yarn, thread, etc., to make blankets, clothes, or decorative items for my household. These items also sell well on eBay, Etsy, and other online places or can be bartered for things you may need.” 

- Anita Mitchell

 

park off campus and walk

“Parking passes are usually very expensive. Park off campus and walk, or use public transportation. It not only saves gas, wear and tear, but also helps the environment. It’s a win-win.” 

- John Albarado

  

start a money jar

“Start a money jar. Every time you have change or a spare dollar, keep adding it to the jar!” 

- Dolores Miranda

 

buy used textbooks 

“My biggest savings was to buy used textbooks or to sell any new ones that I had acquired. Secondly, I made my own lunches to save money, and of course I kept my grades up through each degree in hopes of gaining a scholarship for the next academic program.” 

- Cole McKinnon

  

add into your savings

“Add a designated amount of money to savings each week. It’s amazing how quickly even $25 each week can add up!” 

- Brandy Nelson

  

shop at valorebooks

“I literally shop at ValoreBooks exclusively for college textbooks. I am an Amazon Prime member and I do not even check the site for textbooks. I used to shop around but quickly discovered ValoreBooks has the cheapest textbooks 100% of the time. I have rented textbooks from other sites and their prices are ALWAYS higher.” 

- Trina Grant

  

dont buy expensive stuff

“My parents always told me to wait one full week before buying something over $100. Most often, I decided I no longer really needed that item.” 

- AT Otto

  

pay off credit card

“Don’t spend more than you have.  Pay off your credit cards every month!” 

- Jennifer Smith

 

reward yourself

“Every time I get a check, gift card, or allowance, I take 10% of all cash I receive and put it into my savings account. At the end of each month, I take 10% of the total amount saved and spend that on myself as a reward for my discipline. This motivates me to save for both the purpose of having emergency money and being able to buy myself a little something :)” 

- Christa Ferguson

  

dont spend your kept aside

“Always have a specific amount of your income kept aside. No matter how small or big your kept aside amount is, you have to swear on your life that you won’t use it. Once that part of income is aside, pretend it doesn’t exist.” 

- Farhad Kazi

 

 

ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.

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Space-saving dorm hacks

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Space-saving dorm hacks

Dorm rooms can be claustrophobic, especially if you’re sharing your space with another person. But that doesn’t mean you have to live in confined squalor. Instead, make the most of your space to store more and get more organized. Need help? Good, because we’re here with a few space-saving dorm hacks:

 

Build a bookshelf out of milk crates.

milk crates as shelves

Milk crates make good, cheap storage containers, but if you turn them on their side and stack them vertically you can make your very own bookcase for cheaper than you thought possible! Better yet, you’ll save room and have somewhere to put all your books.

 

Use bed risers to create more storage space under your bed.

bed risers

Lifting your bed a few more inches off the ground creates a whole new storage space, where you can keep school supplies, shoes, books, or whatever else fits under there. That can help you de-clutter your desk and your closet.

 

Get a mattress caddy.

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You’ve probably already got a shower caddy for your toiletries, but did you know they make mattress caddies, too? In lieu of a bedside table, a mattress caddy saves space and lets you store everything from a box of tissues, your TV remote, books, your glasses, and more.

 

Try a hanging hamper.

hanging hamper

Floor space is valuable real estate in a dorm room, so don’t waste it by piling your dirty clothes on the floor. A hanging hamper can hang from your closet door, making it easier than ever to keep your dirty clothes out of the way.

 

Use a folding TV tray table—for just about anything!

folding TV tray table

The cool thing about folding TV tray tables is they’re cost effective. And, you know, they fold up, making them easy to slide under your bed when not in use. Better yet, you can use it for eating, studying, or even ironing your clothes.

 

Need more tips? Make sure to check our other ideas to organize your dorm room!

 

ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.

 

Campus Life Tricks: Dining Hall Food

by ValoreBooks

Coming back to campus after winter break is bittersweet: you get to see all your friends again, but gone are the days of long naps on the couch, endless hours of Netflix, and amazing home-cooked meals. Once again, you’re stuck eating food from the dining hall. But fear not! There are ways to spice up the menu. Get creative, combine ingredients, and make food items of your own devising. Need ideas? We’ve got some for you:

Pizza-Bagel

Pizza bagel

This is one of the easiest and the tastiest foods you can make in the dining hall.  All you have to do is to grab a bagel, slice it in half, and add tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Then, just pop it in the microwave! (If you prefer a crispier bagel, try toasting it first). Pro tip: Add toppings! You can add chicken, ham, or turkey slices, spinach, red pepper, onion, mushrooms, pineapple or olives. Yum!

 

trail mix

Trail mix

Stock up on nuts, peanuts, M&Ms, and chocolate chips from the ice cream section; sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, and almonds from the salad bar; and your choice of cereal from the cereal bar. Combine in a bag and you’re all set! Perfect for class.

 

parfait

 

Breakfast parfait

Combine cereal, nuts, granola, and yoghurt with bananas, strawberries, mangoes—or any other fruits you love—in a cereal bowl. Put the fruit in first, then yoghurt, and the cereal, nuts, or granola on top. Easy, delicious, and healthy.

 

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Ice cream sandwich

Tired of all the boring desserts? Try using two cookies—or, better yet, two brownies—to make an ice cream sandwich. You can even sandwich the ice cream between two different kinds of cookies for maximum flavor!

 

quesadilla

Quesadilla

It’s not Mexican night at your dining hall? No worries! Place a flat-bread on a plate, add on your favorite cheese, veggies, and beans and microwave! Here is your new favorite quesadilla!

 

panini sandwiches

Panini sandwich

If your dining hall has this heavenly machine, make use of it, now! Use your salad bar for healthy choices and cheese in between your favorite choice of bread. (You can also basically panini everything from PB&J and Nutella sandwiches to waffles.)

 

 

ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.

7 reasons why you can’t live without your roommate

by ValoreBooks

 

1. Late night conversations

Roommates are always there when you need to vent about how unfair your Biology professor was at grading your midterm, or to gossip about the guy in class who finally asked you to get coffee.

Late night conversations - Why your can't live without your roommate

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2. A go-to partner in crime

Who else is there to go to happy hour or late night fro-yo trips?

Being alone sucks! - Why your can't live without your roommate

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3. Shared chores

Roommates make housework more manageable (or should).

Shared chores - Why your can't live without your roommate

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4. Company on lazy days

Pajamas, ice cream and Netflix are so much better when shared with your roommate.

Social Sundays - Why your can't live without your roommate

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5. Shared closets

Two closets are always better than one.

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6. An honest opinion

Your roommate will tell you if your jeans are too tight.

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7. Never getting judged

You know you’ll never be judged for all the stupid things you do in your room.

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ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.

 

5 epic things to do in the cold

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Snowball fight 2

There’s no escaping winter, but that doesn’t mean you need to hide inside for its duration. Instead, bundle up, go outside, and:

 

Have a snowball fight. 

Obviously. Round up as many friends as you can and get throwing! Want to take it to the next level? Try to beat the world record for the largest snowball fight in the world.

 

Blow frozen bubbles.

It only sounds stupid until you see how freaking awesome it looks. Plus, it’s so easy. Just score some store-bought bubbles and get to work with your bubble wand on an ice-cold day. Better yet, make your own bubble solution at home for free: mix three parts water with one part dish soap.

 

Build a multi-colored igloo.

Seriously, how cool does this look? Get outside and make your own personal (amazing) fort. Then Instagram it, because all of your friends will be jealous.

 

Construct your own ice rink.

Sure, building your own rink is complicated, but the results are worth the investment. Train to be the next hockey star or ice ballerina in your own back yard.

 

 

ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.