Paying for college can be nerve wrecking. It is expensive and figuring out how much you can pay out of pocket and how much you need to get loaned to you is not easy. It takes time, patience, and a lot of research to figure out how you will be able to afford it- scholarships, student loans, savings, etc.  I scouted colleges around the United States. I was accepted at Boston University, Penn State, Arizona State, and many others. But what it all came down to was the cost of tuition–don’t forget room and board, books, living expenses, etc. I had no clue how I was ever going to afford a $50,000+ tuition per year not including other expenses. It was up to me to figure out how I was going to afford college on my own and without such a heavy financial strain. This is what I have learned and what I wish I would have known 3 years ago. Save $$$: You never know what expenses will be thrown at you when you least expect it. Have a plan, start saving. I use to save 50-75% of every monetary gift I received (birthdays, holidays, graduations). It adds up. Going into my freshmen year of college I had saved around $7,000! I wish I would have started saving sooner and maybe 75% every single time. Research: Browse…

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I decided to start this page because I have been couponing my ENTIRE life. I love coupons, sales, and deals and it is something I enjoy doing to a great extent.  No, by all means I am not an extreme couponer, although I would like to be someday.  I LOVE SAVING. I LOVE FREE. I LOVE TO SHOP SALES.  It definitely keeps my adrenaline going and I love to do it in my spare time. I wish I had more time for it, but when you are a college student taking 22 credits and working two jobs, balancing time is very critical. Sundays, however, are for couponing. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and every other day are for couponing in between classes and late at night. It brings joy what can I say! When you are on a budget and trying to save, you do what you love! Anyways, I figured I would try to help others, newbies and extreme couponers out by letting them in on some couponer tips, tricks, and hints. So in posts to come, I hope I can help everyone out a little bit as well as giving back to the couponers that have kept me motivated to keep on couponing. Thanks! xo,  Leanna

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Besides renting a carpet cleaner today (which is the worst idea, just pay someone to do it–pain in the booty!), I decided to make myself a pretty little iPhone Charger. Pinterest is just full of ideas! Of course I had the charger already, but I wanted to decorate it so I could call it my own! I had so much fun and this DIY project took me less than 20-25 minutes. And it costs me absolutely NOTHING! Now that’s what I call staying in a budget! The only items needed for this project are: -iPhone Charger -Color Nail Polish -Glitter Nail Polish  You can do this DIY with either nail polish or both of them. I used both because I love color!  Steps: 1) Start with an iPhone charger and a paper towel (I didn’t want to get it on my table). 2) Pick your nail polishes (I used Sinful Colors Turquoise and Wet n’Wild Glitter). 3) Paint two coats of your base color on the plug end and let sit a couple minutes. 4) Paint two coats of your glitter polish on the plug end and let dry. 5) Repeat steps 4-5 for the end that fits into the phone 6) TA-DA!! You now have your own personalized iPhone Charger! **After mine was dry I dipped a Q-tip in nail polish remover and cleaned up…

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Lately, I have been a sucker for the DIY ideas and such. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to do many, but I will get around to it. Some of the ones that I really like are easy (and inexpensive) DIY’s for those in your life. I’m one who loves giving to others and a lot of these ideas inspire me to make someone else’s day. Plus, these are great ideas if your looking for a little adventure in your life. For friends, family, your main squeeze, or someone you don’t even know; these DIY’s are sure to be a hit.  Blessing Bag: This is a great idea that you can keep in your car to give to the homeless. Most of the items in here you can buy in bulk or buy for a great price. You can also make the baggie a gallon size or a quart size (it doesn’t have to be huge!). I know we are all on a budget and money doesn’t grow on trees–at least not for me; but you can make bags like this for under $10. I think these are awesome, because you know that you are making a difference instead of just giving them a couple dollars (and not knowing what they are doing with that money). You are satisfied with yourself and your good deed.…

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