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DormCo Giveaway! Sending You Off To College In Style!


DormcoTrunkSummer is an exciting time for first year college students. This is the time of year when they strategically plan their exodus from the place they have called home for the past 18 years and set the stage for what will be their new abode for the next four years. A lot of time and planning goes into this process. Residence halls have to be selected; roommates are decided upon; and somehow, a student needs to figure out how they are going to cram all of their belongings into a room that was designed for streamlined and efficient living.

To properly celebrate this occasion, and hopefully help out with the cramming statement above, CheapScholar.org has teamed up with DormCo to provide one lucky reader with a FREE RUGGED DORM TRUNK!

This rustic red dorm trunk (with wheels) is exclusively available from DormCo. Whether you need a place to stash all of your college gear or want a mobile desk or tv stand, a dorm trunk is a “must have” addition to your dorm supplies checklist. This trunk retails for $140. Click here to see more information, including size measurements.

A Little Info About DormCo

DormCo is your one stop shop for everything COLLEGE DORM since 2010. DormCo offers the widest selection of essentials for your college dorm at the lowest prices. Just because college tuition and textbooks cost an arm and a leg, it doesn’t mean that your dorm supplies should too. DormCo understands everything that it takes to prepare for heading off to college, leaving your parents, and arriving on an exciting, yet unknown college campus. Everything for setting up your dorm room should be a fun and enjoyable process! By shopping at DormCo, you can be confident that you have everything you need for college life at prices that will make you brag to your friends. Connect with DormCo on Facebook and Twitter to get all sorts of inside college tips. You can also check them out on Pinterest for great dorm room decorating tips!

The following represents the many different ways in which you can submit an entry into the giveaway:

DormcoTrunkSideEach of the methods above will give you an entry into the giveaway. So, you could potentially have up to five chances to win the Free Rugged Dorm Trunk from DormCo

This giveaway will close on Thursday July 17th at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). I will randomly select a winner (using the wonders of technology – Random.org) from the entries and announce the winner on this article. The winner has a week to contact me and arrange for delivery of the trunk. If I don’t hear from the winner, I will randomly select an alternate.

Hope you enjoy this giveaway. If you know of any deserving people that could make good use of a free college dorm trunk, please feel free to utilize the “share tab” below to pass this information onto them.

Good Luck! 😉

***WINNER UPDATE***

Congratulations Angela A.! She is the winner of the new Rugged Dorm Trunk provided by DormCo!

***WINNER UPDATE***

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Microsoft Office 365 is a Student’s Best Companion


Brought to you by Microsoft Office

Whether you’re preparing for college this fall or a current student, Office 365 makes for a great companion to help you study smarter, stay more organized and manage your social life efficiently. With the ability to access all of your information whenever and wherever, you’ll always be set up for success.

Learn more about Office 365, including how eligible students can qualify for special pricing through Microsoft Office 365 University

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Finding The Right Laptop On A College Budget


Sony Vaio S-seriesAttending college today can be an expensive endeavor. Between college tuition, room and board, books, supplies, transport, etc., it can be quite difficult keeping up with the cost of higher education. You don’t need to add laptop expenses to the equation. You may have little say in the rising cost of tuition, books and fees, but you can control your laptop expenses. Here are some tips to get you started.

Match Laptop Need with Laptop Costs

Few college students, if any, can do without a reliable laptop in today’s modern educational clime. You’ll undoubtedly find 1,001 uses for your laptop before your education is done. In addition to school work, your PC will be one of your most valued possessions for entertainment, social networking, keeping in touch with family and friends, playing games, listening to your favorite music and more.

Choosing the right laptop is key to getting the most from your investment. While this is purely a personal decision, the following tidbits could help you save money. Make sure your PC is compatible with your school’s software so that you have no problems getting your work done. By purchasing your PC on campus, you could be eligible for special prices on certain brands, plus receive free software packages. This could knock off a considerable chunk from the laptop price. Many colleges also offer on-campus PC repairs at reasonable costs just for laptops bought on school grounds.

Consider Your Options

Top laptop brands, models and designs abound, giving you quite a lineup to choose from. Whatever laptop you choose, make sure it works well for YOU, with a keyboard and touchpad you’re comfortable using. After all, you are the one that’s going to use it for the next 3-4 years — not your college roomie. Along with design, consider such factors as size, advanced features, reliability, cost and warranty.

Stay within a reasonable price. With the exception of the Apple MacBook, most laptop brands offer college students all the features they need for $700 to $800. Here are a few top picks to get you thinking about the selection at your disposal.

Apple MacBook
Acer Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad
Dell Inspiron
Samsung ATIV Book
Sony Vaio
Asus Transformer Book

Think Light

If you’re going to be carrying your laptop all over campus, think light. Configure screen size, machine size and weight with your daily usage. For frequent commuters, a lightweight 13 inch ultrabook, 11.6 in. ultraportable or even a mini may do. On the other hand, if you plan to keep your PC in the dorm, then the conventional 15-incher may offer greater options for school and recreational needs.

Design is Good, Warranty is Better

When it comes to hardware – CPU, hard drive, RAM, video card, etc. – most laptop brands have pretty much the same “beneath the hood.” The biggest difference is in the look, feel and design. Look for a product that agrees with your personality and suits your personal taste and preference.

Having said this, don’t forgo a good warranty for a great design. Your dream machine could easily turn into a nightmare if it doesn’t come with a good warranty. A good warranty will cover all hardware problems to include keyboard, monitor, modem and internal parts along with the cost of labor for your repairs. This could add up to considerable savings on a college allowance. Loss of data, software problems, theft and accidental damage are not generally covered in a warranty, unless otherwise specified.

Many laptop warranties extend for one year, although you do have the option of getting an extended warranty for an additional cost. If you plan on keeping your PC for the duration of college, an extended warranty can save you extra expense later down the line.

About The Author:

Today’s guest article comes from Ryan Ayers, a writer who creates informative articles in relation to education. In this article, he describes laptop needs for college students and aims to encourage further study with an online computer science masters degree.

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The Best Finance Books for College Students


financebookIf you’re a young adult who is just getting ready to enter college, there’s a good chance that you’re also about to make some important financial decisions—or run into some money trouble. Whether it’s acquiring debt in the form of student loans to pay for tuition, racking up large bills going out with friends, or not being able to pay your rent at the end of the month, chances are you’re going to want some financial help. As you begin living on your own, and eventually enter the career arena, it’s a good idea to have a firm understanding of spending and saving habits, the economy, and debt management. Here are some easily-digestible books that can help you along the way.

Soldier of Finance, Jeff Rose

Soldier of Finance, written by Jeff Rose in 2013, is a book that details how to achieve good credit, manage debt, and invest wisely. Rose, a certified financial planner and retired U.S. soldier, bases much of the book’s principles on the Soldier’s Handbook and uses military metaphors to get his point across.  One New York Times reviewer asserts, “to his credit, [Rose] provides a solid foundation of personal finance basics”—and building a financial foundation is precisely what college students should be doing. The book excels at talking the reader through the importance of financial goal-setting and how to establish and build credit. The book is fitting for readers from a military background, but is sure to be a great read for all audiences.

Freakonomics: A Rouge Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, Steven Levitt

A staple on most “must-have” finance books lists (as well as a vital work in the bookshelves of finance students everywhere) Steven Levitt’s Freakonomics is one of the most thought-provoking money books to be released in the last 10 years. The book takes a very unconventional—sometimes sociological—approach to understanding economics, and ultimately sets out to prove that economics is more about incentives and motivation than anything else. Says Levitt:

Freakonomics is an attempt to have some fun with economics… taking tools of economics—the idea that you can use data and incentives and what not—and bringing those into the world to ask questions which are sometimes useful and sometimes just interesting”

The book certainly proves to be a fun ride. Levitt uses a series of non-traditional stories and examples (a chapter on sumo-wrestling? It’s in here) to highlight important economic theories and principles. While the book will be a useful read for economics and business majors, it’s engaging enough for students from other majors and background as well.

The Financial Domino Effect, Ben Emons

If you’re in need of some “back to basics advice”—as described by Paul Brown of the New York Times—then The Financial Domino Effect, written by Ben Emons (the senior vice president of the investment company responsible for the world’s largest bond fund) might be the place to start. A great read for novice investors, the book examines the main factors that control the world market, ranging from sociopolitical factors to financial and economic influences. It is the author’s belief that when one—or all—of these factors are altered, a domino effect takes place, with results typically showing up in the stock markets and economy. While the book provides a firm grasp of elements that lead to global market collapses, its true genius is in detailing how you can remain profitable even when the global economy is declining. Considering that students graduating just 5 years ago were facing one of the worst recessions in recent memory, this book could prove a useful tool for young adults looking for ways to invest in their future and make conservative financial decisions.

Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back, Kimberly Palmer

While US News & World Report editor Kimberly Palmer penned and released this book in 2010, it still proves to be an incredibly useful resource for young adults. The book has a special focus on saving—something 20-somethings should take advantage of before they have larger bills to pay. Says Palmer, in an interview with Huffington Post:

“The only way to get ahead financially is to save at least one-third of your income. It sounds impossible, and sometimes it is. But if you don’t start saving that much for an emergency fund, goals, and retirement in your twenties and thirties, it’s just going to get harder later.”

Palmer’s relatable stories and tone make the money lessons sink in for finance-novices. Palmer discusses everything from how to negotiate for lower prices on everyday items to how to deal with student loans and debt as burgeoning adults. The book will surely benefit any student looking for a general (and easy-to-understand) how-to guide for budgeting.

Finance doesn’t have to be dry and dull. These engaging books offer unique twists on finance and useful advice for life-long money management. From taking on loan debt to opening up credit cards for the first time, college students are making important decisions about their money every day—and they should have the tools and literature to help them do so wisely.

This article was contributed on behalf of BQR Advertising, a leader among Houston advertising agencies that truly understands how to properly manage advertising efforts to match with your financial budgets while keeping up with the latest trends in the industry. Check out their website today and see how they can help you and your business succeed. 

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Top Five Free Apps for Back-to-School Season


With the new school season upon us, it’s time to accept the inevitable passing of summer vacation and start preparing for yet another semester in the classroom. And that means making sure that you have the right tools and resources at your disposal! Though your parents likely took this to mean ensuring they had pencils, text books, pens, and paper at hand – in the 21st century, students tend to take a different approach. With the FREE apps below, you can turn your tablet or smartphone into the educational resource that you need to succeed!mobileapps

Adobe Reader

If you want to view or read PDF documents on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll need Adobe Reader. Available for free, it allows not only the opening and viewing of PDF documents across mobile devices, but also makes it possible to search within a PDF document, select continuous scrolling or single-page view mode, and pinch zooming.

Google Drive

Going back to school means being inundated with new assignments and new study materials. There is perhaps no better way to keep track of and manage assignments than with Google Drive. This free, cloud-based storage service allows access across devices, and provides convenient, centralized hosting for a range of materials, including text documents, spreadsheets, photos, and more. And perhaps best of all, you can actually create content in Google Drive itself – it can act both as a word processor and as storage.

Clean Master

In order for your tablet to serve as an effective resource, it – like any computer – must be fast and must perform flawlessly. One of the best ways to ensure that your tablet is able to perform up to speed is by keeping it free of unnecessary data. Clean Master is a free app that allows you to clean cache files and residual files, as well as clear unwanted information, such as search, call, and text history.

Memory Master

It may seem counter-intuitive, but school can actually hinder your ability to stay mentally sharp and focused. This is because school – particularly at the high school and collegiate level – is often overwhelming. A simple yet fun way to keep your mental faculties “warmed up” is through gaming apps like Memory Master. By testing your short-term memory, this app allows you to focus and exercise your mind – something that should not be taken lightly!

Learn Spanish

There are a wide variety of language apps available for tablets and smartphones. Whether you are studying Spanish or Japanese, there is an app for your device that can help you learn the fundamentals of the language. As one of the most spoken languages in the United States, Spanish language apps can be particularly useful, whether you are formally studying the language or not. One such app, Learn Spanish with Bueno, entonces…, has been designed to teach not only the formal rules, but the basics of conversational Spanish as well. And the 68-page, online study guide is completely free!

Don’t Go Back to School Empty-handed

Load up your tablet with the apps above and you will be on your way to having the tools you need to tackle your upcoming semester. A tablet or smartphone is only as good as its apps, after all, and these apps can help you make your way through your schooling with ease.

About the Author:

Today’s guest article comes from Jessica Oaks. She is a freelance journalist who loves covering technology news and the ways that technology can make life easier. Follow her on Twitter @TechyJessy.

 

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Free College Gear Giveaway! – Artist Series Wireless Mobile Mouse


CheapScholar.org has been selected to be a Microsoft Windows Champion this year. As part of that relationship, we get early access to various Microsoft initiatives that often include new hardware and software releases. We enjoy sharing this information with our readers and, when available, providing you with free college gear to help with your educational endeavors on campus.

SiScottToday’s College Gear Giveaway provides you with an opportunity to win a Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500. It comes from the limited edition artist series that combines precision, portability, and style.

The artist for this mouse is Si Scott. Here is a brief snippet about him: Si is a full-time artist, designer, and creative consultant based in the UK. He is renowned for his unique style, which blends hand-crafted and hand-drawn artwork. Scott’s award-winning work has drawn prestigious clients including Matthew Williamson, Vogue, Nike, Tiffany & Co., and Sony. Scott has also contributed to advertising campaigns for Guinness, Absolut, and American Express. A visiting lecturer at the Leeds College of Art & Design, Scott has given talks and exhibited his work at institutions in cities around the world, including Tokyo, New York, Brazil, and Sydney.

This mouse is ideal for life on the go – it features a battery life of up to eight months and BlueTrack Technology, so you can work, browse, and play on virtually any surface. Plus, its snap-in Nano transceiver lets you remain plugged into your computer at all times, giving you clutter-free portability and wireless freedom in a comfortable, compact and stylish mouse.

We know that you (or someone you know) can make good use of this versatile and stylish technology.

The following represents the many different ways in which you can submit an entry into the giveaway:

Each of the methods above will give you an entry into the giveaway.  So, you could potentially have up to five chances to win the Free Artist Series Mobile Mouse from Microsoft…

SiScottMouseThis giveaway will close on Thursday July 4th at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). I will randomly select a winner (using the wonders of technology – Random.org) from the entries and announce the winner on this article on July 5th.  The winner has a week to contact me and arrange for delivery of the Mobile Mouse. If I don’t hear from the winner, I will randomly select an alternate.

Hope you enjoy this giveaway. If you know of any deserving students that could make good use of a Free Artist Series Mobile Mouse from Microsoft, please feel free to utilize the “share tab” to the left to pass this information onto them.

Good Luck! :)

***WINNER UPDATE*** Congratulations to Patricia Booth for winning this very stylish wireless mouse!

 

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Back to School $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


College students across the nation have enjoyed a short winter break and are now making their way back to campus to embark upon their Spring semester. For some, this may mark their final term before graduation! For others, this will be just another semester that is required as they move closer to obtaining that all important degree. Regardless of what this semester means to you, CheapScholar.org would like to celebrate by giving away a $200 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky reader!

Amazon.com is the “go to” resource for college students. Whether you are searching for textbooks, dorm room accessories, or just want to take advantage of the cool benefits offered through the Free Amazon Student Program, CheapScholar knows that you will find a good use for the $200 Gift Card!

The following represents the many different ways in which you can submit an entry into the giveaway:

Each of the methods above will give you an entry into the giveaway.  So, you could potentially have up to five chances to win the Free $200 Amazon Gift Card…

This giveaway will close on Sunday January 20th at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). I will randomly select a winner (using the wonders of technology – Random.org) from the entries and announce the winner on this article on January 21st.  The winner has a week to contact me and arrange for delivery of the Amazon.com Gift Card. If I don’t hear from the winner, I will randomly select an alternate.

***WINNER UPDATE***

Congratulations to T. Moore!! She is the winner of the $200 Amazon Gift Card!  Enjoy!!

***WINNER UPDATE***

Hope you enjoy this giveaway. If you know of any deserving students that could make good use of a free $200 Amazon Gift Card, please feel free to utilize the “share tab” below to pass this information onto them.

Good Luck! :)

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Coinstar Marriott $100 TravelCard Giveaway -Enter Today!


There is no doubt about it – college students love to travel. Whether you are studying abroad, going to see family and friends for the holidays, or have an ideal hotspot destination planned for Spring break, chances are you will be traveling a fair amount during your college years.

Recognizing your passion for travel, Coinstar has teamed up with Marriott to offer you the opportunity to cash in all the loose coin laying around your dorm, hiding in your sofa, and sliding around the floorboards of your car for eTravelCards that can be used at Marriott establishments throughout the world. The best part about the eTravelCards is that they are not limited to just lodging expenses. You can utilize the eTravelCards for all aspects of your Marriott Experience (i.e.: spa treatment, brunch, round of golf, etc…)

Coinstar and Marriott are providing an opportunity for one of our lucky readers to receive a free $100 eTravelCard (see contest info below). However, before you enter the giveaway, read on to see how I accessed and utilized my very own Marriott eTravelCard.

First – Here’s how you get your coins processed for FREE:

  • Find the nearest Coinstar Processing Kiosk
  • Select the FREE coin counting feature
  • Select the eCertificate or Gift Card you would like to receive (Coinstar is partnered with a number of merchants but in this instance I selected Marriott)
  • Dump your coinage into the machine and let it do all the hard work
  • Wait for it to print off your eCertficate/Gift Card voucher
  • Redeem the eCertificate/Gift Card next time you are checking out with your selected vendor
  • It really is that easy…

How I spent my Marriott eTravelCard

I did not have any plans on traveling anytime soon but fortunately for me I have a number of Marriott establishments located within our community. The local Courtyard Marriott has an amazing upscale restaurant called Mela’s. Since the eTravelCard provides flexibility in how it can be spent, I decided to treat my wife to a fine dining experience. The food was excellent but the best part about our evening is that the tab was covered by our Marriott eTravelCard. Which brings me to my obligatory disclaimer; “Coinstar and Marriott have paid me to blog about their products/services. All opinions are my own.”

How you can WIN your very own $100 Marriott eTravelCard!

The following represents the many different ways in which you can submit an entry into the giveaway:


Each of the methods above will give you an entry into the giveaway.  So, you could potentially have up to five chances to win the Free $100 Marriott eTravelCard…

This giveaway will close on Thursday October 18th at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). I will randomly select a winner (using the wonders of technology – Random.org) from the entries and announce the winner on this article on October 19th.  The winner has a week to contact me and arrange for delivery of the Marriott eTravelCard. If I don’t hear from the winner, I will randomly select an alternate.

***WINNER UPDATE***

Congratulations Wendy T.!! She is the winner of the $100 Marriott Travel Card! She is planning to take her son to Chicago for a weekend! Enjoy!!

***WINNER UPDATE***

Hope you enjoy this giveaway. If you know of any deserving students that could make good use of a free $100 Marriott eTravelCard, please feel free to utilize the “share tab” below to pass this information onto them.

Good Luck! 😉

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