Posts Tagged: finances

The Struggling Student Rants—Shop & Save into the Future

Summer came & went; September arrived in the blink of an eye and the traditional school season began.  Some of us at AU took a break from our studies, and some didn’t.  Some AU students went on long road trips and adventurous travels.  Others chose to stay at home and enjoy their downtime lounging around… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—The Great Emergency

Life emergencies happen.  We have all dealt with Murphy’s Law—if anything can go wrong, it will—at one point in time.  A furnace that breaks down in the middle of a prairie winter is bound to happen once in your lifetime.  A vandal slashing all four tires of your car, in a highly condensed, populated area… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—How to Manage a Household on a Budget

Remember your very first paycheque?  The one from that paper route you had in minus-thirty-degree weather?  Or from the babysitting gig for the neighbour’s little angels who turned into Damien when their parents walked out the door?  Did that paycheque come with “how-to” instructions?  Unlikely.  I know I blew my first paycheque getting pink fuzzy… Read more »

The Struggling Student Rants—Baby Steps

Many people, at the beginning of each year, set a resolution to get out of debt.  They resolve to sort out their finances in the new year and to control their wallet, and they may do great the first 2-3 days.  They track their spending, maybe even go so far as to make a budget,… Read more »

Dear Barb—‘Tis the Season

Dear Barb: Christmas is over and the Christmas bills are starting to roll in.  I didn’t realize I had spent so much money, even though I was trying to control my spending this year.  It’s so frustrating.  Although I had a great Christmas, the feeling is being spoiled by all these bills.  I would like… Read more »

Survival in the Garret

Having a crippling study load and limited resources doesn’t have to mean a life of squalor.  You can keep your crib neat and clean with in limited time and with little money with this set of tried and true tips from the bohemian quarter. Visit the bucket and plunger laundrette. There will be days when… Read more »