How to Save on 9 Dorm Room Must-Haves

Living in the dorms represents a great introduction to college life. The convenience factor alone is a selling point, but the social benefits are also enormous. Some lifelong friendships are hatched within dorm walls as students bond over challenging tests, annoying busywork and other campus happenings.

Despite these perks, dorm life isn’t all sunshine and roses. It also represents the first time you’re responsible for such expenses as food, laundry, toiletries and more. To help with this reality shock, here’s a list of dorm room essentials and ways to save on each item.

Taking a Summer Trip on a Budget

Vacation time is finally here, and you are ready to relax ... except your budget isn't as prepared for some summer fun.

Don't worry, there are a few ways you can enjoy your break without breaking the bank. Yes, it is possible. Check out my cheat sheet for ways you can have summer fun and stay within your budget range.

Chic (But Cheap) Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s May, which means that school is coming to an end, graduation is around the corner and that special day to celebrate your mother is this weekend.

Even though you should honor your mother every day, Mother's Day is on May 12, so if you haven’t bought a gift yet, you are in major crunch time.

In times of need like this one, there are trusty DIY presents that your mom will surely love. The best thing about a DIY gift is that even though it isn’t bought in a store, it shows that you put extra thought into it and that it came from the heart.

Advantages to Living the College Life in a Big City

While there are many advantages of attending college in a small town, there are just as many (if not more!) perks of studying and living in a major city.

Having lived in Washington, D.C., for close to two years, I have been able to experience all of the exciting benefits that come with city life. Here are just a few of the perks I’ve enjoyed!

Keeping Your Dorm or Apartment Carpet Clean on a Budget

If you stop and think about it for a minute, carpets are kind of really gross. Take a second and think about all of the bacteria, allergens and other gross things that could be living inside that carpet of yours. It's enough to make a girl sick!

Unfortunately, not all of us have the budget to buy a great vacuum or pay for carpet cleaners to come in. Luckily, we got some affordable advice from Oisin Hanrahan, CEO and co-founder of Handybook!

6 Ways to Live the Chic (But Cheap) College Life in an Expensive City

Living in D.C., I understand just how ridiculously awesome living in a metropolitan city can be. I also appreciate just how liberating, chic and sophisticated city life is.

However, my bank account can also attest to the awesomeness of city life. Dinner here, latte there --- it all adds up -- and quickly.

In order to spare yourself some cash (and some parental grief), navigate expensive city life by following some of these tidbits of advice.

Chic (But Cheap) Spring Break Ideas

Want all the fun of a fabulous Spring Break but simply don’t have the funds? Here are some great tips on how to plan a budget break that won’t break your budget!

Expert Gives Budget-Friendly College Spring Break Planning Advice

Spring Break is going to be here before you know it, so U Chic sought out the advice of Bob Diener, co-founder of and, for advice and ideas on where you and your crew can spend your vacation without breaking the bank.

Traveling Abroad on a College Student’s Budget (It’s Possible!)

Do you have a dream destination that you would give anything to be able to visit? As students, we are constantly told that this is the time of our lives to travel, but sometimes it seems like we will never make it on our college bank accounts.

I am here to tell you that you can and you will! I never thought I would be able to make it to Paris, but I did, and I paid for it by myself -- even as a full-time student. This doesn’t go without saying that I was definitely on a budget, though!

Here are some tips that helped send me on my way.

Chic But Cheap Gifts for Your Boss

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is right around the corner, and it’s time for holiday parties and fun with your family and friends.

During this time of year, there’s also work Christmas parties to attend to, which means getting a gift for your boss. Don’t have any ideas? Don’t worry! We’ve found five great DIY gift ideas under $20!