Cheap eats at CU
The CU Money Sense team asked a couple of student employees to travel around campus and price food at various locations. They traveled to the Weather Tech Café in C4C, Pekoe Sip House in ATLAS, Cosmo’s Pizza at William’s Village, and all of the establishments in the UMC in search of cheap eats for hungry students. Here are some of their findings:
The cheapest cup of coffee can be purchased at C4C’s bakery for $1.19 (small).
If you forgot to eat breakfast, or you just need a snack, and you find yourself in the business school, you can purchase a day-old bagel with fresh cream cheese for on $1.00.
The best breakfast value discovered is at Subway in the UMC where they sell an egg and cheese muffin melt for $2.50.
For students who like to study in the UMC later in the day, Domino’s offers $1 pizza slices after 4 P.M. (Monday through Thursday).
If you just want a quick snack (like a candy bar, a bag of chips, or a cookie) you’re better off planning ahead and bringing those items with you to campus. Candy bars and chips can be purchased at the grocery store for less than $0.60, but on campus you’ll pay $0.89-1.50. If you get a sweet tooth while on campus, cookies will cost you $0.50 each, but if you plan ahead and buy a bag of cookies at the grocery store for $2.50 and you’ll get WAY more for your money.
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The best way to save as a college student is with scholarships! The scholarship season has kicked off and is in full gear right now. CU offers thousands of dollars in scholarships to students, and getting a scholarship it is a simple process but there are deadlines. Be sure to log onto MyCUinfo and check out the scholarship application for future terms (including summer term). You will just have to update your resume if you completed one last year, or upload your information into the fields.
Your college may offer scholarships as well, check it out by clicking here.
You can find a list of scholarships compiled by our Scholarship Department with different outside scholarship opportunities. You may also want to check out this list of scholarship search engines to assist you with finding outside scholarships.
There are plenty of outside sources, but they require some additional searching. For example, the Denver Foundation and Diversity Network are great places to start. Don’t give up, keep looking for other sources for free money and apply.
These applications and essays may seem tedious or time-consuming but I assure you, they are great and worth the effort. If you receive a scholarship, you won’t have to worry about paying it back or worry about your tuition balance, just make sure you meet the requirements (if there are any) and apply!
Some scholarship applications may need a FAFSA to determine your eligibility. FAFSA has a new and simple tool this year to simply import and populate the fields as long as you and your parents have completed their taxes.
This seems like a lot, but start off with the CU applications and search for others in your free time. Once you complete an application or two, reward yourself with a trip to Starbucks or an episode of How I Met Your Mother.
Good luck with the applications and if you need tips, visit the Scholarships Tips at: http://www.colorado.edu/finaid/forms/essaytips.pdf
- Linda, junior, business major
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The magic of a crock pot
If you buy lunch every day it roughly costs you $7 per meal. That is $35 a week. Instead of buying lunch you could invest in a crock pot. Crock pots allow you to cook a large amount of food at once and it is easy. Most recipes give you a list of ingredients that you load into your crock pot and cook for a few hours. This will result in a tasty meal and you can portion out all of your leftovers and use them for lunches. You can also freeze your leftovers and then heat them up at a later date.
My three favorite things to make in the crock pot are:
- Frozen meatballs and jar sauce. Buy some frozen meatballs and 4-5 different marinara jar sauces. Cook it in the crockpot for five hours on high and the meatballs and the sauce both taste homemade.
- Pork Roast. You can place the pork roast in the crock pot with different vegetables (like onions, carrots, and potatoes), some spices, and some water. The water will turn into a delicious broth you can dip bread in.
- Chili. You buy some ground meat (brown this in a frying pan before putting it in the crock pot) and some beans, tomatoes, jalapenos, and green peppers. Throw it into the crock pot and cook it on high for at least 5 hours.
Not only are these meals delicious, but they can also help you save money because shopping at the grocery store is cheaper than buying food on or near campus every day. You will also save money because one crock pot recipe that costs less than $20 can last for many meals; that’s $15 less than the $35 you might spend buying lunch every day for a week. Using a crock pot is also a great way to make great food with a little effort which can also impress your friends and roommates. The ease of just placing all of the ingredients into the crock pot and letting it do the cooking also frees up time for you to focus on other things, such as studying.
Nick, CU Money Sense team member
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