How To Survive Christmas Shopping As A Poor College Student

This one is for you skipping-laundry-day-because-I-spent-all-my-money-on-Chipotle girl. Tis the season to be poor enough already because our student loan money is just about out. AS IF GIFT-BUYING ISN’T ALREADY STRESSFUL ENOUGH.

As a struggling, poor college student, I have been in your shoes and I somehow still pull through as a pretty decent gift giver.. if I do say so myself. So, as my gift to you all for this special holiday season, I’m going to give you my how-to give some decently nice gifts on a BUDGET (a serious budget).

Stretch that penny. Stretch it real good.

  1. Do Not Buy Gifts for all Your Friends (Only the ones you like a lot).

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This is a pretty obvious explanation. The less people you buy for, the less you spend.. which in turn is GOOD. Select just a few of your closest friends and  buy them one thing that they would enjoy. They aren’t relying on you to make this the best Christmas ever with your gift to them. Don’t overthink it. Cheap.. easy.. quick.. done.

Friend Gift Suggestions: Candles, A Single Clothing Item, A Cactus in a Cute Pot, A Liptstick or other Makeup Product

2. Pay Attention TO ALL SALES

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After working retail for a combined amount of 3 years, I can tell you this: there is alwaaaays some kind of sale.. and if you wait another few days there will probably be a better one. Christmas is the time for retailers to DRAG YOU IN by offering some deal that you can’t resist. Some of them are bullshit, but some of them are really great and can check quite a few things of your list. Grab the AD section of the paper from your parents house and go to town.

*Don’t be afraid to ask a store if they have any upcoming deals. The worst that can happen is they tell you “oh we don’t know what is to come” (lie) and you just move on*

3. Black Friday is too much work. Stick to Cyber Monday.

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If running through parking lots, lines and stores that are jam-packed with crazed deal-seekers all while being way too full of Thanksgiving dinner sounds unappealing to you……try Cyber Monday instead. You still get all the excitement of getting a deal without having to shove caffeine-kooky-Carol out of the way. Clothing sites usually do some pretty great things and almost every site gives free shipping *cheers*.

If you’re looking for the big buys.. head over to Amazon.

Also, don’t feel ashamed to maybe grab a few things for yourself.. it is Christmas after all.

4. Don’t Be Afraid of DIY

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It’s the age of Pinterest which has opened the door to handmade being acceptable as a gift and not “cheap”. There are THOUSANDS of how-to’s online for things like bath bombs, candles, ornaments (my DIY for this coming next week), scarves and just about everything else. Package whatever you make in a cute way and BOOM.. easy, cheap and thoughtful gifts.

5. Set Limits For How Much You Plan To Spend 

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Your parents, siblings and significant other are really the top priorities when it comes to gift buying.. so work on those first. None of these people want you going broke to buy them a gift, unless you have a lot of awful people in your life, so don’t stress about how much you’re spending. Get a decent gift and don’t go crazy.

When it comes to a relationship, it’s okay to get a little overboard (since I am always guilty of this). But, still respect (kinda) the price limit you set. It’s okay to discuss with each other how much you both want to spend before hand.. saves both of you from overspending or one person getting more.

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I hope this helps any of you sad, stressed college students out there.

As always, thanks for reading.

-Emily

 

 

 

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Easy Mini Pumpkin Pies

Hello everyone! I’m sorry for abandoning you for quite some time, but I am back with an honestly really delicious dessert recipe to make up for it. Thanksgiving is coming up next week, so I wanted to make sure I had this available for you guys.

Let’s be real… it’s not Thanksgiving unless you gain a few pounds. So, don’t be afraid of these potentially fattening little heaven machines. I promise your family (and yourself) will love them. But, be careful.. they’re really addicting.

*My one suggestion is to make these the NIGHT BEFORE. They need to set up before removing them.. which takes a little bit*

Here’s how to make your own ADORABLE mini pumpkin pies:

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Ingredients: (Makes about 20 Mini Pies)

  • 2 Packages of Pie Crust (the kind you lay out and bake)
  • Two 8-oz Cream Cheese Packages, softened
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • One 16-oz Can Solid Packed Pumpkin
  • 1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (if you don’t have this.. just double up on cinnamon)
  • Cool Whip or Canned Whip Cream (or fresh if you’re fancy)

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What You’ll Need:

  • Cupcake/Muffin Baking Tray
  • Hand Mixer
  • Big Bowl for mixing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Roll out your pie dough and cut out small circles. You want these circles to cover the bottom up until half way to the top of each one. Do this for each and every hole until they’re all filled. Set aside.IMG_2941IMG_2942
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time with mixing in between.
  4. Add in all the other ingredients. Mix until well combined. Beware: the smell will make you want to drink the batter.IMG_2943IMG_2944
  5. Fill in each of the dough cups. Fill it until the batter is almost to the top of the tin. It will cover the dough and that is FINE. They don’t grow very much in the over so don’t worry. IMG_2945
  6. Bake them at 350 degrees for 40-42 minutes. They will begin to puff and crack in the middle. Take out and test with a toothpick. It should come out MOSTLY clean.
  7. Let them sit to cool for about an hour and a half. Then refrigerate until needed (this also helps them set). You can serve them either cold or heated up.. both are delicious.
  8. Top with whipped topping of your choice and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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And that’s the finished product.

Perfect for each person to have their own pie and it’s JUST ENOUGH to satisfy your craving.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you plan to or do try it out please let me know in the comments!

Have a great Thanksgiving!!

-Emily