This month, The Life for Less is pleased to highlight the talents of some innovative budget-conscious lifestyle bloggers. From a college student desiring to live large on a students budget, to a stay at home mom creating a comfortable life for her family on one income, we will be graced with tips that are sure to help all of our readers. If you have a unique perspective on saving money and want to post your tips, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hello everyone! My name is Samantha and I'm a Dallas-based blogger who enjoys blogging about life and all it's glory in between studying for school and living up my last semester at Southern Methodist University
. When I was approached by The Life for Less
to guest blog I immediately accepted. I love sharing ideas about how to enjoy the finer things in life without maxing out my credit cards.
If you look up 'college student' in the dictionary its definition would read "one who sticks to a strict budget." It's especially hard if your full-time job is being
a student where your only income stems from a monthly allowance from your parents. I try to think of fun activities to do with my friends that won't dwindle my account within in the first five minutes.
My roommate, who happens to be my twin sister, and I love to throw dinner parties, but when you are cooking for a group of friends, things can get pretty expensive. Since we love to entertain, but like saving money more, we figured the best way to fix this problem was to throw a potluck dinner? Win-Win situation, if I do say so myself.
In the spirit of love and friendship (and perfect for kicking off Valentine's Week. Yes, week!), my friends and I got together on Saturday night for a Mexican-themed potluck dinner/ game night. We decided that boys should be in charge of bringing the beverages, while the girls should bring the food. Trust me, it's safer that way.
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Potluck dinners are great because each person is only in charge of bringing one element of an overall meal. Therefore, your wallet only has to dish out cash for your part, but your stomach can chow down on a variety of different foods.
We had about 8 people attend, but we had a large amount of food that would have cost a fortune had it just been one person's responsibility to provide. So, the definite plus to this idea is that you get a full meal plus drinks for only the cost of one component.
If you love to throw dinner parties, but you can't afford to spend much to do so, a potluck dinner just might be the way to go.
So, get to planning and happy saving!
Samantha Cangelosi is a senior at Southern Methodist University. Her passion for writing and sharing stories is easily noticeable on her self-titled blog, Samantha Cangelosi. She also co-writes at Twin Cookin’ with her twin sister, Gina. In the future she hopes to combine these two passions into a successful career as a columnist. Samantha will graduate this May with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Follow her at @samanthacang or subscribe to her blog to receive email updates about what she is up to.