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Why You Should Ditch Cell Phone Contracts and Subsidies

Over the last six years, cell phones have gone from a small part of our lives to must-have companions for everyone. Our devices no longer serve as just an away-from-home line or a constantly-buzzing text messenger, they’re navigation systems, game consoles, personal assistants, and much more. But the extra features have also led to increasing ...

20 Money-Saving Tips for Frugal Students

Saving money is hard enough when you’re not a college student with a busy schedule. Although a challenge, it is possible to find savings in every corner of your budget. The Rented Life‘s David Levitz knows about this challenge all too well. The University of Minnesota student is currently working his way through a semester ...

You Should Be Using: Location-Based Reminders on Your Smartphone

You Should Be Using is a new weekly series of app tips and tricks aimed at helping students work smarter. To-do and reminder apps make getting things done a lot easier, despite the distractions our smartphones often cause. One of the most common ways this is accomplished is by setting time-based reminders for our tasks. If ...

Saving Money on Groceries in College

If you’re still eating out in between meals of Pop Tarts and Hot Pockets, you’re not only doing your health a disservice, but your wallet as well. We know that eating out every once in a while is fun and sometimes can’t be avoided, but you shouldn’t be making it an everyday thing — especially ...

How to Organize Your To-Do List and Motivate Action

There are endless ways to write and organize your to-do list. Some people have a tried-and-true method that fits their work and lifestyle perfectly, while others struggle to find a flow. If you’re reading this, you’re likely not looking for an alternative to your effective method, so it’s safe to assume you’re still experimenting with ...

You Should Be Using: Evernote’s Page Camera Feature

You Should Be Using: Evernote’s Page Camera Feature

You Should Be Using is a new weekly series of app tips and tricks aimed at helping students work smarter. Many of you may have already grown accustomed to using Evernote or OneNote to take better notes in class. Unfortunately, many professors don’t allow laptop usage during class, leaving you wondering how you’ll organize your ...

The Dos and Don’ts of Productivity Apps

It’s hard not to become obsessed with productivity. The world constantly asks more and more of us, and we bend over backwards to balance our responsibilities. This is especially tough in college, as you’re just discovering and enjoying independence. In order to keep up with your studies, you’ll attempt to schedule your life effectively to find ...

The Rented Life Sets One Student on a Money-Saving Journey

Personal finance is a topic we tackle frequently here at HackCollege. From savings methods to budgeting tips, we’re always looking for money-saving techniques and advice to help you do more for less. Our friends at BookRenter have taken the financial problems associated with college to the extreme by challenging one student, David Levitz, to live on ...