How far does your food travel before it makes it into your kitchen?

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Hey Broke-Ass Students, remember that although some food may be cheaper, ensure that it is free of pesticides and nasty chemicals! Your health is paramount. Not only will buying from the markets ensure you’re benefiting farmers as well as yourself, but you’re sure to that your food is good for you.

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A recent study conducted in June 2014 by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has revealed that farmers markets are an extremely valuable practice, not only for the farmers, but for the consumers and the community.

“Farmers’ markets are a vital and increasingly significant link in Australia’s food chain and provide a valuable distribution channel connecting farmers and specialty food producers directly with customers,” Says Ms Jane Adams from the Australian Farmers’ Markets Association (AFMA).

Farmers markets provide an accessible outlet for consumers to purchase products that are not only safe, reliable and healthy, but also great value for money. The reduced travel time and absence of packaging allows locally sourced produce to be fresher and more nutritious than commercial supermarket bought foods. This also makes it an incredibly sustainable and eco-friendly practice!

Farmers markets also offer many benefits to the farmers and stallholders. Farmers markets become a reliable distribution channel for local…

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5 Foods that improve your smile

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Here at Broke-Ass Students, we know that you can’t always afford to get your teeth whitened (read can’t EVER). But our friends over at Don’t Brush It Off have written an awesome post about 5 foods that improve your smile, so you can make sure that you’re grinning and winning.

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Who doesn’t want a knock’em dead smile? Well we have all heard of foods and activities which aren’t so great for your pearly whites (like coffee, smoking). But here are 5 foods that will help give a brighter, whiter smile.

  • Cranberries: Cranberries, along with lots of other fruit, contain some whacky doodads called polyphenols. These chemical compounds my help to prevent plaque forming on your teeth, leading to a nicer, whiter smile.
  • Apples: High in fiber, biting into an apple literally has a scrubbing effect on your teeth. They also contain natural acids, which help to dissolve buildup. This scrubbing helps to remove stains from the enamel of your teeth
  • Dairy products: Cheese, mils, yogurt all contain calcium and phosphorous, which help to strengthen your teeth.
  • Strawberries: Strawberries contain malic acid that removes surface discolouration. They are so good at removing discolouration, they can even be used in home tooth whitening remedy…

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Live the gig as a broke-ass student

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An amazing and well-written post by our friends over at Live the gig! Thanks for the top tips guys.

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I’m all about promoting watching live gigs and supporting bands by experiencing their wonder and talent live, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem affordable. As a university student – I get that. If you can’t find yourself some cheap or free gigs to see, there are plenty of methods for showing your love for bands. So rather than using your phone to take awful recordings or semi-focused shots of the band when you do get the chance to see them live, here’s a few ways to support artists when your broke, courtesy of The DIY Musician.

1. Leave a comment

Leaving a comment is one of the easiest ways to show support. Take the time out of your busy schedule and leave a comment for your favorite artists. You can leave comments on blogs, iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.

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How to keep going when times are tough

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This blog post comes on a more serious note than usual, as many of us are going into that dreaded exam period. It can sometimes be hard to keep your thoughts positive in such a stressful and difficult time period, but we recognise that for some people, feeling depressed is a constant state of mind. We have written this blog post to discuss methods that we have tried, and friends of ours have recommended. As a disclaimer: we are not psychiatrists and this blog post should not replace a trip to the doctors. We encourage anyone who is experiencing dark thoughts to go to their GP, or call one of these free help hotlines.

Depression is more common than we think, with 1 in 4 people having the disease in their lifetimes. It’s more than just a mood, and can manifest itself in many different ways. Those with depression find day-to-day life increasingly difficult. Beyondblue offers a comprehensive list of signs and symptoms here: http://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression

Below are some of our own tips for short-term help.

  1. If a bad event happens in your life, carry on

This sounds bad. In no way shape or form are we suggesting that you completely forget what has happened, but more don’t let it bring your life to a standstill. My mum’s advice when my friend passed away was ‘don’t stop living, don’t stay at home in your room crying, make sure you keep going to work and seeing your friends.’ This piece of advice changed my life whenever anything bad happened – whether it be a breakup, a really bad mark on a test, or any event that had a negative impact on my mood.

Other wise words from the most inspirational woman in my life were ‘Nothing stays the same forever, even if things are going really badly and you are hating your life, everything is temporary’. This gave me insight that no matter how bad things are, things inevitably change and naturally you will find something that improves your quality of life eventually.

  1. If social media is making you anxious or depressed, get off it

There is quite honestly nothing worse than sitting on Facebook or Instagram and thinking that everyone is having a better time than you. A friend once said ‘Why are you comparing your everyday life to someone else’s highlight reel’. No one will ever show themselves looking bad having a boring day at home watching banal television. Even #nomakeupselfies have a filter on them. Something I personally found therapeutic was deleting the Facebook and Instagram apps (but keeping messenger) so that I was only accessing these programs on a computer. A social media detox is really good every now and again, and you will find that you stop relying on it for entertainment all the time.

  1. Exercise!

Even if it is only a walk around the block, the endorphins that your body releases when you exercise instantly make you feel better. Not only are you making your body feel good (because lets be honest, no one feels great after lying on the couch eating food all day!) but you’re also getting outside and breathing in the fresh air. Looking at the beauty that is around you is sometimes a really great way to take your mind off things.

  1. Call a friend

Sometimes feeling alone can be so overwhelming, and as humans our natural instinct when feeling depressed is to isolate ourselves even more. It’s a natural defence mechanism built into our brains, as we are feeling vulnerable and don’t want to get even more rejected. Call one of your closest friends to chat (you don’t even have to tell them you’re feeling down if you don’t want to), and instantly feel better as you two have a laugh together.

These tips are just a few that we personally believe work for us, however every person is different. If you feel as though nothing will ever get better and are having more dark days than good ones, these are warning signs that you need to get professional help. Never be afraid to reach out ❤

The Egg Diaries – Poached

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Check out Flying The Coops Egg Diaries – Giving you a helping hand in having the perfect eggs! Eggs are easy, healthy and CHEAP perfect when you’re a Broke-Ass Student. Flying the Coop also has other blogs posts giving you a heads up on all things you might need to know when moving out of home!

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Eggs are a godsend for the amateur cook. They’re healthy, quick and easy. Mostly importantly they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all of the above!‘The Egg Diaries’is dedicated to helping you become a connoisseur in all things eggy.

Meet the poached egg. He’s simple, yet elegant. He feels most at home perched atop a rasher of bacon, or smothered in hollandaise sauce. 

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A Guide to Surviving Your First Year in College

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Brilliant tips for new all new students!

As i start my second year of college i have found myself reflecting upon my experiences last year. Thinking back to my initial ideas of what college life what would consist of, I can honestly say it hasn’t quite been what I expected it to be. As a Leaving Cert student my newsfeed would be constantly filled with bright and colourful pictures of past school pupils out drinking every night, living college life like it was one big glamorous party. With college essentially starting with fresher’s week or in the case of some universities fresher’s fortnight it’s easy to see how first year students may get sucked into this idea, forgetting why they have really come to college, as fresher’s is basically a week of partying and socialising. However when reality sets in and believe me it will, you need to be ready to hit the ground running. To prepare…

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Freebies and Savings every Broke-Ass Student should try

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Reward cards – Okay so most of us don’t give a f*** about earning points on rewards cards because we know it’ll take 127 years of scanning it to even get anything BUT woolies reward cards have now begun offering member rewards and discounts. Hundreds of products are being discounted but only for reward card members. The peanut butter I normally buy is $4.20 but if I’d had a rewards card it would’ve been $2.70, you might say that’s only a saving of $1.50 but every little bit counts when you’re a Broke-Ass Student. Plus if I buy that peanut butter every fortnight (No judgement – I like peanut butter okay) I could save myself $39 a year just for swiping my card at the check out.

Birthday gifts from websites – I know you probably use your shitty email from year 8 when having to subscribe to websites or when online shopping so that all the junk mail goes there BUT subscribing to an organisations mailing list can go a long way, especially as they LOVE sending you free things and discounts for your birthday! Take a look at the list below for some good birthday freebies. Start your day at Starbucks, grab a muffin from Muffin Break, play a free game bowling then head to Salsas for a free burrito and then get some free ice-cream afterwards – Free birthdays don’t get much better.

Food:

Ali Baba Free birthday kebab (collect card instore)
Baskin Robbins Free scoop of ice cream valid up to around a week after your birthday
Boost Juice Free Boost Juice for Vibe club members (Valid from 2 days before thru 2 days after bday)
Chatime Free drink, membership card costs 50c
Cheesecake Shop $5 off any cake (Join more than 4 weeks before your birthday or must wait till next year)
Cold Rock Free kids sized ice cream with 1 mix-in
Gloria Jeans Free drink
Hard Rock Cafe Free birthday dessert with an entrée purchase
Jamaica Blue Free slice of cake
Muffin Break Free Muffin in the month of your birthday (need to pick up card at store)
Nando’s Free meal from 7 days before to 7 days after birthday (collect card in store or download the app) – Must have made transaction within previous 6 months (from 01/10/14)
Noodle Box $10 loaded onto card no min spend
Passionflower Free birthday dessert (collect card instore)
Salsas Free burrito from 2 days before to 2 days after birthday (need to pick up card at store)
San Churro Free churros for two from 1 day before to 1 day after birthday
Subway Free 6-inch sub and coke/water valid during week of birthbay
Sumo Salad Free salad (Valid for 7 days from birthday)
Urban Burger BOGOF on birthday
Vapiano Free meal (pasta/pizza/salad/antipasti) valid for one week from your birthday

Other

AMF Bowling One free game of bowling. Valid for one month from your birthday
ASOS 10% off promo code for the month of your birthday
Co-op Bookshop Coupon code for $5 off your next purchase. Either in-store or online
Crossroads $10/$15? birthday voucher no min spend
Huggies Free 8×12 (20x30cm) photo on your child’s birthday
Intencity Free $10 worth of ticket redemption games
Jeanswest $10 birthday voucher no min spend
Katies $20 birthday voucher no min spend
kikki.K Free $10 gift voucher, no min. spend, need to register
Mimco $30 Gift Voucher when you sign up to MIMcollective(valid for 1 month)
Myer $10 voucher for silver members, $20 voucher for gold members
Priceline $5 voucher. Print voucher to redeem in-store
Rockmans 20% off all purchases.
Saba $25 birthday voucher no min spend
Sportscraft $25 birthday voucher no min spend
Spotlight 10% off on birthday
Ted’s Cameras $20 off when you spend $40 or more in store.
Witchery $20 Gift Voucher (valid for 1 month)

Attend focus groups and market research surveys – We’ve all seen those A4 paper advertisements on the back of the uni toilets asking you to join in on some kind of obscure research for a little bit of $$. Next time take a closer look (maybe even grab the tab with the number to contact) because some of these are willing to give you $50 for just an hour of your time and in this time you might just be pressing a couple of buttons, answering a couple of questions. You might even be given some food. Sounds like easy money to us!

Head to I Love Free Stuff to find more freebies: http://www.ilovefreestuff.com/

-KL

Easy Ways to Earn Money Online

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Classic Stock photos of people earning money online. That could be you, don’t you want that to be you? 

  1. Online Surveys

An increasingly popular way for students to make money is to fill out online surveys in their spare time. Research companies are always recruiting new members to answer surveys and test new products.

For a few minutes of form filling, you can make a couple of dollars which is paid as cash or in rewards. You can make up to $5 for some surveys!

A few good ones to try are: Toluna, PineconeVivatic, The OpinionPanel, MySurvey, Valued Opinions, SurveyBods, Your Word,Global Test Market, Hiving, PanelBase, Harris Poll, Opinion Outpost,iPoll, YouGov, New Vista.

Also sign up for Swagbucks.com which rewards you for surveys as well as simply surfing the web, watching videos and playing games.

  1. Start a blog

Starting a blog can give you a chance to make some extra cash just by writing about something you love. Make your blog specialise in something you love and are interested in. You can review products that relate to your subject and if the blog gets popular these companies will begin paying you for reviewing these products. These are called sponsored posts. Who knows, you could eventually get to multimillionaire status like these bloggers: http://addicted2success.com/news/the-top-10-famous-multi-million-dollar-bloggers/

  1. Ads on your blog

When starting out you can choose to put Google Ads on your blog, earning you around $3 to $4 a week. Doesn’t sound like much but that’s with lame content and no followers, if you put some effort into your content and promotion you could earn up to $5 a day ($35) a week after a few months. And like mentioned it #2 this might snow ball and you could be losing that Broke-Ass Student status and become Multi-Millionaire Student.

  1. Sell stuff on Gumtree/Ebay

Everyone’s best friends when it comes to getting rid of junk are eBay and Gumtree. Online auctions on eBay are a sure-fire way to turn that sleeveless jacket (which came in and out of fashion in a week) into hard cash.

Some eBay sellers look at trends and try to predict what will be big ahead of the market. If you are good and don’t mind taking a risk then you can buy early in bulk and sell on when the craze hits. Gumtree allows you to set the price and generally people are happy to pick it up in person saving you a trip to the post office.

  1. Review music for money

If you love music, make it your business by reviewing unsigned bands and artists for cash. I know… we couldn’t believe it either. It can take a while to build up your reputation but some users of the site have said that they have earned $70 a month. This may not sound like much but if it’s something you enjoy then it shouldn’t be hard work and is another thing for your CV. Money you earn will be in $US but anyone can sign up and review.

To get started, head over to Slicethepie now .

-KL

How to land that coveted job

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1. Before you even begin the search, clean up your social media accounts

Yes, that is right fellow Broke-Ass Students. We strongly suggest you trawl through all your old tweets, Facebook photos and even Google your name a few times to see what comes up. We suggest using the rule ‘What would Grandma think’. Unless Granny is a party animal herself, you can probably untag yourself from those sweaty club photos from last week at 3AM.  The company will look you up, so make sure your pages and accounts are all squeaky clean and professional.

2. Do some thorough research on your company

Not only will this help you write your cover letter and the first interview, but it will help you gain a better understanding of what the company values are – and whether you would be a good fit. It will also help you to answer questions such as ‘why do you want to work for us’. Additionally, you will be able to use your research into how to present yourself. You should look up the company pages, as well as the executives and employees in your desired team. LinkedIn and Twitter are great places to start for this.

3. Make sure your resume and cover letter are error-free

Nothing screams ‘Do not hire me’ more than a resume full of spelling mistakes! Although this seems painfully obvious, recruiters say that nothing will make them throw a resume in the bin faster than one with errors. If you need help, get a friend that is highly attentive to detail and spelling to look over it for you.

4. Reply to all communication promptly

If the recruiter e-mails you saying you have an interview (hooray – congratulations to you!) reply as quickly and efficiently as you can to set up a date. Make sure that you confirm the place and time of the interview a few days prior to the date, just so you don’t get caught out at the wrong place.

5. Be immaculately (and appropriately) presented for the interview!

Make sure that for whichever industry you are applying for, that you are dressed appropriately. Don’t wear a suit to a barista interview (unless it is a specifically tuxedo-only exclusive coffee shop – but we doubt it) and don’t wear a t-shirt and jeans to a paralegal interview. Make sure that your hair is well groomed, that your clothes are ironed and you are wearing your best smile.

6. Ask lots of questions!

Asking questions demonstrates that you are interested in the company. Questions we suggest asking are:

  • What is the company culture like?
  • What is a challenge I may face in this situation, and what is the best way to overcome it?
  • What do you enjoy about working for this company?
  • What are you looking for in the ideal candidate?
  • What does an average day in this position look like?
  • What are the opportunities for growth in the company?
  • Where is the company headed?
  • Are there any weaknesses in my application? How could I overcome these?
  • When should I expect to hear from you?

Don’t forget to ask some industry-specific questions. Remember to thank the interviewer for their time.

6. Follow up

Ensure that you follow up directly after your interview. Remind the interviewer (or HR recruiter) of your main points, and state that you look forward to hearing from them shortly.

7. What’s next?

If you do get the job (Or have a second interview)- CONGRATULATIONS! You have moved past Broke-Ass Student status and are now into the real world!

If you don’t – Don’t feel disappointed, you tried your best. There will be other opportunities. Make sure to e-mail the company, thank them for their time and notify them that you would definitely be open to any future career opportunities with them. You are awesome and an opportunity is sure to arise soon!

-GL

For when you are drinking the cheap and nasty, but want to look fab and fancy.

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We all know the struggles of drinking on a budget, but here are some easy and quick cocktail recipes to look like you’re ballin’ on a budget.

The ‘Reliving my Teenage Years of Drinking in a Park’

30mLs of white goon (preferably a pinot blanc but fruity lexia can also work)

60mLs of Solo

15mLs of sugar syrup

3 chunks of lime

3 lemon wedges

Add ice to tumbler or Collins glass

Prepare mixing glass

Add 3 chunks of lime and 3 lemon wedges to glass

Add 15mLs of sugar syrup

Gently muddle lime and lemon

Add ice to glass

Pour 30 mLs of white goon

Pour 60 mLs of solo

Cap and shake

Strain over fresh ice

Garnish with lemon wedge

The ‘Passionate Kiss on the NightRider home from Bar Century with Dan who looks hot now but probably won’t be hot when I facebook stalk him tomorrow morning’

30mLs of Passion Pop

60mLs of Passiona

Passionfruit

Orange wedge (for garnish)

Fill champagne flute with ice

Gently pour 30mls of Passion Pop over the ice

Pour 60mLs of Passiona over ice

Add passionfruit to the mix and gently stir to mix

Garnish with orange wedge

The ‘omg I can totes instagram this looks so pritts like a rainbow omg who unfollowed me #sad’

30mLs of Midori (or cheap liquor store equivalent of melon liqueur)

30mLs of Paraiso (or cheap liquor store equivalent of lychee liqueur)

Orange juice

Cranberry juice

Lychees

Fill Collins glass with ice

Pour 30mLs of Midori over ice

Pour 30mLs of Paraiso over ice

Simultaneously pour orange juice and cranberry juice into the glass.

Garnish with lychee