Where to find cheap eats every day of the week:

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This blog post is for the Broke-Ass Students currently residing in or visiting Sydney, Australia.

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Monday: “Muchos Nachos Mondays” at The Norfolk in Surry Hills. For just $10 a plate, nachos-lovers can choose from 4 spectacular flavours including: Tijuana pulled pork; vegetarian redneck; buffalo chicken; or the American classic. Wash it down with $10 mojitos all night long

Tuesday: Flying Fajita Sisters in Glebe serving up $3 tacos and $3 Tequilas but if you took advantage of the nachos at the Norfolk on Monday and you’re not feeling like Mexican 2 days in a row you can head to The Soda Factory in Surry Hills serving $1 gourmet hotdogs, yes you read that right, $1!! Choose from: The Frank Sinatra, The Buffalo Bill, The Texas Redneck, Bobby’s Bogan Dog, The Don Draper or The Yoko Ono for $2 (V).

Wednesday: “Wong Tang Wednesdays” at Jonny Wongs dumpling bar in Darlinghurst you can buy as many $1 dumplings as you can fit into your ever expanding tummy. Choose from: Pork, prawn gow gee, chicken and water chestnut and vegetarian. Or head to The Passage, also in Darlinghurst for $4 sliders.

Thursday: “Steak Night” at the Roxbury Hotel in Glebe gives you a decent sized steak and sides for just $10, plus you get to listen to some quality live music while downing your perfectly cooked red meat.

Friday: 1kg of chicken wings for $10!! Yep, $10. Head to the Abercrombie Hotel in Chippendale for a bucket of juicy chicken wings. Definitely bring some friends with you, the 1kg goes a long way.

Saturday: Before you hit the town head to Pontoon Bar in Darling Harbour for $9.90 beef burgers, steak sandwiches and other meals across the blackboard menu. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy try Pie Tin in Newtown, they have a range of savoury and sweet gourmet pies, served with 2 hot side for just $11!

Sunday: Who can go past a Sunday Roast, especially when it is only $10! P.J. O’Briens in the CBD is offering your traditional roast and sides with out the prep, cooking and clean up. Sounds pretty good to us. If you’re looking for something a little less traditional head to The Workers in Balmain for you Sunday sesh, they have $4 sliders and ciders to help you forget you have to go to work/university the next day.

Everyday: There are plenty of places offering cheap eats everyday around Sydney head to Happy Chef or Ichi-ban Boshi (various locations around Sydney), Ryo’s in Crows Nest or The Snag Stand. For more cheap eats head to The Urban List: http://www.theurbanlist.com/sydney/a-list/50-cheap-eats-sydney-under-10

You can keep your tummy happy for minimal dosh everyday of the week.

Comment below any you think we should add to the list.

-KL

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Why IKEA is the go-to destination for Broke-Ass Students moving out of home

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Okay so their big ticket items, lounges, cupboards, dining tables etc. are still not the cheapest and if you’re a truly Broke Ass Student we’d still recommend jumping on eBay or Gumtree to grab some things second hand, however IKEA’s smaller items; crockery, cutlery, storage are awesome quality and fit perfectly into the BAS budget.

There’s a good chance if your moving out of home you are moving into something significantly smaller. This is where IKEA’s storage options will have you screaming ‘Hallelujah’! Not only are they stylish but they’re awesomely priced also!

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All these options allow you to hide your shits and pieces for less than $20!

TUPPERWARE! If you haven’t seen the infamous green-lidded food containers well it’s time to head to IKEA. You get 17 items for just $4.79. There you go, all your food storage issues are solved.

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If you’re still struggling to find some second hand big-ticket items online IKEA is definitely your second port of call, I mean, the cheapest bed frame is just $39!! HOW DO THEY MAKE A PROFIT ON THAT?! Your entire bedroom needs in one place; you can get cute bedside table lamps for just $9.99 and the NATTLJUS bed linen for $14.99.

You can get the FÖRNUFT 24-piece cutlery set for just $9.99! “I don’t need enough cutlery for 6 people” I hear you say, well if you’re going to be like that then head somewhere that sells separates (K-Mart maybe) and have fun doing lots of washing up ;). You can also get a 6 pack of glasses for $1.99 and the DINERA plates for just $1.99 each!! Okay, I’m beginning to sound like a LOWES ad (If you’re not Australian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdwK_4nef_s).

Anyway, if you’re a BAS about to move out of home we strongly suggest heading to IKEA for your basics – you will not be disappointed. (Unless you don’t have a car, in that case you’ll be severely disappointed at the amount of things you want to take home but can’t carry/fit on the bus).

-KL

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

How to deal with a break-up when you’re a Broke-Ass Student

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Break-ups are hard. It doesn’t matter how long you went out for, or who broke up with you, or even if you split up on good terms – it’s always difficult to lose that one person who used to be your best friend. It doesn’t help that people naturally expect you to be fine straight away – this just isn’t always the case!

When people tell you ‘just go out and meet new people’, if you’re strapped for cash this obviously is not going to work. People also don’t realise that it isn’t just that simple to go out straight away – you’re not ready yet! (Unless you are, in which case go for it!)

Here are some easy things to do that will help you get over your broken heart.

  1. Cry (if you need to)

Listen to all those break up songs, and cry your heart out. It’s a terrible situation, and you’ve been badly hurt. Sometimes crying can be really therapeutic. It’s also way better than keeping it all in inside. Do remember though – this can only be a temporary solution, keep it to one-two days MAXIMUM. If you let yourself be consumed by your situation you will find it incredibly hard to feel better.

  1. Exercise!

Not only will you instantly feel better (get an angry pump up playlist going), but you’re doing great things for your body. When you exercise, you release a chemical called ‘serotonin’, one that instantly improves your mood and wellbeing. You’re also sure to be feeling way better than you would if you were stuffing your face with chocolate and ice-cream (which ideally we would love to do, but in this situation you want to beat the cravings!)

  1. Hang out with friends (for free!)

Make sure that your time is spent hanging with friends (the ones that make you feel good). The less time you spend alone wallowing alone in your own sadness, the better you will feel. If you make sure that your time is well spent doing things that make you happy, you will resent this breakup less. Get your best friend on the phone and organise to do a (preferably free) activity ASAP.

  1. Delete (or hide) him/her from your newsfeed

You may not want to do this, but in order to get over this person, you’re going to need to make sure you can’t see when they’re going out or hooking up with someone new. If the break-up ends on a negative, it is okay for you to delete them off Facey, unfollow them on Instagram and to say sayonara to them on Snapchat. Out of sight, out of mind as the old saying goes.

  1. Think positively

As unhelpful as the saying ‘don’t be sad because it’s over, be happy because it happens’ is, it does have an element of truth to it. Think about the lessons you have learned, and the great things that have happened. Don’t let a breakup bring you down, or stop you from being the incredible, happy, amazing you! Everything does happen for a reason, and good things will come to you soon, we promise!

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

Our favourite 11 TED Talks for students in their early 20’s

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Here is a link we wanted to share with you all. It contains 11 TED talks all 20-year-olds should watch.

Your twenties are a time period of discovery, and fast change. We understand the difficulties as you move away from certain friendship groups, wondering whether you should continue to do the degree you’re doing, and the intermittent question – ‘what are you going to do after uni?’

This scary time period is full of excitement, learning and experiences. So go out there and live life to the fullest.

These TED talks will hopefully inspire you, and help you think about the greater meanings of life. And it’s good procrastination too – we guess!

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

Broke and Beautiful: Beauty Tips

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Just because you’re broke doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on treating your skin, hair or generally just looking awesome! Here are our favourite products to keep you beautiful on a budget.

Vaseline: Perfect for skin softening on dry problem areas such as the elbows, knees and back of the legs. It can also help for dry lips, nappy rash, chaffing and insect bites. If you have short, thin lashes try applying a small amount 10 minutes before curling your lashes and you’ll see a noticeable difference, plus it keeps them from breaking!

Bonus: Top make-up artists use Vaseline to give models that desirable dewy glow. Use it sparingly on the face though as it is quite thick and gluggy. Because it’s so thick you only need to use a small amount at a time meaning it’ll last you longer.

Aspirin: Have a red and swollen breakout? The acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin is great for oily, acne-prone skin. If you dissolve three to five uncoated aspirin in water and apply to red areas and blemishes for 20 minutes the aspirin can penetrate the pores reducing redness and promoting healing.

Apple Cider Vinegar: The liquid of the gods. Dandruff? Digestion problems? Dry skin or eczema? ACV can help them all. Mix 1:1 parts ACV and water into a spray bottle and spray I areas where the skin feels dry or irritated. It not only sooths the skin it even outs skin tone, kills bacteria and balances out the skins PH levels. For dandruff add ACV to your bath and gently massage your scalp for a few minutes, a few times a week and the bacteria and yeast causing your flaky scalp will be gone in no time. 

Bonus: Mix a tablespoon with warm water before breakfast each morning to help stimulate your digestion and purify your blood!

Egg: This staple protein is a cheap and easy way to mend that dry brittle hair AND give you an instant face lift. Create a hair mask from one egg, a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of olive oil and apply to clean wet hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave for an hour before washing out and styling as normal. If you’re feeling a little dull from your late night study sessions and those bags underneath your eyes are starting to become a suitcases try whipping up some egg whites until they become a white froth. Apply the froth generously to the face and neck and let it set for twenty minutes. Moments after applying it you’ll start feeling the ‘tightening’ effects. Rinse with water when finished and head on out with your new bright and tight complexion.

Olive Oil & Sugar: Need to exfoliate fast? Open a sugar packet and add a few drops of olive oil, gently apply to your face and rinse with tepid water.

Bonus: Mix instant oatmeal and water for another wonderful homemade exfoliating mask with the added moisturising benefit of oats.

We chose our favourite tips from: http://www.brokeass-student.com/beauty-on-a-budget-some-of-my-favorite-beauty-secrets/ head there for more helpful beauty tips on a budget.

-KL