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How To Find Financial Aid

February 1, 2016

Orphan Survival Guide- How to Find Financial Aid

Today is February 1. If you live in the US, you should have all of your paperwork ready to file your taxes. You have no excuse for not applying for financial aid today.

Start your FAFSA application right now.

One of the worst things about college for any student–but especially for estranged adults–is paying for school. When I started Orphan Survival Guide, I wrote that I had Googled “how do orphans pay for college?” and found no useful answers, which is why I started the blog in the first place.

This post has been over a year in the making. I hope it answers that question.

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finances, free stuff, greatest hits, shopping

The Ultimate Guide to Textbook Shopping

January 16, 2015

orphan survival guide - social media - the ultimate textbook shopping guide

There is no reason anyone should go to the campus bookstore. Ever. For anything.

Not for a book, not for a hoodie, not even for pens. Everything there is marked up beyond belief, and you can easily get the same items for huge discounts–or even get them for free.

You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to get a better deal somewhere else. I will show you the easy way to save hundreds of dollars on textbooks each semester.

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free stuff, greatest hits, organization

Free! Student Planner Printable

January 13, 2015

I am a hoarder. This is not really a secret. I do a pretty good job managing it these days, but I am constantly plagued by the thought of but what if I need this? whenever I’m shopping, walking out the door with a small purse, or throwing things away.

Naturally, I carry everything I could possibly need in my backpack. Notebooks, textbooks, headphones, my iPad and keyboard, pencil cases, snacks, knitting projects. I’m prepared for every activity I would want to partake in while on campus.

Being hoarder-prepared, however, means carrying too much stuff.

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