Financial Tips for Students

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Did you know that money and finances is the largest stress for students?

La Presse wrote a great article featuring some great tips to help students manage their money stress.

Check it out here!

Happy Saving!

DIY Tester: Homemade Ravioli

At a church bazaar a few months ago I scored a pasta maker for 4 dollars. I used it once to make spaghetti, and while the results were good, it wasn’t worth the effort.

However, on foodgawker I came across a recipe from Martha Stewart (who else?) for beet ravioli stuffed with ricotta. Since both beets and ricotta were on sale, I had to give this a try!

Here is the recipe I used:

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces red or golden beets (about 2 medium), without greens
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • Semolina flour, for storage

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixer (or by hand) and let dough sit for 1-2 hours.
2. It’s rolling time! roll the dough a couple times through a pasta roller or using a rolling pin.

3. Stuff with ricotta cheese mixture and seal by pressing a fork along the edges.
4. Place in a pot of boiling water for approximately 1 minute or until dough has become firm.
5. Top with olive oil, alfredo sauce, or tomato sauce and enjoy!
My results:
After kneading the dough, the color was not a vibrant magenta, but instead looked more like raw pork, as you can see in the picture below. Not appetizing.
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Another thing to note is that you need to let the pasta dough sit in the fridge. It did not say so in the directions, but the dough was too sticky and malleable and didn’t keep its shape well when being rolled.
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The verdict: Nay.
The color was off, the taste was okay, and once again, it was not worth the time nor the effort. There’s a reason why people don’t make homemade pasta anymore. This is why!

DIY Tester: Homemade Makeup Remover

Today I would like to introduce the new ‘DIY Tester’ series to the blog. So many people claim money-saving DIYs that are as good if not better than the real thing, so I’m here to test them out. 

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I’ve always used skin-care brand products to remove my eye makeup. Lately around the web people have been posting about DIY makeup remover that is cheap and effective.

Most revolve around the same formula:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tbs baby shampoo
  • 1/4 tsp oil ***

***There was a debate online concerning the use of baby oil in eye makeup remover- some say that it clogs pores and is full or chemicals, and some swear by it, especially since so little is used. If you are uncomfortable using baby oil, use vitamin E oil, olive oil, or coconut oil instead. I used coconut oil which I already had at home.

To make: simply combine the ingredients in a reusable container; when ready to use, simply shake the container and dip a cotton pad into the solution and remove your makeup. 

 

So I decided to try this out for myself. I bought a small bottle of baby shampoo for 2 dollars, and since I already have wate (duh) and coconut oil at home, that was all it cost! And going by this recipe, I will have over a year’s worth of makeup remover for TWO dollars.

So how does it work? FANTASTIC! My makeup came off very easily, and it didn’t feel oily. 

Strongly strongly recommend you try this out! Let me know what you think :)

Funny But True!

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Field Trip to Value Village (Part One)!

Village des Valeurs is one of my favourite stores and the best place to find great deals on great stuff. It’s known in the rest of Canada as Value Village, and I made a trip there last week to score some goods.

There are 9 Village des Valeurs in the Montreal area, but I prefer the one at Namur metro station. I shouldn’t be telling you guys this since I like to keep it my little secret and keep all the good stuff to myself…BUT I guess from one frugal scholar to another, I should share the wealth.

To get there, take the metro to Namur (near the end of the orange line), exit onto Jean Talon, and make a left – you will see it right away.

TIME TO PILLAGE THE VILLAGE.
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I’m really intense with my shopping here, and this comes from years of experience. Grab a cart, pick a rack of clothing, and get to it. The clothes are separated into sizes which makes it easier, and styles such as sweaters, blouses and jeans.

I literally go through every piece of clothing. It takes time and a quick eye, but it’s the only way you’ll find the hidden gems. Within five minutes I found my first score-a brand new Ralph Lauren sweater for SEVEN DOLLARS. I also found shirts with the tags still attached, a Zara dress, and a Dolce and Gabbana shirt.

Hay gurl hay-Michael Kors shoes!
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I spent two and a half hours at Value Village that night and I still didn’t get through it all. But it was sooo worth it.

Among the things I brought home:

  • A Roots Cable Knit Poncho ($13)
  • A United Colors of Benetton tee ($4)
  • Brand new leather boots ($10)
  • A Tank from Tristan ($4)

You can’t beat that! Over my years and many travels to VV Boutique, I have established several rules:

  1. Take your time: You won’t find much by just skimming, and remember – it’s an experience.
  2. Try it on: Because the clothing comes from many different brands, in different styles, from different time periods, you really need to try the stuff on. They do accept exchanges, but it’s not nearby so consider your purchases a final sale.
  3. Only buy one ‘wacky’ piece: That gold lamé jacket or tiger print sweater may be a unique piece that you won’t find at your nearest Forever21, but if you wouldn’t buy it in any other store, don’t buy it here. That being said, for the price you’re paying allow yourself one piece that is unique and totally you.
  4. Wash your purchases before you wear them at home: The clothes aren’t necessarily dirty, but they’re clean either. Makes sense.

Hint: All Village Des Valeurs restock on Tuesdays. 
Have you shopped at Village Des Valeurs? Have any more tips? I’d love to hear!

Shelby

SSMU Job Postings

Looking for a part-time job? SSMU has just posted a list of available positions for the upcoming term.

You can check them out here!

 

When Is the Best Time to Buy?

Lifehacker.com created an ingenious infographic for the best times to buy items at low prices. Check it out!

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