Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Never Pay for Movie Rentals Again

You heard me! Gone are the days of Blockbuster and $4 movie rentals (though I admit I do miss browsing video stores). You can even consider Redbox fees to be history, because with these few tips you can definitely find movies at no cost!

Beleive it or not, libraries aren't just for taking out books. They're now offering CD's, workout videos, and even DVD's! The best part is that they're totally free, and you usually get to borrow them for a week or two, which is SO much better than paying a 1-day late charge. I've been able to rent out Mean Girls, The DaVinci code, and even the Godfather Trilogy from my library, so I'd definitely recommend visiting yours soon! Try to come visit on Monday because that's usually when people have returned their rentals from the weekend.

1. Red BoxEvery now and then, Redbox sends out codes that let you rent a movie for free. But because of social media, many people have access to codes that can be used anytime you visit. The rule is 1 code/credit card (which you still need to swipe incase of late charges), but if you have more than one card, then you can use the same code for each of them!
So three cards + one code = 3 free rentals.It's all about working with the system.
Here are some great sites that you can use to look up codes:
If you sign up for their program, they'll send you weekly rental codes!
Current and updated list of valid codes, check often!  Same as above, but some codes might show up at one and not the other, so I'd recommend getting on the list of both!

Just remember to return it my 9pm the next day or you'll end up paying the $1.20 fee!

2. YouTube

To rival popular movie companies like Netflix, YouTube launched their own movie program that let's you watch full length movies. The prices range from a dollar to $4 (the highest I've seen so far), but my favorite section is the 'Free Movies'. And these aren't just some crappy clips - I'm talking FREE, FULL LENGTH  MOVIES. They've got Big Daddy, Pineapple Express, as well as a few others that are worth checking out!

3. Your Local Library

Libraries aren't just for studying anymore (given that you've stepped into one lately..) Many now let you 'rent' CD's, workout videos, language learning programs, and even DVD's! Sometimes the selection isn't impressive, but I've been able to find Mean Girls, The Godfather Trilogy, as well as a few other popular titles, so it's all a matter of timing. I'd recommend going on Mondays and Tuesdays, which is when people have returned their movie rentals from the weekend. On top of being absolutely free, the other benefit is that you usually get to keep then for a week or two, which gives you plenty of time to rehearse those Mean Girls quotes.

Monday, July 23, 2012

5 Dorm Deals for Under $10

A big part of being a broke college student is, well, being broke.
But that doesn't mean you have to miss out on some great dorm gear, especially if it's at a pretty good price!
I've rounded up 5 items that'll help you get through the year, and the best part is that they're all under $10!

1. Kikkerland USB Hubman - $9.99
A great accessory for your laptop,  the USB Hubman provides extra USB ports for in your room or on the go. That allows you to plug in your hardrive, iPod, phone, and others at the same time, saving both time and space. Plus, he's just darn cute.

2. 72 Pocket Hanging Organizer - $8.45 + shipping
This item is a great way to organize, and I'd definitely recommend investing in one. It can store all your earrings, bracelets, and necklaces in a handy organizer that fits in perfectly to your closet. And considering most dorms (especially at VT) are smaller than jail cells, that's even more of a reason to buy.

3. Set of 10 Microwave Safe Containers - $5.99
Great for leftovers or just storage. The best part is that it's microwave safe, so hopefully you won't be starting any fires.

4. Two Desktop Cellphone Holders - $4.99
A great way to keep your phone safe!
I also want to metion that I lose my phone almost everday - I swear I'd  be JUST using it - so having these on my desk gives me a secure place to keep them. It also comes in a 2 pack, which could make for a great welcome/housewarming present for your room mate!

5. Table Top Ironing Board - $7.59
You'll definitely have dates, interviews, or both at one point in college, and you NEVER want to show up with a wrinkled shirt. A table top ironing board will get you looking slick in no time, and using almost no space.
Table not included.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pssckk... Ashley to BSG readers...psscckk

Not sure how well you heard it over the internet, but that was suppose to be a walkie-talkie noise.

My name is Ashley Baboota, and after an extensive interview that consisted of exactly three emails, a treasure hunt through my computer files, and a few weeks of waiting to see where on earth Lia was, I am finally able to say that I'll be one of your new BSG bloggers!

I'll be attending Virginia Tech in the fall [go Hokies!], but hopefully my tips will apply to broke college students all around America...except you Cavaliers out there.

Just kidding.

I am personally interested in freebies, DIY projects, and traveling so definitely expect tips relating to those!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Freebies of the week 7/7/12! Tea, music, condoms, and more!

Hey all! My apologies for the break in updates. I just graduated from college and moved across the country (to San Francisco!), so I've been all kinds of busy and away from the computer. While I'm not technically a broke student guide anymore, I'm going to continue updating - but I'm really searching for Broke Student Guides to represent their universities! If you're pro at being frugal, like to write and need something awesome to put on your resume, you definitely want to check this out. Now, back to your regularly scheduled freebies!

FREE Sample Bodycology Wild Poppy Nourishing Body Cream Click Here

FREE Starbucks K-Cup Packs Click Here

FREE Tea at McAllister's Deli on July 26!

FREE Shout Color Catcher Cli

FREE 60-Day Trial Membership to BJ's (a wholesale retailer like Costco) Click Here
FREE One-Year Membership to Ebony Click Here

FREE Sample of Heinz Squeeze-N-Stir Soup Click Here

FREE Gillette Venus Razor (UK only) Click Here

FREE Vitanity drink mix sample. Choose your own flavors and health benefits! Click Here

FREE 10 song summer playlist download. Artists include The Band Perry and Feist. Offer is available on iTunes through 8/31/12. Click Here

FREE 60-minute workout playlist downloads from Secret. There are 3 available: low intensity, moderate intensity and high intensity. Click Here

FREE Vans 2012 Warped Tour 34-song playlist download! Click Here

FREE Sample Packets of Mrs. Dash Original Blend seasoning. Click Here

FREE Lipton Mango Pineapple Iced Green Tea Sample. Click Here

FREE Garnier Fructis Fall Fight Shampoo & Conditioner sample! Click Here

FREE Sebamed Facial Wash Sample.
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FREE sample of Find Your Bliss Shower Gel and Body Butter. Click Here

FREE SKYN condom sample. Click Here

FREE Gas-X Thin Strips Sample.
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FREE sample of L’Oreal EverPure Shampoo & Conditioner. Click Here

FREE sample of BiPro Whey Protein. Click Here

FREE Sample of VPlesnish Vitamin Boost.
Click Here (Orange box in the upper righthand corner!)

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