recession

May 25, 2011

Switch it Up: Majors That Will Actually Make you Some Money!

You've planned it all out perfectly: attend the school of your dreams, major in the one field that you know is right for you, and then graduate with that well-paying job that will be waiting for you on graduation day. It's your future, 2.0, and you're determined to make it happen.

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May 6, 2011

The Silver Lining Around This Recession/Depression Cloud

According to The Huffington Post, in a survey conducted only 44% of those interviewed believed that they would surpass the lifestyle they grew up with. And as one of those soon-to-be post grads, let me say that I understand this lack of optimism completely. The economy is still recovering. The job market is terrible. And companies are downsizing instead of hiring.

Jan 18, 2011

The Post Grad Journey: “What Do You Want To Be?”

I think it's interesting how when you are younger people tell you that you can be anything you want to be, or anything that you will set your mind to. Although we all wish this was true, that's not always the case. Come adulthood, people get caught up in stereotypes and expectations. And quite frankly, I'm sick of it.

Nov 26, 2010

To Blog or Not To Blog?

We live in a social media obsessed world. There’s Facebook, Myspace, (although I wonder if anyone actually still uses it), Twitter, and many blogging platforms such as Tumblr, Wordpress, and Blogger. Although we upload our pictures to Flickr and Facebook all the time or write about our weekend experiences in personal blogs, there could be a possible downside to all of this internet exposure?

Sep 22, 2010

Why I’m Happy I Graduated During the Recession

Members of the Class of 2011, I have some good news and some bad new for you. Which do you want first? The good? Okay. It appears that when you graduate this upcoming May, the job market will be significantly better than it was for your Class of 2010 friends. In fact, it’s said that employers will be hiring 13.5% more graduates this time around, especially in the Midwest and West.

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Aug 31, 2010

Zac Bissonnette Explains How To Get Through College Debt-Free

Whether you’re a first year student or heading back to campus for yet another year of academics and parties, there is indisputably one book you need to bring along with you: Debt-Free U: How I Paid for An Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents, by Zac Bissonnette.

Why Are College Grads Drinking So Much?

Attention college grads: put down your martini for just a moment and check out the new poll conducted by Gallup.com. The results show that 71% of college graduates like to get their drink on, compared to only 58% of those with a high school degree or less.

Aug 4, 2010

The Weekly Ten: Gen-Y Recessionista Tips

This week I was perusing USA Today and stumbled upon an article that struck me as, frankly, a bit terrifying. The article screamed HUGE DEBT, NO SAVINGS in my face, warning all of us in "Gen-Y" (that group of seventeen - twenty-somethings) that we're the only generation unlikely to out-succeed our parents financially.

Where’s All That “Change,” President Obama?

Our country has had the luck of having some great leaders, uh, lead us, presidential or otherwise. Today’s a day to commemorate, respect and analyze the past and future actions of our country’s leaders. So let’s all raise a glass and pour one out for the current big man on campus, Barack Obama.

Dec 11, 2009

College Football Goes to Capitol Hill?

Between the health care debate, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the persistence of the recession, Congress has a lot on its plate right now. Which is why it totally makes sense that a House subcommittee spent time this Wednesday approving important legislation aimed at making college football teams switch to a playoff system.

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Nov 10, 2009

Life After College: Financial Woes

Because I'm making six pennies a year in my job after taxes, I follow a very strict budget that allows me to afford a moderate amount of food and a moderate amount of fun. There is no room for a savings plan in my budget so I just figured if I was extra careful nothing would ever go wrong. Then last week everything went wrong.

Oct 30, 2009

Duke It Out: Save Money, Move In Together?

Even though I keep hearing the recession's over, those of us on a student budget are still tightening our belts (and not because it makes us look thinner). A lot of innnovative ways to save have popped up in the last few years, but one of the most life-changing is the idea of moving in with the significant other to save on rent.

Oct 2, 2009

Candy Dish: Padma Lakshmi’s Havin’ a Baby

• And it's not a food baby. • 5 drinks that are better than a Pumpkin Spice Latte • Occupy yourself during the recession. For free. • Urban Decay creates the perfect eye liner. • Is Katy Perry kissing Russel Brand? (And does she like it?) • Cute "mittens"...for his junk.

Sep 29, 2009

8 Under $20: JC Penney

The recession is bad news for anyone looking to get a job, save some money or sell a house. But it's great news for fashionistas! Stores that were once dowdy and just screamed "crazy cat lady" are bringing in new designers to create chic lines at lower prices.

Sep 10, 2009

Dollar Pitchers No More

I am thoroughly pissed off. And you should be too. It’s been announced that the price of beer is on the rise this fall due to the fact that sales are down and the cost of making it is up. Now, I don’t know who is cutting back on their beer intake (how else are you supposed to cope with the declining economy and increasing joblessness?), but it sure as hell isn’t us college students.

Sep 6, 2009

Sinning Will Save The Economy

With the recession guilting me into sacrificing unnecessary luxuries (oh, multiple, daily Starbucks runs, how I miss you!), I’m wondering how others are handling their own sacrifices. Our daily indulgences have now become something to shake a finger at, but many industries are still thriving by playing into our addictions.

Jul 27, 2009

I’m Torn: Sample Sale Sites

I've heard of them all: Gilt Group, Hautelook, Rue La La, Ideeli... The exclusive, invite only "sample sale" sites that promise hot labels to a select group of shoppers at a reduced cost. Once you snag an invite, they seem like a win-win, right?

Jul 20, 2009

Candy Dish: Rest In Peace, Walter Cronkite

• Another legend is lost.Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler's near death experience. • Feminism is alive and well online. • Are you washing those makeup sponges? • Mischa Barton on suicide watch. • Fashion takes a major hit in this economy.

Jul 17, 2009

The Budget Stylista: Ra-Ra-Rompers On The Ch-Ch-Cheap

There really is no faster way to look both put together and able to go from day to night than a romper. Think about it - you don't have to pick a top to match your bottom, which seems like a minimal task right now, but is actually difficult when you hit snooze for too long on all four alarms.

Jul 16, 2009

Death to Crocs, Finally

Finally, a benefit of our failing economy! It turns out that the crocs franchise may not be around as long as we had feared. Instead of scrambling to keep up with (inexplicable) demand, they are now facing millions of dollars of debt and a surplus of really ugly shoes.

Jun 30, 2009

The Recession Hits College Campuses. Hard.

We all know that there have been some crazy budget cuts for colleges, but did you know what that means for you? Any idea what might be coming next for your school?

Jun 30, 2009

Candy Dish: Coach Does Recession Style

• Coach launches cheaper Poppy line. • What should your brow shape be? • Heath Ledger on Vanity Fair. • OMG! A caffeinated Wendy's Frosty?! • Which was more tragic: MJ's life or death? • Women are even better at manual labor!?

Jun 3, 2009

Financial Sacrifices You Just Won’t Make

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, in this time of deep financial distress, people are cutting back on food purchases in order to hold onto their cable TV subscriptions. In fact, grocery bills are being cut faster than even cell phone services! Is there something wrong with this picture?

May 28, 2009

Senior Skip Day…er…Year

We're all feeling the effects of the recession; we've gotten pretty good at cutting back on expenditures, and super creative reusing the resources we already have. Despite the economic downturn, though, most of us have not forgone the chance at a college degree, even with the extremely high price tag. But wouldn't it be nice to have about $10,000 or so of that cost shaved off?

May 15, 2009

Thanks to Free Chocolate, Fridays Just Got a Whole. Lot. Better.

Thanks to the genius and generous marketers at Mars Chocolate, we’ll all be jumping for joy real soon. The “Real Chocolate Relief Act” is here.

Apr 29, 2009

Money Matters: Cut Costs Now to Splurge This Summer

There are only a few weeks left of the Spring 2009 semester, so how are you going to spend your summer? If you're like many poor students across the country, you're going to waste at least the first month of summer vacay working (and sweating) your ass off in the grueling heat in order to pay off the debt you racked up this term.

Apr 27, 2009

Anthropologie Takes Forever 21 To Court

I was always told that imitation was the finest form of flattery. Mind you, this was back in the day when I was overweight with a perm and the boys in school who were imitating me were definitely not trying to flatter me. Anyways, I grew up believing that to be the case, but it turns out I was wrong. At least when said imitation is getting in the way of making big money.

Apr 21, 2009

Gossip Girl: I Wish My Seder Was This Exciting

After a two-week hiatus (WTF, CW?) Gossip Girl returned last night. I don’t know if I can handle any more breaks, but OMG, was it worth the wait! As the weather changes outside, so are our friends from the Upper East Side.

Apr 17, 2009

Candy Dish: Choose a Sport, Greg Paulus!

• Should Greg Paulus switch teams and head to Michigan? • Miranda Tozier-Robbins can't seem to leave Britney alone. • Don't let the recession put a wrinkle in your beauty budget. • Dina Lohan takes credit for Lindsay's video. • Oprah Tweets! • Have an endless summer in your own backyard.

Apr 17, 2009

Candy Dish: Congrats, Heidi Klum!

• Confirmed: Heidi and Seal do it like bunnies. • A Craigslist killer is on the loose. • Miley Cyrus is taking over the world. • Harry Potter movie gets earlier release date! • WTF is going on with Tori Spelling's boob? • Yay for being single in a recession!

Mar 16, 2009

Online Shopping…For Free

Everywhere you look stores are having sales. And I for one am taking full advantage. Find me something (legal) that...

Mar 8, 2009

You Ready for Spring Break?

Ready for Spring Break? Yes, I am even talking to the 50% of you college students who are staying home...

Feb 18, 2009

Rock The Look: Fall Fashion Trends Courtesy of New York Fashion Week

Even the glamorous world of fashion has been hit hard by the recession. In a time where most people are...

Feb 13, 2009

Best Designer Deals On The Web

Designer duds – for fashionistas around the world, they are a must-have. But with the economy in the crapper and...

Feb 5, 2009

Candy Dish: Obama Puts Wall Street In Its Place

Salary caps for everyone! Want free condoms for a year? Bruce Springsteen hates Ticketmaster charges, too! Tell us: has CollegeCandy...