From overpriced textbooks to last-minute lab fees, there are plenty of unexpected costs that can put a serious strain on a college student’s budget. To manage these unavoidable expenses, it’s important to cut back in areas where there’s some wiggle room. Many college students spend more than they have to on dorm room accessories and furniture, so that’s a good place to look for savings. College-related back-to-school spending represents a huge market.
As the summer winds to a close, families with college-age students are making that annual pilgrimage to Ikea or Bed Bath and Beyond to stock up on the supplies they need to make sure their dorm rooms are comfortable and stylish. It’s become a huge business, with total college back-to-school spending hitting a record high of $5.9 billion this year. The average family plans to spend more than $100 on dorm room furnishings, according to the National Retail Federation.
Raiding your kid's college accountBy Beth Braverman, Money magazineApril 11, 2011: 12:15 PM ETNEW YORK (Money magazine) -- Q: My wife and I could use the funds in our 5-year-old son's money-losing Ohio state 529 account to pay off my wife's $25,000 Stafford loan. Any reason not to? -- Joseph Kim, Sandusky, Ohio A: Yes. Pillaging your kid's account means you'll have to start from square one for saving for his education, says Kalman Chany, author of "Paying for College Without Going Broke."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".