Backpacks and diaper bags: affording student life and parenthood

AUDIO: Full-time student and full-time parent. Being a college student is already expensive, but imagining being a parent as well. With the rising cost of tuition averaging $12,000 a year, housing, books, along with diapers, baby formula and more, it can be financially overwhelming. For some it can seem impossible to live a balance like that. Yet there’s some that can make it work.

Streaming services changing the price of entertainment

You can’t put a price on fun, unless you’re talking about an unlimited service/access of entertainment under $10. Streaming services of entertainment such a Netflix, HBO GO, Spotify, Tidal and more are dominating people’s screens and monthly bank accounts transactions. Music and film lovers such as Audrey Matusz are not afraid to drop cash for streaming services. “I stay on the go, but don’t want to have to miss my favorite show like Insecure, or miss new music albums drop. Plus, I am barely ever home to watch TV or chill on my laptop.

Live comfortably, or affordably? College students have to choose

Over the last few years East Lansing, Mich. has seen a drastic increase of apartment complexes. Prior to before there are more options than ever, for East Lansing residents. More and more these apartment are coming with amenities that will have college students at Michigan State University living better than some working adults. Apartment companies like SkyVue , DTN, and Hannah Lofts just to name a few are dominating the millennial housing market in the area.

How a fan spends money for their idols in South Korea

SEOUL — The industry of fandom in South Korea is growing at a rapid speed. In order to support the singer, actor, comedian, and idol groups that they like, fans spend various amount of money. The amount and the usage of money for supporting the singer, actor, comedian, and idol group have changed as time passed by. In the 1990s, several idol groups came out to the entertainment field. They attracted fans with their features, singing and dancing abilities, and bright personalities.

The cost of knowing: is it too much to get tested for STDs?

Many people are not a big fan of tests, especially tests that deal with letting you know if you have a sexually transmitted disease or not. Although it is imperative to your status, it can be pricey. At The Macomb County Medical Clinic in Metro Detroit prices can be around $150, per test. The the cost also depends on how many you getting, as well medical insurance provider. Cameron James recently got his second STD test for the year, which costed the 23-year-old $500 to get tested for all STDs.

Spring break another financial stress for college students

College in the spring is all about spring break. Yet, spring break vacation can be expensive. Students already having to pay for the new school year can be another financial stress putting together a vacation. Luckily, planning early help to make it more affordable. Michigan State student Albertina Mays is an expert at saving money for spring break.

From garage sales to selling plasma to literally hiding your money, there are many creative ways to save cash

What is the craziest or most creative thing you have ever done to save money? Most people have tried to figure out how to save themselves money, and some people have gone to creative lengths to do so. Kelly Paananen, native of Hazel Park, Michigan, has found some creative ways to save money toward vacations. “One of the most creative ways to make and save money that I have tried was having a massive garage sale between friends for spending money on a vacation,” said Paananen. “We had friends and family donate to the garage sale as well.”

Paananen also hides money in order to save it for later.

Making money under the age of 16

Making money before the age of 16 can be difficult, but not for preteens and teenagers that babysit or pet sit. “I started babysitting when I was 14 [years old] in order to make money without having a formal job and as a way to practice for having a real job,” said Bailey Balinski, who babysat for three years. Balinski usually made around $50 when she would babysit from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I started babysitting because I wanted to make money and my neighbors needed a babysitter,” said Kelsey Berndt, who started babysitting when she was 12 years old. “I typically make $8 an hour. Sometimes $10.”

Babysitting is a great job for younger teens because it is a way to make money without doing too much work.

Q&A: financial security vs. passion

How do you strike a balance between finding financial security and following your passion? Answering related questions are Mackenzie McClellan, a student at Oakland University, is a psychology major who aspires to become a clinical psychologist; Braxton Buckner, a student at Michigan State university, majors in advertising with a media management focus’; and Katelynn Warfle, a student at Michigan State University studying arts and humanities for her undergraduate degree and plans on attending medical school to become a physician assistant. Q: Why did you choose your major/career field? McClellan: “I chose my major and career path because I think psychology is incredibly interesting, and I really love it. It could potentially result in a lot of pay, but that was not a deciding factor for me.”

Can you eat on $1,000 per year? Yes, says efficiency expert

Finding ways to save money can be difficult. Everyday people have to make decisions about where and how to spend their hard-earned dough. Back in 2014, Michael Kirk decided not only to help people save money, but time as well. After using engineering concepts, he was able to eat for $1,000 a year and decided to share with people what he had learned. He developed a company called Efficiency is Everything (EIE). Through this, he utilizes his master’s degree in engineering to give people tools and data that will allow them to become more efficient in their spending.