Serving your country and balancing a budget can be a tough juggling act

Serving the United States of America in the Armed Forces comes with many financial stipulations. According to a survey conducted by the Department of Defense to track spouses’ experiences with active-duty deployment, 72 percent of spouses reported that their financial condition is considered to be “comfortable”, while 28 percent say that they are “uncomfortable” or “having some difficulties.” The compensation that you receive from the government is based on your rank within the armed forces. Anthony Aubuchon currently serves in the U.S. Air Force, ranked E-4 or SrA. Aubuchon explained how based on the cost of living where he is stationed and his rank, the government provides him payment.

More money, more stress

Working multiple jobs is becoming more common among college students. On top of school, some college students feel the need to work multiple jobs in order to earn money for when they graduate. “The biggest benefit of having two jobs is that I get two paychecks every two weeks,” said Taven Thuma, who coaches competitive cheer and works in the Department of University Advancement at Michigan State University. “I have multiple jobs so I can pay for both rent and school.”

Jake Pawloski, who works at Jimmy John’s as a delivery boy and Impact 89FM as the video director, also has two jobs so he can have more money. “Jimmy John’s gives me cash, which helps me budget, because then I am less likely to take the money that I earn from Impact out of my bank account,” said Pawloski.

Plasma for sale: body parts aren’t off-limits for cash

When thinking of a donation some thoughts or words that come to mind may include clothes, food, money, or charity. Maybe even the thrift shop The Salvation Army or the consignment shop Goodwill. People donate all the time and do it expecting nothing in return, well at least most people. People will also donate parts of their bodies in exchange for cash. Some common donations include plasma, hair, sperm, and eggs.

VIDEO: A college student meal budget Q & A

When it comes to living on a student budget and a busy schedule, it can be difficult to eat right or know what is worth buying at the grocery story. College students from across the country sat down and answered a series of questions: how do I plan meals around a busy schedule, what are healthy must-have foods to buy even on a small budget, how to successfully meal plan, and much more. These college students share tips, thoughts, and ideas on how they eat healthy with a tight income, what types of groceries they buy, and what they would choose to purchase if they only had a $20 a week grocery budget. Are you a college student that has mastered the art of grocery shopping on a tight budget?

To travel widely, first you must save frequently, spend lightly

Porcha Lipsey is a junior at Columbia College Chicago, a performing arts school in downtown Chicago. She has had the great opportunity to travel throughout her years but thinks it is quite important to travel while still a student. Lipsey has visited the majority of the states and cities but loves to travel abroad at least once a year. She recommends that every young person who is open to learn and see the world should invest in traveling. She has invested time and money into planning her trips throughout the year.

PHOTOS: Baking your way to a few bucks

Any Sunday from now until Oct. 29 you can find Beagle’s Café & Bakery at the East Lansing Farmer’s Market. Located just north of Michigan States campus at 280 Valley Court the East Lansing Farmer’s Market is home to 32 vendors. Each vendor depends on the market different but according to co-owner, Nick Somoski, the support Beagle’s Café & Bakery receives is tremendous. “Farmers markets account for at least half of our total sales,” Said Somoski.

Student gets business started while still in college

It is 9:30 a.m. at Michigan State University, MSU junior entrepreneurship and innovation student Alexander Marx begins another unpredictable day of production for his co-founded company Land Grant Goods. The student-run company began as a club in 2014 until Marx took it under his wing in January 2017 as a student company affiliated in partnership with MSU. As Marx begins his day which includes the inventory of the day’s products — tea bags ready for sale — he journeys to the student organic farm where he finds his small team already hard at work, blending lemon grass, packaging products and finishing off tea products with the Land Grant stamp of approval. Marx’s company’s goal is to create quality products for East Lansing consumers in hopes of one day earning enough funds to invest profits for the company back into environmental initiatives at MSU, which includes partnerships with the Bailey Greenhouse and Urban Farm, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment and MSU Culinary Services. But for now, the small company makes enough to cover labor and general business cost.