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Finding ways around being broke

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Eva Chan

Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: Focus
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You know it's terrible when you're saving up dirty laundry until you wear that last pair of underwear left in your drawers. and it's not because of sheer laziness. All of the dinner outings with your friends on weekends and the grocery runs are starting to rack up on your credit cards. You fear for the day you receive the bill in the mail and you know you need to pay it off. When the only things you're willing to buy off your grocery list are bread and eggs, it's time to think about finding ways to rack up some more money.

The first and most obvious option is to find a job. Drop by the Student Employment office, and browse through their extensive binder of job openings on campus. Minimum campus wage is at $9.20, and you can make quite a bit by the end of the month. Don't be discouraged if you think you can't get a job because you don't receive work study as part of your financial aid - there are openings for people with and without work study. Just remember to grab a pen and paper when you head to Yost to jot down all the jobs you're interested in.

So maybe you have a job but it's just not enough. Or maybe you're too busy to have a job with your 21-credit course load. It doesn't mean that you're out of options.

I haven't moved any of my belongings back home since the end of my freshmen year. It's my senior year now and as I look at my room and my suite, I've realized how much stuff I've accumulated over time. If you can stand to part with any of your stuff, sell it! Clothes that you don't fit in or wear anymore (clean and like new, of course - don't sell your ripped up workout clothes), DVDs of those movies or television shows you haven't watched since you bought them, textbooks that the bookstore didn't take back…the possibilities are endless.

So you're willing to part with stuff that's collecting dust - now how do you sell them? Ask your friends to see if they're interested or have them spread the word. Try the Case Forum ( - a forum designed for Case students to buy and sell things, advertise off-campus apartment listings, or even to find a ride to go somewhere. There's also the option to list your stuff online on sites like, eBay, or Amazon. If you're crafty and enjoy making things like jewelry, clothing, or other unique items, you also have the opportunity to profit from your skills which would be a platform to sell from.
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