By Aissatou Bah, a public relations advanced diploma student at Humber College.
Last week I gave you five reasons why you should DIY. If you missed it, click here: https://damagecontrol7media.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/5-reasons-why-you-should-diy/
And now it’s time to get to the real deal; all about saving that cash! As a college student, I know how easy it is to let your money fritter away; especially if you spend most of your time on campus. It is seriously hard to balance everything from textbooks and food to supplies and entertainment. However, there are easy ways to save. Do not fear, the DIY Queen is here!
DIY number one: A speaker for impromptu mini dance parties!
Items you will need: a plastic soda bottle and scissors.
Directions: Clean the soda bottle with warm water and soap. Once dry, cut a good chunk off from the bottom of the bottle. You should cut off between one and two inches depending on the size of your phone. Then, place your phone in and turn up the music! The bass will be clearer and the volume much louder.
DIY number two: Increase closet space using… SODA CAN TABS!
Items you will need: recycled soda can tabs.
Directions: Take the tabs and place them around the hook of the hanger. Instead of buying more hangers, all you need is soda can tabs. Easy as pie.
I told my friend (a huge fashionista) who goes to the University of Ottawa about this DIY and she absolutely loves it! The only downfall is that every time I go and visit her, she makes me bring her more clothes…oops.
DIY number three: Soap dispenser
Items you will need: a responsibly emptied bottle of liquor, a pump, and liquid soap.
Directions: Take a liquor bottle (I chose Jack Daniels), and wash it with warm water and soap. Buy a pump at the Dollar Store (make sure it fits!) and pour liquid soap in the cleaned bottle. This makes a seriously awesome and personalized gift.
DIY number four: Wall art
Items you will need: friend/family/other pictures, tape, string (optional) and clothespin (optional).
Directions: Have your pictures printed (at Walmart for example) and just stick a small piece of tape at the back of your pictures! You can lay it out any way you want. An alternative to this is hanging your pictures from a clothesline. Measure out the amount of string you will need and attach the ends with tape. Then just hang your pictures with a clothespin.
I have friends who live in residence and let me tell you something; the dorm rooms are often small and you can’t paint the walls! This is an easy way to spice things up and personalize your private space.
Next up is the final and last DIY I will share with you today. Brace yourselves ladies and gentlemen…
DIY number five: No machine coffee!
Items you will need: a paper cup, a mug, a knife, a rubber band, coffee and filters.
Directions: Cut a hole in the bottom of the paper cup. Put a filter in the hole and secure it with the rubber band. Place the cup upside down over the mug and fill with grounds. Pour the hot water in and fill until the mug is brewed.
This is another DIY that my friends up in res love because a good coffee machine costs a lot more money that we just don’t have! And also, it’s coffee! How else are we supposed to pull all-nighters?
Check out more hacks like these in this handy YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgOORxdtRH0
That is all that I have for you today! With these DIYs on hand, you are sure to save big bucks in college and invest them into more important things. Going to college is hard, but it doesn’t mean that saving shouldn’t be easy.
What do you want to see next? Tell me in the comments!