Once you’re in college or out on your own, the holiday season can look a little different, especially when you have the budget of a college student. Whether you’re at home or stuck on your campus for the holiday season, keep reading for ways you can celebrate the season bookending your finals in an inexpensive and fun way!
- If you have to stay on your campus for your break, make sure to check with your RA so you are on the list to stay and you know when the dining halls will and won’t be open.
- Know any good recipes? Take advantage of a dining hall kitchen, or even your kitchen at home, to make a simple dinner.
- Need recipe ideas? Check out this budget-friendly article from All Recipes.
- Choose generic brands like Great Value, Kroger, and Nice! to get essentially the same product as the big brand names for cheaper.
- Keep an eye out for food-related events and resources on your college campus.
- Like the holiday meal help for students provided by Arty’s Pantry at Aims, which will provide some of the supplemental sides you need to make your Friendsgiving awesome!
- Or the Bear Pantry for UNC students, where you can receive up to five non-perishable, frozen, or toiletry items a week with your student ID.
- Or Stress Less Fest at UNC where you can relax in a massage chair, have some snacks, and play with therapy dogs!
- Or the Chili Cook-off with CSU’s Agronomy Club where you can show off your best chili recipe.
- We understand the holidays can be difficult for a variety of reasons. There are resources out there that can help you this holiday season and throughout the year if you are struggling.
The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating with family, with friends, or you don’t celebrate the holidays at all. What matters is that you are happy, healthy, safe, and that you know what resources and connections are available to keep you that way.
Remember, we’re here to help you, even after you cross the stage at your high school graduation, and we’re here to cheer you after you cross it again to earn your degree.