10 Useful Things for Less Than a Latte

With our upcoming event, The Biggest Gainer financial series, we thought it would be timely to do a few fun blurbs relevant to the subject.

Think about this – the average college student is spending about $25 on coffee each week, which is about $5 a day, Monday-Friday.

For the cost of one latte, you could do a lot more with your $5 bill. So here are 10 useful things you can purchase for less than what you’d pay for your milky, sugar-filled beverage.

  1. Ferrari USB Mouse
    Get work done… in style.
  1. Phone mount
    Finally let out your inner creative. Or just use this to record your presentations (propped on a desk), if you’re taking an online business course.
  1. The best pen on face of the planet
    No, seriously. No bleed. No skip. Just perfection.
  1. Vintage-looking Pencil Case
    Somewhere to place the best pen on the face of the planet… in style. And, you know, durability.
  1. Best erasers of life
    No pencil mark is too great for this high-polymer knight.
  1. Survival tool
    It’s a bottle opener, knife, ruler, wrench, and so much more – all in stainless steel and smaller than a credit card.
  1. External battery
    Because your phone battery will fail you.
  1. Homework planning app
    For $5 a year, you can set up an online agenda of your homework, get notifications, upload associated files, and so much more. The free version is great, too! Available for most platforms (including web).
  1. Online backup
    ALWAYS have a back-up plan. Don’t want to lose all of your pictures, homework assignments, and movies? BackBlaze lets you upload an unlimited amount of data for $5 a month.
  1. Handheld investor
    Why wasn’t this invented earlier?! For $1 a month, Acorns will round up your purchases to the nearest dollar and invest those pennies for you! Trust us – it adds up. Available for most platforms (web coming soon).

Remember that every dollar counts and every dollar has power. If you have any other fun ideas about what useful things a student could purchase for under $5, leave us a comment down below!


Postponed: Biggest Gainer Financial Series

The word is out – ALPFA, BAP, and the FMA have teamed up to bring you a one-of-a-kind financial series: The Biggest Gainer.

Over the next few months, we will be hosting workshops with various themes like student loans, credit cards, taxes, and insurance, among others. These workshops will be presented by professionals that have experience advising people and companies about their finances from firms like the Motley Fool and NPR, so you are guaranteed to learn something new during each session. And this is totally FREE.

But here’s the best part; as the workshops go on, there will be a competition where a team of 4 that improves their combined credit scores the most will win a $1,000 scholarship that can be used during Summer or Fall term. During the kick off session, we will use Credit Karma to look up your credit score and you will form teams of 4 for the competition. There will be free pizza and John Maxfield from the Motley Fool will be speaking on the importance of financial literacy. After the kickoff event, there will be a total of 5 workshops that will take place either on Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6 to 8pm.

If you’re interested in keeping up to date or creating a team prior to the event, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check in on the website.

Facebook: ALPFA Portland State University
Twitter: @PSU_ALPFA

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: TBD
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Where: SMSU 328 + 329
Cost: Free
RSVP: None. Just show up!

Chicano Latino Studies Open Forum

Dean Beatty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be listening to questions, concerns, and suggestions tomorrow regarding the future of the Chicano Latino Studies program at Portland State.

Have your voice heard and be a part of the change. See you there!

Who’s Invited: All Portland State students
Day: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Time: 11:00am-11:45am
Where: SMSU 229
Cost: Free
RSVP: Nope