Happy Fall Semester!

Today marks the start of the fall 2016 semester! We had a very busy week last week welcoming new students to campus and welcoming back returning students. We got to present 14 workshops and attend 5 booth events where we told students about SMMC services and gave out free prizes. Some of the events we were at included:

-RA & RD training
-First Husker
-New Graduate Student Welcome Fair
-New International Student Orientation
-NUBE
-Fraternity New Member Summit
-Party at the Union
-Big Red Welcome Street Festival

If you didn’t get to play plinko and get free stuff from us last week, come find us at the East Campus Welcome Back Fair this Thursday from 4:30-7:00 pm outside the East Campus Union. To keep up with the events that we will be at, check out http://www.unl.edu/smmc/events.shtml

It was so much fun to be able to give almost 2600 students money management tips before the semester even began! If you have an event that you would like us to attend, please contact us at smmc@unl.edu or 402-472-9093.

5 Tips For Shopping at Aldi

Last week, I had my first experience shopping at Aldi, a global discount supermarket chain.  I’ve heard my friends and family rave again and again how much they saved shopping at Aldi, and I finally decided to give it a try.  I wasn’t disappointed – I probably saved a third or more than if I had gone to a traditional grocery store.

What makes Aldi special?  They cut costs in almost every way possible to pass the savings onto you.  Here’s what you’ll need to do for a successful Aldi experience:

1)  Forget Brand Names
Most of the items in the store were not popular brand names you may be used to buying.  Aldi sells a majority of private label items, which is cheaper for the company and thus, the customer.  So far, everything “off-brand” I’ve purchased tastes just as good as the major brand names!

2)  Bring a Quarter
You’ll have to deposit a quarter in order to use a shopping cart.  This reduces costs because the store doesn’t have to pay someone to collect shopping carts all day.  You get your quarter back when you’re done shopping and put your cart away with the others.

3)  Supply Your Own Bags
To save on bags, customers must bring their own bag or pay a very small price for paper or plastic.  Personally, I bought my own reusable bag from Aldi, which I recommend because it was large enough to fit all my groceries.  You must bag your own groceries as well.

4) Expect No Frills
Aldi is definitely not arranged like a regular grocery store.  Items are displayed in boxes, not shelves, as this is more efficient for restocking.  The store is much smaller in size than other grocers, and don’t expect to find an excess of workers available.

5)  Prepare For Multiple Trips
If you have a lengthy and specific grocery list, don’t expect to find everything. Aldi typically carries only the most popular grocery items (out of my list of 20 items Aldi carried 15 of them). You may have to run to another grocery store, but don’t let this turn you away. The savings are definitely worth the trip!

Post written by Amanda Owens, SMMC Program Assistant

Build Your Resume! Volunteer with SMMC

Are you looking for an on-campus volunteer opportunity that is diverse, flexible, and resume-enhancing?  Check out the many opportunities we offer at the Student Money Management Center!
Diverse
No matter what your strongest talents and abilities are, we likely have something that showcases yours!  If you’re a people-person, you can represent us at various booth events around campus.  Enjoy public speaking?  We give numerous presentations to a wide variety of groups on campus every month.  Is writing more your style? You can write blog posts for us on any financial topic as well.

Flexible
No matter what your schedule is like, we can work with you!  We book presentations anytime from the early morning to late at night.  There are also plenty of tasks you can work on on your own time, like finding articles for social media posts or designing bulletin boards.  You also don’t need to commit to a specific amount of hours, just let us know what you can handle.
Resume-Enhancing
If you’re currently studying finance or any other business-related field, this is a great addition to your resume.  But if you’re not studying business, don’t worry! Volunteers go through training, so don’t worry about how much you know now.  Volunteering with us can enhance your writing and public speaking skills as well.  And who knows?  Maybe you’ll find a passion for personal finance which will lead to a career!
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, you can:

Post written by Amanda Owens, SMMC Program Assistant