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Holiday shopping is in full swing, online sales are soaring, young kids are on their best behavior, empty-nested moms are emptying their wallets and college kids are hurting badly. Why? We don’t like holiday shopping. Other people shopping for you? Yeah, sign me up and by the way, I need a new pair of Toms. Thinking of dozens of thoughtful, unique gifts for our loved ones has become nearly impossible, and especially challenging while away at school.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we are absolutely broke. Through a whole semester of new textbooks, food deliveries and Spring Break down-payments can sure thin out your piggybank. Gifting for your loved ones should be the last worry on your mind as finals arrive. Embrace the fact that you are charmingly penniless and rise to find some ultra "bargains." If you do it right, this holiday season won’t set you back a dime, but will advance everyone’s appreciation for what a thoughtful, witty pal you are. Some of the best gifts don’t come from the store, but the heart. Check out Inside Beat's ideas for totally free presents that are sure to bring joy wherever you go. Cheers to giving a little more than just another gift card.
The holiday season surely serves as a gateway for cliche sayings, songs and traditions to surface themselves despite most people's disdain for these yearly practices. Here are some over done, fairly redundant and not so original ideas you're going to hear for New Year's resolutions that may unleash your inner Grinch this season.
Nothing screams Christmas like a good ole’ ugly sweater. Each year, there are ugly Christmas sweaters spotted everywhere around campus, especially Christmas parties. Barnes & Noble has one that is $40 — what a rip off — so don't bother blowing a paycheck on a sweater with Santa’s face on it when you can make one on your own. You no longer have to fear spending a wad of cash on an ugly sweater that you are probably going to wear once a year. Here are the steps to make everyone jealous with a rad, one-of-a-kind ugly Christmas sweater. Being ugly never felt so good.
While New Year’s Eve usually brings parties, the new year itself offers bright opportunities for change and improvement. Every year, thousands of people tweet or post Facebook statuses about how they plan to reinvent or improve themselves in the new year. Authentic New Year’s resolutions should be practical enough that you’re more likely to stick with them, and less likely to loosen your commitment. Here is a list with a few examples of unrealistic New Year’s resolutions and the more attainable goals you should actually strive toward.
What’s that smell? Is it chestnuts roasting over an open fire? Or was it just you feeling the heat from your family last holiday season because you didn't know how to avoid those painfully awkward conversations that come up at holiday parties? This holiday season is an opportunity for you to get a break from school, relax on the holidays, and if you play your cards right, even avoid being ridiculed and awkwardly confronted at family parties. These are some tips to make this tantalizing dream a reality for you.
The holiday season has finally arrived! Every retail store is packed with eye-catching red and gold displays, while Santa makes his appearances for family photos at the mall. As the conclusion of the semester is right at our fingertips, finals begin to creep up on everyone's calendar. Holiday shopping is probably the last thing on your long list of errands to run, but don’t worry too much — Inside Beat is empathetic to your seasonal struggle — we’ve come up with some tips to help you holiday shop on a budget without making your wallet cry!
all seen it in every show on television. Every squad from back in the day always met at
their neighborhood’s coffee shop/diner to catch up on
life. There was Tom’s Restaurant in "Seinfeld," Central Perk in "Friends," and on "Lizzie McGuire," the “ultra
hip” Digital Bean. While the "How I Met Your Mother" crew met
for beers instead of lattes, they still made MacLaren’s Pub the spot to
dish out all of life’s major problems, find ways to solve
them and to still have time to make fun of each other. It’s just tradition.
New Year's Eve is a day filled with excitement and anticipation for the beginning of the New Year. If you’re from the East Coast, your New Year’s Eve night probably consists of watching “Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” or one of the many other New Year’s Eve specials airing on about every channel possible. While awaiting for that beautiful, shiny ball drop at midnight, you’re sitting there watching the nationwide tradition take place. You’re probably wishing you were stuck in that noisy cosmopolitan crowd in Time Square. While you may not be able to enjoy the crazy Big Apple festivities, these are some fun and local ways to make your New Year's Eve a little more exciting.
The Daily Targum is thankful for having had the honor of collaborating with Yik Yak this November in order to find out what Rutgers students are really thankful for this season. While we expected more satirical or crude responses from members of the Rut', we were pleasantly surprised by the wholesome and thoughtful answers from our student body. Ranging from ivy league tier pride to being a grease truck mecca, students shared their various reasons for being thankful they attend Rutgers University.
Gathering around one table to give thanks, your family is finally all together at last. After fierce cross-interrogation about your classes, GPA, social circle, love life and career plans for the next 50 years, there’s left nothing for a Rutgers kid to do but pop a bottle and embrace the evening. To get you through the holiday alive, we’ve hatched a creative new drinking game that’s sure to take off the edge and keep the good times flowing well after dessert has been served.
While "Halloweekend" seems like a boozy, sugar-coated distant memory, chances are you're still feeling its draining after-effects. Although Halloweekend is depicted as the greatest three days of a college student’s life, its aftermath will have you looking more like a zombie than the one you saw walking down College Avenue on actual Halloween. From consuming drinks to eating tasty treats, treating your stomach like a garbage can for consecutive days will do more harm than good. Here are a few easy ways to detox from Halloweekend and jumpstart your energy before then next big gluttonous holiday, Thanksgiving.
A recent trip to the mall to help a friend update his wardrobe made me realize exactly why fall is my favorite season. This is the best time for men’s wardrobes, encouraging us to express ourselves fully and play with a variety of colors, patterns, materials, textures and layers that don’t receive as much attention the rest of the year. Here are a few tips that will help you achieve the perfect outfit this fall semester.
While Halloween sounds super fun in theory, we all know that between all the costume planning and party organizing, the only thing you really want to do by the end of Halloweekend is black out with a giant bottle of wine and bag of candy while watching "Hocus Pocus." But Inside Beat is here to remind those that are 21 and over, that this holiday only comes once a year, so it’s time to jump into that costume you’ve had planned for this day since last month, and grab your friends for a pre-game that will leave you buzzed enough to endure the crowded bars and frat basements.
Inside Beat knows that the spookiest monsters on campus have come in the form of spine-chilling midterm exam. Thankfully, it’s time to take a break and celebrate, because the long-awaited Rutgers Halloweekend is finally upon us!
Let’s face it, Rutgers is pretty ancient. Ghost sightings have been reported at various locations here at Rutgers, so who knows what could be lurking throughout these campuses. If you're looking to get in touch with the supernatural this Halloween, try this scavenger hunt to live out your "Ghost Hunters" fantasies, if you dare.
As Cady Heron from "Mean Girls" once mused, Halloween is the one night a year that a girl can dress however she likes, and no other girl can say anything about it. If you also believe that the clothes make the man, then eyeing someone’s Halloween costume is essentially like taking a good look into their soul. All bets will be off the final weekend of October as Rutgers’ finest gather beneath the moon to celebrate some of the most fantastic evenings of their collegiate year.
Once a year can we can see Dracula and Wonder Woman share a drink together, but preceding this event is a night designated to causing as much trouble as possible. It takes many names, but New Jersey natives most commonly refer to it as Mischief Night. Ditch the eggs and toilet paper, here are 15 new pranks you can pull to cause the most mischief this year.
Fall has arrived in all its glory, which means descending jewel-tone leaves, chilly winds and accepting the unescapable — pumpkin spice flavored everything. Even though you might find yourself bundling up in scarves and other autumn accessories, those toasty tech gloves will have to come off at some point, so don't let your manicure suffer from the cold. Ring in the new season with this simple do-it-yourself pumpkin patch inspired nail design!
As we trudge through the thick of midterm season, the only fall on the minds of many Rutgers collegians is the possible GPA slip. Take heart, studious ones, and take a look around — the morning air is crisper, the leaves are just starting to turn and it’s absolutely gorgeous outside. Mid-October is far too early to slip into the Netflix and food delivery mode. Play it smart, and don’t give up your daily dose of Vitamin D just yet. Instead, grab your notes and head for the wild itself.