Staple Food on a Budget


Has anyone ever told you not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach? Well it’s true, and most people will agree. You crave almost everything you see and in the end you buy unnecessary items. There is a better way to cook and shop while staying on a budget. Buy these staple foods and learn to get creative. Living on a budget does not mean you have to eat ramen every night, but it does mean you need to be smart about what you buy and what you make. Convenience foods are a lifesaver when it’s 6 o’clock on a weekday and you have no dinner plans. Be aware that this list does not take into account food allergies or restrictions.

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Of Sled Dogs and King Crabs

My Hurtigruten Cruise.



A Canadian writer leaves her comfort zone and learns to embrace winter in Norway’s frozen fjords.


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Insure Your Love Month


February is a time for love. It’s an easy time to live in the moment, spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other. February may not seem like a time to think about the future, but maybe that’s what makes it a good time to consider life insurance. That’s right, while you’re serenading your sweetheart with sweet nothings, maybe you should be thinking about both of your long term future. It may seem incongruent on first though, but life insurance and February is, in reality, a real love match. What better way to demonstrate your love and commitment to your loved one?

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Treasures of the North


In the farthest northern regions of Europe, Arctic nights are lit by the northern lights, and the warmer months are aglow in the Midnight Sun. For 11,000 years this cultural area of Scandinavia - where nature is at its most extreme - has been a landscape covered by ancient songs, traditional crafts and a unique language.

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Healthy Food on a Budget


What’s for dinner tonight? If you live off campus without the benefit of a meal plan or are just out of school, the answer isn’t always so simple. Sure, you can get a full meal from a fast food place, but that cheap food comes with a cost in the form of a day’s worth of calories and even more sodium. Does eating healthy need to be expensive? The short answer is no. With careful planning and an eye for a deal, you can afford to eat healthy without breaking the bank.

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Applying for Scholarships



Applying for scholarships may seem like an overwhelming prospect, and the competition can be intense. The great thing about scholarships is that they are free money for your education that never needs to be re-paid, and there are thousands of them available. The only scholarships that you are sure not to be awarded are the ones you don’t apply for- so go for it! The resulting awards could mean thousands of dollars over the course of your educational career, which could help you avoid taking out student loans, allow you to attend an out-of-state school, or mean that you don’t have to work while you study.


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