2014 Spokester Search: Danielle L.

Danielle is a 22-year-old from Southfield

Danielle’s Situation

My name is Danielle, however, I sometimes go by Danni. I am currently a student at Wayne State University. I am majoring is Psychology and dabbling in communications. 

I have worked at the Birmingham YMCA for six years now, it has been a wonderful job and really taught me about giving back to the community. It has made me the outgoing and outspoken person I am today. I have a lot of experience working with many different types of people, and running/organizing events. 

I love having new experiences. I often find myself looking for ways to challenge myself. My most recent adventure has been backpacking through New Mexico and climbing mountains.

I am a busybody, I work best under pressure. The more things I have on my plate the better I perform. I enjoy having many things on my plate, it motivates me to work harder to get things done.

Danielle’s Blog Post

Perfecting the Art of Finances: College Edition

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably overwhelmed with the struggle that is balance. Life in your twenty somethings can be stressful! You've been forced into taking, what feels like, the responsibilities of a thousand burning suns. Finding a balance between school, work, friends, family, finances and sanity can be exasperating. That’s where I come in. Blog by blog, post by post I’m going to take some of that weight off of your shoulders helping you to find a little more harmony in your life. 

If you find your cash suddenly growing some wings and flying out of your pockets, check out the tips I have provided you with below! I found that the ball and chain that were my financial struggles was a little bit lighter, once I started using these tips and tricks. 

Financial Apps- Almost everyone has their own little personal banker in their phones, All you have to do is get the right apps. There are tons of apps that will help you keep your hard earned money in your pocket. Things like Groupon, Meijer Perks, and Gas Buddy are apps that might help you keep the founding father’s faces in your hand.

Plan Ahead- Plan out some of your meals for the week when you go grocery shopping. This will keep you from eating out more than necessary. If you’re spending the night alone why not treat yourself and cook a nice meal before you study? Not only will it be so much cheaper than buying a pizza, but it will also help you feel more relaxed. 

Shop Smart- Know how much you want to spend before you walk into a store. If you’re going grocery shopping make a list and stick to it. If you get all of your grocery shopping accomplished in one trip then you are less likely to spend money on things you don’t really need. The more times you walk into the store, the more you impulse buy. Its a fact! 
Skip the Starbucks- I love me a nice, hot, grande, soy peppermint mocha with and extra shot of espresso on a cold winter morning as much as the next person, however, it seems that these specialty coffee shops charge by the syllable. The longer the name the more expensive it is. If you purchase these specialty drinks two times a week by the end of the month you’ve spend an arm, a leg, and your first unborn child just for some coffee. Instead look up some tutorials on the internet. YouTube has some great ones about how to make your own fancy coffee.

REWARDS!!- Many institutions offer rewards for loyal customers. Places like Panera and Speedway give away free goodies if you spend your money there often. Every time you buy something you earn points on your rewards card. Once you build up enough points you can redeem them for free stuff! Who doesn’t like free things? 

Stay Rad! :]