2016 Spokester Search: Chloe D.

Chloe is a 25-year-old from Southfield

Chloe's Situation

Hey, my name is Chloe Dunklin! I’m a senior at Lawrence Technological University and I will be graduating this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communication and a certificate in Technical and Professional Communication. 

I have two international roommates, and we have learned so much about each other’s cultures. They’ve become sisters to me. Living on campus has taught me so many life lessons, allowed me to make friendships that will last a lifetime and has helped to shape the person that I am.

Outside of school, I am an Assistant Manager at a women's clothing store. Working there, I’ve learned even more about leadership, teamwork, time management, working well in stressful situations and being an effective decision maker. Working in customer service is a great opportunity to be exposed to many types of personalities and overcome obstacles or challenges while building strong positive relationships with customers. When I am not at work or doing homework, I am creating commercials and announcements for my church. At church I serve in the Media Ministry and the Praise Dance Ministry. To be among people who truly care for and love others has impacted me beyond words. 

Recently, I was one of the awardees for the Cobo 30/60 Video Scholarship Challenge in 2015. I was honored to showcase Cobo Center and my hometown of Detroit. The experience was humbling because it allowed me to celebrate the city I grew up in using media, and I got to be on FOX 2 News! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C09ilgDabyk 

Besides school, work and church, I like to have fun with my friends and family by spending time with them, watching a movie, or dancing around the house like silly people. It's a habit that I hope I’ll never outgrow.

Chloe's Blog Post

You’ve got some pretty amazing places to visit in your own backyard. Here’s your count down to 5 ways you can save money on your next Michigan vacation! 

5. Get a Spending Plan!

Before you even buy your ticket, know how much you are willing and able to splurge on your Michigan vacation. It’s a vacation…you don’t want to have to count pennies while you’re having fun. Do your homework and make a list of your expenses such as: gas, food, activities, clothes, souvenirs and admissions to parks. Total it up and see how much you will need to save and how long it will take to get there.

4. Set Savings Goals!

Remember, you’re thinking about money BEFORE you arrive on your trip. Set detailed weekly, bi weekly or monthly goals of where you want to be in your savings. If you know you want to spend $1,000 on your trip, find out the exact amount you will need to save each week. You may need to tell Amy that you can’t hang out tomorrow because you want to work extra hours to save for your trip. Are you going to sacrifice a few fun things now, so you can have more fun later? You bet you are!

3. Pack Your Own Snacks!

Hungry? Grab a home cooked meal, seriously! If you spend $10 a day for your designer coffee and lunch, that’s $200 a month! Instead, create your own lunch from home. You’ll be surprised how much more you save by bringing your own food. Use leftovers or invite friends over to cook for a fun night in so you can all save money for your goals. Check out this site for fun inexpensive recipe ideas. http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/cheap-dinner-recipes#.pxn42Z1y2

2. What Are You Buying Today?

The things you buy today will effect your tomorrow. Did you really need to buy that skirt at Forever21 or the Slurpee at 7-Eleven? I mean really? Unless you need it for your vacation…don’t buy it. If necessary, keep a weekly record of your receipts. Look it over to see if there are some expenses you can do without for the next week, and so on. Before you know it, you’ve improved your spending habits! I did it, and let’s just say my impulse buying is a thing of the past.

1. Look For Deals!

Coupon, Groupon, Savemon…OK, that was cheesy…but you get the idea. Look for group rates, membership card deals, points, and all that good stuff. Use websites like: Groupon.com, Michigan.org, and https://michiganfirst.com/personal/membership-perks/. Save more money if you have a AAA membership, or a student ID card. Keep in mind, you can always contact your Michigan First Credit Union representative or myself if you need help or have questions. Following these tips will get you where you need to be in your savings for your awesome Michigan vacation!

We’d love to see photos from your trip. Share your vacation pictures on the https://www.facebook.com/YoungFreeMichigan/Facebook page. #Michiganvacation