Applicant #13: Tahrima Khanom

Tahrima Khanom is a 21-year-old from Hamtramck.

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Currently, I am a full time college student at Wayne State University working two jobs to finance my education and shopping habits (which I’ve gotten much better at controlling!). I enjoy photography, blogging and all things related to music. My professional experience has also forced me to develop the habit of sparking up conversations with random people…in random places. Gas stations, candy stores, awkward elevator rides - I just can’t pass up an opportunity to converse!

Tahrima's blog post:

T.’s Tried and True Money Saving Tips for College Students

1.Take a cue from your mom and clip coupons before doing any kind of shopping BUT (and this is the tricky part) make sure to do this only for items you need. (Or else you’ll end up like me – entering the grocery store with coupons for fifty percent off 10 boxes of cat food because it was just such-a-good-deal! On a completely unrelated note, I don’t have a cat).

2. Make a shopping list! We’ve all been there. You run to Target to pick up some shampoo/toothpaste/cat food. Next thing you know, it’s been two hours and you’re in the entertainment aisle watching “Despicable Me” on five different screens with a cart full of merchandise. Making a shopping list beforehand keeps you focused.

3. Buy USED or better yet, RENT! Textbooks. The word is enough to send chills down the fragile spines of college students everywhere and send them into a fit of hysteria. Textbooks are notoriously expensive but they don’t have to be! Buy used books instead of new or check out websites like and that offer textbooks for rent!

4. Invest in a reusable water bottle! Bottled water is expensive, not to mention horrible for the environment, so do yourself (and Mother Nature!) a favor by buying a reusable water bottle.

5. Avoid the temptation of McDonald’s McRib (even if they do swear that this is the “last time” they’re offering it!) and pack your own lunch. It’ll save you money and if done right, it’s healthier! Vending machines are another form of evil. Buy nuts and trail mix in bulk from the supermarket and keep some on you when running from class to class. It will curb your hunger and keep you from succumbing to the metal money guzzling machine that’s winking at you from the hallway. Resistance is never futile when munching on almonds and dried cranberries. Take that, vending machine!

Lastly, just say NO. No, you don’t need those cowboy boots. No, you don’t need that Grande caramel macchiato with extra whipped cream. No, you don’t need the latest issue of Cosmopolitan to tell you “How to Lose a Guy in 30 Seconds or Less” (call me, instead!). No, you don’t need tickets to Charlie Sheen’s Live Show (just turn on CNN). Don’t even bother looking at the new 20G iPod Think (a new one will come out tomorrow) and don’t even think about filling up your gas tank. Okay, I’m totally kidding about that last one. Saying no is hard but getting into the habit of asking yourself “Do I really need this?” before making a purchase will save you time, money and regrets!

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