Managing Finances in College (Plus, Win $1000!)

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Money. There’s a good chance that, if you’re in college, you don’t have much of it, and you probably don’t have much experience managing what you do have. Whatever your financial situation, college is the perfect time to learn the basics of budgeting, saving, and investing for your future. Here are some steps you absolutely must take to manage your finances. Read on, and learn how you could win $1,000 through OCM’s Room Goals contest!

 

Keep School Costs Down

Did you know that the average student graduates with over $37,000 worth of student loan debt? That’s a year’s worth of salary for entry-level workers. Incredibly, it can take ten, twenty, or even thirty years to pay it all back — especially if you’ve got high interest rates.

Though your debt could end up being much less — or much more — there’s one step you should consider taking now: Pay something towards your loans every month! It could be a few bucks a month or a couple hundred when you get it.

Though it may seem like a waste of money to start paying before you actually receive your first bill, it’s actually a very smart idea. By starting your payback now, you can significantly lessen what you owe by paying down the principal before it starts accruing interest. A payment of just $5 per month can mean way more now than it will once you start getting regular bills.

 

Apply for Scholarships

Believe it or not, scholarships aren’t just for incoming freshmen. In fact, far from being the time to coast, now is when you should be ramping up your scholarship search! Apply everywhere and anywhere. Look in your community’s newspaper, on bulletin boards on campus, and on scholarship search sites. Plan on applying to at least ten scholarships a week, if not more.

 

The trick is to apply for scholarships that may be overlooked — ones that are $250-1500 range. While that may not seem like a lot when you have an insane tuition bill, several $1,000 scholarships can add up quickly!

One scholarship you simply can’t forget to apply for is OCM’s Room Goals scholarship. All you need to do to apply is submit a photo of your awesome dorm room and some info to be considered. It’s that easy — no tedious essay necessary!

 

Learn to Budget

Budgeting doesn’t have to be hard or complex. With little bills and income, we promise you that budgeting in college will only take about an hour each month to do. All you’ll need are your pay stubs, your monthly bills (like car insurance and phone), and a calculator.

First, write down how much you typically make in a given month. If you don’t have a regular income, or if you get tips that can vary from day to day, take an average or your best guess. Then, write out and total up your bills due. Next to each bill, write a due date, and then put that due date in your calendar so you don’t forget. Now, subtract your bills from your income and that is what is leftover for things like groceries, eating out, school supplies, and fun. Make categories that reflect your life and money goals and give each dime a place to go.

 

Open the Right Financial Accounts

You should have two bank accounts: checking and savings. These should be at banks that are close to campus and have online access. You should also have a debit card for at least your checking account.

If possible, set up your bills to auto-draft the amount from your checking account to your savings account each month. There are also apps like Qapital and Digit that will do it for you if you have a tough time pulling the trigger. Learning to save money while you’re in college will help you build a foundational good money habit.

 

Understand Financial Basics

Before pulling the trigger on anything financial, it’s a good idea to make sure you fully understand the terminology, methods, and costs. Grab a book from the library, take a financial literacy class, or read some blogs by other millennial money experts. The more you learn, the more confident you’ll be managing your finances.

 

Nervous Parents: Sending Your Kid Off to College

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The first day of school can be an emotional time for any parent. But when it comes to sending your kids off to college for the first time (or for their senior year), the stakes can seem much higher. Dealing with empty nesting and worrying about how your child will do when they are no longer under your care is never easy. However, you can address your fears, anxieties, and worries with several simple coping methods and strategies.

 

Worry: The Loss of “Parenting”

The eighteen-plus years you spent watching your child learn and grow were certainly some of the most wonderful and fulfilling of your entire life. It’s natural that when that time comes to an end and the child goes off on their own, the parent may feel a sort of loss or vacancy we commonly call “empty nesting.”

Here’s the good news: you’re no less their parents than when they were in elementary school or in high school. In fact, many college students will need your love and guidance more now than ever before! Finding the balance between over-parenting (i.e. treating them like a child) and providing guidance and support can be difficult. One of the best ways to build a healthy relationship with a new college student is to talk directly to them like you would a friend. Be honest, upfront, and share with them your feelings.

 

Worry: They Will Fail Without You

Some students hit their stride when they are more independent. Others need a push. No matter where your kid is, it is important to remember that they are now responsible for their academic results. There’s no helping them on science reports or reminding them a million times of their big test.

So how do you deal if or when your kid struggles to keep up? Provide them with resources at their school. This might take a little research on your part, but remind your student of tutoring centers, encourage them to see their academic advisor, and offer up your own editing help on a paper.

However (and this is a BIG caveat), you need to remember that they are adults and overstepping will not help them. Professors, advisors, and college administrators frown on or forbid parents from calling their offices or attempting to fight a student’s battles. While you can provide phone numbers or locations, do not cross the line and step in for them.

 

Worry: They Won’t Fit in or Get Along

College is a different experience for every student. Like high school, there are cliques and social groups, and it can be hard to make your mark or find your kind of group. Watching from afar as parents can be even more nerve-wracking!

With students that are more on the shy side or are having problems getting along with roommates, think positive. What is your student’s best characteristic? Share with them why they are great in your eyes and encourage them to seek out spaces where they will be appreciated (like a club or sorority). A little positivity can boost their spirits and help them remember that making new friends is only temporary.

 

Worry: They’ll Be Homesick

While you may be more concerned that you’ll miss them, don’t forget that they will miss you too (if not more)! College can be scary for them, even if leaving home for school has been their dream. That’s why it is important to share a bit of home with them.

Schedule phone calls, send fun and unexpected care packages, exchange emails regularly, and plan in advance for weekend visits. With your love and support, you both will get through the first semester (and beyond) of a new school year.

Parents Corner: The Best Care Packages For Freshmen

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If there’s one thing that is universally true of college students, it’s that there’s nothing better than receiving a care package. Care packages, especially for freshmen going off to their first residence halls or apartments, are a great way to send a little love and support. These freshman-inspired gifts are the best way to show you’re thinking of them.

 

Welcome Package

A big milestone deserves an awesome gift to go along with it. The Welcome Package and Move-In Mug is just the right sentiment. The new dorm dweller will get a shiny new mug packed with favorite instant drinks (including hot cocoa) and enough snacks to be the envy of their roommates. From popcorn to Airheads, your package recipient will settle right in with a stocked pantry of goodies.

 

Fitness Fuel

With cafeteria food, takeout, and late night snacks in your focused student’s way, eating healthy can be a big issue. Start them off on the right foot with a care package full of healthy, delicious, and energizing treats. The Fitness Fuel package includes super popular Clif Bars made for an after-gym treat, gel shots for endurance athletes, PowerBar for protein packed nutrition, and muscle recovery teas for rest days. Whether your student is keeping up with their routine or wanting to avoid the Freshman 15, this package encourages them to be their best.

 

Hang In There

College isn’t all new friends and wild parties. Oftentimes, it’s a bad grade on a paper or a fight with a new roommate. If your student is getting discouraged, a little pick-me-up can really help to make him or her feel better. That’s where the adorable Hang In There package comes in. It’s a little bit of fun with the hanging monkey and package of animal crackers and it’s a lot of treats with Tootsie Rolls and chips.   

 

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Healthy Soups and Teas

From changing weather to living side-by-side with other students, college is crawling with opportunities to get sick. But even if parents are far away and no one can make your student’s favorite comfort foods, a Sick Day care package can help get them back on their feet. Our Healthy Soups and Teas set is a blend of classic soups like split pea and minestrone, as well as comforting Yogi blend teas. While you can’t be there to pour the hot water for the mixes, this makes it a little easier for them to get better faster.

 

Homesick Helper

Being away from home for an extended period of time isn’t like summer camp or a summer vacation. It can be much harder to handle, especially with the added stress of school. You can pick up their spirits and send a reminder that you miss them just as much by sending the Homesick Helper. Along with a personalized note (which can be done for every package), your freshman will be surprised by an almost endless amount of sweets and favorite staples like M&Ms, Pop-Tarts, Lifesavers, Kraft Mac and Cheese, Act II Popcorn, and Cheerios (just to name a few).

 

Sending your freshman off to college can be emotional for both you and the student. But you can send love year round with packages meant to surprise, wow, and comfort them.

Parents: Going From ‘Empty Nester’ to Summer Break ‘Host’

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It starts with dropping your child off at college with tears in your eyes. You spend the entire school year missing them. But then comes an extended break, like summer, and you’re ready to ship them off again! The transition from empty nester to hosting summer breaks can be difficult, but these tips help you enjoy your time with your college-aged kids.

 

Discuss the Ground Rules Before They Head Home

If your student is still in school, now is the perfect time to discuss what you expect of them during the summer break. Remind them that you’re not their maid, driver, or cook. If they have survived all year in the dorms on their own, they can certainly pick up their room or do their own laundry when they are back living with you.

You will also want to go through curfews, family time, and visits from romantic partners. These are all tricky, sensitive subjects that you can turn a blind eye to when they are out of the house. But when summer comes, you’ll need to reevaluate your rules or expectations for them.

Remember that they have lived independently for the last nine months. That means that they may be unused to checking in when they go out late at night or asking if they can eat out of your pantry. Your best bet is to listen to their concerns and meet them halfway, such as moving curfew up from 10 o’clock until 1 AM or later.

 

Plan Out Family Time With Them and Schedule It Online

Summer is one big opportunity to reconnect with family members. But for a student who is working, visiting friends, taking summer classes, etc., it can be easy to forget that part. Work with your student to set up a weekly night together to do something everyone will enjoy.

Have them pick the activity or encourage a laid back event, such as seeing a movie or checking out a new museum together. While it may not be something you’re interested in, the key is getting quality time with them.

If your family does a summer vacation, be sure they know that they are (or are not) invited. Talk about who is paying for what, where they are expected to sleep, and allow them to make decision on things like the hotel, the restaurants, or any guests (if allowed). Again, it’s important to remember and respect that they are now adults who have successfully lived independently. Vacationing like children may backfire.

Finally, schedule everything online. As we mentioned, college students are busy, even over the summer! The best way to communicate that you would like to spend time with them is, at first, an in-person convo and then putting the date in a shared family calendar app.

 

Remember: Little Things Go a Long Way

Having a college-aged adult living with you is odd. On one hand, they seem to want nothing to do with you outside of the free place to crash in between semesters. The next, they may be upset because you’re not upholding some silly tradition they liked when they were a kid.

First, remember that they are still sensitive to your words. Being judgemental on things like their strange hair color, how much they sleep on their days off, or their sudden love of frisbee can cause friction that can ruin your time together. So don’t sweat the small stuff.

Instead, appreciate the little things. Verbally express how much you love having them around or how you love cooking an old family recipe with them. Share a new interest you may have developed while they were gone and ask them their opinions on things like the color of a new car you’re buying or a birthday gift for your spouse.

Surviving summer break is a balancing act that requires open dialogue between you and your student. By keeping things light and positive and being sure to respect their experiences and needs, you can make it a memorable break for everyone.   

Parent’s Corner: Talking to Your Kid about Getting a Job

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When you get that first college tuition bill for your student, there is bound to be a bit of sticker shock attached. Every year, the cost of getting a degree rises at nearly every school. While scholarships and outside funding are available, finding that elusive full-ride is harder than ever. That is why many parents will sit down this fall and talk to their children about the importance of getting their first job or paid internship. Here are a few tips on how to discuss working in college with your student.

What You Need to Consider

Before you talk, it’s important to understand the other side of the picture. For example, are you sure your student’s schedule can actually accommodate a job? Many take a mixture of morning, afternoon, and night classes throughout the week (and even some weekends), making it hard to find a job that caters to that crazy, changing schedule.

Another aspect you should consider is what your expectation of their grades is. It can be hard to balance activities and work normally, let alone when your first priority is going to school full-time! If your child is struggling, this may not be the time to encourage it.

Finally, it’s important to understand their personal academic and career goals. Do you know what your child wants to do with their degree after graduation? This can give you an idea of jobs that may be worth their time and efforts or if they may be more suited for an internship. For example, a future teacher might benefit from tutoring, rather than doing fast food work.

Make It Worth Their Efforts

Most students get that jobs = money, but they may not be aware of the other benefits. For example, if you see an opening for a job as an animal tech, your veterinarian major may not understand how great it would look on their resume or may not see it as a way to network. Casually discussing this can be a great way to bring up the job conversation naturally.

If the goal is to get an internship, don’t forget to discuss the benefits of a paid versus an unpaid and which one is right for them. Encourage them to speak with professors or to an advisor if they’re unsure, and introduce them to a former college student if you can. Hearing it from outside sources can inspire them to act.

Lend a Hand

It can be intimidating to search for a job, especially with resumes and interviews. If your student did not work in high school, taking these unknown steps can be scary and a test of confidence. You can help out by offering to assist by proof reading their resume (or pointing them towards someone more capable), helping search job sites, or brainstorming work around town they can take on.

At the same time, be very careful not to overstep or take over. If you do too much, they may be tempted to let you do all the work without taking ownership. Or, on the other hand, they may lose interest and forget about it all together. It’s a fine line to walk, so be sure to check in often.

Be Honest At All Times

This isn’t the time to hold back. If money is a major concern, especially from your perspective, this is the time to open up. Tell them of your concerns and the reality of the situation. At this point in their lives, they should be able to understand and hear you out.

At the same time, let them talk honestly with you. Listen to their concerns, and help them think through their worries. Balancing jobs and student life may not be easy, but with your help and encouragement, you can make the difference in their decision.

Parent’s Corner: 6 Reasons to Send Your Student a Care Package

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With your kid going off to school, you may be missing those little moments you’ve spent together or the times you’ve spoiled them with a little extra attention. With them not at home or near by, it can be difficult to think of ways to show that same kind of love and attention all year round. That’s why we love the convenience and fun of sending care packages throughout the year. Whether to celebrate or to make the transition easier, there are so many reasons to send your student a care package today. Here’s our six top reasons to send a care package.

1.   To Celebrate

Are you a mom who still sends Valentines or decorates the house in green for St. Patrick’s Day? Or are you a dad who hates missing out on birthdays or reasons to say “awesome job!” on a test or award? With care packages, you can be sure that no special occasion is missed. With holiday themed packages, you can send sweetheart messages  – while birthday packages come with balloons and party hats.

2.   To Stock Their Snacks

A sweet tooth should never be ignored! But with college cafeterias charging a premium for indulgences like chocolate and chips, your student may be going without. Be sure their dorm room pantry is as loaded up with options as it was at your house with one of our many snack filled baskets. From comfort foods like cookies and brownies to essential pig out food such as microwave popcorn and chocolate, there are so many options to get them through the year!

3.   To Take the Pressure Off

Midterms, end of the semester finals, big papers, auditions, presentations, internship applications — even during your student’s freshman year, the stress can add up quickly. With care packages meant to send both boosts of energy and morale, you can say “go get ‘em” without being there. With customizable messages, you can even write out your favorite inspiring quotes or show them that you believe in them.

4.   To Welcome Them

Moving into the dorms can be scary for both you and your student, especially if they’ve never been far from home before. Just as you would a friend moving into a new home, shower them with a special gift to welcome them to their new home. Picking up that package at their new door may even relieve some major homesickness issues.

5.   To Improve Their Health

Care packages aren’t limited to snacks, comfort foods, and chocolates. There are several care packages that are designed for healthy eaters or those with food allergies. From gluten free packs to granolas and fresh fruits, you’re not limited. There are even care packages to be sent when your student is feeling under the weather, that’s full of tasty soups and teas. Finally, if food isn’t what they need to stay at their peak, send a care package full of toiletries like soap, shampoo, and facial cleansers.

6.   To Just Say “Hello”

Care packages don’t have to have a rhyme or reason. You can send yours just because you feel like it or because you think your student could use a little random show of love. That’s what college care packages are for — to make life just a little brighter with a special message from its sender!

Parent’s Corner: Talking to Your Child About Campus Safety

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Parent's Corner: Campus Safety

Over the next few weeks, thousands of students are heading off to start the next chapter of their lives. Many will live independently in their own dorms or apartments for the first time in their lives. As parents, it’s important to both be supportive, but to also have an open and honest dialogue about safety and wellness when living alone. Talking to your child about campus safety isn’t the easiest, but there are ways to teach and share this vital information.

Research Together

Did you know that colleges release crime and safety reports yearly? This data is readily available on government and university sites for you to read through. Sit down with your student and pinpoint some of the areas where these crimes happen and talk about what they could do to prevent themselves from being a victim. For example, if a campus has high car break-ins in a particular parking lot, discuss alternate parking areas or map out lamp posts where it’s safer to park.

Tell True Stories

One of the best ways to get both sides talking is to be honest about your own college experiences. Talk about your fears about walking alone at night or how you lost a favorite piece of jewelry at a party.  If you don’t have any stories or didn’t attend college, rope in a younger cousin or a work friend to speak. Having different voices can also show that campus safety issues can happen anywhere and to anyone.

Avoid Fear Tactics

When telling true stories or discussing safety issues, you may be tempted to talk about the worst case scenario. To a college aged student, this may come across as an over exaggeration. A more productive way to talk safety is to do it in general terms. Don’t talk about what could happen if you don’t tell one friend you’re going to a party or if you leave your computer out while you go to the bathroom. Instead, talk about safety like it’s just another part of being an adult. It normalizes the conversation and makes students feel like you are talking to them rather than at them.

Make Sure They’re Prepared

While packing, throw a few other things into their suitcase. Start with flashlights for power outages, whistles for walking late at night, or a first aid kit for medical emergencies. You can even wrap them as an “off to college” gift that you can discuss each purpose. When you’re on campus and unpacking, ask where you can hang a list of phone numbers for important people such as campus police, parents, and family members. Additional safety items that can lead to an awesome discussion are lockable safes, pepper spray (if allowed on campus), and copies of insurance cards.

Listen More Than You Talk

For many college students, there is a sense that once you’re in college, you are a totally capable adult. For parents, this can be frustrating, especially when a college kid shuts down the conversation. But frequently, the problem is not the actual topic of conversation but the way we talk to one another. When you bring up the conversation, ask more questions than giving answers. Be open to what they want to say or discuss, even if it is uncomfortable. And acknowledge both fears and their reluctance to safety ideas. These conversations may not go exactly like you want them too, but just having a safe space where they feel accepted regardless of the issue can be a very powerful resource if something were to happen.

Our Favorite Care Packages for Students Going Off to College

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Saying goodbye, whether for a week or an entire semester, can be hard on any parent or loved one of a college student. There just aren’t enough ways to say that you care or to wish them luck. One idea is to send them off with a care package perfect for their new dorm room and fast paced, independent lifestyle. These four are our favorite “Off to College” packages made with any college student in mind.

1.   Homesick Helper

Sure, you may be empty nesting, but your college student may be having an equally hard time adjusting to being away from home. Homesickness is particularly powerful for new college students and dorm-dwellers. Freshman, in particular, can feel very lonely or isolated during the first semester.

That’s why the Homesick Helper is one of our favorite packages out there. Made with love and your college student in mind, the package is loaded with their favorite snacks. From childhood favorites like Bazooka Gum to essentials like Kellogg’s granola bars, they’ll be covered with any comfort food and snack craving they may have.

2.   Welcome Package and Move In Mug

Moving in can be a difficult and emotional process. It takes a ton out of you, and in the end, you’re left with a space to fill with new memories. Care packages like the Welcome Package and Move In Mug is a great way to make the move in process a little easier and the space a bit more homier.

In the care package, you’ll get a mini package full of not only favorite treats (popcorn, Oreos, Pop-Tarts), but also drink mixes, all in a cute “move-in” bag. The mug crosses off one of their ‘must-have’ items off of their packing list, and they come to associate it this special day where they’re surrounded and supported by the ones they love the most.

3.   Grooming Personal Care Collection

Care packages don’t have to be all about food and drinks or cute toys and cards. Sometimes, your college student needs and wants the practical, essential supplies to round out their new home. The two Grooming Personal Care Collections are about as much “care” as you can get when it comes to move in packages.

The Nitty Gritty is made for the guys with a mixture of Axe and Dove men products. As an added bonus, you’ll get a shower tool with detailer, deep clean facial scrub, and Schick Hydro 5 razors for a clean shave when they need to impress. Ladies have their own version called the Primp it Pretty with Dove, St. Ives, Schick, and Simple products. Girls will love facial wipes for makeup, oatmeal scrub face masks, and Colgate Optic White products for a memorable smile.

4.   Year Full of Love Care Package Plan

Maybe you can’t decide what package to get. Maybe you think one package is just not enough. Maybe you feel like your student will need encouragement all year round. There’s a package that will wow and surprise them well past move in day — the Year Full of Love Care Package Plan.

Not just one, two, or three, this plan has our top rated, most popular packages for almost every occasion throughout the year. For the Fall semester alone, you’ll be sending a package for move in day, Halloween, finals, and a “just because” version. For the spring semester, your plan includes a package for Valentine’s Day and spring finals. Each comes with a personalized card where you can leave a message tailored to the student and the occasion.

College Gear That Any Parent Will Love

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The days are ticking down ‘til your college student heads back to the dorm — but there’s still plenty of time to shop! College gear isn’t just hoodies and tees with a university emblazoned on chest. These days, the options are almost endless with classic favorites and more sophisticated items you can even show off at the office. We picked our top college gear that any parent will love, so get your shopping cart ready.

1.   Pullover Workout Gear

Sweatshirts are essential college gear, even for parents, but the truth is that many parents aren’t into that whole casual look. If you prefer something a bit more versatile, check out these Valspar pullover hoodies in school colors and featuring miniature logos. It’s warm enough to take out on a walk but moisture-wicking if you plan on bringing it to the gym. Plus it comes in men’s and women’s sizing making sure it fits your body perfectly.

2.   Rec Room Wall Art

Decorating a more relaxed space can be tricky when trying to decide how to dress up the walls. But with your student away at college, you can have a little piece of them in their favorite hangout space with wall art from their university. Done in bright, bold colors with beautifully designed logos and imagery, you’ll love incorporating these pieces of art into your design and showing them off while hosting friends. Plus, it’s a sweet homage to your student when they’re not at home.

3.   Barbecue Accessories

You may be the reigning Grill Master in your family, but can you claim to be that out of all the other moms and dads at your child’s college? You’ll need to get your grill on with a BBQ set perfect for hosting backyard grill parties for all of your student’s friends and professors. These BBQ sets come with stainless steel spatula, tongs, basting brush, and fork with university logo and colors.

4.   Cornhole Games

Who says your student has to have all the fun? Backyard BBQs or trips to fall tailgating is not complete without a set of cornhole stands. There are so many unique designs to choose from ranging from vintage to metal coolness. Ours even comes with the cornhole bags in school colors to amp up your party and make it ready to go straight from the box.

5.   Car Décor

Throw away that faded “honor roll” bumper sticker. They stop handing those out once your kid graduates high school. Instead, upgrade to car swag that really shows off your pride. From steering wheel covers to floor paneling, you can deck your vehicle out from top to bottom with your school’s logo and colors.

6.   Spirit Throw Blanket

That ratty old blanket your college kid loves to bring to tailgating sessions doesn’t really hold up on the back of your couch. That’s why we love the classier take with stripes and school colors to get you into the spirit. Take this black and gold version. It’s made of a heavy material perfect for keeping you warm on the sidelines or snuggling under for movie night at home.

Parent’s Corner: Top 4 St. Patrick’s Day Care Packages

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Every college student needs a little luck and love in their lives! That’s why some of our favorite care and gift packages are sent out right around the St Patrick’s Day holiday! With green and gold lifting spirits during midterms and paper due dates, there is no better time than to say “I’m thinking of you” than the 17th of March. If you want to send some love to your college student but can’t do it in person, try these four favorite St Patrick’s Day themed care packages.

 

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  1. Leapin’ Leprechaun

Want to make your student’s friends green with envy? The Leapin’ Leprechaun package is the way to go! It’s stuffed with uniquely themed candies, such as Elfkins from Keebler, gold chocolates, and Double Mint gum. Then, there are favorite study snacks to help them make their own luck such as Sun Chips and Skittles. So whether they have a sweet or a salty tooth, the package’s got you covered. But for extra fun, the Leprechauns also added a personal touch with a green bead necklace and a pair of shamrock glasses so they’re not at risk of being pinched on the day of.

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  1. Blarney Charm

What’s “blarney” you ask? Blarney comes from the legend that if you kiss the Blarney stone in Ireland, you’re sure to be granted the “gift of gab” (or great talking skills). That’s why the Blarney Charm care package is made for your college student and their many presentations and oral reports! But instead of kissing a stone thousands of miles away, they can just chow down on their favorite, gold standard candies and treats! From cookies like Oreos and Chips Ahoy to chips such as Pringles and Doritos, your favorite college student won’t be more thankful to “luck into” such an awesome package!

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  1. St. Pat’s and More

Okay, St. Patrick’s Day is just one holiday, and it comes and goes so quickly. If you’re dedicated to giving your college student a thrill of a surprise on not just the 17th, why not go the extra mile and plan out the rest of the semester? With the St. Pat’s and More package, you’re not just getting a green filled box of goodies, but you’re also pre-ordering our favorite Easter and Spring Energy packages too!

Each one has some of your student’s most favorite snacks. For example, St. Patrick’s Day contains Charms Blow Pops, Chips Ahoy cookies, and a cute “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” button! Easter is filled to the brim with chocolate and Cadbury eggs, gummy carrots, and classic Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. And, just when they need it the most, they’ll receive a package made to boost spirits and lower study-related hunger pains with Smarties, Teddy Grahams, popcorn, and Nutella spread.

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  1. Mrs. Fields St. Patrick’s Day Forested Basket

But what if candy and chips aren’t your student’s thing? What if you want to surprise more than one student, such as a roommate or a study group? St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t just have to be about solo gifts! With the Mrs. Fields St. Patrick’s Day Frosted Basket, you can send everyone’s favorite themed cookies right to your student’s door. Good enough for 12, you can feed an entire village of Leprechauns!

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