Amanda Stanhaus

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Student Discount


While I do not miss my college classes one bit, I do miss one perk—student discounts.

A friend of mine, who will remain nameless, is a career gal like me. Yet, she graduated early and has a seemingly valid student id.

For those with student ids, use them to get discounts for the following:





Everything else

Enjoy your student discounts while you can!


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Buy in Bulk


I love a good deal. I save $$ by shopping at the dollar store.

Another way to save $$ is to buy in bulk. But I’ve learned the hard way, since I’m roommate-less, I should only buy select things in bulk.

Bad Idea

1 Case (12 boxes) of Kraft Mac & Cheese. It does expire. Surprised? I was too!

Candy. I will eat it all—within 24 hrs of purchase.

Good Idea

12 pack of toilet paper. It’s a necessity and will be used eventually.

6 pack (for the price of 5) Haines Boys XL White T-Shirts.

This deal-huntress has learned to be selective about her prey.


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)



I am pro-staycation and anti-vacation. It is just a convenient coincidence that staycations are cheaper (AKA no need to pay for an airplane ticket & a hotel room).

Truthfully, beach vacations aren’t my thing. I don’t like sand. I don’t really like swimming, especially in water with wildlife. And I am easily distracted from reading my book because I’m watching the waves for a tsunami.

And why visit another world class city, when I already live in one? Honestly, I don’t always appreciate the museums and parks as I hurry to and from my apartment, office, and hot spots. My staycation is my opportunity to have tourist-y adventures in my own fab city.

Plus, I like proving to my Man I can pitch a tent—I just choose to pitch it inside.

Enjoy the change of scenery!


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Save Money on NYE

I’m out & about being fabulous & frugal 364 days of the year.

My night of rest is New Year’s Eve. I can spend hundreds of $$ on a ticket to just stand in the hot spot. This is unproven…but I feel like drinks prices are upped too!

Earlier this month, I took charge of New Year’s Eve plans…or lack there of. This year’s plan is to stay in, watch a movie marathon, and drink whenever “new year” is mentioned.

The $$ I save by not going out on New Year’s Eve, will fund a whole month of going out.

Don’t believe me? Try it!

Constant party girls/New Year’s Eve party poopers unite!

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Emergency Fund

[Flashing lights.] “Must spend money.” This is used up quickly when in a pickle. $$ must be saved in advance.

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy vocab blog: XO, Bettie Vocab.)