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Broke college student!

  • April 17, 2017 7:21 PM EDT

    I feel like a lot of people on here are either too young to have a job or aren't in the US so their job economy is different. But just in case there are people here that could be working:

    Does anyone know of any companies that are hiring in the midwest US (specifically IL) for summer part time or full time doesn't matter.


    If anyone has any ideas for making money that doesn't involve having a job (but also legal) that would be much appricated!

    Currently looking into selling plasma through a company called Biolife. 

  • April 17, 2017 10:48 PM EDT

    yeah, thanks for the suggestion, but I'd rather not do that kind of thing considering im a college student and have actual work experience. But thanks anyways. 


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    April 17, 2017 11:16 PM EDT

    As a college student, I can confirm that money is a struggle. A few tips may be overlooked/non-accessable and/or already done, but I'll shoot them towards you.

    1. If you can get student discounts, do it! By all means, simply asking, and if they do student discounts, by providing your student card, by all means, it saves money!

    2. OJT. On the job training, is an essential part of college, well here in Canada anyways. I recommend doing so, as it will benefit you in your work environment, and hell, if they like you enough, they'll give you a position :) . 

    3. Services in which is not a job. You got spare time? That grass is long since the winter, why not mow people's lawn for some quick cash? Post an ad for babysitting. Hell, if you drive, see if people need drives for some gas money. 

    4. Selling off old stuff. Clothing that isn't fitting anymore, or just not your style anymore, if people want it, sell it. Same thing with anything else. I ended up quitting a TCG which I didn't realize how much value I had. Walked away with $600 because of simple cardboard cards from back in my super competative days. (Which I restarted now).

    5. Student loans, those things are the holy grail. Make it last, because it sucks once it runs out. 

    6. I would never recommend this, but if it's needed the cash, and it's a struggle, start hustling illegal substances, they actually sell quick, again, mainly in my part of the country. I personally would not rely on this one, as it's troublesome, but you know, it is what it is.


    If these solutions aren't your cup of tea, or aren't working efficiently, I'd say best to suit for a part time job, even if it's minimum wage, or simply just find something during the summer, and work full time. It's unfortunate how much our lives depend on numbers, but I use to do basically every one of these methods, and some were more effective than others, as I never really tried OJT yet, I am seeing where that option will land me.

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    April 17, 2017 11:34 PM EDT

    I'd say to look at places like or or stuff like that. Literally google "jobs in *insert city/state here*" and you'll find a good thing. A good way to get money without officially getting a job are things like survey sites and research studies.

    I don't know about places other than my state, but I know fast food is pretty much always hiring, Walmart, Target, stuff like that too. There are also places where you can upload a resume and anyone interested can offer you jobs, but I don't know the specifics of those since I've only half heard them on the radio.

  • April 18, 2017 12:13 AM EDT

    Thanks Yungsadboineik! I've tried a number of those. we don't really have the OJT here in the US, but i have looked at a few of the babysitting job sites and actually got a response from a post that was made by a summer camp in my neighborhood.

    I have worked both fast food and retail part time jobs in the past. Worked at Payless shoe source and Forever 21 at home in Chicago before moving to school. and then Taco Bell and a place called Shopko which is similar to Target during the Fall semester. I decided not to work this semester to focus on grades cause i have a SHITTY GPA cause of last semester being sick almost 24/7.

    This summer I would like to work at a summer camp since I am studying early childhood education in school to become a teacher. But Im not too sure about what you mean about student loans. I already have 4500 in student loans after only one year. and i still have 2.5years left til i graduate. i don't have to start paying them off until i either graduate or go below full time credits. 

    I also in the past have sold some of my prescription drugs that at one point was not taking anymore but had a ton of left over. and then later my doctor put me back on it and so sometimes I still sell some ot it (adderal). Also how i initially had enough money to start a savings account because the minium was 300 and i made about 350 selling my old adderal!

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    April 18, 2017 1:18 AM EDT
    My father always told me to never discriminate long as they were legal jobs that is. So like someone previously said landscaping. I did that to save up as a kid and I live in the USA and can say we do have OJT in my state. Full time worker and college student. Don't get picky with the whole "I'm actually in college so I shouldn't take that job bc I better than that" when you need money you go were it's at. I'm sure your situation is not close to mine where I'm a non-resident who pays for out of state tuition and dose not qualify for financial aid in any more except private loan. So I'm paying full price for college and paying my rent lol. If I can do it and I'm not a USA citizen I'm sure you can find something that will work just right for you. Best of luck.
  • April 18, 2017 1:38 AM EDT

    Not advice but honestly what the fuck? Nobody should have to sell plasma to pay for their education. This is why we needed Bernie.

  • April 18, 2017 1:40 AM EDT

    Hmmm if you're looking for a way that doesn't involve having an actual job, maybe you could do tutoring?

  • April 18, 2017 1:43 AM EDT

    Since you like tattoos maybe you'd enjoy working in a tattoo shop, as a cleaner maybe?

  • April 18, 2017 7:23 AM EDT

    You should start a Meth lab

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    April 18, 2017 8:18 AM EDT
    Bernie was and still is a horrible idea. Idk what it is with teens but they love him yet have no understanding of the economy. For the USA to just forgive student debt and offer free university is ridiculous. It should be priced lower yes, but in order to do this major tax increases will be needed. Free college became available for New York and it's only costing 16 billion in taxes just imagine that number on a nation level. We are to far gone to make it free college, what we need is just to find a solution for this problem now and not turn to socialist Bernie lol.
  • April 18, 2017 8:41 AM EDT
    First of all, Bernie was not only liked by teenagers. Second, you realize only PUBLIC COLLEGES would be free right? And as if the rich shouldn't be paying higher taxes to begin with lmao

    "what we need is to just find a solution now" Socialism IS the solution.
    This post was edited by SeizeTheMemesOfProduction at April 18, 2017 8:43 AM EDT
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    April 18, 2017 9:10 AM EDT
    Dude I didn't say his only following was Teens... you made that assumption. You want the rich to pay more taxes lol you clearly don't know how the economy works. You sound like those lunatics asking for the upper class to pay 60% on taxes and then ask for more. Socialism is never the answer never has been. Usually this is followed by "socialism failed bc those countries who tried it did it wrong". And I know public college would be can't force a private college to do it. And still 16 billion for free college is not quote on quote free. If all 50 states did that and assuming all states are the same size (which they are not) but for the sake of this hypothetical, 16 billion per state times 50 is 800 billion dollars. We can barely pay to reduce our national debt let's add on 800 billion to it.
  • April 18, 2017 1:16 PM EDT

    just rob a bank 

  • April 18, 2017 4:04 PM EDT

    WOW! didn't think this would get that this question/advice would get so heated! lol. I was defnitely a Bernie fan myself. and to the person so says free college is not going to work... try any other country... Canada has free public colleges.... Sweden and Norway I think have free public colleges.

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    April 18, 2017 7:20 PM EDT
    Those countries who have free college also have a higher tax rate vs the USA and have had it developed well before. If you think it easy to switch to free college just like that, it's not. And those countries have lower populations than the USA. /> Check that link out.
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    letmeflywithyou at April 18, 2017 7:47 PM EDT
  • April 18, 2017 10:18 PM EDT

    [blockquote]Soap4Lyfe said: Let's take it a step further How about you get paid to go to college? [/blockquote]


    I like how you think! LOL

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    April 20, 2017 8:57 PM EDT
    I know driving companies like Uber always need drivers and all you meed is your car. Also babysitting, is a great site for that and its not just babysitting but cleaning and errand running too. Look into like ice cream shops and stuff like that and goodluck!! I worked full time and went to night school it was hell on my gpa and my timeline but eventually I made it!!
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    April 20, 2017 9:31 PM EDT
    or you can grow buttloads of weed, nothing illegal there as its just a plant just like every other plant out there.