I hate my phone

I really really really hate it!

I’m trying to figure out if I would be able to afford at least a half decent phone when I go back to uni but I dunno.

I always manage to run out of money because I don’t really get that much.

It sucks.  I really need a job!

Plus I’m not going to have the internet in the new house for at least a week when I eventually move in, so it would be good be able to have some decent internet data to use up!

It’s really hard trying to figure out a budget for your money!

So I have an iPad!

So I’ve wanted one for like ever! I now I have one! And it is awesome!!

Great for chilling out on and playing games and using social networks etc. BUT

I also think that it is going to be really useful when I am back at university!

Okay so my ideas for giving the iPad an academic purpose are:

1) Next year I will be living off campus, again, so it will be a lot smaller and lighter for my to carry around instead of my laptop.

2) I can use it for lecture and seminar notes.

3) I can also use it when I am doing research in the library, which again saves me taking my heavy laptop.

4) I can watch films for my course on it/put films that I have watched for my course on it and them have them with me if I need to refer back to a scene etc.

5) Internet research

6) Ebooks! I can download them straight onto my iPad!

7) Can read through books and articles and highlight specific areas and book mark pages etc.

 

Those are my reasons thus far. So hopefully it will be a useful thing that have and hopefully it will save me lugging my laptop around which almost killed me last year.

 

Money Problems!

Yes so I am a student and yes I have money problems! What a surprise!!

So I shall explain why I have money issues.

Last year I was terrible at budgeting! Honestly I was the worst, in the first semester I managed to spend all of my loan and £200 savings that I had! I don’t know what happened, well actually I do, HMV and H&M! Those evil evil stores ate up all my money. And in second semester last year I ran out of money a couple of weeks before I finished for easter because I put my birthday fancy dress outfit before my need for food. It was bad I was so hungry! I even tried pasta and gravy because those were the only things I had left. It was not nice.

So TOP TIP! Budget, budget and budget!

Okay, so this year I was determined to stick to my budget. However, I also wanted to pass my driving test as soon as possible. So this created a few issues. I started having driving lessons. I booked 10 hours worth at the beginning of October. Those ten hours cost me £190 which is pretty cheap for driving lessons these days. So that was that amount gone out of my budget. I borrowed money of my boyfriend for the test which was £62, I borrowed the money so that I had a chance of not actually running out of money ha ha. Another expense that I and my house hold have is internet, which is about £5 a month (which isn’t too bad) and the TV license, which works out as about £2.50 each per month (also not too bad). To try and not run out of money I have tried to stick to £20-£30 per week, which is hard, especially because I get to the train to Preston every weekend and have to get it back on the Monday so that’s a total of £11. Okay. So I had all that money going out, but I was on track to sticking to my budget and actually surviving.

Until

Me and my house mates received a gas and electric bill. NOOO! That worked out at £46.06 each. And that was for 3 months. Which I don’t think is that bad, however, I hadn’t budgeted for it because for some reason we thought that the bills wouldn’t come through until January :'(

Okay, so now for the last two weeks of the semester I have a grand total of about £10 to live off. I guess I shall be getting a lot of stuff from Iceland… That shop is a life saver, hopefully.

Klout

I’ve been introduced to this website called Klout and it basically measures you’re online influence based around your social networking sites. The site calculates your score between 1 & 100 and the higher your score the more ‘influential’ you are online.

So I have linked up my Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & LastFm accounts and my score has been calculated at 30, which is a decent score at the moment. More influential people, such as Stephen Fry has a score of 81. Edge Hill apparently have a Klout score of 45.

The site also calculates the things that you talk about most. Mine haven’t been calculated yet as I haven’t been on it long but some of Edge Hill’s topics are Employment & Education, which makes sense.

If anyone else is curious about this (as I was) have a look at it and comment with your score and topics!