college-grad-tipsWe’re officially in the time of college graduations. Speakers are getting their inspirational speeches together, while the anxious Class of ’09 — with or without jobs — is feeling a little uneasy at the prospect of beginning their new lives.

So you’ve made it. You’re about to graduate from college. Now what? Well, here are some tips on what to do before you join the ranks of the real world. Don’t get us wrong, you probably love that lava lamp, but are you really going to keep it around after you move your tassel?

Here, Jason Ellman presents to you his Top Five List of Money Makers and Time Savers for your last few days in college…

1. Savor the last few moments you have before entering the real world!
Graduating college is a BIG deal. It’s an occasion you want to share with your friends, family, loved ones…but all those invites and thank you notes can eat up the precious little time you have left! (Not to mention the cost!) Thanks to SendOutCards.com, you can send a few hundred announcements and never have to hand address or sign a single one. The online website lets you upload your entire address book, personalize the cards, and click send. They’ll print, stuff, stamp and send your cards for you, and for CHEAP.

2. De-clutter your bookshelves.
Because textbooks are reissued in new editions frequently, the last few weeks of a semester or quarter is the best time to sell your old books and get the most value back. Bookbyte.com is easy to use and gives college students the best bang for their buck. Best part: the site pays for your shipping and ensures you receive your payment within five business days.

3. Free Airfare Miles for making the family proud.
Other than a grad check, what else can your academic transcripts get you? According to StudentScrooge.com, help with that trip to Greece (or anywhere else, for that matter). United Airlines offers graduating students a 10,000 Mileage Plus bonus, which is roughly 40% of the way to a free domestic flight. Just send in your transcript, email address, and United Mileage Plus account number, and they’ll immediately deposit the bonus miles. See United Airlines for details.

4. Retire that lava lamp.
Or any other dorm furniture that screams “undergrad.” Facebook and other social networking sites is a great way to sell your dorm furniture to underclassmen – simply utilize Facebook’s marketplace application to post your offer. Don’t forget to take advantage of status updates and designated groups to get the word out. You may just get enough cash to fund your next rite of passage into adulthood: You’re very own, personal health insurance policy, aren’t you so proud?!

5. Counteract senioritis.
Let’s be honest, no one wants to spend their LAST month of school sorting through a daunting pile of loose notes and indecipherable scribbling for upcoming exams. With sites like MyNoteIt.com, users can organize and share notes and study tips with fellow classmates saving tons of time. Disclaimer: MyNoteIt is merely tool created to save time and is not responsible for how ‘said’ extra time is applied, be it either constructive or destructive in nature. Enjoy!

-Jason Ellman

Jason Ellman, 26, is the co-founder of Barnett Ellman, a PR and marketing firm focused on the millennial generation. More information on Jason and his organization can be found at http://www.barnettellman.com.

19 responses to “Graduating Seniors’ Top Five List of Money Makers and Time Savers”

  1. deepikaur says:

    I’m not a senior yet, but these tips are still quite helpful. I wasn’t aware of the fact that we could get air miles. I’ll keep them in mind!

  2. Great tips here. As a recent graduate, this is like a checklist to make sure I’m still on track. Good Job!

  3. BobM says:

    Wish there was something like this around when I graduated. Great job!

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