The goal of the $uccessful Start program is to ensure that Boston College's students are financially literate for their lifetime by offering a series of workshops and seminars, led by Boston College employees and expert guest speakers, related to all aspects of personal financial management.
From the Director's Desk
- Welcome to the $uccessful Start Newsletter. I hope that your semester is off to a great start. The beginning of the semester is full of getting situated on campus, beginning your classes, and settling into your routines. Now is also the best time to plan your finances and practice good financial habits. Let me start by saying, take the pressure off yourself! $uccessful Start is here to help and support you. Throughout this semester we will offer a number of exciting workshops and presentations designed to give you the skills and confidence to make the best use of your finances. We also offer the opportunity to sit with one of our trained Money Mentors for some personalized financial advice. Visit our Facebook or Twitter page for more information. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$uccessful Start Director
$uccessful Start's Annual Clothing Drive
$uccessful Start is looking for some new or gently-used coats, jackets, and sweaters. We’re also looking for new gloves, mittens, hats and scarves for our annual clothing drive. These items will greatly benefit members of the Boston College community as they confront the cold, Northeast winter. Drop boxes will be available in the Lyons Hall lobby from October 1 through October 25.
Financial Literacy Focus: Budgeting
- Success in anything requires a plan. A good plan starts with an honest assessment of where you are. A budget is just that – an assessment of your income and your expenses. Here are some great sites for help getting started on your budget this semester:
Ten Tips for Cheaper Airline Tickets
By Teighlor Baker
- Tuesday after 3:00 p.m. EST
Never EVER doubt the airlines’ abilities to be tricky. They don’t want you to find cheap prices, so they make better prices available at times when most people are generally busy. Give yourself a few minutes each Tuesday around this time to glance at some airline tickets. You’ll see what I mean.
- Fare compare websites aren’t always on your side
Some of these sites you may be familiar with Kayak, Priceline, FareCompare, etc. However, what you may not notice is that a lot of these sites don’t include every airline. For example: Kayak does not include Southwest in its search. Make sure not to forget to search southwest.com and other budget airline direct websites.
- FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
A lot of people suffer from FOMO. I have a solution. If you’re really worried about missing out on this seemingly great price, buy it! It’s best to check beforehand with the particular airline, but some airlines will refund you or switch your price if the price declines after your purchase. It’s worth a try!
- Be Flexible
If you can be flexible with either your departure/arrival city or date, do it. Look at the larger airports around you. Look at the days around your desired date to see if prices go up or down. If you can do both, HURRAY!
- Use fare comparison sites
Websites like yapta.com and airfarewatchdog.com will allow you to enter a certain trip (day, destination, departure, etc.) and will send you email notifications when deals for that trip come up. It can be your second set of eyes. Use them!
- Leave in the dark of the night
Really. Who wants to fly at midnight? You do. It can save you money. It’s not the most convenient, but if you want to save a penny this could be a good option for you.
- Buy ahead of time
According to research the best time to buy your ticket is 6 weeks prior to departure. So look NOW. It can’t hurt to be aware of what this could cost you.
- Wednesday is your day
It’s a little odd, yes, but flying on a Wednesday is your best bet. Airlines know that most people can’t drop what they’re doing in the middle of the week and just leave, but studies show that travelers who fly on Wednesdays save the most money. So, out-maneuver the evil airlines, and go home on hump day.
- Search like Sherlock
Most airlines release their reduced fares either very late at night or very early in the morning, so if you’re really pressed for time, stay up late or set an alarm to remind you to check.
- Be Calm!
It’s all going to work out in the end. Just take a deep breath and above all- NEVER STOP SEARCHING!
At this time of year, we’re all worried. About what? Getting home. This is a legitimate concern, considering Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most expensive times during the year to travel. Well have no fear! Here are ten tips to beat the tricky airlines, purchase a cheaper ticket, and of course be a happier traveler!