Back to School Tips for Parents – Buying Used and Making it Cheaper

Do not spend a fortune on back to school supplies

On-Campus

 

Children often have mixed feelings about back to school time. They cannot wait to see their friends again, but they also miss lazy summer days at home, sleeping late, and spending time with their families. But for parents, back to school time often means spending tons of extra money on supplies, clothing, and other necessities. Luckily, there is a way for parents to make this time of a year a little cheaper by buying some used items.

 

Fresh-Clothes

 

Clothing

One of the easiest back to school items to purchase used is clothing. Start by checking out the local thrift stores and consignment shops in your area, and even consider visiting neighbourhood yard and garage sales. Find out about local sales in your area by checking the classifieds on websites like Kijiji. You can also look for used clothing for sale on the website, and you may even be surprised at the quality of the clothing you can find. If your child is into a certain designer because all of his or her friends are wearing it, you may even find that pair of designer jeans or one of the designer’s shirts for a price far lower than what you would pay for it in a department store or retail shop. Finally, if you have friends or neighbours with older children, you can consider asking if they are interested in selling the items their children can no longer wear.

Find New and Used Clothing for Kids

 

School-Supplies

 

Classroom Supplies

Many teachers hand out a list of supplies students will need for the school year, and even if they do not, you probably have a good general idea of what to buy. Pens, pencils, paper, and notebooks are almost always necessary for students of any age. Before heading to the store, shop at home first. You may find an old box of pencils lying around from last year or notebooks with only one or two used pages in them. Consider asking grandparents and other close friends and relatives if they have any supplies they can share or sell as well.

Search for School Supplies

 

textbooks

 

Textbooks

If your child must supply his or her own books for class, it can get expensive quickly. Luckily, several major book retailers offer used book sales on their websites. There are also websites dedicated specifically to selling pre-owned textbooks, and some campus bookstores sell pre-owned books too.

Sell Old Textbooks and Purchase New Ones

 

computer-and-phone

 

Computers and Electronics

Of all the items your child needs for school, computers, laptops, tablets, calculators, and other electronics can cost you the most money. Luckily, several major retailers are selling refurbished versions of these items at a significantly lower price these days. They generally work just like the new version, and many of them even come with a one-year warranty just in case something goes wrong. There are also electronics stores dedicated to renting out desktops and laptops for extended periods of time.

Find a Gently Used Computer / Laptop

 

 

Categories:Back to School, Students

Ever wonder how large Canada’s rental market is?

Montreal had the most rental apartments available with 534,005 and Toronto followed next with 308,212 rental units.

There were 60,086 apartments for rent in Ottawa.

The smallest rental market was St. John’s in Newfoundland with 3,538 rental units.

Check out the infographic by RentSeeker.ca to see how many apartment rental units are available across Canada.

 

A Snapshot of Canada's Apartment Market INFOGRAPH -RentSeeker.ca

Check out all the rental apartments available on Kijiji now:

Montreal

Toronto

Vancouver

Quebec

Ottawa

Edmonton

Winnipeg

Halifax

Hamilton

 

Categories:Kijiji Real Estate

Buying Green: The Ecological Impact of Buying Used Furniture Vs. New

Making an Environmentally Sound Decision

Whether in search of essential, functional, or decorative pieces for the home, determining the ecological impact of any furniture can be a tremendous undertaking. There are many things to take into consideration, from the construction of furniture pieces – including the materials they are crafted from – to aspects of furniture production such as sourcing and shipping. When attempting to make an environmentally sound decision for purchasing furniture items, even more factors come into play.

Carbon Footprint

The most obvious difference between new and used furniture is the carbon footprint of each. The footprint of brand new furniture pieces begins with the process of cutting down the trees to make the product (if it is a wood product) and continues on through the manufacturing, shipping, and storage processes. On average, the overall cost of new furniture equates to about 125 tons of CO2 for every 100 rooms outfitted with new furniture. On the other end of the spectrum, less than two tons of CO2 may be produced in the acquisition of used furniture for a space, even when accounting for processes such as shipping and refinishing of the item if necessary.

Sustainable Materials

One of the best ways to start making environmentally sound choices is to choose those made with sustainable materials such as teak or bamboo furniture. Other options such as sustainable and fast-growing hardwoods such as walnut and hickory can make a great addition to any room.

It is true that buying used furniture ensures that no new trees are cut down for the purposes of crafting a new furniture item. You can further decrease the furniture’s overall environmental impact by using woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC Certification ensures that companies don’t use environmentally harmful methods such as clear cutting in the production of the furniture item.

It also is important to remember that many manufacturers craft great new furniture from reclaimed wood or recycled materials. This can be a great option for the buyer seeking an environmentally sound product with a modern appearance and style.

Sustainable Home Design

Furniture items are among the least recycled and account for upwards of 4% of all household waste. Purchasing used furniture helps reduce the amount of waste from furniture that goes into landfills.

However, whether homeowners purchase new or used furniture, purchasing the furniture and planning their home in a sustainable manner can help to reduce waste overall. Choosing durable materials and avoiding materials such as particleboard ensures the longevity of furniture items. Additionally, multi-functional furniture items such as pull out couches and ottomans with additional storage space can reduce the amount of materials sourced to produce multiple furniture items.

Buy Local When Possible

Whether purchasing new or used furniture items, transporting an item a long way leaves behind a large carbon footprint. Often used furniture incurs lower transportation costs than buying new furniture because people typically purchase used furniture closer to home. Production accounts for almost 3 tons of CO2 on average for every 100 rooms of furniture, and shipping the item to the customer adds another 3 tons of the greenhouse gas.

Conclusion

Shoppers can make environmentally-sound, sustainable decisions with their furniture whether they choose to purchase new or used. In the short term, buying new furniture produces about 1,000 times more CO2 emissions than buying used or refurbished furniture. However, opting to use sustainable materials and to optimize the long-term usage of a furniture item can reduce its environmental impact for years down the road.

Source: http://www.therefinishingtouch.com/impact_env.html

http://life.gaiam.com/article/5-tips-buying-earth-friendly-wood-furniture-and-lumber

I’m thinking of doing an internship. Is it worth it?

Whether a recent graduate or current student, competing for entry level positions can get very tough. There are too many students, and too few jobs, and many young people are turning to internships to get valuable work experience. Some people starting out in the workforce find internships invaluable experiences that help them establish a professional network, and some young people end up regretting that they went for an unpaid internship over something that guarantees an income.

What are my rights?
If you are a paid intern, you should have all the same rights as any other employee, unless otherwise stated. Benefits and perks are unlikely to be included in an internship compensation package, so don’t count on dental, stock options, or any other “nice to have” benefit that companies might voluntarily provide. As an intern, you should have support for professional growth, training, and development, as this is the point of an internship. The rights of a paid intern should not differ from a human resources perspective. If the contract is terminated after the probationary period, you should still receive some sort of severance package, and you can file a complaint if you are not given a proper notice period.

If you are thinking of doing an unpaid internship, be aware that from the perspective of HR, you will be looked upon essentially as a volunteer. You aren’t really an employee of the company, you are there to gain experience, so take whatever you can and learn from it. Don’t count on the company to support your learning initiatives, as they aren’t actually investing in you. Don’t be shy about asking for what you need to support your professional development. You are basically paying the company with your time, so make sure that you are getting a return on your investment!

Internships: are they worth it?

Internships are beneficial because the current generation of young people faces a lot of competition, especially when first trying to break into the work force. Anything you can find to differentiate yourself from another student is going to help you get established in your career. Internships can be worth it even just by teaching students how they should act when part of a business or organization. How a business executes projects, how the company operates, and how to communicate to colleagues are all impo
Any form of exposure you can get to a business/organization – how projects are executed, how a company operates, how to communicate. Don’t undervalue the experience even if it feels like you are doing menial work. Corporate exposure will help just by picking up business etiquette – one thing ppl often neglect to focus on. That is grooming and training that you can’t really learn from school. Observe all the physical aspects of people culture, how they sit, how they act, how they dress – this will help you later

Can I afford it?
If you have found an internship that will get your foot in the door of your chosen career and pays you enough to sustain your lifestyle, jump at the chance to establish yourself!

If you are considering an unpaid internship, the question of whether it will be worth it for you is a little more complicated. Consider if you can affort to support yourself with your savings over the term of the internship. If not, how will you fill the gap? Will taking on a part-time job be feasible? Can you save money by living with your family or room mates? Will you be filling the gap with student loans? How much debt will you need to take on to gain work experience, and how long will it take to pay off at an entry level salary? Make sure you crunch the numbers and understand exactly how much debt you will be taking on after buying food, lunches, paying for transportation and rent, your phone, and any other incedentals that won’t go away just because your pay cheque does. Will the debt be justified by a more lucrative career option later? Treat the decision similarly to how you would evaluate whether or not it is worth it to go to a post-secondary institution, as in taking on an unpaid opportunity, you are the one making the investment. Understanding the terms of your investment, both in time and money, is central to deciding whether the investment will be worthwhile.

Categories:Kijiji Jobs, Students

Easy Ways to Maximize Closet Space

There are a lot of things in life that never seem to be enough; hours of sleep, long weekends, and extra cash to spend on spontaneous indulgences – just to name a few.

Now, while we here at Kijiji don’t have the power to give you more of these things, we can however share tips that will help you with another scenario where we never seem to have enough of what we need: closet space.

Anyone with more than a few shirts, pants, and other clothing items can probably share horror stories of having to frantically dig through a crammed rack of clothing in the morning with only a few minutes to spare because you have to be out the door and headed to work for an important meeting, and you haven’t even grabbed your cup of coffee yet.

Even with some basic organizing and strategic folding, closet space still seems pretty scarce, and we’re going to go out on a limb and assume that most of us aren’t exactly in the market for a bedroom-sized walk in closet. To make your life easier and your closet seem a little roomier, here are some simple, cost-effective ways to maximize existing closet space.

Condense, Condense, Condense!

The first step is to really evaluate what’s in your closet and be willing to part ways with those old pieces you’re never going to wear again. We know it can be hard to let go of that 10-year-old sweatshirt from high school or that skirt that just might come back in style, but the key to freeing up space is to only have what’s wearable in there. Organize a yard sale or street sale if you want to make a little cash and bond with your neighbors, or do some good in your community- a quick search for local charities or clothing drives will show you all the local groups that could put your belongings to good use!

Make It A Double!

Most closets have a hanging bar already but most of us are all too familiar with how crowded that one bar ends up getting when everything is hung up there. Putting in a second bar somewhere above the first can not only help spread the bulk of the clothing (making it easier to find what you need) but also maximize closet space by using space that otherwise would be empty.

Don’t Forget about Floors and Doors!

We often see the floor as just the surface our feet walk upon, but when it comes to closet space, floors are a perfect place to put different types of storage containers. There are a whole variety of storage baskets and boxes available that also range in materials, (flexible or sturdy), depending on what it is you have to store. Hats, scarves, handbags, accessories, and other miscellaneous items can be easily stored and accessed in these handy dandy containers. In the same vein, doors are also usually overlooked but they actually can serve as the perfect backdrop for hanging racks and storage pouches to store whatever knick knacks, accessories, or clothing.

When In Doubt, Add Some Light!

We know what you’re thinking. Adding light to a closet can help us maximize space? Well, the thing is, closets are notoriously dark, especially when you burrow into the deep corners where you’ve folded or hung various articles of clothing. By adding a pot light or two, you open the space up visually and chances are you’re going to be able to utilize more space since you can actually see it now!

Get Creative With Hangers!

Gone are the days where hangers hang merely one piece of clothing. These days, single hangers can come with attachments or contain some variation that allow multiple pieces of clothing to hang separately in a way that saves space and is easy to take from. Hangers now also vary in length and size depending on the type of clothing you want to hang, so if you use your imagination, you can definitely get creative with mixing and match, and in the end, you’ll be shocked at how much space gets freed up.