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Don’t Let the Winter Months Affect Your Grocery Bill

Posted On: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

winter grocery shoppingLiving in a colder state, it’s no surprise the household bills tend to spike during the winter months, but why does the cost of groceries seem to rise? The hike in cost is often due to the need to eat richer food in colder months. Here are a few tips on how to save on groceries during the winter months:

Take Advantage of Deals and Coupons

No matter what your preference of supermarket, every one of them will have weekly and monthly sales.  Research what is on sale before you grocery shop and try to base most meals on those items. Meat is often the most expensive item on a grocery bill; grocery stores often have low prices on meat that is close to its sell-by date, so buy it and freeze it to ensure it lasts.  Speaking of frozen food, shop the frozen produce aisle to enjoy healthy food for a cheaper price. (more…)

Experience Norwalk’s Beaches in the Winter

Posted On: Monday, January 30th, 2017

winter beachAre you snuggled up on the couch dreaming of summer at the beach? While jetting off somewhere warm and sunny is a great way to escape the winter blues, there’s also something special about cold-destination beaches in the wintertime. Norwalk is home to two fantastic beaches, Calf Pasture and Shady Beach, both of which offer dramatic landscapes and winter experiences of a lifetime.

While the beach and town may be a bit quieter in the winter, there are still plenty of restaurants, shops and museums to visit. Even the ocean itself is different during the colder months of the year. There’s no better time to marvel at the breaking waves and enjoy a peaceful sunset. These beaches are often overlooked and yet they’re just as much fun, less crowded and easier to get to than the overly crowded, expensive beaches in New York or New Jersey. (more…)

College Students’ New Year’s Resolutions

Posted On: Friday, January 27th, 2017

New Year Resolutions Remember last year when you said you would make changes next year? Well, next year has arrived, so why not take advantage of it? Instead of falling into the same routine of making a New Year’s resolution and not keeping it, set yourself up for success by changing some of your habits.

It’s no secret that January is the month of change. Most people set goals for losing weight and eating healthier, but by March, those goals are history. Here are a few changes college students can make to start their year off fresh and eventually lead them to success: (more…)

Chinese New Year Events in Connecticut

Posted On: Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Rooster. Happy new year 2017.The Chinese New Year, which takes place on January 28, 2017, is the most important traditional holiday in China. Whether you’re a Dragon, Pig or Snake, the Lunar New Year is a fun and exciting holiday for everyone. Each year, decorations are hung, reunion dinners are prepared and fireworks are launched in honor of more than 4,000 years of history.

According to Chinese astrology, the year of one’s birth sign is the unluckiest year in the 12-year cycle. In the year of your sign, fortune in all aspects of life will not be very good. The year 2017 begins the year of the Fire Rooster, meaning people classified as Roosters should take extra precautions this year. (more…)

Ways to Avoid Sickness in College

Posted On: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

avoid sicknessNot only is it a sad day when winter break comes to an end, but going back to class this time of year also means you’re constantly surrounded by people who are sneezing, coughing and looking like they need immediate medical attention. Whether it’s your roommate, at the gym or in the dining hall, germs are in full effect this time of year. Here are some smart ways to protect yourself wherever you are: (more…)

Why the Millennial Generation Chooses CTBest Apartments

Posted On: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

rentalsResearchers define the millennial generation as anyone born between 1978 and the late 90s. The bulk of this generation has graduated college, while the rest are just finishing up. No matter what the situation, millennials feel economically challenged with student loan debt and/or the fact that their bills are higher than their pay. At CTBest Apartments, we know that the cost of living doubled with desire to live life to its fullest is a struggle for many young people in today’s society.

Due to the ever-changing job market and the ability to move geographical locations, millennials are turning more toward renting than owning. They are looking for affordable apartments with functional layouts and simple amenities. A variety of open floor plans such as studios and up to three bedroom apartments are available from CTBest. Listed below are amenities that CTBest offers in different complexes that appeal to the millennial generation: (more…)

Welcome to the Magical World of Harry Potter—at Yale

Posted On: Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Yale vs HogwartsIn 1998, J.K. Rowling released her infamous book series, Harry Potter, which took millions of kids’ imaginations by storm. Who knew 18 years later, those eager children who longed to be a graduate of Hogwarts could attend a university that is the closest real-life school to Hogwarts that one can get.  Like Harry Potter, lucky high school seniors are summoned from their former life with an acceptance letter to an Ivy League school. Here are some uncanny ways in which Yale resembles Hogwarts: (more…)

Winter in the City – Why it’s Refreshing!

Posted On: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Winter in the cityStepping outside in the frigid Connecticut air, it may be difficult to remember why winter in the city is something to be thankful for. Besides being ready with all sorts of ice and snow activities, the chilled atmosphere is much more enjoyable for many than a hot, humid and sticky summer day in the crowded streets of downtown. Get to know your surrounding cities when the air is crisp and the twinkling lights create a relaxing, magical feel.

City life comes with distinct odors. While there are fresh flower aromas and whiffs of delicious food on every corner, there are also scents of less appealing matter. In the city, subway platforms can get over 90 degrees in the summer and to beat it all, there is no breeze! With winter in full swing, everyone is a little more insulated in their thick coats and solid boots. Instead of letting the cold temperatures overwhelm you, be thankful that you are saved from the not-so-friendly odors of a big, busy city. (more…)

Weekend Getaway to Cure the Winter Blues

Posted On: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

FlushingThe cold weather can wreck havoc on our desire to go outdoors. While the snow is inviting, sometimes you just need a break. That’s the perfect time to take a small weekend trip. Downtown Flushing in New York is the perfect getaway for students looking to explore different cultures or embrace their own ethnic background. Flushing is just over 30 miles and about an hour drive, or ride, from Stamford. Best known for its restaurants, bakeries, Asian specialty stores and proximity to major attractions in Queens, downtown Flushing is the perfect weekend getaway.

Downtown Flushing is a large commercial and retail area and is the fourth largest central business district in New York City. While the neighborhood has the feel of an Asian city, there are still numerous ethnic groups that reside there. Many locals describe the city as being a place where they’re able to enjoy the foods of their childhood, but also the freedoms of America. Main Street features Candy Shop USA where wasabi pistachios are sold and a new Bodai vegetarian restaurant that offers a variety of vegan meats from chicken to jellyfish. New World Mall is one of the main attractions within the area and is the largest indoor Asian mall on the east coast. On the upper level of the mall, shoppers will find stores selling groceries, cosmetics, clothing and electronics. On the ground floor, a huge food court is set up where food from all over the world can be found. There are vendors that serve stir-fries, soups, dumplings, bubble teas, hand-pulled noodles and a large variety of fish. (more…)

5 Ways to Make the Most of Winter Break

Posted On: Thursday, December 15th, 2016

winter breakWinter breaks offer incredible advantages to college students, whether it is time to catch up on all the TV shows that have been missed or time to prepare for the important months ahead. The truth is, this may be one of the last times that seniors will have a large chunk of “time off”.  So, how to celebrate this little bit of freedom? We have compiled a list of ways to make the most of winter break!

  1. Enroll in winter session courses: UCONN currently offers students up to four courses throughout the winter break. This is an amazing opportunity for students to catch up on required hours or enroll in courses they normally wouldn’t take based on time shortage. While winter sessions are intense, the full credit courses are worth it! (more…)