U of M Student starts College Life Today to help cash strapped students maximize funds

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by Son Huynh

If you’re a college student, chances are you’re on a tight budget. According to a report published by Westwood College, the average college student’s income is about $700-$800 a month. While that might seem like a lot at first, after paying tuition, bills, and various other sorts, the amount left for discretionary spending doesn’t amount to much.

College Life Today was created to help students who are short on money but still want to have fun. Stemmed from the desire to maximize spending money, Brooks DeZellar, a University of Minnesota student majoring in Entrepreneurial Management, created a destination where students can go to get discounts and deals around the University of Minnesota campus. Deals range from various restaurants and bars, to video game stores and even hair salons. According to Mr. DeZellar, the discounts are meant to help students “find a balance between their budgets and their paychecks.” Past deals have included savings such as “$3 off Large 2 Topping Pizza” from Duffy’s Pizza or “3 DVDs for $10” from Flip A Game.

The site launched last September of 2009 and lists current discounts and deals from vendors around the University of Minnesota campus. Already the site is listing deals from at least ten different vendors including Arby’s, Blarneys, Flip A Game, and Hair Color Xperts.

While there is other competition in this area such as the Minnesota Daily Card (provided annually by the Minnesota Daily), there are several things that make College Life Today stand out:

  • Discounts and deals from many different vendors, with more vendors to come.
  • Deals are updated weekly on a regular basis.
  • Deals are brought to you via a sign up feature where registered members can receive emails or SMS text messages of deals (including exclusive deals not found on the website).

Mr. DeZellar is the sole founding member of College Life Today and while the site is still in early development, he is working hard to grow the service. He intends to sign more vendors in the coming months, reach out to other areas such as University of Minnesota Duluth and eventually expand to out-of-state campuses.