AUSTIN, Texas (8/25/10)--Austin, Texas-based A+ FCU was a guest Tuesday morning on a well-timed show airing on My Fox Austin television about setting up a dorm room on a budget. Kelsey Balcaitis, community education specialist at the $764 million asset credit union provided eight tips for college students to save money while decorating their dorm room. Among the tips:
* Set a budget and stick to it. * Know the room's size and layout before moving in. * Make a list of everything you think you'll need. * Contact and coordinate with your roommate so there aren't duplicate TVs and microwaves. * Decorate your dorm on the cheap. * Know the dorm rules. "Some have no nails and no tape rules[for hanging things on walls]," said Balcaitis. * Shop for deals at rummage sales and thrift stores. * Become familiar with shops close to campus.
Balcaitis is a former intern at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and a CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference "crasher." She also blogs for CUNA's Gen Y publication, Money Mix
. She and the show's host also briefly discussed the credit union's student-run branches unions in area high schools, prompting the host to say, "Good idea." To view the broadcast, use the link.