Operation Don’t Go Broke: More spring break for your buck

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Get more spring break for your buck.

Spring break should be about letting your inhibitions go and taking a break from responsibilities, but that doesn’t mean you should go on a spending spree. Here’s how you can save money and still get the most out of your spring break:

Stay local

  • Host a BBQ or potluck. Grill up some burgers and have your friends bring all the sides.
  • Tour a brewery. Get a group of friends together to sample local microbrews.
  • Have a yard sale. Go through the closets, get rid of clutter and sell your old textbooks. Advertise for free on Craigslist and Facebook.

Take a day trip

  • Spend a day taking in the views at Smith Rock.
  • Play in the spring snow at Mt. Bachelor, Hoodoo or Paulina. Look for ski specials or hike and ride for free.
  • Go spelunking at the Redmond Caves.

Go on a mini-getaway

The Oregon Coast

  • Visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport – donations accepted.
  • Tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory for free and sample their famous ice cream.
  • Explore  tidepools, lighthouses and bay fronts.

Portland

  • Walk along the waterfront.
  • Get lost in Powell’s Books, the largest bookstore in the world.
  • Forage for food at the Farmer’s Market.

House-sit for an out-of-town family member, preferably one with a hot tub.

 

Spring Break Sangria

Ingredients:

Sangria, which mixes red wine, oranges and port, and is served over ice, is the perfect drink for summer. (Florence Low/Sacramento Bee/MCT)
Sangria, which mixes red wine, oranges and port, and is served over ice, is the perfect drink for summer. (Florence Low/Sacramento Bee/MCT)
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle dry red wine,
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • Maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups 7-up

Directions: Mix together brandy, juice, red wine and  triple sec. Add fruit. Refrigerate overnight. Add 7-up just before serving. Makes 6 cups.

Looking for a refreshing  non-alcoholic drink?
Omit brandy, wine and triple sec. Replace with cranberry and grape juice.

First year COCC nursing student Anna Quesenberry is a wife and mother of two who is passionate about saving money.

–Anna Quesenberry

The Broadside

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