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School Shopping DON’Ts

Categories: College Life

If you missed part one of this series, check out our list of School Shopping DO’s.

Whether you’re a freshman-to-be or a seasoned upperclassman, it’s important to have everything you need to make your college experience a great one. When it comes to shopping for school, refer to this list of school shopping DON’Ts:

Don’t buy too many things to fit your space: College closets and bedrooms are usually on the smaller side, and you may find yourself with less storage space than you were used to at home.

Don’t buy anything too expensive: Even if you’re very careful with your possessions, you will be surrounded by people that may not be as cautious. College is a time when you should enjoy yourself and not constantly worry about things getting ruined. Leave expensive clothes at home, look for kitchen supplies that you can give away at the end of the year without feeling like you wasted money, and try to fix shared home items rather than buying new ones throughout the year.

Don’t go overboard on bulk items: In college, you will share cabinet and refrigerator space with one or more roommates. Though in many cases it’s a good idea to save by buying in bulk, be conscious of not buying more than you can store or more than you will consume in a reasonable amount of time. Further, many students gain weight in college, and having a seemingly endless supply of food will not help with your willpower when you’re hungry late at night.

Don’t buy computer software: Software packages like Microsoft Office can cost hundreds of dollars, and it is likely that you can get it for free when you purchase your computer through the university. Check to see what deals your university can offer—even if you can’t get the newest version, you can often buy the older version for a very discounted price.

Don’t buy a printer: As a student, part of your tuition payment goes toward a printing allotment of a few hundred pages per semester. It may seem more convenient to have a printer in your room, but utilizing your allotment and printing all of your papers off a university computer will save you from making an unnecessary purchase.

Don’t spend a lot of money on unnecessary things: At the time it may seem like a good idea to spend $100 on a Halloween costume or St. Patricks Day accessories, but in the end, it is not a great idea. You will be able to enjoy these purchases for only one day or one weekend, and then will be left wondering why you spent so much on it. Instead, try to be creative with things you already own or things you can borrow from friends to achieve the same desired look.

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School Shopping DOs

Categories: College Life

Whether you’re a freshman-to-be or a seasoned upperclassman, it’s important to have everything you need to make your college experience a great one. When it comes to shopping for school, refer to this list of school shopping DOs:

Visit your school’s spirit shop and buy university apparel: For day-to-day wear, sports games, or university-sponsored events, you’re sure to get tremendous use out of school clothes.

Wait until after syllabus week to buy your school supplies: You won’t know what you need until you meet on the first day—some professors require specific types of folders, notebooks, or papers—and you don’t want to have to visit the store more than once during its busiest time of year.

Rent your textbooks online: You can save hundreds of dollars on textbooks every semester by renting your books online instead of buying them. Compare prices by searching around the web.

Make sure to buy weather-appropriate clothes: There’s nothing worse than not being prepared when the seasons change. You may be going to school in a region that is notoriously cold, rainy, or humid, and need to be prepared when the weather is unpredictable.

Talk to your roommate and make sure you don’t overlap: Whether you’re sharing a dorm room, a house, or an apartment, there will be things you and your roommates will be able to share. Buying pots and pans, small appliances, and necessities like trash cans should be split between roommates. Coordinate before the year begins and decide who will buy what to avoid duplicate purchases and overspending.

Sign up for a store membership: Stores like Costco and Sam’s Club allow you to buy necessities like paper towels, garbage bags, toilet paper, and non-perishable food in bulk for very low prices. This can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of the year, and make your shopping trips less frequent.

Always look when stores are having sales: If you are unable to become a member at a bulk store, or if there isn’t one near your school, you should always be on the look out for sales at the grocery store. If there’s a good deal on necessities, buy in bulk and stock up for a few months before the prices go back up.

Bring your student ID when you go shopping: You may be unaware of the discounts that are available to students at many of your favorite stores when you show a student ID—sometimes you can save between 10% and 20% off your purchase. Some stores don’t advertise their discounts or ask if you’re a student at the register, so always be sure to inquire about possible discounts when paying for your things.


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