I just wanted to do an update on the "what to buy list" and what has changed since we moved Anna to EIU in 2010! Wow, they grow up quick and spend money even quicker. Well, my kids don't spend quite as much just cuz I'm cheap. It's good for them, that's what I tell them and then their eyes roll around in their heads for a while.
While the price of just about everything has gone up, I'm still doing tricks to save money. Somethings will never change.
These tips will help you ship off your
- Ask around! See if anyone has anything off of the list to help out your college bound student. Grandparents, Aunts, and neighbors would love to dejunk a bit for you. Also, if you know anyone that has a child that is graduating from college see if they would be willing to sell you what they have.
- Have a university near you? Call the school and ask if there is a way for you to post an ad to buy some of the supplies(think frig and microwaves) off of the outgoing students.
- Hang around the dorms on move out day. Ask the students if they have anything to sell.
- When Anna moved out of the dorms, it is sad to say but there were piles of perfectly good supplies being tossed in the dumpster. I would poke around there too.
- See what you have around the house. Extra towels, paper and pens,cleaning supplies-yup, they go to college. Start a pile off to the side of gathered supplies and watch it grow.
- Carry the list of things that you need with you and whenever you see a good deal, pick it up. This way you aren't having to pay for everything all at once.
- Check freecycle, local ads, Goodwill, and garage sales for things that you need.
- Look on Ebay and Amazon for cheap supplies.
- After you have done everything that you can to glean what you need for free or super cheap, then (gulp) go to an actual store. I would suggest shopping with coupons and going on tax-free days.
- I do know that Bed, Bath and Beyond has a free service called Pack and Hold. You can shop in a local store and they will hold everything for you in a store nearest your child's college.
- You could also order things on-line from Walmart and pick them up at a local store.
Here's the complete list(And to brag a bit, I checked it against some other places lists and this one is more complete)
Paper (loose leaf & computer)
Stationary and envelops
Duct tape/electrical tape
Sticky dots (gummy)
Extra Ink Cartridges
Small lamp for reading
3 way pole light
2 Surge protectors
2 Extension cord(one 3 foot, one 6 foot)
Memo board/bulletin board
Chip closure or clips
Storage bin/s for closet and under bed
Deck of cards
Disinfectant wipes/Hand sanitizer
Dish soap (small)
Sewing Kit & safety pins (small)
Tool Kit/sm nails, hooks (small)
Flash light (small)
Mace (key chain)
First Aid Kit/Cold or flu supplies
Hair gel/ mousse
Glasses and case
Nail polish remover
Nail clippers/manicure kit
Tennis Racket or racquet ball racket/balls
Shoes/gym, sandals, flip flop for shower, boots
Undies & bras
Shirt/long and short sleeve
Jacket/ light weight, one winter
Purse/wallet(drivers and credit/bank cards/insurance cards)
And that's about all that I can come up with. I hope this lists helps you to save money and get your little
devil angel out on their own!