College tuition may be costly, but outfitting your collegiate student with dorm decor, apparel and everything to support a great academic year doesn't have to be. With care, college students and their parents can make back-to-school preparations a wallet-friendly experience. Here are some tips from Dollar General for saving on all your dorm room essentials.
Do your research
Many schools provide incoming students with contact information for future roommates. Take advantage of this opportunity to make a checklist of everything your room will need and what each of you will bring. By identifying duplicates, you can agree on what can be shared during the year.
Also, find out what amenities the school may provide in the dorms to avoid unnecessary purchases.
Snacks can be an essential for students whether they're cramming for a big exam or cheering on their school's athletic teams.
Make sure you send your scholar to campus well-stocked with favorite sweets and healthy brain foods. One way to ensure your student always has access to everything from coffee and condiments to packaged meal options is to let them order these items online directly from a discount retailer.
Not only do they often offer free shipping, but they also have auto-renewal programs on items so the essentials can be automatically delivered on a regular basis, decreasing the amount of time they spend shopping and possibly increasing the amount of time spent studying.
From bedding and bath towels to fans and an alarm clock, you don't need to spend a fortune to outfit a dorm room. Skip the specialty stores and head straight to a one-stop discount retailer.
Help students transition from the comforts of home to dorm life with decorative picture frames. Not only can they complement their bedding and bath color schemes, they can also display family memories and new ones created in college.
Be sure to bring all the essential classroom supplies back to campus, including notebooks, pencils, pens and highlighters.
Other great tools like calendars and dry erase boards can help keep students' schedules, homework assignments and quiz dates organized.