Seems like yesterday but, it’s only been a year since we started shopping for Olivia’s college stuff. I knew it was going to be overwhelming, so I decided I had to do whatever I could to make it less stressful. How bad could it be? How expensive could it be? Answer: very expensive. So if you are shopping for your son’s or daughter’s dorm here are some helpful tips to get you through college move in day.
- Make a list of what items your teen needs for college.
- Sit down with your teen and set deadlines on what needs to get done and bought by what date.
- Go over the list with your teen and make sure they approve and the list is complete.
- Go online or into a store to shop for the one area you are focusing on such as the bedroom or desk, bathroom etc..
- Focus on a different area until you are done with the entire dorm room or apartment.
- Save some items for when you get to school. You may not want to lug a new TV or other big items with you if you are driving or flying. It’s better to buy the big stuff once you get to school.
- Super Walmart is your best friend as is Bed Bath and Beyond! Your teen does not need top of the line products for college! You can pre-order everything in your hometown and pick it up at the store near campus.
- Make sure you son/daughter has his or her medical insurance card in case they get sick, or for any emergency.
- I know many colleges and universities have a medical clinic on campus which is great, but if your child doesn’t want to go to the clinic, I recommend a CVS Minute Clinic which is usually near campus. At CVS, you can see a doctor or nurse practitioner and get your prescriptions at the same time.
- Books can be bought on Amazon to help save money. Not all classes make the books available on Amazon, but if you can save on one or two books it will be a worthwhile shopping experience.,
Now, once your son or daughter lives off campus in an apartment, that’s another shopping adventure!
Here are some more helpful hints….
- Shop for each room separately (bathroom, kitchen, living room etc.) like you did for the dorm.
- Pick appliances and accessories that stand out so no one else can mistake it for theirs. Olivia chose a Tiffany blue color for her pots and pans and cooking utensils.
- Wait to buy some supplies for the apartment until you get there so you can take measurements and know exactly what you really need and the right size.
- If there is a dollar store near campus, introduce your child to it!! Dollar stores sell a lot of what college students need for a $1! Dollar Tree allows you to order online and have items delivered to your store of choice.
Here’s an overall tip. If your son or daughter wants college gear, online stores like Fanatics.com carry a great assortment and will ship to campuses. Here’s a link to Fanatics College Hot New Products
Good luck with your college student and Happy Shopping! If you have any tips, please share with other parents!!