Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Start Shopping and Storing Supplies For Kids Going To College

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Start Shopping and Storing Supplies For Kids Going To College

Having a kid go to college can provide you with a great sense of pride and accomplishment. But, boy, is it expensive. By planning early, maybe years before they go to college, you can get your kids the things that they need before they head to college. Here are some ideas for items to shop for and ways that you can store the items before your kids are ready to transition to the next stage of their lives. 

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School Supplies

Just like in elementary and high school, your college-bound kid will need several school supplies in college. Include stock piles of pens, pencils, erasers, paper, notepads and highlighters. Notebooks, binders and tab dividers may also be necessary. Blue books and index cards are helpful for test essay answers and for studying. If you have at least one summer before your kids head off to college, stock up on school supplies when they are on clearance. Many stores offer deep discounts on certain items to attract students to the stores. Acquire just these good deals and wait for the next week of scores. Some school supplies also go on sale in between semesters. Computers go on sale during the holiday shopping season and in January. Store extra school supplies in crates or foot lockers that are placed out of the way until they are needed.

Cooking Supplies

Many college kids can literally save thousands of dollars by NOT purchasing a boarding plan. College students that live in dorms might need a mini refrigerator and microwave. They can subside on popcorn, sandwiches, meat, cheese and crackers, snack cakes and other goods. You can stock up on nonperishable foods and bottled water and save money by using coupons or purchasing the items from a warehouse store. Students who will live in an apartment may need even more supplies, including pots, pans, cooking utensils, china, silverware and other kitchen essentials. Paper plates, cups and napkins can come in handy when students don't want to have to wash dishes.

Cleaning Supplies

In spite of the bad rap that college students get for not being cleanly,many college students prefer a clean and organized location. Furthermore, some colleges and universities have guidelines and resident advisers that will enforce certain standards. Some cleaning supplies that you can stack up on are dish liquid, sponges, dish cloths, a trash can, trash bags, paper towels, window cleaner, bathroom cleaner, a mop bucket, a mop, broom, dustpan and floor cleaner. Warehouse stores can provide a deep discount on these items as well.

Bedding Supplies

College students will need their own bedding set to use in their new dorm rooms. They may prefer a new set that shows their new maturity, rather than a set that they used during their childhood. They will likely need sheets, a blanket, comforter, mattress cover, pillows and pillow cases.


College students often have limited funds and are unable to afford some of the essentials or luxury items to which they are accustomed. Stock up on shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, lotion, bath sets, loofahs, bubble bath, medicine and a first aid kit.

Storage Items

All of these supplies will require quite a few storage devices. Baskets, plastic tubs and tins can provide devices to store some of these excess items. Place these devices in the kids' rooms under beds, in closets or in armoires. Stick them in closets, basements and attics that are not often used. Garages that are temperature controlled can also provide valuable storage space for these items that will protect them year-round.

Storage Units

A large amount of items may take up more space than you have contain them in your home. A storage unit can provide useful space to store extra items without having to take up valuable square footage in your home. A portable storage unit can also come in handy about a month before your beloved child leaves home for college. You can pack a box of supplies at a time and move it into the portable storage unit so that, when the time comes, your child will have everything that he or she needs in one organized location. Taking these steps can surely assist with this important transition in your child's life.

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  1. Awesome tips, but since my boys are only 5 & 8, I think I have a little time :)

  2. Great Post!! I have 2 Granddaughters in College. In fact... they just rented an appartment together and we are on our way up to take them some things ... Like a chair, table, etc!!

  3. i remember this well---it was just like setting my son up in an apartment and grocery money etc. every week!!

  4. These are great tips! It's so important to ensure that kids have proper supplies and everything they need to stay organized while in school. There's so much involved! :)

  5. I have been living away from my parent since college so I can nod to all the tips above. Like Robin, I also still have more time because the boys are only 3 and 4. Although..I am not quite sure whether the boys will cook their own meal. Hmm maybe they will, especially K who likes to play with toys and bucket and pretend he's cooking when taking shower :D

  6. Theresa! All those days go by so fast. Before you know it your kids will be out of college with little babies of their own. (oh ...wait ...that's me, ya oh ok!) Yes, but seriously. hahahaha

  7. Hi Theresa!! Great minds think alike don't they?! That's so funny that you were going to make a bucket list and have such similar things on yours :))

    Can't believe it's Thursday already...time to open up my weekend blog party ~
    woohoo :))

  8. This is a great guest post and a right on the money list of what college students need!! I hope you're having a great week and a Happy New Year!

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  9. I was saving several years before my son was going to college, and that money came in handy when the time.

  10. It is expensive. I teach college and her them complain about the costs of everything.

  11. lovely blog and happy new year! x

  12. My kids needed very little in the way of school supplies. A lot of kids take class notes on lap tops and take test online or through clickers. It's nothing like elementary school at all. As freshmen, they usually have meal plans and some dorms even have maid service. What really costs a lot of money is tuition. My youngest is a sophomore and moved into an apartment which meant she had to buy a lot, but now, she's set for the rest of college.

  13. That is true. College students living off campus or in dorms still need all of the accessories, it is like they moved a mini house into a room. Food is the second most costly, first is the dwelling, and books - all that besides the tuition of course. Great post Theresa!

  14. Oh dear mine is only 2 1/2. Just thinking about preparing to send her off to school makes me anxious!! I am, however, starting to save money for that very thing. She says she wants to be a doctor...

  15. We got the prepaid plans when they were little so that tuition, and local fees would be covered (I wish now that we would have gotten the dorm plans too). The excess expenses, even when those huge ones are covered, are not at all cheap. I say the earlier the better (to start stockpiling/saving). Excellent tips and post!


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