Saving Money Throughout College PART 3: ODDS & ENDS

Hey guys, Happy Friday! Hope you all had an awesome week and have an awesome weekend as well.

 

If you haven’t read my last two posts in my “Saving Money Throughout College” series you should totally check them out, I’ll link them below:

SAVING MONEY THROUGHOUT COLLEGE PART 1: TEXTBOOKS

SAVING MONEY THROUGHOUT COLLEGE PART 2: FOOD

 

Although those two  posts were categorized in a more straight to the point type of way, this one is going to be a little bit all over the place. But hey, odds and ends are things that are all over the place- right?

 

Clothes:

The first major thing that everyone needs to know about school is that the stores you’ll find on campus are super overpriced, one of the major places being the bookstore. One of the major things that the bookstore sells?- clothes.

I mean don’t get me wrong, I love reppin’ my school throughout my clothes and am guilty of sometimes splurging on clothing items that I really don’t need, solely due to the fact that they have my school’s name on them.

The one item that you should totally steer clear from when thinking about purchasing clothing from the bookstore is t-shirts. I can’t explain enough how many free t-shirts I have been given throughout my time at school. If you’re planning to spend some money on apparel that has your school’s name on it, stay away from the t-shirts! Buy a fancy sweatshirt or something… not a t-shirt!

Another thing about clothes when you go to college is the beauty of having a roommate. Most of the time (unless you have a really mean roommate) you’ll become close enough with your roommate to the point where you don’t mind if they wear your clothes. Them having the option to wear your clothes=you having the option to wear their clothes. This is awesome because if your roommate is your size your wardrobe has just doubled! My roommate and I swapped clothes a bunch of times last semester.

 

 

Dorm Décor:

One of the most exciting factors of college is being able to figure out how you want to go about decorating your dorm (or it was for me at least). Although decorating your dorm can be really exciting, it can get pretty pricy.

I did most of my dorm shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond; they always have coupons and have a lot of awesome stuff that’s really cute for dorms!

Just like it’s easy to spend a lot of money on decorating your dorm, it’s also really easy to go overboard on how many things you think you need to buy for your dorm.

 

Here’s a quick list of things you think you need, but you really don’t:

  1. Waste Basket most colleges provide you with one of these! Be sure to check your school’s website before purchasing this!
  2. An Excessive Amount Of Bins If your anything like me, you probably want to bring all of your clothes to school with you. But believe me, you’ll end up wearing less than half of the clothing you brought. Lots of clothes=lots of bins! Bins aren’t cheap, so save some money and space and pack less clothes!
  3. Tissues/Paper Towels buying a box of tissues and a roll of paper towels every week can get pretty expensive. Stealing them from your college’s bathroom is a much cheaper option. *Also, it isn’t technically stealing if you’re paying to live there! Jus’ sayin!
  4. Water Bottles just like tissues and paper towels, buying a case of water bottles every week can get really pricy! Investing 10-15 dollars on a nice plastic water bottle is a great way to save money, and is also better for the environment! 🙂 #yayforsavingtheplanet
  5. A Printer although buying a printer could save you a bit of time walking down the hall every time you print something; it’s basically a waste of not only money, but space as well! My school had a room full of printers down the hall and gave us full access to them whenever we needed. College dorms are tight spaces, you need all the room you can get- so why waste money on bulky printer?

 

Keurig

The last thing I wanted to focus on when it comes to saving money throughout college is the one and only, very magical, Keurig!

If you’re an avid coffee drinker like myself you should totally invest in a Kureig for your dorm. The mini Keurig is a lot cheaper than regular Keurigs and gets the job done just as well.

Most colleges have a small coffee shop located right on campus, awesome and convenient right?- nope!

A small coffee can range anywhere from 2 to 3 dollars (maybe even more if your school is really fancy) and spending that much every day or a few times a week can add up really quick.

Purchasing K-Cups in bulk and investing in a Keurig is such a smart thing to do when it comes to coffee. It may not seem like it at first, but in the long run you’ll save a lot of money by doing this!

 

 

Hope this post wasn’t too all over the place; I tried organizing it as best I could! Hope you all have an awesome day and enjoyed reading this series 🙂

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  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    These are really great tips, Kenzie! Colleges seem to want to squeeze you dry of every dollar, so you have to be mindful. I loved your water bottle advice and the toilet paper tip is genius!

    • Thanks so much! And I totally agree, you’d think colleges would cut you a break on the prices of things due to the fact that they’re making off so much in tuition!

  • LaurelMusical

    Great post! My parents have a Keurig coffee maker and it is heaven to come home to. <3

    http://www.laurelmusical.com

  • These tips are really helpful, i remember when i was still in college, i make sure to squeeze the dollars i have, just to save <3 I just love saving but sometimes, it gets too boring that i have to buy clothes that i really don't need then regret it after.

    sarahrizaga.blogspot.com

    • haha I have the same problem, I’ll save like crazy and then spend a ton of money on things I really don’t need! xx

  • Such great tips! Wish I had these when I was in college.

    ​xo katie // a touch of teal

  • Brilliant tips!
    I’ll definitely be following some of these when I start university in the autumn!

    Emily x
    http://wondersofafairytale.blogspot.co.uk/