10 Essentials Your College Student Needs for Back to School

10 Essentials Your College Student Needs for Back to School

Back to school season is here for our college students. Many parents don’t know what to send with their college kids, but they need back to school supplies just as much as anyone else. If you’re sending your student off to college soon, here’s a list of 10 essentials they’ll need for back to school.

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Save a Bundle on Back to School Expenses by Planning Ahead

Kids with Back to School Supplies

Our back to school expenses each year add up pretty fast between the lengthy school supply lists the teachers give us, new shoes, backpacks and clothes. That could be a big hit to the budget all at once if I didn’t plan ahead for each year’s expenses in advance. Check out the HUGE bags of back to school supplies my kids had to take last year! Altogether the cost of those five bags of supplies was less than $30!

Ever since my children started school I started buying school supplies for the following year, so that when the next year came all I had to do is fill in with a few things that may have been added to the list.  Here is how this works:

Starting in early July everybody is doing school supply sales, and some stores, like Office Depot, do 1 cent sales on a few items, or 25 cent sales on a few items to get people into the store.  As an example, last week Office Depot had 3-pack pink school erasers, reg. $2.49 for 1 cent each (limit 3), hand held pencil sharpener, reg. $1.00 for 1 cent each (limit 3) and bottles of school glue, reg. $1.49 for 25 cents each (limit 3).  Because I have 5 children to buy for, this is the time for teamwork with my mom and me.  We each get the limit of the 1 cent and 25 cent items, plus another item to make a total of $5.00 (must have $5.00 purchase to get the “next to free” items).  That’s all we bought, because in  next weeks’ paper there will be more of those type deals.  In previous years we have gotten packs of notebook paper for 25 cents each, duo tang 3 prong/2 pocket folders for 8 cents each, composition notebooks for 25 cents each , spiral 1 subject notebooks for 25 cents, crayons for 10 cents, packs of pencils for 10 cents, B1G1 backpacks and so on.

About 6 weeks ago, Office Depot had a special “deal” – their  3 ream cases of copy paper were on sale for $10.01 – then if you had a “reward” card with them, you got $10 back in reward money, making the cost of the 3 reams of paper only ONE CENT!  I bought 3 of the deals in June, then in July got my reward money of $30, so actually got 9 reams of copy paper for 3 cents.  SCORE!  Now I have enough copy paper to send a pack to school with each of the children, and have 4 left for me!

I figure the TOTAL cost of school supplies for my 5 children (4 elementary school and 1 middle school this year), is about $20-$25.  Check one of those school supply lists provided by the school and see what the costs would be at retail price!

If this is the first time for you to do this, here is my suggestion.  Keep the list of school supplies handy – check what your child needs THIS year, then look to see what will be needed NEXT year.  Each week check the papers to see what the special deals are (1 cent, 10 cents, 25 cents), and get THOSE items for this year and next year.  Find a shelf or cabinet to keep the ones for “next year” separate from what you need now.  As you purchase the various discounted items each week, your “next year” shelf will get fuller and fuller, until the time when school starts, you can see that you are NOW prepared for next year.  However, as it gets closer to school starting  and you have a few items like hand soap, paper towels, and other items that you still need, you can usually get some deals on them at a grocery store.

HOT TIP:  My children LOVE to make things, so I also try to get extra construction paper, glue, crayons, etc when they are super cheap to stock the “craft” shelf.

HOT TIP #2:  My childrens’ elementary school each year has a school supply drive to collect school supplies that they give to children in need.  This is a good cause that I collect additional items for at the “next to free” sales (if there are no limits on how many you can buy), so when the children bring home the papers that the school supply drive has started, I have a good number of items that I divide up between all the kids so they can each have a bag of school supplies for the needy kids.  I figure this is a good lesson in “giving” for my children and they love to carry those bags of school supplies to their teachers!

HOT TIP #3:  I just this minute got an email with a preview of  next weeks’ ad for Office Depot.  Guess what!!! Those bottles of school glue that I paid 25 cents for last week are one of the “get people into the store” deals next week for 1 CENT!  That’s ok, we’ll still need more glue, so Mom and I will each be getting 3 more bottles of school glue!  PLUS  3×5 index cards will be 1 cent (I need many packs of those, because I write the kids’ spelling words on them each week, so we can practice their words at home and in the car).  Also they will have their 10 pack pens for 1 cent each (each of the kids need either a pack of red or a pack of blue).  I noticed that there are also a number of 25 cent items.  WHOOHOO!!!  This is going to be a good week for school supplies!

 

Back to School Deals Roundup List 8/26

Sadly this is the last in my series of Back to School Deals where I’ve been listing the very best deals each week from a variety of stores so that you can find the best prices all in one place.  Even if you don’t have kids in school this is a perfect time to stock up on printer paper, art supplies, & lots of other necessities that ONLY hit their rock bottom prices during this time of year so don’t miss out on the last of these deals!

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Back to School Deals Roundup List 8/19

Back to School season is my favorite sale season of the year and I’ll be listing the very best deals each week from a variety of stores so that you can find the best prices all in one place.  Even if you don’t have kids in school this is a perfect time to stock up on printer paper, art supplies, & lots of other necessities that ONLY hit their rock bottom prices during this time of year.

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Start Your School Supply Shopping For Next Year NOW!

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that the time to buy school supplies is usually AFTER school starts – when retailers are simply trying to get rid of the excess.

School starts here next Monday, the 20th, so of course we’ve had to have everything ready for the Orientation/bring in supplies day which is this Wednesday. However, we are now on a hunt for the “real deals” on school supplies to begin refilling the supply cabinet in my office. Here’s what we’ve done so far this week:

This week Office Depot has school rulers 1 cent each, plastic zippered pencil cases 1 cent each, 70 page 1 subject notebooks 1 cent each — pkg of 4 glue sticks for 50 cents, pkg of 2 black Expo write on/wipe off markers 50 cents each — limit of 3 of each item.  Check out the picture — I spent $3.33 for all of the above school supplies and SAVED $23.16.  Because we have 5 grandchildren in elementary school, the supply lists are never ending, so my husband is great about following after me with the same deals so we can get ahead for the grandchildrens’ needs for next year.

Last week Office Depot had 8 oz bottles of school glue for 1 cent and packs of 150 ct. wide rule paper for 25 cents — so of course we have a supply started with those as well.

The cashier told me that each week through September they’ll be featuring a number of different items in the 1 cent and 25 cent categories, so we’re checking each weekly flyer very carefully to get the best deals for NEXT YEAR!!

Also, right after school actually starts, check your other favorite stores – CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, etc and I’m sure you’ll find some really great deals as they clear their “school” shelves to make room for the fall holiday items.

Good luck on your “next year’s” school supply lists — let us know what kind of deals you are getting!

Back to School Deals Roundup List 8/12

Back to School season is my favorite sale season of the year and I’ll be listing the very best deals each week from a variety of stores so that you can find the best prices all in one place.  Even if you don’t have kids in school this is a perfect time to stock up on printer paper, art supplies, & lots of other necessities that ONLY hit their rock bottom prices during this time of year.

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Back to School Deals Roundup List 7/15

Back to School season is my favorite sale season of the year and I’ll be listing the very best deals each week from a variety of stores so that you can find the best prices all in one place.  Even if you don’t have kids in school this is a perfect time to stock up on printer paper, art supplies, & lots of other necessities that ONLY hit their rock bottom prices during this time of year.

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How To Save BIG Money On School Supplies!

You would think THIS is the time for big savings on school supplies! Of course every store out there has some sort of sale going on. According to the Winn Dixie sale flyer this week if you purchase one of their participating backpacks for $9.99, you will get a box of 24 crayons, a 10 pack pencils, 5 duo tang folders and a composition book free (a total of $9.67 in savings). This is really a good deal if you need backpacks, however if you got two of the BOGO backpacks at Walgreens last week, this might not help you. It seems that many of the stores have “something” that’s a good buy, but I’m thinking that if I have to run to 6 or 8 different stores to get the one or two deals that they have, I’m gonna be spending too much in gas!

Let me now tell you the secret that WE have done the past few years! When my quadruplet grandbabies (Denise’s quads) started pre-K – and Jacob, the big boy going into First grade, the lists of school supplies were pretty BIG! We said at that time – “this is a lot of stuff if you only have one child, but when there are 4 in the same class plus the first grader, this is a LOT of stuff to buy”!!!

Here’s what we did – of course we had to buy everything for that particular year, HOWEVER we also printed out the school supply lists for all the grades (pre-K through 6th grade). We got what sales we could for that first year, THEN after school actually started, the BIG BIG school supply sales started. Everywhere – WalMart, K-Mart, Walgreens, CVS the Navy Base Exchange – all the stores – simply wanted to get rid of the excess school supplies. WHOOHOOOO!! Did we ever get some GREAT deals for the kids for the NEXT year! We got crayons for 10 cents a pack, the duo tang folders for 8 cents each, packs of the ruled paper for 50 cents each, big bottles of hand sanitizers for 75 cents (reg $2.99/$3.99) and on and on — and the BIGGEST deal of all was when I ran into Office Depot for a few things and saw a cart FULL of the school pencil cases for ONE CENT EACH!!! Guess how many I bought —- enough for all the kids for every grade through 6th grade!!!

I have a closet in my office where we store all the supplies that we’ve bought at these “after school starts” sales, and a few weeks before school starts we dig out bags for each of the kids and start filling them with supplies from the closet according to what’s on the lists. Normally the only things we have to buy are the 3 boxes of kleenex per child, 2 rolls of paper towels per child and the 2 containers of clorox wipes per child. We can usually find those things on sale at some of the grocery store weekly sales, so we are able to keep the actual back to school spending down to a minimum.

Get a list of what your school will require for NEXT year for each of your children and beginning the end of August through the middle of September take perhaps a day or two to run into the stores you normally shop at (hit Walmart first!!) and take your list with you, and I can guarantee that you’ll be spending much less for next years’ school supplies.

Back to School Deals Roundup List 7/29

Back to School season is my favorite sale season of the year and I’ll be listing the very best deals each week from a variety of stores so that you can find the best prices all in one place.  Even if you don’t have kids in school this is a perfect time to stock up on printer paper, art supplies, & lots of other necessities that ONLY hit their rock bottom prices during this time of year.

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Back to School Deals Roundup List 7/22

Back to School season is my favorite sale season of the year and I’ll be listing the very best deals each week from a variety of stores so that you can find the best prices all in one place.  Even if you don’t have kids in school this is a perfect time to stock up on printer paper, art supplies, & lots of other necessities that ONLY hit their rock bottom prices during this time of year.

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New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings! Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.