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Top 5 College Dorm Room Essentials

As I prepare to send my Son off to college, I realize I have no idea what he really needs to begin this 4 year experience on his own.  So, as I was doing my research, (with a lot of help from the “Coupon Lady”) I thought I would share with you what we found to help other first time parents get their kids ready to be on their own.

  1. First and foremost bedding.  Comforter, sheets and pillow cases.  We found the best deal, maybe not the best patterns, is at Big Lots.  $40 gets you a comforter, sheets, Sham, 2 bath towels, 2 washcloths, hamper, and desk lamp!  Score!  An extra pillow or 2 is also not a bad idea.
  2. Shower essentials.  With showers down the hall, a robe will make it easier to get there and back without making anyone else uncomfortable!  Apparently, walking around in a towel in dorms is frowned upon!  And don’t forget the flip flops.  Shower caddy’s to carry shampoo/soap are also a must have and can be found at most stores for $3!
  3. Alarm clock.  Most already have one, but without parents to make sure their up, a new one might be in order!
  4. Storage – There is not much room in these tiny dorms.  Target has an ottoman to serve as extra seating and storage for $17!  That’s a good deal!  Bed Stackers are also nice to raise the bed enough to allow extra storage underneath.  Maybe put some extra bath towels in a storage bin or even your laundry basket!  Bed stackers are about $15 at sears and are available in most college stores.
  5. Mini Fridge.  Although there are plenty of dining halls, it’s always nice to be able to have a cold drink or snack right there in your room.  You can get these for $89 at Walmart!

There you have it, the top 5 dorm room essentials according to my research.  Does anyone else have any dorm room tips for me?  Share them below please!

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