Are you ready sending your high school graduate off to college or university? Are they going to be living in a dorm room? Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed like the parents of several my daughter’s friends. It can be scary thinking about them leaving home and venturing off especially if this is your first child leaving home. It can also be scary looking at the list of things they need to be dorm room ready.
How to Save Money on Getting Your Dorm Ready
Make a List
A few of my friends are getting their kids ready. One of my first suggestions to them, make a list. Everyone needs a checklist and with setting up a dorm room or first apartment, you don’t want to forget a thing. I made this free printable that you can use. You can thank me later! You can download my free printable here. Dorm-Room-Shopping-List
See What You Can Find for Free
Have your list? The next thing to do is check and see what you already have on your list. If memory serves me correct, many of the things I needed when I lived in the dorm during my university years, I was able to take from home. Check around your house and see what can be checked off your list.
Now that you have your list and have checked around the house for what can be used in that new dorm room ask friends and check online groups for items that you can pick up for free. It happens that many items can be found for free
Find the Best Deals
You have already checked several items off your list. Now, it is time to go shopping. How do you find the best deals? The Flipp app is the perfect solution to knowing where the best deals are in your new locale. It is easy to use. Enter your zip or postal code in the app and all your local flyers are at your fingertips.
Since you now have a list of what you are shopping for transfer that list to the Flipp app. After all who needs to carry paper when they shop. Having your shopping list at your fingertips makes things easy. You can also do quick price comparisons by using the search feature.
When you add an item to your shopping list, the Flipp app automatically shows you the best deals that week. You can then shop the store with the best deals. If the retailer you are shopping at allows for price matching, you can sometimes get all your shopping done in one stop. Several retailers even allow you to price match straight from the app. Check with your local store and see if they do.
By using Flipp to find the best deals, shopping what you have and asking friends you can save a bundle on all those dorm room needs. Getting a dorm room ready doesn’t have to be expensive, you just have to be smart about how you get everything ready. Let me know in the comments any other ways you save on getting a dorm room ready as that will be me next year.