It’s that (other) time of year when everywhere you look you see ads, sales, and a general cultural drive toward shopping. Back-to-school shopping costs for scholars of any age are significant, but they definitely make a dent when said scholar is heading to college.
Computers and other expensive electronics are high on the list of big-ticket items college students need. Luckily, many companies offer back-to-school laptop deals or other similar incentives to help offset the cost of buying electronics as part of your back-to-school shopping.
(Note: check out our other post on back-to-school shopping at “5 Ways To Save On Back-To-School Shopping (And One Way to Give)“)
7 Ways To Save On Electronics During Back-To-School Shopping
Most of the big tech companies provide special pricing for students, so you can go straight to the source to grab great back-to-school deals on your electronic college school supplies.
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The right dorm room decorations can turn a generic dorm room into a space that’s more distinctly yours. Before you get too excited about pursuing elaborate decorating ideas that don’t fit your budget, consider some cheap room decor alternatives.
10 Savings Tips for Dorm Room Decorations
1) Check at re-sale shops like Goodwill.
Before buying anything full price, see what you can find at the cheaper re-sale shops like Goodwill. Pinterest is full of pictures of DIY cheap room decor people have made from things found at their local Goodwill locations. You’ll probably like your own unique decorations than the more expensive options elsewhere.
2) Decorate your walls with pictures of friends and family, post cards, and images printed out from online.
Skip spending money on posters or other wall decorations. Decorate with items that have more meaning to you instead.
Images of friends and family are always nice to have around, especially when you’re far away. Post cards are generally pretty cheap and can be reminders of places you or friends have visited. And there are loads of public domain images you can find online and print out to add some color to your dorm room. You can easily fill your walls for free (or close to it).
Back-to-school shopping is a yearly rite of passage for most families. It’s easy to get carried away with all the ads, sales, and excited kids begging for new clothes. You can treat your kids to some new back-to-school outfits without letting the costs get too out of control. Here are some tips to help.
5 Ways To Buy Back-To-School Outfits For Less
1) Make a list of what you need before you start your back-to-school shopping.
You and your kids will probably see a lot you want once you’re at the store, but most of what you want won’t be something you need. Go through your kids’ closets and make an inventory of which clothes are too small or ragged, and which are still fine for your kids to keep wearing.
Back-to-school time means balancing a lot of errands and responsibilities. Your to-do list to get ready for the new school year may already seem a mile long, but if any of your kids are due for their immunizations according to the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule, you’ll need to add one more thing to the list.
In addition to being back-to-school month, August is Immunization Awareness Month. Getting all your immunizations on schedule is an important public health care concern. In recent years, as more people opted out of getting their children immunized, there have been outbreaks of disease many people thought had been eradicated.
The cost or inconvenience of getting immunizations is nothing compared to the cost of not getting them. Here’s what you need to know.
I turned 30 last month, which triggered quite a jumble of feelings in me. Denial. Nostalgia. Introspection. Oldness (is that a feeling?). And, perhaps most significantly, concern over whether I’m where I should be in life. A big part of that is wondering if I’m where I should be financially, so in the past few months I’ve taken several steps to try to get my personal finances in better shape. I figure it’s never too early or too late to work towards a better financial future.
A little bit of context: I got married two years ago, finished graduate school about a year ago, and started working for BancVue®, the company behind Kasasa, shortly thereafter.
Step One: Really Evaluate My Bank Account Options
I’m embarrassed to admit that when I got married two years ago, I was still using the same megabank checking account I had signed up for when I was eighteen. It earned no interest and required a $1,500 monthly balance to avoid service fees. Due mostly to lack of awareness, I never took the time to evaluate other options. It hurts now to think about how much I could have saved over the course of ten years, just with a checking account that earned interest.