(Caroline's been taking over Jackson's room with all her college stuff. He came home a few days ago and was like MOM. I NEVER HAD THAT MUCH STUFF. Um…. truth! She received these Lands' End Towels as a gift and they're her favorites by far.)
My daughter Caroline is finishing up her pre-college-shopping spree, and goodness, I've decided that clearly girls cost a whole lot of money! After sending Jackson off to college a few years ago I realized this is an entirely different experience (anyone else get that?), but Caroline worked hard over the last year to earn some cash for “extra” things above and beyond the absolute college necessities she'd need.
Here are a few fun things she's splurged on for school this year:
Mesh Shower Caddy – $9
Cow Slippers – $15
These were totally a silly splurge, but Caroline's in a really old dorm so we're hoping these will make those floors feel a little less grimey!
We're figuring this will come in handy when putting everything together on campus in a few weeks.
Shower Shoes – $14
Furniture Risers – $22
Pillow Top Mattress Pad – $49
Honeywell Tabletop Fan – under $15
Caroline's dorm doesn't have air conditioning, so that fan will come in handy!
Looking for ideas on what you should expect to pay for college dorm supplies? Here's what we found!
College Dorm List Best Prices!
My friend Jamie got a brochure from her son's college with certain college dorm list essentials at “great prices” with free shipping. It was TOTALLY tempting to just buy their “premium all-inclusive dorm room package” and call it a day…..
But here's the thing…
The $300 “all-inclusive” package they were offering was really NOT all you need for a dorm room (not even CLOSE guys). And besides that – you could get MUCH better deals on what they were offering just by shopping around. It got me thinking about what ARE the best prices for some of these dorm essentials?
Here are 12 popular college dorm list items at their BEST prices!
1 . Twin Comforter – $25
2 . XL Twin Sheet Set – around $30
You might not be getting 1800 threadcount sheets, but since these won't be the kind of sheets your kid will use as an adult (unless he's sleeping in a Twin XL bed) – there's no use in investing big money in them now.
3 . Desk Lamp – $12
So of course you can pay upwards of $50 for a desk lamp that comes with a place for your paper clips and a phone usb charger and clips to your bunk bed – BUT you really only need to spend about $6.88 at Walmart for a lamp. 🙂
4 . Shower Caddy – $1
You can pick up a plastic shower tote for $1 at the Dollar Tree, or closer to $3 at the other Dollar Stores. If you want a fancier easy-dry hanging tote – Amazon has some for around $7!
5 . Reading Pillow – $15
Target has a a few different plush backrest pillows for $14.99 – everyday price!
6 . Microwave – $50
Keep an eye out for sales right around dorm time at Walmart and Target. Also ask around – there may be lots of folks with a small microwave they're getting rid of as they upgrade!
7 . Bed Pillows – $3
8. Bath Towels – $3
Kohl's regularly has their Big One pillows andtheir Big One Bath Towels on sale for about $3 (after coupon code). And of course – you can always pick up very inexpensive hand towels and washcloths in a multipack at Dollar General.
If you want fancier pillows ~ my husband's cousins sent Caroline this set from Lands' End and the quality is amazing!
9 . Memory Foam Mattress Topper – $23
Skip the Egg Crate and get a great layer of comfort and support for your kids' bed with a memory foam/gel mattress topper. This 2″ Lucid topper is a surprising steal at $23
10 . Mattress Pad – $16
For a decent mattress pad, you don't need to spend more than $16 at Amazon.
11 . Mini Fridge – $60
For a smaller mini fridge (1.7 c ft as opposed to 3.2 cu ft.) you shouldn't expect to pay more than $70 at Walmart or $89, like this one at Target. For the bigger 3.2 cu ft size – prepare to pay about $109
12 . 4×6 Area Rug – $48
Get a rug somewhere between 3×5 and 4×6 for under $50. These might be handy if your child's heading to an older dorm as a quick way to freshen up cold concrete floors without spending too much!
I'd love to hear what you think – as well as some of your tips for getting other popular dorm room items on the cheap! Please leave a comment and share your tips below 🙂