I decided to give this its own post.
Like I said before, Noah is a low maintenance kid! He could have cared less about all the stuff needed for dorm life and would not have thought of most of it!! Probably a gender difference thing too. Especially once I heard & saw the stuff his female friends were purchasing and took!!!
Obviously, I kept an eye out for sales. But I also took a look around the house to see what he could take from here. I will say that I always asked him about the stuff; if he would have prefered to have new, I would have bought new. Things he took that were gently used or new but already on hand here---
Even w/that and watching sales, I spent $430.17 on the rest of his stuff. He did want a fridge and I bought one that was a bit bigger than those regular little fridges ($117.07 w/tax on sale). So $313.10 on the following---
Another expense that I paid for was the $25 housing application fee. That was nonrefundable, but if you enrolled in that school, it was applied as a printing credit. He can print stuff at the school's computer labs and it comes out of that.
My BTS total came to $455.17. One time expenses that I won't be doing again. Lots of stuff that he should get years of use out of. And that fridge may even get used by younger brothers once they hit college age, lol!
I did send lots of snacks & extra toiletries w/him. I did not account for that separately. I just figured that stuff into my regular budgets for groceries & household stuff. I also bought him new shoes, socks & a pair of jeans. I won't be keeping track of those things as a college expense.
I'm enjoying reading these posts, not because they scare me about college costs but because they bring back memories of my own time in college!
FWIW, I still have the sheets and towels I got for my freshman year in college in 1986.
LOL about your college sheets. I still have a couple of my college hand towels--neon green from JCP. From the late 70s! Still use them for drying produce on, they're not even thread-bare yet. And my old college bedspread is still in use when we go to the beach.
Towels, sheets, etc.--whoever made them back "in the day" knew what they were doing! Gotta love it!
That's great, Kelly - Noah sounds like such a responsible kid! I'm taking notes on all of the college posts, as my DD for sure will be going next year. My oldest DS is also thinking about going to either a tech school or JC next fall. We're taking some college tours in a couple of weeks - my DD would love to go to a private Christian college for nursing (yeah!), but I think she'll have to go the first two years to a JC, then transfer to the private school.
thankfully my two are in community college living at home and got enough financial aid to cover all tuition and books,etc.
S18 did end up with some expenses for tools since he is in Automotive classes....but he is still working part-time and ordered through his job and got a no interest payment arrangement with them since he's employed there
D20 we ended up getting a refurbished laptop for....but DH and S18 are both certified computer techs so we should be ok with the used one for now at least
happily married since 2003...a blended family with 4 kids, 2 beautiful granddaughters
Sherry<with 3 kids, 2 beautiful granddaughters