College expenses

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College expenses
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 1:04pm

I decided to give this its own post.


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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 1:05pm
Now for my part of getting Noah ready for college & dorm life! Luckily these are pretty much one-time charges. He'll be able to use the stuff I bought through all his college years. And, if not, lol, he can pay for it then!!!

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---

  • office/school supplies
  • power strip & 2 extension cords
  • thermometer
  • sewing kit
  • wastebasket
  • sheets & mattress pad--We lucked out and his dorm does NOT use the extra-long twin mattressses!
  • My mom had 2 extra never-used pillows and a stapler. As a gift, my sister had put together a 1st aid kit w/bandaid, otc meds, etc.

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---

  • Towels & washclothes--Did NOT buy one for every day. He can use more than once just like we do at home!
  • Comforter, 2 extra pillowcases & 2 pillow covers
  • Shower caddy--Found one on clearance because it was out of the packaging
  • Laundry supplies & laundry basket
  • Over-the-door bungee towel holder
  • Dry erase message board
  • 3 plastic shoebox-size storage boxes
  • Shower flip-flops--Paid too much, imho, but he hates the cheapy things.
  • Electric razor--Couldn't send the one that dh also uses from home!
  • 3 drawer plastic storage cart
  • Laptop lock
  • Small portable safe
  • Clock/radio
  • Flashlight
  • Power strip & longer extension cord--Yes, he's had to use every one we took! Bad placement of outlets!!!
  • Desk lamp
  • Hand can opener
  • 2 binders--New flex kind that he saw. Luckily $2/1 coupons came out about that time & I doubled them at Kmart! LOL!
  • Misc. organizing things for his desk

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.

Anyway, that is my summary for going off to college. I'll be doing an update at the end of the semester or beginnning of the next one. Would love to hear your thoughts on any of this!

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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 2:05pm

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.

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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 3:50pm

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!


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Wed, 09-09-2009 - 7:57am

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.

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Mon, 09-14-2009 - 10:56pm

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


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