We are just over 1 week before we transport Daughter and all her "stuff" to college for her first semester of school.
Blogging buddy SonyaAnn sent her daughter off to college for the first time last August. She has a very comprehensive College/Dorm List on her blog HERE that she used to get her daughter's supplies ready for the "Big Move".
My daughter keeps finding more and more things she feels are VITAL to take so she can survive 3 months at school. I keep reminding her that she has to fit everything into a room the size of the one she has now, but along with a roommate and all her crap too! I have a feeling we will be hauling some of what she insists she has to take back home on Move-In Day.
I've spent the last few days getting my daughter ready for her first Big Move In to her dorm. It's not as much so that we don't forget something......it's more to keep her from boxing everything she owns and taking it with her.lol
Here's my version of "The List of Stuff". Everything in black we still need. Everything in green we had already or got for free. Everything we had to buy is in red.
Laptop(this was her high school graduation gift)
Comforter(I bought this in June on clearance) $17
Sheet Set $13
Dorm Fridge $70
Coffeemaker(Used a free gift card for this, so paid $3OOP)
Shower Caddy $3
Assorted OTC Meds
Cell Phone Charger
TV Cable-on her dime, not mine
Dry Erase Board
Shoes and Boots
Women's paper products
Lanyard(for room key, student ID-will buy this in the bookstore at school)
Debit Card(for her account)
We've got about 8 more things to buy before we get to campus. Any assorted school supplies(stationary type stuff we don't bring)she can get at the bookstore. We might hold off on the rug since she isn't sure about her housing at this point. They put her with a roommate but when she contacted the roommate 2 weeks ago, RM told her that she is NOT going to be rooming with Daughter. Seems instead of putting D with another freshman, they paired her up with an upper classwoman who now says she is being moved elsewhere. School policy is if your roommate assignment doesn't happen then they will "consolidate" you into another room needing a body(she's in a double, not a single room). So she won't get to keep a double room to herself and she has no clue what room and with whom she will be 'consolidated".
What a way to run a school!
So the fridge will not be removed from the box in case it needs to be returned, if it turns out to be redundant. And no rug until we get there. I can run to the local Kmart or something if it's needed.
I am hoping to finish up buying what little is left today, if I can stand being in a car with D today.
I tell ya, she is leaving not a moment too soon!
I have one little tiny nerve left and she is climbing all over it......
I will tell you that when we sent off #1 son 2 years ago, it didn't seem to be this much stuff or as big of a "Production". I spent less on getting him sent off.
I guess it's the "girl factor".lol
Are you sending off a kid to college this year? How are you handling the acquiring of needs/wants?
I've spent $116 give or take a couple of bucks on her List of Things(not counting the laptop which was her graduation gift). I'm estimating another $150 to get what is left. I wanted to keep this at or under $250.
Do you have a budget for your teen's college stuff? Are you staying close to it? How do you feel about buying/gathering all the things they say they need to go away to school?