5 Ways to Furnish Your Dorm on a Budget


Furnishing a dorm is very important and is often the focus of the college experience. Everyone wants their dorm to look neat and put together but often that can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some ways you can furnish your dorm on a budget:

 

Don’t Shop All In One Place

It is important to not get all your things in one place. Often times you will get sucked in to buying something that is way more expensive at one store than it is at another. Going to other stores is also very important because there are a lot of different things at different places that you may love more than the last store you went to. Make a list and go store to store and slowly get everything you need to ensure you are making good and smart purchases.

 

Pay Attention to Price

Some things are going to be expensive wherever you go such as bed sets and different pieces of furniture. However that does not mean there isn’t a cheaper alternative to some of the other things you need to get. Before making purchases compare the prices on different stores websites and even Amazon to ensure you are getting the best price possible for that item. This may be a given but often people are so excited to furnish their dorm they don’t pay attention to how much they are spending.

 

Don’t Buy Things Just Because They are Cute

I was guilty of doing this, I bought something I thought was adorable and found once I got it home that I wouldn’t have much use for it. It is okay to want your dorm to look cute but make sure that what you are buying is useful and necessary. Wasting money on things you don’t need takes away from things like your textbooks and tuition that you could’ve spent that much more on instead of buying something you’ll never use.

 

Take Advantage of Coupons and Discounts 

It is so important to take advantage of different coupons and student discounts stores offer for dorm shopping. Bed Bath and Beyond had a thirty percent off coupon I used to get my total down and made things a lot cheaper. Do some research to whether the stores you plan to shop at are offering different coupons for furnishing your dorm. I know Target has a lot of coupons on their Cartwheel app which can be used on dorm essentials you need to get. It never hurts to ask the clerk if they offer a student discount because it could save you a good amount of money!

 

Don’t Get Anything you Don’t Need

Again I know this seems obvious but often when we go shopping we see things and think wow I need that. But it is important to be able to visualize exactly what you will use that item for to ensure it is a good purchase. I recommend going shopping with a specific list to make sure you don’t stray from that while making sure you get what you need. Going along with the list you can make separate lists of each store you plan to shop to make sure you are buying the item from the store with the lowest price.

 

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5 Ways to Furnish Your Dorm on a Budget

School Supplies Haul: College Edition


I move into college in 10 days and I still can’t believe it. I haven’t begun packing yet which I should probably start doing! I have always loved school supply shopping mainly because it is just fun and a way to get excited about the upcoming school year. I did have a lot of stuff leftover from last year and I have already bought some things so hear is what I got:

 

Notebooks and Folders

I have never been one for binders mainly because they are bulky and take up too much space. I like to be organized and have a set of things for each class so I can keep everything separated. I got a notebook as well as a matching color folder for each class to make it easy to keep track of which supplies are for which class. I always get my notebooks and folders from the Five Star brand mainly because they last me the entire school year and are made of good quality plastic so they do not rip or fall apart!

 

Pens

I absolutely love writing my notes in pen mainly because it is easy on my hand and makes note taking easy. My favorite pens are the Pilot G2 gel pens in the .07mm tip. These pens glide and last a long time and are just my favorite pens to use. I got two packs or three black ones as well as a multi color pack because I do like to color code my notes!

 

Index Cards

I love studying vocabulary and terms using notecards because it is an easy and effective way for me to remember things. In the past I have used the app Quizlet which I highly recommend if you don’t want to lug around a bunch of notecards! It’s a free flash card app that has a lot of different subjects and flashcards you can search that were created by different people.

 

Scissors, Whiteout, Glue

I thought I would need these things just because you never know when you are going to get assigned a project or something where you need to get a little crafty. I absolutely love Whiteout mainly because I like my notes to look clean and mistake free.

 

Highlighters

These are one of the things I had leftover from last year mainly because I never really used them. This year I plan to use them to study and take notes from my textbooks just as a visual way to keep my information organized and informative.

 

Pencils and Pencil Pouch

I absolutely hate writing in pencil and will only do it when required to. Getting a pencil pouch allows me to keep all my pens, highlighters and pencils together and organized. It is easy to pull out in class and carry around wherever you go.

 

Planner

I mentioned in my dorm haul that I had got a planner, it is a simple Blue Skies planner in the pink marble design. I hope this will keep me organized and I plan to write down everything I need to know or remember in it as a way to stay on top of things and achieve my goal of getting a 4.0 this semester.

 

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School Supplies Haul: College Edition

Preparing for College: Clothing Haul!


I recently did some shopping for back to school clothes in preparation for college. Everything I bought was on sale so I ended up getting amazing deals on everything I bought. I thought I would share with you guys what I bought and how I plan to wear them!
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This olive green stripped dress I got from Khols! It’s fitted and really flattering which is why I fell in love with it. It is by the brand Mudd and was on clearance for only $9.00! I wore this to my birthday dinner yesterday with a pair of brown wedges and it made a great dressy outfit yet was very comfortable. You can find and purchase this dress here.

I also got this shirt from Khols and it was on clearance for $3.00! I plan to tie the side and wear it as a crop top with some jean shorts or tuck it into the shorts and wear it that way. I love getting clothes I can wear different ways because it gives me so many more options on how to wear it based on the style I’m going for. You can find and purchase this shirt here.

Although I do have a lot of track shorts and lounge shorts the price on these was one I couldn’t pass up! Each of these was on sale for $7.00! I love to wear athletic shorts in the summer if I’m going somewhere chill or to sleep in. They are super comfortable and allow your legs to breathe in the hot summer months. You can find and purchase these here.

I love simple black shirts like these because you can always style them to look cute. This shirt was only $5.00 and is super lightweight and comfortable. I plan to wear this tucked into cute shorts or left untucked, either way its cute! You can find and purchase this shirt here.

 

 

I absolutely love body suits so when I found this one I had to get it! This was on sale for $7.00 and is super comfortable to wear. Body suits are easy to style and look good wherever you are going and they. stay in place which is a plus. You can find and purchase this here.

I went through the shoe section at Burlington just to see if they had anything I might like. I stumbled across a couple pairs of Calvin Klein Jeans Shoes! I loves these as soon as I tried them on and the best part was the suede pair was only $25.00 and the white pair was $15.00! This was an amazing find and I got these at a steal price thankfully. I am excited to wear these in college and style them with alot of different outfits!

 

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Preparing for College: Clothing Haul!

Preparing for College


I absolutely can not believe that I move into college in 17 days. It seems like I was just getting my acceptance letter and just graduating high school. Being a first generation college student I am basically doing this blindly, I have read countless posts and watched videos on how to prepare for college so here are some things I have been doing to get prepared.

 

Getting Educated

College involves so many things I never really had any prior knowledge about. For example I never knew how to take out loans which I just had to do. I started reading more into it and looking at the best way’s to plan payment for loans so I am not so far in debt I can’t function. Right now I am paying about $600 a month which is very expensive, be  prepared to have to spend a lot. I have had a job since the day I turned 16 and have been saving up ever since, you want to start saving now so things come easier later.

 

Getting Organized

I have never been one to be organized so this is definitely a hard thing for me to do. I have purchased a planner to help keep me organized throughout school as well as set up my google calendar and programmed my classes, important events and reminders to blog. This has helped me visualize my week and what my weeks are going to look like once I start college. Taking 15 credits I want to make sure I stay organized and block out time for things like studying and homework so I can stay on track.

 

Getting Involved

I have recently began looking into what organizations and clubs I would maybe like to join. It is important to get involved because it is a good way to make friends and connections that will be helpful in the future. There is a club or organization for just about anything and joining is easy and fun. You can look up the different organizations your college has on their website and see what will fit you best.

 

Getting Prepared

I have been making lists of what I need to purchase as well as packing lists. This is essential so move-in day goes as smoothly as possible. Figure out what dorm things you need, school supplies and more importantly textbooks! You want to make sure you have everything you need so you don’t stress out last minute because you forgot this or don’t have it. Look into what classes require textbooks and how much they are going to cost in the long run.

 

Getting Excited

Last of all it is important to start getting excited about going to college! It is a huge accomplishment and you should be proud you are going. Get some college merch to show off your school spirit and plan on going to different sporting events to support your school. It is normal to feel nervous, I know I am. But more importantly be excited for the changes and friendships college is going to bring you!

 

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What Do I Want to Get Out of College?


Going into my freshman year of college I am pretty excited to go off to college and see what it has to offer. My college is about an hour and a half from my house so it is the perfect distance for my family and I. Here are some things I’d like to get out of my first year:

 

Life-long friends

Everyone always says that once you go to college you find friends that will stick with you much longer than your high school friends do, mainly because you spend a lot more time with them. I think this is what I have been looking forward to most because everyone loves to meet new people and make new friends, it’s a chance to get to know someone without ever hearing of them like in high school.

Of course my roommate and I are going to become pretty close, I mean we are living in close quarters together so it is probably unavoidable. But having other friends all around campus and in my classes is going to be a goal so I have friends really wherever I am.

 

A Good Work Ethic

As I said in recent posts my work ethic in high school was pretty much non existent. I didn’t ever really study because everything came relatively easy to me and I just didn’t see a point. I never did my homework and if I did it was always during the class before it was due. I hope in college that I gain these skills and it comes easier to me and it is not such a forced thing anymore. I know it will be hard to achieve this but I am confident if I really try my best it will work out.

 

Loving My Field of Study and Eventually My Career

This has always been an important factor to me, mainly because I am a first generation college student and want to make my family proud. Finding and doing something I love is so important, I want to love my job and not end up dread going ever single day. With me already changing my major I have a little bit of a fear that this won’t happen but I think in the end it will all work out.

 

Gain Some Self Confidence 

High school doesn’t really do many good things for your self confidence, for me I went on a roller coaster when it came to self love. I hope being around good people will give me the boost I need to truly love myself which is important going forward into my adult life. This is important to me because everyone to deserves to love themselves and be around people who brings out the best in them.

 

Make A Difference In Someone’s Life

I want to volunteer a lot in college, I didn’t do much in high school and it is one of my biggest regrets. I want to contribute to society and help someone and make a impact on their life. When I was in Ecuador we went to a small village where most of the kids had no toys whatsoever. We went to the market and bought them all kinds of little toys and came back the next day and had a huge soccer game with them. To know I made a impact in their life was amazing, it’s such a good feeling id love to experience again.

 

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What Do I Want to Get Out of College?

What Clothes am I Bringing to College?


Packing clothes for me has always been something that I overthink and tend to usually overpack. Whether I was going on vacation for a couple weeks for just going away for the weekend the amount of clothes I brought seemed to be about the same.

I recently made a list to make packing up my clothes for college much easier and a lot more organized. Here is what I plan to bring:

Sweatshirts (3)

I live in Michigan so weather can be very bipolar, while I am confident the first couple months will be on the hot side you never know when a cold front might come through. Sweatshirts are great to go to bonfires at night to because they keep you nice and warm when it may get a little chilly.

 

Rain Coat

Summer thunderstorms can be unpredictable and come up out of no where so a rain coat is essential for getting from class to class without getting completely soaked.

 

T-shirts (10)

Currently t-shirts are usually what I wear on a typical summer way, I have a lot of them and they are a good casual way to stay cool. I will probably be wearing t-shirts a majority of the time during the warmer months.

 

Nice shirts (10)

When you are feeling like dressing up a little bit cute tops are the way to go. I plan to bring a variety of different designs and colors of shirts so I can style them differently and look put together.

 

Sandals

During the summer I usually wear some comfortable casual sandals which are easy to slip on and let my feet breathe.

 

Nike Shoes

A good pair of tennis shoes is a necessity for college, you are going to be doing a lot of hiking and it is important to have a durable and comfortable shoe that will last a long time.

 

Combat boots

Combat boots can be styled with multiple outfits and are a comfy option to wear. I don’t plan on wearing them too much in the summer but definitely in the fall when it starts to get a little chilly outside.

 

Jeans (3)

Jeans are easy to style and you can turn a simple outfit into something nice with the right pair of jeans. I plan to bring a pair of light wash jeans, dark jeans, olive green jeans and a maroon colored pair to give me options.

 

Athletic Shorts (10+)

I plan to bring every pair of athletic shorts I own mainly because they are good to go to class in, good to sleep in and are overall a comfortable option. During the summer months of high school this is mostly what everyone wore because they are loose and comfortable to sit in during a long class.

 

Sweatpants (4)

During the colder months sweatpants are a good option to lounge around in and are comfortable to wear. I always wore these as soon as I got home from school to do homework in and study in.

 

Dresses/Rompers (2-3)

When looking to go out it is important to have options to wear, a simple t-shirt dress with certainly do the trick. Some days you just feel like dressing up so when that happens I want options to be able to choose from.

 

Hats(2-3)

I personally love wearing hats, especially when my hair may be a little greasy or just doesn’t want to corporate a hat is a good option to wear. You can also style hats with outfits to give them a little something as well.

 

Underwear/Bra’s/Socks

I plan to bring a good amount of all of these just so I don’t run out when I let the laundry pile up. I will also make sure to bring different types of bra’s like sports bra’s, bralettes and regular everyday bra’s.

 

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What Clothes am I Bringing to College?

How to Find the Perfect Roommate


After deciding on which college I was attending, the next step was to find a roommate. If your college allows you to pick a roommate then here are some tips to finding the perfect one!

 

Join Facebook groups

Your college will more than likely have a page on facebook dedicated to your graduating class. All you need to do is log onto facebook and search your college’s name, followed by your graduating class year. This will have students who are looking for roommates or maybe just people looking for friends in college.

Write a post on the page saying a little bit about yourself and what you want in a roommate. For example:

Hello, my name is ___ and I am from ____. I am easy going, neat and outgoing. I am looking for a roommate for this fall and am looking to stay in ___ residence hall. I am majoring in ___ and some of my interests and hobbies include ____. Message me if you are interested in being roommates or have any other questions!

You want to highlight your best qualities that make you sound like a good person to live with, if you are a messy person chances are that is not going to work in college so I would start working on becoming more neat and organized.

 

Be Open Minded

You aren’t going to find a roommate overnight, for me it took about two months of looking and I talked to around thirty girls until I found someone I clicked with. It is important not to rush into this process and become roommates with the first person you talk to because you are going to be living in close quarters with this person and spending a lot of time with them.

 

Ask Questions

Always ask a potential roommate a lot of questions to get a feel for what type of person they are and what they are hoping to get out of college. For example if you know you have never been big into partying make sure to ask them how often they plan to go out and things of that nature.

 

Establish Boundaries

Even early on it is important to establish boundaries. Let them know when you plan to go to bed, how you feel about having people in the dorm, what your ideal study environment is. These are all important factors and can make living with someone a lot less confrontational and go a lot smoother.

Realtionships are obviously going to be a thing with some people you come across, establish how often they plan on having their significant other over just to make sure it won’t interfere with you and your dorm experience.

 

Clean Up Your Social Media

This was one of the first things I did when I started searching for a roommate. Delete any old and embarrassing posts from all your social media platforms, it makes you look more professional and let’s face it you needed to get rid of those posts. Anything you wouldn’t want to see on a potential roommates social media should be something you should delete to ensure you look professional and serious about college.

 

Talk About Dorm Ideas

Everyone wants their dorm to look good, once you find someone who you think is a good fit for you make sure you establish things like color scheme, what you have purchased, what they have purchased and any future planned purchases. This eliminates the possibility of buying duplicate things and makes sure the dorm will looked as put together as possible.

 

Meet Up If Possible

I was fortunate enough for my roommate to only live about ten minutes from me so we tend to get lunch and just get to know each other better. If your roommate lives far away see if there is any possibility of meeting up before college. People are a lot different through social media and messaging than they are in person so it may be worth it to take a mini road trip to go and meet them.

If your college does only random assignment then you will get the contact information of the person and can plan meeting up that way if it is something you both really want to do.

 

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How to Find the Perfect Roommate