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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Happy Budgeting -Karla