Are you preparing to send your son or daughter off to college this fall? Are you working on a fairly tight budget to get all of the things that he or she will need to get settled into the dorm? Here, you'll find a few tips that'll help you find what your teen needs and advice on how to organize it until it's time for your teen to head off.
Rent a Small Storage Unit
If you start now, you'll have a small self storage unit full of stuff ready to go to college with your teen. Instead of struggling to find a place to store everything around the house, this unit gives you the opportunity to store it all in one place and remove the possibility that something goes missing before the departure date.
Look for a storage unit that allows access during the hours that you'd need access. Some storage facilities limit access hours to traditional business hours, but others do allow access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Also consider the location. Will you be able to make it to and from the storage unit without it being an inconvenience for you? Try to find a facility that you pass often. As long as you have to drive past it all of the time, it won't be too much trouble to stop in and pick up or drop stuff off as you need to.
Shop Used Goods
When it comes to furnishing a dorm room, you'll be able to find lots of goods that have been gently used. Instead of going out and dropping $125 for a new small refrigerator, you can pick a used unit up for much less.
Used goods can be found in many ways – there are Facebook groups that sell locally, as well as those that offer shipping for their goods. You can also find classified ad websites for your area that will direct you to any used items local to you.
Another option is to shop at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage or yard sales. Monitor the yard sale listings for your area – surely you'll find at least a few people that are offering college dorm items that their kids have used in years past.
You can prepare your teen for college without it costing you an extra arm and leg. Hopefully, the tips here will help you and your teen prepare for this next chapter in life.