Off to College
Are you getting ready for your college move? Whether going off to college for the first time or returning for another year, there are some well-known rules to live by when it comes to planning your move, otherwise known as College Moving 101. Everyone knows that funds are low for full time students, so finding ways to save money on your college move is of the essence. Whether fleeing the nest to a rental or nearby college apartment shared with other classmates and/or friends, or going the more traditional route and residing at a college dorm room, your college move will go more smoothly if you follow these few easy planning steps. They will surely help you on your way.Make A List
First, you will want to get together with your prospective roommate/s, if at all possible. If not, by phone will do just as well. Together, you should brainstorm a list of all of the things that you will need for your apartment or dorm living space. Include furniture, bedding, toiletries, cleaning supplies and anything else you can think of that might be useful or necessary to supply. This way, you will have a complete list to work from while gathering your materials between you and your roommate/s. Of course, you can always add to this list as you think of things you may have at first forgotten.
Do an Inventory
Next, you and your roommates should take an inventory of what you already have and can provide from home. Each roommate should check off the items they can contribute from home and at no cost. Then those items can be removed from the master list, and whatever is left is what will need to be purchased for the big move. This master list and inventory can truly save you a bundle. Moms and dads will be happy to contribute things they do not use that are just hanging around the house collecting dust, especially knowing that the more they can provide from home, the less money they will need to put forth for store bought items.
Research Back-to-School Sales
If you were able to find everything you needed on your list, good for you!!! But more than likely, there will be many leftover wants and needs that still need purchasing. Your best bet is to then hit the back-to-school fliers and find the best deals. Bargain stores are all in competition with one another at this time of year and there are fantastic savings to be taken advantage of. So look up your leftover items and find the best deals that save you the most money. This step will be well worth the effort.
Divide Cost Of Final Expenses
Once you decide the best places to shop for the leftover items, add up the cost and divide it between the roommates. This of course, only goes for those items that will be shared in the apartment or dorm living space. Any individual picks that you find along the way will have to be paid for at your own expense. Moms and dads usually come in handy for those extras and are more than happy to provide for their little scholars.
College Moving Tips 101 will certainly save you both money and time. You will not have to about duplicating anything or buying anything unnecessarily; and with everyone involved in the planning, you will be less likely to forget something or spend more than anyone else in the living space. Going off to college is an exciting and memorable time in ones life. It can also be a bit overwhelming for some. Following the steps of College Moving 1101 will ensure a fair distribution of both funds, time and effort. This way no one roommate is left with the brunt of the cost and labor. It is also a nice way to begin to get to know your new roommate/s before the hustle and bustle of Move In Day.