College is expensive. With tuition, room and board, and decking out your dorm room, your budget can seem completely blown. Looking to save money as you head back to school? One way is to stick to buying the essentials. According to dealnews.com, here are 10 things college-bound kids can leave off of their lists.
In an age where nearly everything is going digital, and being environmentally conscious is a trend, many professors prefer students to submit projects via email rather than printing and stapling a stack of paper. If you ever do need to print anything, most campuses have student printers you can use for free or for a small fee that will cost less than the price of ink in the long run.
While tablets may be perfect for browsing social media and playing games to kill time between classes, they're not great for research papers and other major projects. It's best to stick with a laptop and switch to a tablet after graduation.
While it may seem necessary to bring every article of clothing you've ever owned, try to avoid dorm room clutter by packing only the clothes you've worn in the past few months. Chances are, you won't wear half of your wardrobe during your first semester of college. Think of it as an apparel test trial.
One word: Netflix. Because tons of movies, shows, and primetime episodes are available to watch on affordable streaming services, and limited free time with a college agenda, a TV is really a waste of space and an unnecessary hit to your budget.
Most college students don't have the time, space or energy to iron anything. Instead, opt for a wrinkle-release spray like this one from Downy.
Dorms have limited seating, so it's likely your bed will double as a study area, kitchen table and couch for guests. Stick to inexpensive bedding that you won't mind getting dirty, ripped or ruined.
An external hard drive
A high-end Laptop
Most inexpensive laptops have all of the tools you'll need to get your work done, so there's no need to invest in a high-end model.
A mini fridge
This may seem like a dorm room staple, but most students tend to chose the dining hall over the supermarket during freshman year, leaving the mini fridge empty for much of the semester. Skip it. If you do wind up needing one, most schools give the option to rent one for the year.
New iPhone models are usually released right after school begins, so it's best to leave it off your back-to-school shopping list. Even if you don't want the newest model, the release will likely cause earlier versions to drop in price.