Practical School and College Tips

Want less hassle when you arrive on campus?  Take advantage of pack and hold services for easy pick up and go.

Want less hassle when you arrive on campus?  Take advantage of pack and hold services for easy pick up and go.

Sending a graduate off to college this fall?  If you have not begun preparing, it is time to get down to business.  First, each year I share this #1 tip by clicking here to view information about HIPPA release forms.  Nothing is more important than peace of mind and your child’s well-being. 

Secondly, if your daughter or son chose a school a plane ride away or the car is too small to haul lots of stuff, then take advantage of shopping here and picking up there with pack and hold programs like the one offered by Bed, Bath and Beyond (BBB).  It’s a free service where your student can pick out what they want at a local BBB store, then grab and go at the BBB near campus if one exists.  I did this with my daughter and it was a blessing.  Our dorm move-in time was scheduled for the afternoon, so we picked up our awaiting bundle early in the morning hassle-free.  This is much cheaper and easier than shipping cross- country and no uncertainty about where and when the package will arrive, and who would be there to receive it.  Other services offered include shopping with a college expert and creating a registry to share with friends and family so your child gets just what they need or want.

Before you go overboard on purchases investigate how much space is available in the dorm or apartment, existing storage, policies governing wall hangings, and sharable items roommates are covering.

Download the BBB campus checklist and/or apartment checklist to ensure that daily living necessities are purchased.  Check out their 20% off College Savings Pass every time you shop until December 31, 2019.

No BBB nearby?   Target offers a similar program.  Act now to take advantage of a 15% off savings.

Finally, for complete dorm collections at unbeatable prices and attractive styles, try On Campus Marketing (OCM).  I took this route for my son.  I was hesitant at first, doubtful that the goods would be decent quality for such a reasonable price.  I was pleasantly surprised.  And the package was awaiting us on campus.  For mid $200s, his 27 piece collection included:

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2 extra-long flat sheets
2 extra-long fitted sheets
2 standard pillowcases
2 extra-fluffy machine washable pillows
1 extra-long reversible comforter
1 extra-soft fleece throw
1 extra-long quilted mattress pad
1 extra-long Memory Foam mattress topper
1 extra-long microplush blanket
2 all-cotton bath towels
2 matching cotton hand towels
2 matching cotton wash cloths
2 oversized bath sheets
1 laundry bag
2 underbed storage solutions
1 bedside storage caddy
1 clip fan
1 flexible clip lamp

If the prices don't entice you, keep this in mind:  OCM sends dollars back to your school for campus and housing programs and enriching the college experience.  They also donate to local charities and non-profits, such as United Way, American Red Cross, Women in Need shelters, Humane Society along with other worthy causes.

Happy shopping and an easy college life transition for you and your student.

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