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Small Coffee Bar Ideas

Small Coffee Bar Ideas

Small Coffee Bar Ideas on a Budget

Looking to create a small coffee bar? Here are some small coffee bar ideas that you can create on a budget.

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Small Coffee Bar Ideas on a Budget

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THE PROBLEM

One of the problems with an apartment is a small kitchen with a small amount of counter space. This picture shows my daughter’s apartment kitchen counters on move in day – not much there!

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So what is a little apartment kitchen with no counter space to do? Add some with a bar cart. You can use a bar cart for a lot of things – for drinks, to serve food to a gathering, or as a coffee bar. These girls start their days with coffee so we chose to make a small coffee bar.

And if you are in college or just starting out, you need small coffee bar ideas on a budget!

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The first step to creating a small coffee bar on a budget is to find a reasonably priced bar cart. Many affordable carts in all finishes are available on websites like Amazon and Zulily. This iDesign bar cart cart came from Zulily.

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ASSEMBLE THE CART

A budget bar cart will come in a box and will need to be put together. Don’t let that scare you. Assembling a bar cart is super simple. My daughter and I were able to easily put it together  in about 15 minutes. The only tool we needed was a phillips head screwdriver. I even forgot to take my Covid mask off. (I was wearing it because the other girls and some of their parents were in the apartment.)

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One of the best things about a bar cart is that they almost always have casters. Being able to move the cart around is handy in a small space if you want to rearrange.

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SMALL COFFEE BAR IDEAS

Your coffee bar will need several items:

The first is a coffee maker. A Keurig is easy to use and the pods are inexpensive compared to other types of single serve coffee makers. You can save money by buying refillable pods and putting your own ground coffee in the pods. If you use refillable pods, I recommend filters. I make a pot of coffee every morning in my Keurig caraffe. Using filters in the refillable pods is the only way to go to avoid the mess of cleaning the pod all the time.

A fun addition to the coffee bar are coffee flavoring syrups. Don’t forget to get the pumps as well.

Add a plant or other decorations to add personality to your cart.

We added a mug tree. The gold looks modern and sets off nicely against the black cart. The gold mug tree came from Amazon.

You need mugs for your coffee and you cannot go wrong with white mugs. They also set off well against the black cart. The white mugs came from Target. Here is a similar white mug set from Amazon.

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If you have room, you can add water bottles or a container for your coffee pods. These green Perrier water bottles add more personality and color to this small coffee bar.

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DOESN’T IT LOOK AMAZING!

This small coffee bar is so cute. What fun to grab coffee from this coffee bar every morning on their way to class. (Or to their desks in their rooms. It is 2020 after all.) You can use these small coffee bar ideas to make a coffee bar of your own.

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College Apartment Kitchen Ideas

College Apartment Kitchen Ideas

College Apartment Kitchen Ideas 

 

My daughter and her friends moved into their first college apartment last week. I was overjoyed to help them with some college apartment kitchen ideas. We worked to set up and organize their pantry and their refrigerator. We also styled a bar cart as an adorable coffee bar.

You can find all of the details, cool things for a college apartment, and the steps we took to organize their college apartment kitchen.

 

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College Apartment Kitchen Ideas

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COLLEGE APARTMENT KITCHEN IDEAS TO ORGANIZE YOUR REFRIGERATOR

A shared refrigerator can turn into a big jumbled mess pretty quickly, so we worked to give each girl a spot to store their food. We started with 4 – 8″ Fridge Binz Caddies from Zulily – one for each girl. I made labels for each bin with their names. It is nice for each person to have their own space in the refrigerator in a shared college apartment kitchen.

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The girls selected mostly grab and go items like cuties, yogurt, and individual snacks as well other refrigerated foods they wanted to have at home.
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Their refrigerator is organized and super functional thanks to these bins from Zulily.

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COLLEGE APARTMENT KITCHEN IDEAS FOR THE PANTRY

They decided they wanted to organize the pantry by category. We used food storage bins from Zulily. I made labels for categories like pasta, breakfast, baking, and snacks.

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Organizing their pantry from the beginning will keep them from having to conduct a major cleanout later. The bins give them a place for each type of food and they will be able to put groceries away right into their proper spot.
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We had an extra bin and decided to use it for cleaning supplies under the sink.
COLLEGE APARTMENT KITCHEN IDEAS: HOW TO MAKE A COFFEE BAR

College apartments often have very little counter space. A bar cart is the perfect solution. It can be added to the living area of the apartment and set up as a coffee bar.

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This iDesign bar cart from Zulily was easy to transport from home in its box. My daughter and I were able to easily assemble it in about 15 minutes.
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The casters on the bottom are a great addition. They will be able to move the cart around anytime they wish.
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We had the best time styling the cart with their coffee maker, syrups, Perrier, and some mugs.

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By the end of the day four college students with the help of their parents had moved into the apartment. They are all set to go for the year with these college apartment kitchen ideas and items from Zulily.
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College Survival Kit

College Survival Kit

College Survival Kit

 

A College Survival Kit is a perfect gift or DIY project for a soon-to-be college student. Some kits are cute with puns and tags. Others are a collection of items for a dorm room. This college survival kit is meant to go in the bottom of a backpack or in the car of a college student to have on the run when emergencies arise.

Whether they are in desperate need of a snack or cup of coffee, have unexpectantly started their period, or have a splitting headache, this college survival kit will be there for them when they need it.

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HOW TO MAKE A COLLEGE SURVIVAL KIT

started with this clear bag I found on Amazon. They came in a set of three, which is handy if you are making gifts for several people. I was looking for something small enough for a backpack or car console. I also liked that I could easily apply the labels to a clear bag as opposed to a fabric bag. The clear bags can also be taken into an NCAA sporting event that requires clear bags.

Packed Party has some absolutely adorable and superb quality bags that could also be used. I carry one of their bags in my purse for my lipglosses, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, etc. It is such a good bag because it has a vinyl liner.

Your college survival kit does not have to have a label, but when it is given as a gift, it dresses it up. I made the label with my Cricut machine.

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WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A COLLEGE SURVIVAL KIT

Tylenol or other pain reliever: In case of the sudden onset of a headache or other pain.

Hair Ties: Sometimes a hair tie breaks or it is windy outside or a college girl just decides she wants to pull her hair up.

Tissues: Tissues can be used in an emergency to wipe up a small spill, help fix smeared makeup, or for their original purpose, to wipe a nose.

Feminine Products: No explanation needed. Periods come sometimes at very inconvenient times!

A Small Healthy Snack: A college girl may find herself in need of a snack between classes or when she absolutely cannot break away from studying or a group project.

Lip Balm: Chapped lips are no fun.

Nail File: Nails break and start snagging on everything. A nail file can be a really handy item in a pinch.

Safety Pins: Loose hem, button that won’t stay buttoned, blouse that is showing more than you thought when you left the dorm….

Band Aids: For a cut finger or shoes that are blistering a heel.

Starbucks Gift Card: Sometimes a cup of their favorite beverage is an emergency and what is a college student to do if she is out of money. The college survival kit to the rescue!!

Hand Sanitizer: Unfortunately our kids are going back to school during a pandemic. They cannot have too much hand sanitizer.

Mask: They will also need a collection of masks – some for their room, one for their backpack, one for the car. Most schools are not going to allow them in a building or a classroom without a mask. Having an extra one in their college survival kit will be a life saver if they accidentally left theirs somewhere or dropped it outside on the way to class. Good to always have an extra clean one in case theirs is dirty or a strap breaks.

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OTHER ITEMS TO THINK ABOUT INCLUDING

Antacid tablets

Small multi-tool

Breath mints

Small sewing kit

Sticky notes

Pen/Pencil/Highlighter

Stain remover pen

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A college survival kit makes a great graduation gift or college item to make for your daughter before she heads off to school this fall.

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College Admissions Glossary of Terms

College Admissions Glossary of Terms

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS GLOSSARY: ALL THE TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW 

The college application world has a lingo all its own with terms like “FAFSA,” “Early decision,” and “High School Code Number.” I have listed below all the college preparation and application terms you need to know to help you talk like a native.

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College Admissions Glossary: All The Terms You Need to Know

ACT (AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING PROGRAM)

A standardized college admission test. It features four main sections: English, math, reading and science — and an optional essay section.

ADMISSION TESTS

Also known as college entrance exams, these are tests designed to measure students’ skills and help colleges evaluate how ready students are for college-level work. The ACT and the College Board’s SAT are two standardized admission tests used in the United States. The word “standardized” means that the test measures the same thing in the same way for everyone who takes it.

APPLICATION FEE

Many colleges will require a non-refundable application fee. Waivers are available for students who are unable to pay the fee.

ARTICULATION AGREEMENT

An agreement between two-year and four-year colleges that makes it easier to transfer credits between them. It spells out which courses count for degree credit and the grades you need to earn to get credit.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

A two year degree granted after satisfactory completion of study at a community/junior college or some four year colleges.

CANDIDATES REPLY DATE AGREEMENT (CRDA) (or “DEPOSIT DAY”)

An agreement many colleges follow that gives applicants until May 1 to accept or decline offers of admission. This agreement gives students time to get responses from most of the colleges they have applied to before deciding on one.

CLASS RANK

A measurement of how your academic achievement compares with that of other students in your grade. This number is usually determined by using a weighted GPA that takes into account both your grades and the difficulty of the courses

COALITION APPLICATION

A standard application form accepted by members of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. You can use this application to apply to any of the more than 90 colleges and universities that are members of the Coalition.

COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY

An essay that a college requires students to write and submit as part of their application. Some colleges offer applicants specific questions to answer, while others simply ask applicants to write about themselves. Colleges may refer to this as a “personal statement.”

COMMON APPLICATION

A standard application form accepted by all colleges that are members of the Common Application association. You can fill out this application once and submit it to any one — or several — of the nearly 700 colleges that accept it. Go to the Common Application.

CONCURRENT/DUAL ENROLLMENT

A process of allowing high school students to take college-level courses that can be transferred to a college for credit.

CREDIT HOURS

The number of hours assigned to a class. You need a certain number of credits to graduate with a degree. Colleges may also grant credit for scores on exams, such as those offered by the College Board’s AP Program® and CLEP.

CSS/FINANCIAL AID PROFILE

A financial aid form required by many colleges, universities and private scholarship programs in addition to the FAFSA. CSS/PROFILE is used in awarding private financial aid funds. Students pay a fee to register for the CSS/PROFILE and have reports sent to institutions and programs that use it

DEFERRED ADMISSION

Permission from a college that has accepted you to postpone enrolling in the college. The postponement is usually for up to one year.

DEFERRED DECISION

A delay by a school in making a decision to accept or deny a student. The applicant will be notified is they have been deferred.

EARLY ACTION (EA)

An option to submit your applications before the regular deadlines. When you apply early action, you get admission decisions from colleges earlier than usual. Early action plans are not binding, which means that you do not have to enroll in a college if you are accepted early action. Some colleges have an early action option called EA II, which has a later application deadline than their regular EA plan.

EARLY DECISION (ED)

An option to submit an application to your first-choice college before the regular deadline. When you apply early decision, you get an admission decision earlier than usual. Early decision plans are binding. You agree to enroll in the college immediately if admitted and offered a financial aid package that meets your needs. Some colleges have an early decision option called ED II, which has a later application deadline than their regular ED plan.

EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION

The amount a student’s family is expected to pay toward the cost of college.

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that all students to be considered for federal financial aid. Many colleges also require it for their in-house aid. For more FAFSA terms and information see How to Complete Your FAFSA.

FINANCIAL AID

Money given or loaned to you to help pay for college. Financial aid can come from federal and state governments, colleges, and private organizations.

FINANCIAL AID AWARD LETTER

A letter from a college or other financial aid sponsor that tells the student how much aid is being offered. The award letter also usually explains how a student’s financial need was determined, describes the contents of the financial aid package, and outlines any conditions attached to the award

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

A number that shows overall academic performance. It’s computed by assigning a point value to each grade you earn. See also Weighted Grade Point Average.

HIGH SCHOOL CODE NUMBER

The six-digit code number assigned to every high school by the American College Testing Program (ACT) and the College Board (SAT) for purposes of school identification. The number is required on all ACT and SAT registration forms, as well as college applications and many scholarship applications.

LEGACY APPLICANT

A college applicant with a relative (usually a parent or grandparent) who graduated from that college. Some colleges give preference to legacy applicants (also called “legacies”).

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

A letter written by a high school teacher, counselor, or other adult recommending the student for admission.

MERIT-BASED AID

Financial aid based on the student’s achievements whether academic, athletic, musical, or other achievement.

NEED-BASED AID

Financial aid awarded based on the student’s financial need.

NEED-BLIND ADMISSION

A policy of making admission decisions without considering the financial circumstances of applicants.

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

A tool on college websites that helps students calculate what they will actually pay each year for college at that school. The federal government requires schools to post this calculator.

OPEN ADMISSION

A policy of accepting any high school graduate, no matter what his or her grades are, until all spaces in the incoming class are filled. Almost all two-year community colleges have an open-admission policy.

PLACEMENT TESTS

Tests that measure the academic skills needed for college-level work. They cover reading, writing, math and sometimes other subjects. Placement test results help determine what courses you are ready for and whether you would benefit from remedial classes.

PRIORITY DATE OR DEADLINE

The date by which your application — whether it’s for college admission, student housing or financial aid — must be received to be given the strongest consideration.

REGISTRAR

The college official who registers students. The registrar may also be responsible for keeping permanent records and maintaining your student file.

REGULAR DECISION

The standard admission process and timeline for a school.

ROLLING ADMISSION

An admission policy of considering each application as soon as all required information (such as high school records and test scores) has been received, rather than setting an application deadline and reviewing applications in a batch. Colleges that use a rolling admission policy usually notify applicants of admission decisions quickly.

SAT

The College Board’s standardized college admission test. It features three main sections: math, reading and writing, which includes a written essay.

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

Hour-long, content-based college admission tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas: English, history, math, science and languages. Some colleges use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses as well as in admission decisions. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or earn credit for introductory-level courses.

SOPHOMORE STANDING

The status of a second-year student. A college may grant sophomore standing to an incoming freshman if he or she has earned college credits through courses, exams or other programs.

STUDENT LOANS

A method of paying for college through borrowing money. For more information about student loans see The Complete Guide to Paying for College.

TRANSCRIPT

The official record of your course work at a school or college. Your high school transcript is usually required for college admission and for some financial aid packages.

TRANSFER STUDENT

A student who enrolls in a college after having attended another college.

UNDERGRADUATE

A college student who is working toward an associate or a bachelor’s degree.

UNIVERSAL COLLEGE APPLICATION

A standard application form accepted by all colleges that are Universal College Application members. You can fill out this application once and submit it to any one — or several — of the more than 3,044 colleges that accept it. Go to the Universal College Application.

WAITING LIST

The list of applicants who may be admitted to a college if space becomes available. Colleges wait to hear if all the students they accepted decide to attend. If students don’t enroll and there are empty spots, a college may fill them with students who are on the waiting list.

WEIGHTED GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

A grade point average that’s calculated using a system that assigns a higher point value to grades in more-difficult classes. For example, some high schools assign the value of 5.0 (instead of the standard 4.0) for an A earned in an AP class.

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How to Get the Best Deals on Textbooks and College Essentials

How to Get the Best Deals on Textbooks and College Essentials

How to Get the Best Deals on Textbooks and College Essentials

 

Oh my, but the costs of a college education never end. Tuition and room and board are only the beginning. Then the school bookstore wants $298 for a textbook and you need to set up an entire living situation for your darling college student. If you are going to have to buy all this stuff, you don’t want to waste a cent doing it. With one already in college and one beginning this fall, I have researched How to Get the Best Deals on Textbooks and College Essentials. Read on for a few tricks from a mamma who has been there.

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How to Get the Best Deals on Textbooks and College Essentials

 

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The Best Deals on Textbooks

 

The first rule of buying textbooks is DO NOT log on to the university bookstore and put everything they recommend for the courses in your cart and check out. Your bill will be in the thousands and you will end up with materials your student does not need and that you have paid too much for. The school bookstore will put every resource related to the course that they carry. However, do print the list.

Next, go to Amazon. Search for the textbook. It helps to have the ISBN number (the little number on the back of every book above the bar code). If you do not have the ISBN number, make sure you search for the correct book by checking the title, authors, and edition. The best price will be to rent the textbook. Renting is a great option because your student will not have to think about what to do with the book at the end of the semester. They return it and are done with it. The drawback to renting textbooks is the risk of having to purchase the book if it is lost, damaged, or highlighted or written in “excessively.”

The next cheapest option is to purchase a used book. Because most of the textbook dealers list their books on Amazon, you can immediately see the prices from many different dealers.

If you like new books and don’t mind paying for them, Amazon also sells new textbooks.

As I have helped my kids purchase books, I start by checking Amazon. I write down the best price for renting and purchasing used books. Then I check other sites and the school bookstore. I almost always come back to Amazon, but occasionally there is a better deal somewhere else.

At the end of the semester or school year, list any books your student is finished with for sale on Amazon. You will get a much better price selling it yourself rather than taking what the school bookstore offers.

 

 

The Best Deals on Dorm Room Items

 

If you don’t want to spend too much on dorm room items, don’t over-buy. There are not many items that cannot be picked up later if your student needs them. Print out the free College Dorm Room Checklist. You do not need every item on the list or on any list. Lists are a guide of things to consider. When in doubt, don’t buy it yet.

There are a few stores we all think of when shopping for dorm items. They are listed below with strategies for shopping at each.

 

THE CONTAINER STORE

Nobody has cooler stuff than The Container Store. Anything you buy there will be of exceptional quality and will last all through college and beyond. The drawback is that their items are not cheap. Try to buy the more expensive items on sale (they rotate their sales on various products throughout the year.)  In addition all purchases over $75 are shipped free. Whether you are ordering online or going to the store, check out Raise for discounted gift cards. Most of the cards can be instantly downloaded, so once you fill your cart, go to Raise and buy a gift card at a discount, then use the gift cards to pay for your order. Cha-ching! Instant savings!!

Text CLASSOF2020 TO 22922 for 20% off your entire purchase between 7/16/20 and 8/16/20.

 

 

BED BATH & BEYOND

Everyone knows that BBB has 20% off one item coupons everywhere. They come in the mail. They are in magazines. They come via e-mail or text if you sign-up to receive promotional mail from them. In the stores you are able to use as many coupons as you would like in one transaction. Raise also sells BBB discounted gift cards for both online purchases and in store purchases.

 

TARGET

I am a Target shopper. I am in there at least once a week. If you have not downloaded the Target app, do it now. It is worth the time each shopping trip to search for the discounts they are offering through the app. I can’t remember how long I have had the app, but my home screen shows I have saved $473 since I began using it. I also have a Target Redcard Debit card. When the checkout person asks if you would like to save 5%, say YES! There is no other credit or debit card offering this kind of benefit on every purchase with no limit. Again, check the Raise app for Target gift cards to increase your savings.

 

IKEA

If you have never been to IKEA, book a trip. It is like Disney Land for furnishing and organizing small (or large) spaces. Their furniture is of good quality and is amazingly cheap. You will not beat their prices for so many items. They are a great spot for desks, tables, shelves, drawer units, rugs, and all things organizing.

AMAZON

Don’t forget Amazon for all your college needs. Is there anything they don’t have and have at a competitive price? Our family is Amazon Prime all the way. Free 2 day shipping on most everything they sell (plus many other benefits). I do not know how I would do Christmas without my Prime membership. Your student can use your membership while at school. They do not need their own. If you do not want a Prime membership, but your student could use one, an Amazon Prime Student is available for free for 6 months and then is half the price of the regular prime membership. I am excited about the [email protected] location. My son can receive packages and return things easily and securely with the Amazon lockers. It is also a rental book drop-off location. 

 

DORMIFY

I recently found out about an online store called Dormify. Dormify was founded by a mother-daughter team who were frustrated with the lack of fashionable dorm bedding and decor. Check out Dormify and use the code LETSGETIT for 20% off your entire purchase.

 

I wish summer would last forever. I love having my kids around the house, but back to school and the cost of back to school is inevitable. Knowing How to Get the Best Deals on Textbooks and College Essentials will protect your wallet while you stock up on the things your kids will need for the school year is a necessity! There are several ways to squeeze every penny out of each purchase. Make your best deal with coupons, sales, tax-free weekends, and apps, then search for a discounted gift card from Raise before you check out.

What are your tips for Back to School Shopping?

 

 

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Back to College:The Essential Guide

Back to College:The Essential Guide

Back to College: The Essential Guide

 

It’s almost here. Almost time to make the trek to college. From dorm and textbook shopping to planning for medical care away from home, it seems that there is more to do than there is time, so we better start planning. Back to College: The Essential Guide will give you all the information you need to prepare, pack, survive move in day without spending more than necessary, and embrace your empty nest.

Given the uncertainty of the entire college experience this year, it is paramount to prepare for that as well.

Back to college

Back to College: The Essential Guide

 

The Summer Before College

Before you say good-bye in August, spend some time preparing for the adjustment with your son or daughter. Navigating the Summer Before College by Dana E. Baker of Parenting in Real Life is a good place to start.

 

Shopping for the Dorm Room, Apartment, Textbook, and Other College Essentials:

 

Whether you are off to college for the first time or are a veteran, you likely will have some shopping to do. FREE Printable shopping lists for both dorms and apartments are available at the links below and below this post.

College Dorm Room Checklist.

New Apartment Checklist

Shannon of Skip to My Life has a wonderful video with Tips and Tricks for Organizing your Apartment. BONUS: All of the products she shows are from the Dollar Tree!

Melanie of Parenting High Schoolers shares  What Will Your Freshman Really Need in the Dorm? and also a list of Backpack Essentials.

And be sure to read How to Get the Best Deals on Textbooks and College Essentials for the skinny on how to get the best deals on textbooks and everything else on your list.

 

 

Packing and Surviving Move In Day:

After you have bought all of your stuff, you will need to pack it up and move it to school. Read about how to pack it all up, get it there, and how to survive move-in day.

How to Pack for the Move to College

Parent Survival Kit for College Drop Off

Another post to check out is Tips for a Great College Move In by Dana E. Baker of Parenting in Real Life.

 

 

College Parent Tips:

 

What if your college student gets sick? Whether it is a minor injury or a medical emergency, these posts will get you prepared.

Every student needs a small first aid kit in their room. This post will tell you how to make one:

How to Make The Best First Aid Kit for College

Unfortunately they may also need more than a first aid kit. Read about our experience when our son needed the emergency room and surgery at 3:30 on a Sunday morning while away at school in What to Do if Your College Student Has a Medical Emergency.

 

 

Care Packages:

 

While your college kid is away, be sure to send them plenty of care packages. Get tons of ideas from this list:

Care Package Ideas

 

Adjusting to an Empty Nest:

Start by taking the Empty Nest Super Power Quiz to find out how to embrace this new stage of life.

Read a great book about adjusting to the empty nest: The 10 Best Books for Empty Nesters

and follow the 8 Must Follow Instagram Accounts for Empty Nesters

Shannon Hale of Skip to My Life shares her empty nest experience is The Story Behind Skip to My Life.

She also shares some encouragement in her video Help for Empty Nest Moms.

Miranda Lamb of The Reluctant Cowgirl gives her tips for Coping When the Kids Leave Home.

 

No one ever said moving to college would be easy for the student or the parent. Thankfully we can help each other along by sharing our information and experiences. Share your best advice in the comments below to help other parents as they read Back to College: The Essential Guide.

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