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Old 07-19-2005, 09:36 AM
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Summer Shopping for College Bound??

Is anyone else buying gifts, supplies, dorm items for college bound kids? My brother is going back for his sophmore year so the family is busy looking for things he'll be taking back with him. I actually go an email from Sears the other day and it looks like they have a college dorm room line now. But these are designed by Ty Pennington from EMHO. I'm thinking of getting my brother one of the faux suede blankets...or one of those bedrest pillows. Some of the stuff is cute - TYU

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Old 07-22-2005, 12:03 PM
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My daughter is starting UCLA in September, so we're shopping for dorm stuff, too! My son is in his third year of college, so at least we're a little experienced. Of course, he was a pretty easy-going guy -- he didn't care if things matched or weren't new. My dd, however, wants all of the cute, matching dorm stuff that is advertised. We used coupons for "Linens 'n Things" and "Bed, Bath, and Beyond" stores, and that was a significant savings. The JC Penney catalog also has some good dorm deals, and there is usually a discount promotion to be found if you hunt on the internet before ordering!
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Old 07-23-2005, 06:11 AM
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My daughter will be returning to college as a Junior in the fall, so we've accumulated most of the bigger items that she needs. During the summer, I usually just pick up toiletries and other incidentals while out shopping so she will be ready by the end of August. Then on move-in day after the car is unloaded, we'll go to the grocery store near campus to pick up snacks, etc.

I was in Kohl's store yesterday and they have a nice selection of bedding (complete bed-in-a-bag sets) geared for college students.

Below is a link that I referred to while shopping for my daughter's freshman year. It is a packing list and I think that every item imaginable is on this list. (It also includes many items needed if your student is going to be in an apartment.) Happy shopping, all!
http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/1150/list.html
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Great! Thanks for all the feedback. Bed, Bath & Beyond and Linen's and Things are good suggestions. They're also close by. My brother ended up getting a few things from the TYU line over the weekend. He liked some of the blankets and pillows. He's not too picky - goes more for comfort and warmth!! So he really liked the items he got. For basic toilettries I think we'll end up going to a pharmacy store
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I have 1 going into her freshman year at college. This is a new experience for us as parents. The boys didn't go to a 4 year college.

We went to BB&B over the weekend. We stocked up on coupons and got alot things. We do need to get a few things.


For the ones that have done this before. Are there any tips for what they really need to buy and what they shouldn't take along to college?
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