It is time for the students to head back to school. College students are travelling this week and next week to their various colleges and universities. Of course, all the vans and cars have been rented out. Good if you are in the business. The stores are trying to cash in and only the parents and guardians are spending, and in many cases money is limited. So how do you make sure your money stretch as far as it can?
First- Buy only what is necessary to start college for the first week. Get the sheets, towels, a few general things like the note books, pens, and loose leaf paper and folders.
Second- wait to buy new text books. Sometimes courses are cancelled because enough students did not enrol, sometimes the books are available for rental at the book store, and sometimes they can be purchased used from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Third- In some cases you might be able to split costs with another parent you know whose child is using the same software program. usually you can share the software program on two computers (e.g. Anti-virus software is good for three pc’s and you can only use it for a year anyway, so why not split the cost).
Fourth Many states have a tax-free week, so check your favorite stores to find out when that is. During that week you can buy the laptop and the printer and the more expensive dorm furniture or clothes.
Fifth- The fifth tip is that as the students head back to school, especially if they are going to a foreign country, a new city, or a returning to college, remind them to keep their focus, to set their goals and to remember their purpose for being in school. They dont expensive gadgets. They just need a phone that can text and call. They are students – yes they can be sociable, but they are not there to party all week-end. Before you know it, the first semester will be over. Take the time to reinforce your love and support for them and remind them that you expect them to put into the practice the good values they were taught, and finally, pray for them if you believe in prayer.
Happy school year to all.