Best Advice for Grads & Savings Wish List – #conGRADS2u Twitter Party Wrap-Up
As always, thank you to everyone who participated in our #conGRADS2u Twitter Party. It’s always amazing to us how great everyone is during these, and you always have the best stories to tell. As promised, we wanted to give you a little wrap up that includes not only some of the ways you can save on the things you or your grad need, but also some of the great advice that you had for those in your life starting their next steps.
Let’s start with one of our favorite things – Savings! Beginning with some of the big things, like furniture and home decor for those new apartments. Tempting as it may be to go out and buy these either right away because you are excited, or wait until the last minute so you don’t need to store everything; the best time to buy is actually in July. Because of the summer sales combined with holidays like Fourth of July, this is the best time to buy not only furniture, but home decor. Shop for dishes and dinnerware during the month of June and all of those bed linens in August right before everyone goes back to school. Bed Bath and Beyond will have some great sales during the summer on almost everything you need, but make sure to bring your coupons or grab a coupon code online. Keep a lookout for those Fourth of July furniture sales in your Valpak envelope or online. Also, it doesn’t hurt to ask about the floor models, they tend to be marked down even further.
Textbooks can be pricey for any college student, and a shock to any first time students. Every so often there is a program that includes books in the tuition, but a majority of the time that isn’t the case. Chegg is an online book retailer where you can get new or used textbooks for almost any class – you can even rent them to save more money! We always suggest going used unless it is absolutely necessary to buy new to keep the cost down. If you decide to buy and not rent, don’t forget to sell them back when the semester is over, you can recoup some of your expense and use it towards the following semester. An added bonus of Chegg is that you can even get help with your homework!
July and August are both great times to score deals on laptops, tablets and all of your electronics. These two months boast not only summer savings, but also sales for Fourth of July and Back to School. Watch for advertised sales from some of the big retailers like Best Buy, Dell, Toshiba or HP. Of course you can also check Target and Walmart as well to see what they are putting on sale during this time of year.
Now that we have talked about how to save on some of those pricey items, let’s get a little more sentimental – we asked what piece of advice you thought was important to give to a new graduate, and you had some great responses! See below: