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Best time to buy dorm stuff?

cherryswirl482cherryswirl482 Posts: 93Registered User Junior Member
edited July 2009 in College Life
I am moving into the dorms to start college in mid-August and have recently started looking at things I will need in the dorms. I was wondering if I should start buying stuff now or if sales will come in a few weeks. When is the best time to buy things like bedding and other living stuff?
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  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    Whenever you can find it on sale.
  • BananaSandwich15BananaSandwich15 Posts: 545Registered User Member
    ^^ yep.

    10char :p
  • LilyMoonLilyMoon Posts: 1,715Registered User Senior Member
    You can start looking around now, but many of the stores don't have all their college dorm stuff till end of July/beginning of August. We found that true of Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target, two of the places that have a lot of choices for the college dorm.
  • jumpconditionjumpcondition Posts: 86Registered User Junior Member
    You're likely to get better prices on dorm stuff and school materials after the rush. I start in late September, so that helps me.

    However, if you want a wider selection, consider taking a look soon, around July or August. Freshman year, since I bought my stuff so late, I wasn't able to find a twin, extra-long matress pad anywhere. I ended up purchasing a pad that was two feet too short.
  • frostburg2010frostburg2010 Posts: 648Registered User Member
    you could start shopping around for ideas now, but check back in mid-July for a good selection in stores. Target has some stuff now, but they are bound to have more in a couple of weeks. I haven't even set foot in BB&B yet because I know they won't have much of anything yet.
  • erhswimmingerhswimming Posts: 1,207Registered User Senior Member
    Check the Sunday ads for specials.
  • CollegepirateCollegepirate Posts: 69Registered User Junior Member
    I also start in mid August, but I just started shopping on Monday. Like everyone else here said, look for things on sale! Watch for coupons and check a store's website to see if there is an online promotion. In my personal opinion though, I wouldn't wait too long to begin shopping, because there are thousands of other people who have to get the same things as us.

    Oh, and here is a tip for getting you comforter set: Don't go to Bed, Bath and Beyond right away. Try Marshalls or TJ Max first. I bought a really nice set at Marshalls for $45 and saw almost an identical one at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $120 the next day.

    Good luck shopping!!!
  • tenisghstenisghs Posts: 3,955Registered User Senior Member
    Mid-July to August when the back-to-school sales begin
  • john02john02 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    I guess August will be best for shopping.
  • NLTisLOVENLTisLOVE Posts: 73Registered User Junior Member
    I already started (of course I only bought like towels and clothes)
    but
    I suggest going to outlets stores/malls, they have better prices (I just discovered it last week) and by digging you'll probably end up lucky and finding everything you need
  • C.ChanC.Chan Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    Thats not entirely true. I started shopping for dorm stuff maybe, one-two weeks ago at BBB and found a BUNCH of clearance bedding on sale, going for like $10 a piece. And they were REALLY good quality to. my advice is what applicantnot said: buy what you need when you see sales, no matter what the timing may be. :)
  • RNmomRNmom Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Mattress covers for twin XL can be found at JC Penney catalog, look in their current sale flyer. They also carry the sheets but my daughter did not like the quality.

    Found some at thecompanystore.com on clearence, better thread count, great price, you just have to buy flat, fitted and pillowcase as separates. Also liked the ones at Bed, bath and beyond just make sure you use a coupon. You can use these sheets on reg. twin beds, so before you buy 2 sets wash and try them to see if you really like them. You really need 2 sets Buy early because popular colors sell out. Found some I liked at TJ Maxx and Marshalls once but haven't seen for awhile.

    The blanket and comforter do no not have to be twin XL. Would not recommend buying the sets (sheets and comforters together as a set) because the quality is not as good.
  • sgtpepper08sgtpepper08 Posts: 566Registered User Member
    you should start shopping for major stuff now i.e. mattress pad, bedding, major furniture because it goes quickly. get it by at least the beginning of august. i found that slowing buying stuff helped me into the college/leaving home mode so it wasn't so sudden. other stuff like storage containers, desk equipment, ect can wait until august or even when you get there if you live near a target, bed bath, ikea ect.
  • xStevenxSteven Posts: 1,400Registered User Senior Member
    My family has been. We get a little at a time. I've got bedding, a laptop, and a printer now. I'll get more dormy things (tower storage dresser thing, etc) later.
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