Things That a Freshman’s List of Essentials Should Include

If you’re off to University this year, then one of the things you’re probably dabbling with right now is a checklist. And one of the first things you should add to that checklist – if you haven’t already – are the essential things that you are actually going to need.

Maybe in the past you accompanied a friend or someone from your family to University, and if so, you probably noticed freshmen handling massive suitcases, more than a couple. The thing is – often students realize they carried unnecessary things or they forgot to bring something essential.

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Make sure you don’t forget these items when you start packing:

For Your Dorm Room

Because dorm rooms are usually small and you’re sharing the room with other people, you have to manage your own space efficiently and be considerate of your roommate’s space at the same time.

Of course you’ll want to decorate your space to make it as comfortable and welcoming for you as can be, but remember there is only so much you can squeeze into a tiny room.

  • 2 sets of bed sheets
  • Duvet cover
  • Mattress protector
  • Under bed storage trays
  • Drying rack for laundry
  • Folding chair
  • Adhesive hooks
  • Alarm clock
  • Shoe rack
  • Wall board
  • Bedside lamp

For Your Desk

Desk supplies are as important as anything else. Because you don’t want to be running to the shop in the middle of the University year or in full examination period to buy stuff like printer paper or pencils, stock up on these essentials early. Your can find most items at your local Staples store.

  • Notebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Calculator
  • Flash drive
  • Highlighter pens
  • Printer paper
  • Binders and folders
  • Stapler, scissors and tape
  • Pencil holder and pencil sharpener

For Kitchen Needs

If you’re thinking kitchen items are disposable stuff and you want to ditch them for additional clothing or decorating items, think about reconsidering that.

You might not get around to cooking yourself a decent meal three times a day, seven days a week – especially during term time – but self catering saves you money, it gets you socializing and you can cook whenever you want. You won’t have to depend on set meal times.

  • Cutlery set
  • Pan
  • Small crockery set
  • Chopping knife & chopping board
  • Casseroles
  • Freezer bags
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Mug & glass
  • Dish Soap

For Various Needs

This could be a very long list but since no one knows your needs better than you do, we’ll keep it short with some of the must-haves that need to go on the list first.

  • Bathrobe & shower shoes
  • Bandages
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Flat iron
  • Towels
  • Detergent
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Stain remover
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent

Things to Your Discretion

Electronics, clothing, toiletries and room décor are up to your discretion. Students usually bring along a TV, their iPod, curling irons, makeup, athletic shoes, bikes and video game consoles, but it is entirely up to you to decide what to carry along because this largely depends on your hobbies, style of dressing and personal needs.

Some students pack formal dress too, for example, and this is not such a bad idea since there are many events in University to attend.

This Year Best 4th of July Buys

As it often happens, every holiday comes with a set of advantages when speaking of best things you can buy.

If around Christmas time prices drop for things like home improvement tools and kitchen goods, and after Easter sale promotions bring about bargains for all sorts of tech related products, 4th of July is a great time also to stock up on a number of things.


Every year, retailers put out many products with deep discounts all throughout the 4th of July weekend, and these items usually sell fast. Since summer’s already kicked in full swing, you can expect good deals on summer related products like swimsuits, sunglasses, sunscreen, summer clothing and insect repellents, which are definitely going to pay off if you’re planning camping getaways this season.

Since we’re only a few days away from the 4th of July holiday, and most of the bargains happen days in advance, don’t wait too long if you want to get the best off sales events. You can score greatest deals on:

Summer Clothes

You wouldn’t usually get deep discounts on summer clothing while in season, but 4th of July is the time when retailers like J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have massive deals, even up to 80% off prices.

One thing though: be on guard as to impulse buying. Many clothing deals around this time target specific items, and you are better holding off for other sale events if you don’t actually need updating your wardrobe.

Outdoor Gear

Whether sports related or for hiking activities, camping and fishing, outdoor gear is another popular category to shop this holiday. There are many retailers and companies that drop prices on outdoor apparel, biking gear, camping essentials and fishing accessories.

Vacation time on, retailers want to get the most off customer’s shopping so if you’re looking to spruce up your outdoors collection, now’s a good time. Look to buy from sporting goods stores as opposed to department stores because the first usually offer the best shopping experience.

Patio Furniture

There’s no “now’s as good a time as any” when it comes to outdoor furniture. Although usually Memorial Day sales offer the best in regards to patio furniture deals, the 4th of July sales have plenty left to offer.

Most retailers have large inventories, and what’s still left from Memorial Day sales are put out around this time with big discounts. Retailers with an online presence also throw in free delivery on eligible orders so it’s good to check that out if you want to buy from a shop unavailable where you live.

Grills and Meats

Since barbecue season is on, grills and meats go hand in hand this 4th of July. Quality grills are sold with up to $100 less now, and some of the retailers throwing in best promotions are Cabela’s and Lowe’s for example.

And for stocking up on meats, a visit to the local grocer will definitely pay off. Walmart and Kroger are just two of the food retailers usually putting out best meat deals around 4th of July.  So whether you’re throwing a party or your freezer’s about to empty, this is a good time to restock.

Air Conditioners

If you were waiting for prices to drop on air conditioners, the time to shop is now. Air conditioner purchases are highly encouraged during this sales period, and even small appliances and various electronics go on sale now.

After the holiday, prices on portable as well as window units tend to maintain higher so your best chance of finding something with good features and at lower prices is to shop around the 4th of July holiday.

Costco Australia, one great place to do your shopping

Costco Wholesale Corporation operates an international chain of membership warehouses, under the “Costco Wholesale” name, that carry quality, brand name merchandise at substantially lower prices than are typically found at conventional wholesale or retail sources. The warehouses are designed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses reduce costs in purchasing for resale and for everyday business use. Individuals may also purchase for their personal needs.

As of May, 2014, Costco has 652 warehouses:

In May 2014 Costco opened another store in Australia bringing, as the Moreton Bay Regional Council mayor Allan Sutherland said, jobs and growth to the booming region. The North Lakes store will be the sixth Costco to open in Australia, and one of the few offering petrol to members.

Allan Sutherland underlined that Queensland is welcoming the new approach to retail that also promises to usher in a “new era at the petrol pump”.

“Costco will cement North Lakes’ reputation as a retail shopping destination for all of southeast Queensland, and that means local jobs and additional investment in our region.

He also saluted the hundreds direct and indirect jobs that were generated in the Moreton Bay Region with the Costco’s arrival and said that it’s also likely to create additional competition at the petrol bowser which is obviously good for local motorists and the local economy.

“If Costco’s success in the southern states is anything to go by, the opening of the North Lakes warehouse signals the beginning of a retail revolution that will deliver additional shoppers to the Moreton Bay Region and benefits for existing retailers.

“There’s a lot to be excited about,” he declared for The Courier Mail.

All Costco deals and specials from their sales catalogue are now available online, together with the store hours and details on how to get to every Costco store.

Wednesday is the Best Day of the Week for Grocery Shopping in the USA

Welcome to the speed generation, we are all so focused on how to get as much as we can from each and every work week and we have so less time to do all that we want. Still there is something that we are doing willingly or not: grocery. Not all have the fortune or mood to go out each and every day for every meal so we have to do it ourselves and the good thing is that we can cook as we wish. This basic need of every human takes us to the main issue: food shopping and which is the best time for saving time and money on groceries.

It seems that even experts on shoppers’ behavior and shoppers’ advisers agreed that Wednesday is a hot day to buy groceries. This is the day when approximately half of the retailers start their weekly sales for about half of the country. Just in case, you should better check to see when the flyers and circulars are released in your community.

The Hump Day was mainly known as the ideal time for getting the gas tanks on full. Before stations increase their prices for weekend drivers, the best time of the week to grab gas is declared to Wednesday. But maybe you should also take in consideration that supermarkets tend to decrease prices on items that soon will reach their expiration date during that time frame.

The middle of the work week may be the best food shopping day. Although it is considered that Wednesday is the best day to buy gas, this Hump Day is also a perfect day for getting those checks on your grocery list.

Whilst Fridays are full of shoppers, many grocery stores release their new sale ads on Wednesday so their sales flyers will hit the mailbox on Tuesday, with prices good from Wednesday on. If there is something needed for stock up the haunt of the isles should be made on Hump Day. This particular day brings less stress with the crowds and higher chances for good deals.

It seems that a consumer survey says monthly food budgets have decreased by 7% in the last year. This shrunk was explained by the rising gas prices and a still weak job market so the Americans had to reconfigure on spending less on groceries. Families earning less than $75,000 are saving the most, reducing grocery budgets by 10%.

Their saving method is as follows: 22% are shopping at cheaper stores, 43% are buying less food and more than half of shoppers are paying closer attention to what they’re putting in the carts. For even a better adjustment they should add Wednesday-night food runs to their list.

If you decide to go in the evening or a couple of hours prior to closing, you will understand why this time window is even greater. This is the moment when perishables are typically reduced for quick sale and the Produce, Bakery or Meat departments will often reduce the price by up to 50% to encourage quick sales being concerned about having too much stock left over at the end of the day.

To conclude, Wednesday is not only the day that announces the coming of the weekend but also the perfect time to go and get that offers that matter from your favorite grocery stores.

To shop or not to shop on Black Friday… this is the question

Black Friday used us with discounts, unbearable and hard to resist temptations and huge crazy crowds of people. Then it brought us the online sales that helped with crowd control. Still, this concept raises some questions: why does this day starts for some stores in July and ends in December? Are they really all discounts or honey for the bears? Should we really get stressed on how to grab that deals or chill?

We are all a big and happy consumers “family”. We like shopping and use it in any way we can. We are deceived by beautiful offers that are only a mist. Should we or shouldn’t we go hunting for deals on Black Friday? Every man for himself can decide that … but take in consideration these facts:

If you decide to shop, don’t go to the mall and make tons of purchases you’ll later regret. Keep your shopping appetite under control and everything will work out fine.

Going to shop on Black Friday is like getting a ten dishes dinner if you are overweight. If you buy too much you will have consequences following shortly… and they won’t be gentle.

Don’t go making foolish buying decisions. The most common error occurs when we are drawn into the store by the possibility of an incredible doorbuster deal. Usually, these deals are available in a limited number of units and when shoppers lose this deals, sometimes they go ahead and buy a similar item—for a much more expensive price just because they just don’t like to be left out. They also hate the idea that they could come home empty-handed after waking up before dawn, tired and begging for a coffee, and driving to the mall, the entire experience proving to be a gigantic waste of time. They want to participate and get the action, even if that means getting much less for much more $.

And here is the bare truth: there are alternatives to Black Friday shopping – you could also just not shop. This is permitted. Chill and buy nothing at all. Will you miss out? Of course. But that is OK. There have been “pre-Black Friday” and early Cyber Monday sales, there will be Cyber Monday itself, and surely there will be more and more deals to come after that. You can’t go shopping during all of these “precious” sales. Nor should you try.

Last but not least, educate yourself before you buy! If you are looking to make a big purchase make sure you know the pros and cons of what you are shopping for before you get started.