If your kids are heading off to college this year, using moving and storage options wisely can help reduce the waste of rebuilding your possessions every year, ultimately cutting costs.
Outfitting my freshman dorm at the University of Redlands cost over $500, and better furniture was sitting in my parents’ basement gathering dust. Why not pass along outdated home furniture to your college-bound kid? The moving cost is a fraction of buying it new – and by “new” I mean second-hand and orange.
Three months of storage is almost always cheaper than the cost of moving stuff back and forth or replacing it year after year. That’s especially true if your child makes a couple of new friends who can share a storage space in their college town. Suggest an acceptable budget and give him the mission of gathering partners to make his (and your) life easier.
Buying disposable stuff is a college ritual. That’s true. But if the stuff is managed properly, there’s no need to dispose of it. That means that instead of getting everything on the cheap, a college student can incrementally invest in some quality furniture (even if it’s second-hand) that will last through the first couple apartments she rents after finishing school.
The bottom line is this. If you’re in college, you’re going to blow through a lot of money on stuff unless you manage it well and minimize waste. If you’re the parent of a college kid, it’s probably your money that’s being blown. Creating a strategy for managing that stuff will save money. And it will reduce the stress of college, freeing you up to spend more time drinking beer and reading Neitzche.