Shopping for college is typically a straightforward procedure. Choosing the right laptop, wardrobe, books and dorm room accessories are relevant to the individual’s tastes and needs. But when it comes to bedding, you are in for a surprise. Dorm room twin mattresses are actually longer than standard twin mattresses. Therefore, finding sheets that fit is not as easy a process as picking out a pair of jeans. The requirements for any college student’s dormitory bed are a set of twin extra long sheets. But stopping at your local Macy’s may be a waste of time, as this is not a standard size of bedding that most department stores carry. Continue reading on to discover where, and how to buy the best college bedding for the value (same system will work for other hard to find college things too!)
Smart Tips for Shopping For College
The Big Sell Out
One of the biggest shopping challenges to engulf the back-to-school market is being told that a much-needed item is all sold out. Back-to-school items are quick sellers, and shoppers will notoriously hoard in to buy these things months before school even starts. In an article by USA Today, the author places bedding as being the first item on the list of required dorm room essentials, but expresses how twin xl bedding easily sells out. The article recommends that people buy these items earlier to avoid inventory running dry. But everyone is shopping early, so how is this productive? A practical solution would be
to buy online.
Online Shopping Made Easy
Considering how businesses will invest in SEO (search engine optimization), finding a product online is as easy as typing its subject matter into the Google search bar. But to get better results you can type the name of the thing you are looking for, and include sale price key words. For example, try typing “ twin XL bedding + cheap prices” and see what populates. You will have several brands and companies to choose from. Also, play around with the key words. As is often the case, companies will guarantee the lowest prices, and using appropriate key words will help you find those online stores. Then shop around and compare prices. It’s not like you have to drive form one store to another. Online shopping is easy, convenient, and offers good savings.
You Should Give a Sheet
Or in other words, you should care about the quality, style and comfort of your bedding. Just because you are trying to save money on college bedding, doesn’t mean you have to sleep on poorly made fabric that feels like cardboard. Find a company that offers a variety of colors and styles. Also, there is no need to spend loads of money on 1000 thread-count sheets. The industry standard in comfort and quality is 400. One smart line of thought would be to buy a 300 thread-count set of sheets. The difference in quality compares to the 400 almost always unnoticeable, but the price is! This is a great way to save money that can better be spent on many of college’s joys, such as textbooks and date-night.
I hope you find these tips for smart shopping for college helpful. Do you have any tips for college students that you would like to share? Please leave them in the comments below.
Guest post by freelance writer Al Stef.
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