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9 dorm money savers

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - This is the last weekend of freedom for most college students and it's time to get their dorm rooms ready for the year. Instead of breaking the bank on decorating the dorms, News Leader Nine has nine money-saving tips for those heading back to school.

When furnishing your student's dorm room, it's important to get the essentials but not break the bank. So we've put together nine money-saving tips for you.

The first is don't be afraid to look at discount stores for the items you need.

It's also be a good idea to ask friends and family members if they have anything extra laying around the house.

When it comes to technology, the highest price doesn't mean the highest quality. Our third tip is to try to shop around for laptops and printers.

Another money-saving tip we have is stick with solid colors. Sometimes they are less expensive and if you go with a print, you can't guarantee you'll keep it for the next four years.

When buying supplies for class, tip number five says make a list and stick to it.

If you're looking for team gear, skip the campus bookstore. You can easily find college logo's for less.

Tip number seven is buy a backpack with a warranty. Some companies will replace zippers or the entire bag if it rips.

You'll also want to try and find package deals like this kitchen set or buy items that have multiple uses. A footstool could be used for a table in a dorm room, and it opens up for extra storage. You should also look for trunks to move items, store things and convert it into extra seating or a table.

And the ninth tip is to wait to buy essentials -- like medicine, cleaning supplies and toiletries -- when they go on sale.

These tips will help your college student get what they need while saving the money you need.

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