4 Things New Students Should Know to Buy Online Instead of In-Store

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  • A new college student must find ways to save money, and one of those ways is buying things online rather than going to the local shopping mall.

    Today, it is easier than ever to shop online with a debit or credit card, and you can have things delivered to your college’s residence hall in only a few days.

    Here are some of the things that you can buy online to save money.

    Textbooks for Classes

    After you register for classes at college, get a list of the required textbooks, and begin to look for the correct books at several online stores. This is generally much cheaper than buying them at your universities bookstore, especially as you can find more used and older edition books.

    The best way to do this is by having the international standard book number for each textbook. As you research the price of textbooks, keep a list of the cost of each book along with the shipping charges.

    Depending on the class, you might be able to get away with getting a different edition of the book that costs cheaper online.


    If you need to buy a new laptop for school, then look for one online. Many electronic stores only stock a few of these items, and it is often the highest-priced computers rather than the budget-priced ones.

    After selecting a computer, you can also order the required accessories. At the same time, this is a great way to buy other electronics such as smartphones or televisions.

    Beds and Bedding

    You don’t need to travel from one store to another to find a comfortable bed and new bedding for your apartment or residence hall room. You can buy mattresses online from stores that offer great descriptions and full-color photographs. At the same time, you can order a box springs, a bed frame and bedding.

    If you spend enough money, then you often get additional discounts along with free shipping, making the process quick and less expensive. Remember that even if you think it might be cheaper to get the mattress alone, a bedframe and box springs help it last longer, and will be more cost-effective in the long run.

    Sporting Goods

    Whether you are enrolled in a physical education class at school or just into fitness, you will need athletic shoes, special garments and sporting goods equipment. Make your life easier and save money by ordering these items online. In just a few minutes, you can order all of the items required for extracurricular sports or for your physical education classes, and you won’t need to spend several hours in a store looking for the correct sizes, colors and styles.

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    Understand Return Policies for Online Shopping

    Before placing an order at an online store, make sure to understand the return policies in case something doesn’t fit or is broken during the delivery. Keep track of the delivery time for your purchases so that you can prevent theft from your residence hall or apartment.

    Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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