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ok i am almost afraid to ask this ...but am i cheap? or tacky?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Dar, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    after talking with my aunt about how much it has cost her to outfit my cousins collage dorm with all the fixins i decided i was gonna start now for my oldres child...but is this a tacky way of doing it?

    I have been on free cycle quite a bit getting rid of odds and ends lately and i have been seeing ads for dishes, book cases, computer desks...ect..

    i have no issue with taking used furniture (except beds eww)

    but if i collect the dishes and mixing bowls pots, pans, is that nasty? gross?

    I have also seen dishes a full set of plain blue dishes at the second hand store for $2

    I wont be giving him this stuff as a gift...its to save me money in a year when he is off to college, in todays economy i cant afford the $2000 my aunt just spent on "the lil things" thats not for the cost of the big items either but thats another rant..lol
     
  2. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    well, if that is tacky, then I must be the "Queen of Tackiness", lol. I think that is very wise on your part.
     
  3. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think that is a very smart way to do it- not a bit tacky!!
     
  4. katiek

    katiek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No way!!!

    It's easy to sanitize dishes! Just put them in a sink of warm water with a splash of clorox. Or wipe down furniture with a clorox wipe!

    Thrift stores and freecycle are the way to shop!!!

    Why spend the money? Why polute the environment by having more products be made? There are plenty of nice plates, silverware, desks, books, etc out there!

    Save the environment and save money!

    It's not tacky, it's recycling! [​IMG]


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  5. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    If your child is going into a dorm, they shouldn't need pots, pans, plates and furniture. If they are going into an apartment they will. That being said, who says every kid needs a new stuff for a college dorm. They aren't going to be spending their time taking care of stuff so leftovers from grandma's attic or freecycle should be fine. After I graduated from college, my first apartment was furnished with a variety of other people's castoffs, and I was happy to have them. When I went to college, I took bedding and towels we had at home, nothing new.

    What I've heard are the big expenses for dorm rooms these days are chargers for the variety of electronics...cell phones, computers, ipod, and the like. And for all the extras kids feel they need: TV, frig, coffee maker, yadda yadda
     
  6. piecemaker

    piecemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wish I'd thought to do that 2 years ago when my son went to college. I say do now because later you may not be able to afford to do it with new stuff.
    piecemaker
     
  7. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

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    Quote:Me too! LOL! I love dollar general for nice but cheaper lamps or Freds, etc!

    You are smart impo! [​IMG] That money could be spent else well that you save, saying paying off debt [​IMG]
     
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    College kids practically live at the Goodwill. It's part of being a college student to have garage sale, dollar store and second-hand store stuff. [​IMG]

    Don't worry about the braggity-brag aunt. They're the exception, not the norm.
     
  9. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Go for the second hand stuff.....wish I had done that when my daughter went to University....I have learnt my lesson should my boy eventually go......recycle every time.

    It's surprising how much gets broken also, so, second hand is the best way forward...... good luck...
     
  10. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
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    mom'sfolly :

    If your child is going into a dorm, they shouldn't need pots, pans, plates and furniture. If they are going into an apartment they will. That being said, who says every kid needs a new stuff for a college dorm. They aren't going to be spending their time taking care of stuff so leftovers from grandma's attic or freecycle should be fine. After I graduated from college, my first apartment was furnished with a variety of other people's castoffs, and I was happy to have them. When I went to college, I took bedding and towels we had at home, nothing new.

    What I've heard are the big expenses for dorm rooms these days are chargers for the variety of electronics...cell phones, computers, ipod, and the like. And for all the extras kids feel they need: TV, frig, coffee maker, yadda yadda

    The only reason to buy new sheets for a dorm room is if they have an odd size bed, like an "extra long Twin." Sometimes there is laundry service available, but it's still cheaper to buy two sets of sheets.

    Definitely don't buy new things for a dorm room or apartment. If your college allows you to purchase a frig or microwave and bring it, find someone who is graduating who is selling theirs. My sons had a "micro-fridge" that we bought used, and it still worked after all 3 of them had used it.

    These are smart things you are doing!​
     

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