With the fall semester well under way, students have gathered all their materials for classes, purchased their books and finished organizing their schedules for the semester.
While wandering around the green, the topic of conversation was where students got their supplies.
While many students were able to brag about how little they paid for their items, there were still some who were confused about how much they had to spend to get something as simple as a binder.
Kerry Green, a sophomore political science major, has been shopping steadily for weeks trying to find the best deals for her buck.
Green purchased a one and a half inch three ring binder from Staples for $2.
Maya Reeves, a transfer student and business major, purchased her school supplies a week before classes started.
Reeves’ mother purchased a binder from CVS, retailing for $7.49, $5.49 more than Green paid.
That could have purchased two binders ($4.00), a pack of index cards ($0.48) and one pack of pencil cap erasers ($1.00) from Staples.
Green said her must-have item was her desktop plastic storage drawer. It has three drawers and she purchased it from Staples. It retails for $17.99.
She said that it’s very useful to her because she has a habit of purchasing pens and days later having no idea where she placed them.
With that being said she dedicates one of the drawers to her writing utensils.
Reeves must-have item is Post-it notes. She purchased 1,200 Post-its from CVS so she could post reminders for herself all around her dorm room. These retail for $9.29.
She said this item is useful because she likes to write motivational phrases to help get her through the week.
Reeves said that reading something positive gives her an energetic boost that coffee just can’t give her, although she wishes she would have purchased her item somewhere else so she could have acquired them for a lower price.
By saving money on all the items students need for a successful school year they can focus less on the cost of their education.
Safa Allen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org