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10 Ways to Get Free School Supplies – The Rented Life

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It’s that time of year again — back to school! Time to get all of your new school supplies for this semester’s classes! Only problem: school supplies are EXPENSIVE, especially at the beginning of the academic calendar! Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of 10 Ways to get Free School Supplies!

  1. Shop at home — the number one way to get free school supplies is to go through the mess at home. Either do this yourself, or
    ive your parents a call to see if they can mail you any old binders, notebooks, pencils/pens, etc. Lord knows we did NOT use all of the things we bought in high school!
  2. Grab ad-pens — lots of on-campus organizations hand out free pens/pencils at the start of the year to advertise. Doctors offices and banks do this as well. Don’t forget to say thank you!
  3. Continue where you left off — if you have a notebook from last semester that’s only been 1/4 filled in, don’t buy a new one! Pick up where you left off and chances are you STILL won’t finish with it.
  4. Recycle printed assignments — all of those one-sided essay prints can be reused for future printed assignments. Most teachers will be fine with recycling printer paper as long as you cross off the old assignment and make it clear which side you’re turning in.
  5. Go to Welcome Week… even if you’re not a freshman — as long as you can sneak in (which is usually pretty easy), Welcome Week activities are PACKED with free stuff, a lot of which includes school supplies!
  6. Ask office friends — if you’ve befriended someone who either has an office job or works in an office supplies store, it’s best to get on their good side because once the school year rolls around they could get you some great discounts!
  7. Go to local fairs / conventions — the end-of-summer season is popular for things like Minnesota’s State Fair (where I’ll be headed this weekend!), at which lots of local organizations will be handing out free pens, pencils, and other knick-knacks!
  8. Use coupon books — Universities pass these out at the start of every year and most students toss theirs in the trash — don’t! Chances are there are some pretty good deals on school supplies, and much more!
  9. Take advantage of BookRenters’ free insertsBookRenter often includes free inserts of school supplies with textbook orders!
  10. Check Facebook — there are plenty of university Facebook groups dedicated to moving sales. Sometimes kids will give away things they just want to get rid of, and a lot of the time they will give away free school supplies!

Happy bargain-hunting!



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Unexpected College Essentials

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There are certain neccesities that should be on your back to school shopping list that may not be there. And I don’t mean the big things like laptops, textbooks or a bag. These are the types of items that you don’t know you need until you’ve experienced the downfall of not having them. Like sitting in class with soggy socks, realizing you didn’t do that day’s assignment because you forgot and you can’t focus on what the professor is saying because on top of all that, you’re starving and can think of nothing else but a big juicy cheeseburger.

Three little inexpensive items can save you from all that:

Rain Boots

This may be the MOST helpful item you purchase in your ENTIRE college career! It may not seem so now, but when you have to travel to school or your campus is very large and you have to walk to class in the pouring rain you’ll be remembering my words: BUY RAIN BOOTS! Having soaked feet and socks is already bad, but having to stay on campus all day long with those soggy things is the most distracting and uncomfortable thing EVER!


One thing college students forget to do is EAT! Mom’s not there to cook your meals and make sure you’ve had a hearty breakfast so it’s really important for YOU to remember, Snacks are a great help. Just carry around some cookies, a sandwich, some veggies, anything that you like to snack on; every day! Hunger will surely distract you from your lesson, ESPECIALLY a boring one! Plus, it’s super embarrasing when your stomach starts to grumble REALLY LOUD and everyone stares at you!


Although you may think you’ll remember everything, YOU WON’T! Carry around a daily planner to jot down anything that’s important. Whether it be due dates for papers, readings for that day, an appointment with your advisor or making a note to call Mom that day, WRITE IT DOWN! You’d be suprised how quickly and easily you can forget things. This way, just check your planner every night and make sure you did everything you had to do that day.    Though they may seem simple and obvious, a lot of people don’t realize they need these things. Don’t wait until you actually NEED them, have them ahead of time to save yourself!

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Back to School Checklist

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Cute curtains, sharpened pencils, and a snazzy backpack: cross your X’s and O’s!

by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw

I’m currently in a state of shock about going back to school. It’s the end of August already? Didn’t summer just start like…yesterday?!

Although I shall dearly miss my tan and my parents’ cooking, I can‘t wait to go back to school shopping. I just love buying lots of empty white notebooks, fresh pens, and let’s not forget – as many clothes as my paycheck will allow.

Clothes are the fun stuff, but you will also need the basics to get you through the term. Here are some important items to help you have a great year!

1. Furnishings. Cute sheets, matching curtains,  a rug, and kitchenware: the list goes on and on.  (Editor’s Note: You might want to invest in a nice lamp.)

by EvelynGiggles

2. A planner. Was that theology paper due on Tuesday? Is the toga party this Friday? Having a place to organize assignments and social activities is vital, or you might be show up to Theology class in a toga. No thanks.

3. School supplies. There’s nothing like heading off to class on the first day with a book bag filled with pencils (before everyone around you “borrows” yours) and fresh white sheets of notebook paper just waiting to be filled up with knowledge and doodles.

4. Books. Going to the bookstore and watching my bank account dwindle as I buy hundred-dollar textbooks that I’ll read once has always been an expensive part of my checklist. Luckily, now that I’ve discovered BookRenter, I can spend way less money for the same textbooks by renting them instead!

5. Backpack…or something to carry your textbooks and laptop in to class. Serena discovered some of the coolest backpacks out there this fall, so you have no excuse to forget your books at home.

6. A Back to School mindset. Remember that you’re actually going to school to learn, and get ready to do some studying. Check out Tiana’s tips for getting into a school state of mind. Also, prepare yourself for frat boys, ex-boyfriends, and loads of homework. On the bright side, you can look forward to being reunited with your besties, actually taking an interesting class or two, and just college in general. Best four years of our lives, anyone?

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