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The line between "need" and "want" can get a little blurred with students of any age. When it comes to college, Dealnews.com made a list of things that you might think a student needs, but that you could easily avoid buying for back to school all together.

  • Printer. Most professors accept assignments via email. If they need to print something, there is almost always a cheap or free facility on campus.
  • Tablet. The days of tablet-based computing for students are coming, but they're just not here yet. Until then, tablets aren't necessary when you have a relatively well-equipped laptop.
  • Expensive Bedding. They're probably going to destroy it if they use their bed a lot. So, grab the bargain bin bedding deals instead of the 600-thread count sheets.
  • HDTV. According to Dealnews.com, millennials don't even watch TV on TVs anymore. With services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, a laptop is all they'll need.
  • Clothes. Your child will likely gain weight when they go off to school and the clothes you buy won't fit. Wait until their weight evens out before making any big purchases.
  • High-End Laptop. Laptops are becoming lighter, more portable and advanced every year. They don't need anything fancy to write papers and surf the internet.


To see why dealnews.com said they you should also skip the mini-fridge, iron, ironing board, external hard drive and Apple iPhone, click here for their article on 'Things Not To Buy Your College Bound Student.'