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Dollar General is Heading to the Dorm

Save money by shopping Dollar General for Back to School & Dorm supplies

On Friday, Malik will be leaving to begin his 3rd year at Bowie State University, so last Saturday he and I did his annual “Back to the Dorm” shopping. 

I can still remember his first year at college and how we practically broke the bank buying supplies that he really didn’t need nor want and wasted a lot of money. 

saving money shopping at Dollar General

Last year we made sure to only purchase items that he absolutely needed or items that we didn’t already have in the linen closet.  No more new sheets and towels because we had plenty at home, “strip the bed not your savings”!


Dorm life is not for living in the lap of luxury, therefore, it is not necessary to purchase new dorm sheets, towels and pillow cases every year!


no pillows just a rug

He didn’t need pillows but does need a rug


Our first stop was to Dollar General where he was able to purchase most if not all of his dorm supplies.  Dollar General has a large selection of name brand items including Tide, Gain, Dove, Brut and Hanes all at everyday low prices. 

shopping for dorm supplies

toiletries from Dollar General

Malik worked hard during the summer at Amazon so he understands the value of a dollar, therefore, he was very conscience about his purchases and only put in the cart what he absolutely needed.  

However, he couldn’t pass up the automotive supplies even though his car will remain parked at home.

auto supplies

Dollar General carries a large selection of cleaning supplies, health and beauty products, toiletries, storage containers, small appliances, clothing, beverages and snacks.

detergent at Dollar General small appliances at Dollar General Red Cups cleaning supplies

clothing at Dollar General snack and beverages



Go Phones at Dollar General slippers and sweat pants

If you have a son or daughter entering college and have received a list of must needed items, make sure to scrub that list to ensure your student will actually use the items.  

Not everyone drinks coffee so pass up on that appliance!

small appliances may not be allowed in a dorm

You can save even more money by shopping at a local Dollar General to purchase the most needed items.

organization products

paper products for all ages

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Dollar General accepts manufacturer’s’ coupons and they also have online digital coupons, just text JOIN to 34898 to sign up.

all his dorm supplies from Dollar General

Whether you have a college bound student or one that will be entering elementary or high school  I am sure Dollar General will have many of the supplies on their list.  

Start the year off right by saving on school and dorm supplies at Dollar General. 

Tip – purchase Detergent Pods as they are easier to transport to the dorm’s laundry room as opposed to large bottles of detergent and fabric softeners.

Tide Pods for better for doing laundry in the dorm

DISCLOSURE: This is not a sponsored post – just a tip from a money saving mother #msm

Back to Bowie & Blogging with an HP Notebook

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BTSwithHP #CollectiveBias


Malik, our youngest son will be returning to Bowie State University in a few short weeks to begin his Junior year.   This summer he purchased a vehicle which hubby and I helped with, so now our money is funny.  Because of this, a new laptop, which he needs was not going to be on the list of back to school college supplies.

Our son began his college career on a “conditional” basis due to low grades in high school, but he worked hard and finished his 2nd year with a 3.00 GPA.  Therefore, he is deserving of a new computer and fortunately we found one that he loves and also fit into our budget. 

#BTSwithHP avi

The HP Notebook 15-ay039wm is lightweight at only 4.73 pounds and sized right so it will be easy for him to carry it across campus to class and back to his dorm room or library.  With up to a 6 hour battery life it’s also perfect for taking notes in lecture halls, writing reports, and printing class assignments.  The DTS Studio Sound will enhance his listening experience for music, watching videos and of course playing games during his down time.

When I received the HP Notebook 15-ay03wm which is also sold new at Walmart, he was super excited and couldn’t wait to take it to his bedroom to check out all the features.

If like us, you also have a son or daughter then you know that they can set up a new computer quick, fast and in a hurry, so I just let him handle that.

getting ready to get back to college

He wanted to review the dates and times of dorm check-in so that he could decide on when it would be best to submit his 2-week notice at work.  

He also needed to check the dates of the Fall football games as well as his new schedule so that he could mentally prepare for the new semester.

Whether your son or daughter will be an incoming Freshmen or a returning student, Colleges and Universities want to ensure that they are all well prepared.  Therefore, it is very important for the students and parents to check the website for important dates and activities a few weeks before the semester begins and definitely before they leave home.

HP Notebook 15--ay039wm

The HP Notebook is empowered to do more with dependable performance.  It has the latest Intel processor with plenty of hard drive space, which means he can multitask and store a lot more on it.

The vibrant display and crisp HD screen really makes photos, videos, and web pages pop with awesome detail.  The HP Notebook 15-ay039wm has measurable quality with outstanding performance backed by over 200 tests and best of all it’s operating system is Windows 10 Home and it comes with one year of free cloud storage!

HP Notebook is perfect for blogging

Unfortunately, my current laptop is also on it’s last legs and needs to be replaced so I took advantage of Malik being at work to use it to write a few blog posts.  

I really loved the high quality HD display and advanced HDD Storage.

new HP Notebook can be purchased at Walmart

The HP Notebook 15-ay03wm can be purchased at your local Walmart at a price that is right for most budgets.  You can tackle all your daily tasks with an affordable laptop that comes packed with the features you need. 



If you like your HP computer as much as Malik and I do, head over to Walmart and let them know!

I would also like to share these 10 tips for college freshmen leaving home for the first time from an article at USA Today.











I wish you all a very successful school year! Be Safe!!!

Weekend Wind-Down Party #28 – Hello August

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.

So long summer…can you believe today is the first Friday in August…time sure is flying by way too fast. I was actually behind several school buses yesterday morning, the kids didn’t look too happy but I bet their parents were!!! As you know, we have two sons heading off to college with Malik staying on campus, and there are a few items that I need to get for his dorm room. Bowie sent a brochure from Campus Market to help parents order the necessary bed and bath items that they may need. I drive past a Christmas Tree Shop, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and Ross everyday.  If I can’t purchase what he needs from one of these stores it won’t get got, because we don’t pay a sales tax in Delaware. LinensLP_ValuePaks Sell Bookbyte Textbooks Congratulations to this week’s Featured Bloggers – thanks for sharing and linking up with us again.  Please feel free to copy and paste this button onto your blog then check our Pinterest Page as you are also featured there. I WAS FEATURED #WWDPARTY

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