Why Decking Out a Dorm Room is a Waste of Money

Do you think decking out a dorm room is a waste of money? Back-to-school season equals major spending whether you or your child is college bound. According to the National Retail Federations, consumers spend about $54.1 billion on college shopping with dorm room décor being the a major expense. Ouch.

Consumers can spend about $969.88 on dorm furnishings and supplies.

Gosh, I definitely need to remember this when my son is heading off for college. Thank goodness he’s only 3, I still have some time to enjoy with him while he’s still my little baby. College officially starts August 21 here in Hawaii and I’m not looking forward to it. I cheer for long school breaks and say Boo to class sessions.

I only say this because there is monster traffic when college is back in session and road rage seem to come out of people a lot more often. I call it stupid traffic. I now have to wake up a bit earlier to beat traffic during the work week. Long sigh.

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So what do you think? Is decking out a dorm room a money waster?

While we’re all here on our own personal journey of becoming debt free, student loans may be on your list of monsters to fight off.

Maybe saving some money before school even starts could help alleviate the costs in the long run. This could be an introduction to frugal living in your life!

Here’s why decking out a dorm room is a waste of money


Students should be fine with not having any major appliances in their dorm room. Other than having a mini fridge, most appliances are now supplied by the college through a common room or kitchen. Plus, isn’t it a fire hazard to have toasters, ovens, personal heaters and such in a dorm room? I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry and double check the school’s safety guidelines about having major appliances in the room.


A hungry student will want food and of course snacks. To my knowledge, most colleges offer some type of meal plan for students to use. I would say to go with it as everything is already provided on campus. This would prevent unnecessary spending and hoarding of food and snacks that was bought with personal money.


All you need is your laptop. And maybe cheap headphones. You don’t need a fancy full HD flat screen TV or cable. You can get everything on your laptop and stream your movies and TV shows online. Also, skip the personal mini printer. I prefer having space than feeling crowded. Unless you do printing almost every day then go for it. If you do seldom printing, then the library would be the next best thing.

Even though my son is still young, I like to take advantage of back to school deals on electronics. Businesses such as Best Buy offer awesome deals on laptops and printers. I also heard that campuses provide discounts for students as well before session starts.


It’s every young girl fantasy to have an amazing room even if you have to share it with someone else. I find it totally unnecessary to go all out in room decorations. It could just be me but I rather be a minimalist and just buy what I need. I don’t like clutter and I prefer the space over all the cutesy decorations.

But if you like to do DIY crafts, then you are creative and a money saving person! I did a quick Google search for DIY Dorm Decorations and found HerCampus.com. Her ideas are pretty cute!

Like I said earlier, I like being a minimalist which is why I find decking out a dorm room is a waste of money. I prefer to just buy things that I really need. I don’t need the fancy gadgets or decor, those kind of things are not important to me and I rather save the money than spending it.

Are you heading off for college? Or maybe a child of yours is going?


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Comments (2)

  1. Definitely agree!! I lived at my parents house during college since it was only a five minute drive to the campus but I would imagine you just need the basic stuff for a dorm room. School supplies, laptop/tablet, phone, toiletries and clothes. Worry about food while your on campus. Everything else is just a want.

    1. I agree with you on how everything else is a want. But hey, you’re lucky! You save money on gas and dorming!

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