The Ultimate College Packing List

What to Bring to College – Dorm Essentials Check List

Moving into college is always exciting. Whether it is your first year in the dorm or your last, the feeling of getting a new space all to yourself is exhilarating. I just completed my freshman year of college and I think I have figured out everything you need to live comfortably and clutter-free in a dorm. After going through my first year, I learned that less is best. My roommate was from out of state and brought what seemed like her entire house. All her stuff clogged up the room and most of it was not even used! I have compiled The Ultimate College Packing List of things you need to bring to college. If it is not on the list and you are not sure about it, I would leave it at home. The last thing you want is unnecessary junk clogging up space in your new tiny room.

The Ultimate College Packing List

If you have any questions or are unsure about what to bring to college, leave me a comment or email me at haulinonabudgetblog@gmail.com. I would love to answer any burning questions you may have and help make your college experience run smoothly.

xoxo,

Casey

A Guide to Buying & Selling at Plato’s Closet

I don’t know what I would do if I had never discovered Plato’s Closet. I am addicted. But it is a good addiction… as with every visit I am either making or saving money.

Plato’s Closet is a secondhand clothing store that focuses on good quality, name-brand teen and young adult style clothing and accessories. I personally buy the majority of my clothing here and nobody ever knows that I pay up to 70% off of retail prices. The store will also buy your old clothing for either cash or store credit which can be a great way to gain funds to feed your shopping addiction.

Following are my tips and tricks you should consider when buying and selling at Plato’s Closet, so you can increase your chances of making money and finding the best items.

How to Sell

To sell to Plato’s Closet, all you need to do is bring in your good used condition brand name clothing and accessories to a store near you. There is no appointment needed. Plato’s Closet will buy  men’s clothes up to size 40 and women’s up to size 20. They will then take your items and sort through them to see if they would like to buy any of them from you. The process usually takes about 45 minutes depending on how much stuff you have. If they decide to buy anything, they will pay you on the spot cash or store credit for your items. They will usually pay you a third of what their selling price will be. They can be very picky with the items they choose to buy to maintain the quality of their brand. Learn more about the brands they like to buy here. That list does not include everything however. If a brand you have is popular right now, go ahead and try to sell it. To increase your chance of them buying, bring clothing that is in-season or slightly before the season. Don’t be afraid to ask the employees if they are looking for anything in particular to buy such as jeans or coats. Many stores are short on men’s clothing, so if you have a brother who wants to get some extra cash, send him to Plato’s Closet. The more clothes you bring in to sell, the better your chances are of them picking more items and you getting more money. Before getting rid of the items that don’t sell, try another location if you have one near you. With the items they don’t buy you can either donate them, or choose to sell them elsewhere such as on Poshmark or Thred-Up.

Tips for Buying

Most Plato’s Closets have an Instagram page. This is a great way to see some of the best new arrivals. If you see something you like on the Instagram you can call in to have them hold it for you in-store. I have my local Plato’s Closet’s post notifications on just incase something I want comes into the store. That way I can call immediately to place a hold before the item is purchased. Another tip to save money while buying is to get a rewards card. The card is absolutely free and they will stamp it each time you spend $10. Once all of the stamps are full, you get a coupon for 20% off! I like to save my coupons for big items that come into the store such as Ugg boots or Lilly Pulitzer dresses. Each Wednesday, they offer a 10% discount to anyone with a valid student ID. Throughout the year they also have sales and events to increase your savings, such as the Grab-Bag Sale, Clearance for a $1, and Student Days. Make sure to check your local Plato’s Closet and follow them on social media for specific dates.

What I Have Bought

Haul Time! I do not remember the exact prices of these items because these are just a few of the things i have bought from Plato’s Closet over the years. Hopefully this will give you an idea of the quality products and great deals available at Plato’s Closet.

Clothing: Vineyard Vines Skirt, Lilly Pulitzer Skirts, J. Crew Skirts, Victorias Secret Pink Shirt, Simply Southern Shirt, Vineyard Vines Shorts.

Shoes: Sperry Topsiders, Uggs, Coach Boots.

As you can see, Plato’s Closet is a great place to get the best brands while paying way less. That is why it is one of my favorite stores to shop at. If you have a Plato’s Closet near you, leave me a comment with the best thing you have ever purchased there. Now go out and find something Easy on the Wallet & Easy on the Eyes!

xoxo,

Casey

The Ultimate List of Free Stickers

How to Get Free Stickers From Your Favorite Companies

  Walking around my college campus, I would always see people’s laptops, instrument cases, and notebooks beautifully decorated with a variety of colorful stickers. I always wondered where they got those stickers and how I could get them for myself. It wasn’t until I joined the “preppy” Instagram community that I found out how to get a bunch of stickers for free. Many companies will give out free stickers as a means of cheap advertising. You get a sticker, they get exposure, it is a win win situation!

 There are three methods to getting free stickers. One is to fill out a free sticker form on the company’s website. All of which are linked below with the company’s name. The second method is to simply email the company or use their contact page. Each brand’s contact page is linked to the brand name. The most labor intensive of the three methods is to send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to the company and they will send it back with stickers inside.

Method #1-Sticker Request Forms. Fill out the linked form for free stickers to be sent to you.

Jadelynn Brooke

Teton Sports

Bayview Prep

Backcountry

Moosejaw

Southern Marsh

Lauren James

Southern Sands

Love & Pineapples

TNT Fireworks

Cotopaxi

Fish Hippie

Swimmingly

Chaco

Southern Girl Prep

Yeti

Half Moon Outfitters

GoPro

Billabong

Southern Cross

Method #2- Email/Contact Company. ​Simply say how much you love their company, what you plan to do with their stickers, and politely ask if they would send you some free stickers.

Sperry

Carhartt

Smathers and Branson

Arizona Tea

Simply Southern

In-N-Out Burger

Tommy Bahama

Chipotle

Baked by Melissa

Method # 3- Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope inside another envelope and address to the company.

Southern Lure
Attn: Stickers
PO Box 207
Belmont, NC 28012

Coast Apparel
Attn: Free Stickers
3217 Augusta St.
Greenville, SC 29605

Vineyard Vines
Vineyard Vines sticker request
181 harbor drive
Stamford, CT 06901

Over Under
4849 Dawin Road, Suite 1
Jacksonville, FL 32207.

Ron Jon Surf Shop
Attn: Free Stickers
3850 S Banana River Blvd.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Penny Skateboards
Attn: Free Stickers
4040 Calle Platino Ste 102
Oceanside, Ca 92056

Fraternity Collection
Sticker Requests
1678 Hwy 13 North
Columbia, MS. 39429

Hattan Home
21 North Front Street, Unit 102 #F,
Wilmington, NC 28401

Vans
Attn: Stickers
N850 County Highway CB
Appleton, WI 54914

PrAna
3209 Lionshead Ave
Carlsbad, ca. 92010

Electric California
Attn: Stickers
1001 Calle Amanecer
San Clemente CA 92673

Oakley
Attn: Sticker Requests
25530 Commercentre Dr.
Lake Forest, CA. 92630

You Are Beautiful
PO Box 220175
Chicago, IL. 60622

​Southern Tide
Attn: Sticker Request
68 Pointe Circle
Suite 3202
Greenville, SC 29615

If you want your laptop, water bottles, phone case, etc. to have some added decor, use these methods to get some stickers absolutely free! People will ask you where you got all the cool stickers and you can share this post with them so they can get some too. Getting a free sticker in the mail is always fun because you never know when they will arrive. I would love to see pictures of how you use your new free stickers on Instagram. Now go out and get you some stickers Easy on the Wallet, & Easy on the Eyes.

xoxo,

Casey

25 Amazing Student Discounts on Clothing

Student Discounts on Clothing with a Valid Student ID

As a student, there are many expenses we need to pay before we can even think about shopping for ourselves. Whether you are in High School or College, your student ID card can get you a discount on all of your clothing needs and wants.If there is a store you love that isn’t on this list, always ask if they offer student discounts. The worst they can say is no. While you are trying to relieve your finals week stress with some retail therapy, refer back to this post to save money on all your favorite brands.

  1. J. Crew: 15% off in-store purchases.
  2. Levi’s: 15% off in-store and online purchases.
  3. The Limited: 15% off in-store purchases.
  4. TopShop: 10% off online and in-store purchases.
  5. ASOS: 10% off online purchases of full-priced items.
  6. Brooks Brothers: 15% off in-store purchases.
  7. Urban Outfitters: 10% off in-store on select dates.
  8. Toms: Free shipping on all online orders.
  9. Juicy Couture: 15% off in-store purchases.
  10. Necessary Clothing: 20% off online purchases of $100 or more.
  11. Eddie Bauer: 10% off in-store purchases of full-priced items.
  12. Goodwill: 20% off in-store purchases on Tuesdays.
  13. Platos Closet: 10% off in-store purchases on Wednesdays.
  14. Madewell: 15% off in-store purchases.
  15. Topshop: 10% off in-store or online purchases.
  16. Jack Wills: 15% off in-store and online purchases of full priced items.
  17. Kenneth Cole: 20% off in-store purchases of full priced items.
  18. Club Monaco: 20% off in-store and online purchases.
  19. Eastern Mountain Sports: 15% off in-store purchases.
  20. Kate Spade: 15% off in-store purchases of full priced items.
  21. Ann Taylor LOFT: 15% off in-store.
  22. Ann Taylor: 20% off in-store.
  23. Alex & Ani: 10% off in-store purchases of full priced items.
  24. Banana Republic: 15% off in-store purchases of full priced items.
  25. Charlotte Russe: 10% off in-store with a valid student ID.

I bet you never knew just how much your student ID could get you! Like I said in the beginning, if there is no student discount posted, always ask if they offer one. Many stores may help you out just for asking! So the next time you go clothing shopping, bring along your student ID and be prepared to save money. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. I will answer you! Now go out and find something Easy on the Wallet & Easy on the Eyes!

xoxo,

Casey

How I Saved Over $400 While Back to School Shopping – Outlet Mall Haul

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets Back to School Shopping Haul

A few times each year my family and I Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg, Virginia to do some shopping. Outlet malls are a great place to find high end products for a fraction of the price. This particular outlet mall has over 100 stores ranging from Kate Spade to Nike. We went shopping on Independence Day to pick up some essentials for going back to college in the fall. Most of the stores were having huge clearance sales to celebrate the holiday and to clear out their products for the upcoming fall season. This post will feature most of the items my sister and I purchased at the outlets as well as how to style them. I am so excited to share with you a haul of all the awesome deals we scored and the total amount of money we saved on these gorgeous pieces.

Outfit #1. Express Pink Tank Top & White Jeans

Express White Mid Rise Stretch Jean Legging- Original Price $79.90 / Outlet Price $27.98

Express Pink Reversible Tank Top- Original Price $39.95 / Outlet Price $27.96

Outfit #2. American Eagle Cold Shoulder Tee

American Eagle Soft & Sexy Cold Shoulder T-Shirt- Original Price $24.95 / Outlet Price $11.97

Outfit #3. American Eagle White Tee & Vineyard Vines Whale Leggings

American Eagle Soft & Sexy V-Neck Favorite T-Shirt- Original Price $19.95 / Outlet Price $11.97

Vineyard Vines School of Whales Performance Crop Leggings- Original Price $78.00 / Outlet price $35.99

Outfit #4. Abercrombie & Fitch Off the Shoulder Top & J. Crew Scalloped Shorts

Abercrombie & Fitch Off The Shoulder Top- Original Price $66.95 / Outlet Price $16.77

J. Crew 4″ Scallop-Hem Short- Original Price $49.50 / Outlet Price $24.95

Outfit #5. American Eagle Black Tee, Pink Nike Shorts, Nike Sneakers

American Eagle Soft & Sexy V-Neck Favorite T-Shirt- Original Price $19.95 / Outlet Price $11.97

Nike Dry Modern Temp Shorts- Original Price $45.00 / Outlet Price $16.80

Nike In Season TR 5 Training Shoes- Original Price $79.90 / Outlet Price $39.99

Outfit #6. Abercrombie & Fitch Top & Vineyard Vines Printed Jeans

Abercrombie & Fitch Black Peplum Top- Original Price $58.00 / Outlet Price $23.96

Vineyard Vines Mint Shell Jeans- Original Price $108.00 / Outlet Price $29.40

Outfit #7. Vineyard Vines Striped Hoodie Tee

Vineyard Vines Striped Whale Hoodie Tee- Original Price $55.00 / Outlet Price $29.99

Original Total-$725.05

Outlet Total-$309.70

We saved $415.35!!!

As you can tell, going to an outlet mall is a great way to wear popular brands without breaking the bank. Most of the items we purchased are versatile and can be worn in all seasons, making them a great investment. It is always a good idea to go shopping on holiday weekends because there are always fantastic sales going on! So when the next holiday weekend rolls around, make your way to the nearest outlet mall and be prepared to save money. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment! I would be so happy to help! Now go out and find something Easy on the Wallet & Easy on the Eyes!

xoxo,

Casey