How to Shop for Back-to-School on a College Budget
Between late-night pizza deliveries, gas money and a busy social calendar, there’s not much extra cash lying around when you’re in college. That’s why we have an easy hack when it comes to shopping for back-to-school: grabbing all the necessities—and then some—at your local Kroger or online at Kroger.com. Not only does the grocery chain have incredible deals on snacks and school supplies, they also have apartment and dorm essentials (helloooo, pastel pink standing-to-sitting workstation desk) and even on-trend fall clothing—often for way less than other big-box stores. Think of it as your one-stop-shop for all back-to-school college essentials, and think of this as your first quiz...that you just aced.
Shop our favorite back-to-college essentials below.
1. Marble Composition Book
2. Medium Point Pens
3. Pastel Ombre Backpack
4. Printer Paper
5. Mechanical Pencils
1. Everyday Living Storage Bin
2. Iced Coffee Maker
3. Smoothie Blender & Bottles
4. Laundry Hamper
5. Sitting/standing Reversible Workstation Desk
6. Speaker End Table
1. Pizza Snack Rolls
2. Plant-based Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
3. Cashew Cherry Pack Bars
4. Acai Seltzer Water
5. Grab 'n Go Chip Variety Pack
Why You Should Trust Us
PureWow's editors and writers have spent more than a decade shopping online, digging through sales and putting our home goods, beauty finds, wellness picks and more through the wringer—all to help you determine which are actually worth your hard-earned cash. From our PureWow100 series (where we rank items on a 100-point scale) to our painstakingly curated lists of fashion, beauty, cooking, home and family picks, you can trust that our recommendations have been thoroughly vetted for function, aesthetics and innovation. Whether you're looking for travel-size hair dryers you can take on-the-go or women’s walking shoes that won’t hurt your feet, we’ve got you covered.