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I'm going to college; but I ain't going no where!

H. Hok
The list author says: "Saving money by going local for a year or two means I can afford some real perks to get me through school. I love reviewing other listmania lists (like lgadget's) for dorm ideas but for now this is what I needed for right here right now community college. Yay!

One of the biggest money savers is purchasing used books through Amazon. I have purchased books my local bookstore offered for hundreds of dollars (used!) for less then five dollars on Amazon."
Texas Instruments 84PLSE/CLM/1L1/BS Graphing Calculator (Packaging may vary)
Texas Instruments 84PLSE/CLM/1L1/BS Graphing Calculator (Packaging may vary)
"You'll need it for all math and some science courses. The TI-84 comes in silver (cheaper) if you aren't a fan of pink. I think a good deal on the TI-84 model is about a hundred."
Fellowes 21140 Booklift Copyholder(Metallic Silver)
Fellowes 21140 Booklift Copyholder(Metallic Silver)
"The best bookstand ever! Folds flat & goes into the backpack. In school you have a book at the other end of the desk you are reading from; while you write in the notebook in front of you. That setup makes it easy to write the problem down wrong or misread. This one simple item has really improved my accuracy & grades. I can't promote this enough."
Gas-X Thin Strips Antigas, Extra Strength, Cinnamon Flavored Strips, 18 strips (Pack of 6)
Gas-X Thin Strips Antigas, Extra Strength, Cinnamon Flavored Strips, 18 strips (Pack of 6)
"There is nothing more horrifying then farting in a class of 100 students during a midterm."
Sony ICD-PX720 Digital Voice Recorder with PC Link
Sony ICD-PX720 Digital Voice Recorder with PC Link
"Just go ahead and record every lecture. You'll realize you only absorbed maybe 75% the first listen. This model features compatibility w the pc so you can burn to cd. Your mp3 player can't record nearly as well as this. I use a program called digital voice editor 3 with this I got for free somewhere and that program works better than the included software."
Panasonic DMC-LS75S 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Panasonic DMC-LS75S 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
"Take pictures of those classroom models. Take pictures through the microscope. Take pictures of the art. Pictures are great notes and study material. I have this one and I love it! Don't forget a case to protect it that will also hold extra batteries because it is a big battery hog! I use a program called irfanview to label parts with words within the picture and that helps a lot."
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU1X-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - 10.5 Hour Battery Life
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU1X-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - 10.5 Hour Battery Life
"A netbook is considerably lighter and more portable then a laptop. Even though it seems extravagant to have both I get heavy use out of each. Get any you want but the smallest screen that is acceptable is 10 inches for a netbook. If I had to recommend one over the other between the laptop & netbook I would definitely recommend the smaller lighter netbook"
Acer AS8730-6951 18.4-Inch Laptop
Acer AS8730-6951 18.4-Inch Laptop
"Really you want a tablet to carry around but tablets are still too new to be priced right or to have all the features that people would like."
Microsoft Office Standard 2007 [OLD VERSION]
Microsoft Office Standard 2007 [OLD VERSION]
"Teachers want work done with one of the programs featured or teachers send out assignments w this program. You can't open .docx with Office 2003 version. There is also a student version for less the a third of the price."
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard [OLD VERSION]
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard [OLD VERSION]
"Compatible w the voice recorder I featured above; this software turns sound recordings into written notes with a few little tweaks."
IOGear Mobile Digital Scribe with Full Version OCR Software Included GPEN200NF1 (Black)
IOGear Mobile Digital Scribe with Full Version OCR Software Included GPEN200NF1 (Black)
"This is so cool. It's a regular pen that transmits to the little clip everything you write into an electronic copy & stores it until you get to your pc.(188p) The software included turns your handwriting into typed text. 4p manual is really easy to read. I love it."
The Concise Wadsworth Handbook, 2009 MLA Update Edition (2009 MLA Update Editions)
The Concise Wadsworth Handbook, 2009 MLA Update Edition (2009 MLA Update Editions)
"You can find most mla or apa style rules online but having a book in hand sometimes is just better."
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8 GB MP3 Player (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8 GB MP3 Player (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Take your audio lectures to go. Features a genius built in clip and a flash micro sd card slot for expandable memory."
Coosh Headphones w/ Microphone & iPHONE Call Answer/End Button & Detachable Silicone Ear Rings White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Coosh Headphones w/ Microphone & iPHONE Call Answer/End Button & Detachable Silicone Ear Rings White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"You will really need headphones if you use the school's library computer's; Library computer's don't have speakers & assignment's frequently are from videos. This Headphone has a soft silicone ring that wraps around any size/shape ear."
C2G / Cables To Go 13787 3.5 mm M/F shielded Stereo Audio Extension Cable (6 Feet/1.82 Meters)
C2G / Cables To Go 13787 3.5 mm M/F shielded Stereo Audio Extension Cable (6 Feet/1.82 Meters)
"The library PC's are on the floor away from the desktop along w the headphone jacks & USB ports. Carry this too or get the headphones with the extra long cord."
Cables To Go 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub
Cables To Go 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub
"reach the library usb port and plug in both thumb drives if you need to. You may want a USB extender cord also."
Toshiba USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Toshiba USB 2.0 Flash Drive
"Stores audio lectures, pdf books, papers, reports, music, etc. I have two."
SanDisk 8GB SD High Capacity Card (SDSDB-008G-B35)(Label May Change)
SanDisk 8GB SD High Capacity Card (SDSDB-008G-B35)(Label May Change)
"You'll need a few of these because all of your gadgets needs it's own. plus one microsdcard for the mp3 player"
IOGEAR 12-in-1 USB 2.0 Pocket Flash Memory Card Reader/Writer GFR209 (Green)
IOGEAR 12-in-1 USB 2.0 Pocket Flash Memory Card Reader/Writer GFR209 (Green)
"Because it's more convenient. good thing you have the hub. I found I wanted this to transfer the lab pics from my camera immediately to a photo sharing site where the study group could label and identify. My pc has a card reader but the school pc's do not"
AmazonBasics 4.7 GB 16x DVD+R - 100 Pack Spindle
AmazonBasics 4.7 GB 16x DVD+R - 100 Pack Spindle
"Store big data space hogs like video. Get cd-r to save the lectures to an audio format you can listen to in the car"
Samsung CLX-3160FN Color Laser Multifunction Printer
Samsung CLX-3160FN Color Laser Multifunction Printer
"a workhorse of a printer; the library isn't always open. You may want one with better reviews but just get one with a document feeder & a place to stick your thumb drive. You may find out your long lost buddy has already taken all the hard classes & you can have all their notes/work if you can make a copy right now & not have to borrow it overnight."
HP Office Ultra White Quickpack Paper, 92 Brightness, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 2500 Sheets (112103)
HP Office Ultra White Quickpack Paper, 92 Brightness, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 2500 Sheets (112103)
"Printer paper & ink are big recurring expenses. Don't forget to go to your school library & use your printing allowance 1st.(can be anywhere from 20pages-300pages a semester)"
Mead Filler Paper, Loose Leaf Paper, College Ruled, 200 Sheets/Pack (15326)
Mead Filler Paper, Loose Leaf Paper, College Ruled, 200 Sheets/Pack (15326)
"basic school supplies are only on sale once a yr(fall) The rest of the yr notebooks, paper, pens, pencils are 4x-5x as much if you can find it stocked. You need a new notebook for every subject & every semester so just plan ahead a yr in advance. Or be pissed about spending $4 on a pack of paper you remember being $.50 in the fall"
Panasonic KP380-BK Classic Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black, One Unit
Panasonic KP380-BK Classic Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black, One Unit
"The best pencil sharpener ever. People still have this brand 20 years later. I just sharpen a whole pack of pencils ea quarter & place them all in a 3-ring binder pencil pouch. I always have something to write with. There is not always a sharpener in every classroom & the professor will shoot you dirty looks if you use it."
Scantron 882-E Lovas Compatible Testing Forms (500 Pack)
Scantron 882-E Lovas Compatible Testing Forms (500 Pack)
"Where do you find blank scantron forms in the middle of the night? No where. Imagine the horror when you realize you have all of the answers to the take-home perfect but you don't have it on the scantron so your teacher fails you."
TOPS Second Nature Notebook, 8.5 x 11 Inch, Quadrille Ruled, Recycled, 80 Sheets, Assorted Colors (74112)
TOPS Second Nature Notebook, 8.5 x 11 Inch, Quadrille Ruled, Recycled, 80 Sheets, Assorted Colors (74112)
"graphing paper. The spiral binding allows you to set it down and leave the paper open to what you are working on in the lab"
Charles Leonard Inc. Clipboard Plastic/Transparent with Low Profile Clip, Letter Size, Neon Assorted, 3 Each (89775)
Charles Leonard Inc. Clipboard Plastic/Transparent with Low Profile Clip, Letter Size, Neon Assorted, 3 Each (89775)
"There will not always be a flat surface to write on. People steal these from me because they didn't realize how much they needed one; however, at least they don't take my laptop. (It's still stealing!) The low profile clip fits in the backpack with the books"
Swingline A7074440 Heavy-duty 3-Hole Paper Punch, T-Handle, 40 sheet Capacity, 9/32 Inch Diameter Holes, Black
Swingline A7074440 Heavy-duty 3-Hole Paper Punch, T-Handle, 40 sheet Capacity, 9/32 Inch Diameter Holes, Black
"Here is another item I really splurged on. I'm way more organized because of a workhorse 3-hole punch. Professor's handouts can be book thick. Everything in a 3ring binder is the easiest way to keep up & stay organized. No more lost homework. I like this model the best because mechanically it's the simplest & strongest"
JanSport Driver 8 Core Series Wheeled Backpack
JanSport Driver 8 Core Series Wheeled Backpack
"My college books are considerably bigger/heavier then ever before. I am just rolling my load now but I still have totes and another regular backpack for lighter use. I use it all."
2-Way RF FOFA® Find One Find All® Key Finder, Wallet Finder, Cell Phone Finder, Remote Control Locator. Set of 2
2-Way RF FOFA® Find One Find All® Key Finder, Wallet Finder, Cell Phone Finder, Remote Control Locator. Set of 2
"College makes you crazy! Without fail I can never find my phone, backpack, keys, etc when I'm the most pressed for time."
BioBrite Sunrise Clock Advanced Model with White Noise, Pearl
BioBrite Sunrise Clock Advanced Model with White Noise, Pearl
"Train your circadian rhythm to wake you more gently with light. You will feel better and be a better person"
Sonic Boom SBH400ss Sweetheart Loud Plus Vibrating Alarm Clock
Sonic Boom SBH400ss Sweetheart Loud Plus Vibrating Alarm Clock
"For when you absolutely positively must be awake in two hours and just can't risk oversleeping. There is another version if pink hearts aren't your style. Deafeningly loud and shakes your pillow to awaken"
Homedics BRF-2L Foldable Massaging Back Rest with LED Light, Beige
Homedics BRF-2L Foldable Massaging Back Rest with LED Light, Beige
"Studying in bed means studying longer for me because I am more comfortable. This one folds in half for storage under the bed but the light is only about as bright as a nightlight"
SPI Lapdesk with Reading Light and Wrist Support,  Pink
SPI Lapdesk with Reading Light and Wrist Support, Pink
"Write or surf the net from bed. I like a lap desk with built in wrist support which is something you can't live without once you get used to it."
LG 42LH50 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz Broadband LCD HDTV, Gloss Black
LG 42LH50 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz Broadband LCD HDTV, Gloss Black
"Because I didn't spend $40k on tuition I get my own internet enabled big screen lcd tv. I use this to watch a lot of videos related to my subject matter. Check your schools website & you may find the lectures are available to stream."
Wii
Wii
"Surf the web, work-out, stay active while playing games. Freshmen probably gain weight because they don't exercise. Wii is the only game system console that encourages you to get up and move!"
Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board
Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board
"Workouts on Wii that are really fun. I love this one and use it more then any other game. I like Just Dance too."
EA Sports Active - Nintendo Wii
EA Sports Active - Nintendo Wii
"Workouts on Wii that are serious about getting to your fitness goals."
Nyko Charge Base IC for Wii
Nyko Charge Base IC for Wii
"A super cool charger for the wii remotes. No taking off the jacket or trying to get 2 points on the bottom to match up. Just lay it on there & a magnet holds it in place perfectly and charges up through the casing. I feel like this rechargeable battery was worth it but not the wii board recharger because this kills the warranty; a new remote is pretty cheap but a new board is $100"
Innate Mega Fresco V2 40oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Innate Mega Fresco V2 40oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle
"Any stainless steel water bottle because plastic gives you cancer and aluminum gives you Alzheimer's. Also steel is an alloy of part Iron which is an essential nutrient that you need to stay healthy"
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