6 On Your Side Answers: What do I need to buy for my college-bound child?

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – As many students and parents prepare for the upcoming fall semesters, there are some expenses that may sneak up on you.

Phyllis in Knoxville asks: “When I went off to college, Mom and Dad lugged my TV, but should we get a new one for my son?”

As a parent, you may think your kid may need a TV to watch while at college. Not necessarily. Times, they are a-changin’.

For the most part, millennials don’t even watch TV on TVs anymore. All they need is a laptop or tablet. The Internet-agers tend to consume their shows and movies by way of Netflix, Hulu or YouTube.

If they do want to watch something on broadcast TV like us old folks, most colleges have TVs located in common rooms or other meeting areas.

If they want it for playing video games, it’s okay to remind them that college is for studying.

I remember totting an iron and tiny ironing board off to school. It’s likely no college student today has ever been seen using an ironing board.

If you don’t want your kid to have that rumpled look, it may be smarter to buy a wardrobe of wrinkle free clothes.

How about a high end laptop for college-bound child? There’s no need for all that processing power to put words on a screen, since most college students use their laptop for little more than word processing and watching YouTube. Stick to an inexpensive model.

At home, and in their bedroom, your son or daughter may have some nice fancy bedding with high-end 600-threat count sheets. There is no need, however, for expensive bedding in their college dorm room.

Since Junior and his friends are probably going to destroy the whole set up by eating and drinking recklessly on his bed, so go ahead and grab the bargain basement bedding deals first.

You can see Don Dare’s 6 On Your Side Answers every Tuesday and Thursday on 6 News at 4:00. If you have a question you can send Don an email at ddare@wate.com or call his 6 On Your Side hotline at (865) 633-5974.


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