Whether your child will be starting their first year of college or living in an apartment for the very first time, it’s smart to save money on college essentials during Amazon Prime Day.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day is an annual two-day sales event created by Amazon. Today and tomorrow there will be tons of top-selling products on sale, exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers.
In addition to huge savings over the next two days, there are other benefits of Prime membership. Amazon also offers a Student Prime Membership with benefits geared towards students. Both Prime and Student Prime members can take advantage of Amazon Prime Day savings, exclusive for Prime members.
Save Money on College Essentials During Amazon Prime Day
For parents whose kids are heading to college for the first time, it can be hard to wrap your head around what your student truly needs. There’s no shortage of college shopping lists online and in parent Facebook groups. While those lists may be helpful, we found that what was suggested by those lists and what my daughter truly needed differed.
My advice is to look for a list published by the college or ask other parents whose kids attend the same school. Bonus if you’re able to connect with a parent whose kid lived in the same dorm as yours will!
The following items are must-haves based on what my current college student has and uses on a regular basis. I hope this list helps you save money on college essentials during Amazon Prime Day.
Lucid 3” Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper (Prime Day price $49.56, $33 savings)
While there have been lots of new innovations in college campuses since we were students, mattresses have remained the same. Help your student get the rest they need with a memory foam mattress topper. We bought one and had it shipped to school before school started and it’s made all the difference!
Amazon Basics 6 Piece Towel Set (Prime Day price $13.99, 20% savings)
This 6 piece set comes with 2 washcloths, 2 hand towels, and 2 bath towels and is everything your student will need for the year at a 20% savings from the regular price.
Amazon Basics Extra Long Sheet Set (currently $19.74)
Since Amazon usually discounts their Amazon Basics products, chances are their sheet sets will also be on sale over the next two days. Check off another thing on your list by adding a set to your cart.
Apple AirTag 4 Pack (Prime Day price $89.99, $10 savings)
College students can never have too many AirTags! They’re great for attaching to keys, slipping inside backpacks, mounting on skateboards, or tucking inside luggage when flying to and from school. AirTags help your college student keep track of their stuff and are worth every penny. Also be sure to add keychain holders for your AirTags to your cart. There is no shortage of holders on sale whether you’re looking for one or multi-packs during Prime Day.
Apple iPad- 9th Generation, 64 GB (Prime Day price $279, 15% savings)
My daughter went to college with the laptop she used in high school but quickly discovered she needed an iPad to complete and submit complex equations she was doing as homework for her STEM classes. We also got her an Apple Pencil, Speck iPad case, and PaperFeel screen protectors to reduce glare.
Apple Air Pods Pro- 2nd Generation (Prime Day price $199, $50 savings)
AirPods are essential for helping students maintain focus whether studying in their dorm room, the library, or in other common spaces that come with distractions.
Honeywell HPA100 HEPA Air Purifier (Prime Day price $99, $55 savings)
An air purifier is greatly helpful in reducing allergens, dirt, smoke, and other particles that make their way into your student’s dorm room and can be harmful to their health. While you’re at it, add some extra replacement filters to your cart since your student should replace it every 3 months.
Levoit 2.4L Humidifier (Prime Day price $29.93, $10 savings)
Teens heading to dry climates or cities at altitude would benefit from having a humidifier to add more moisture into the air. A humidifier can make a room feel more comfortable and improves sleep at high altitudes. The Levoit 2.4L Humidifier is the perfect size, and price, for a dorm room.
Echo Dot (Prime Day price $29.99, save $30)
This sleek compact Echo Dot fits perfectly in a small dorm room and serves as a digital assistant to keep your college student organized. The improved LED display shows the time, alarms, weather, song titles and more at a glance.
Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve Coffee Maker (Prime Day price $59.99, save $20 and click to apply the $20 coupon for this price)
Early morning classes and late nights studying call for the convenience of an in-room Keurig. This one is perfect for dorm rooms thanks to its compact size. Add a Lazy Susan type organizer to keep K-Cups organized.
While you’re looking to save big on college essentials during Amazon Prime Day, my current college student also recommended adding the following items to your cart:
Suite and Apartment Essentials
If your college student is sharing a suite or just prefers to have their own set of stuff, now is the time to save money on college essentials during Amazon Prime Day. If they’re living in an apartment, have them coordinate with suite and housemates to figure out who is bringing what before making any purchases.
This summer, our daughter moved into a different dorm with a shared kitchen while she lives and works on campus doing summer research. Not sure what the dorm kitchen might have, I bought her some kitchen essentials.
Amazon Basics Color-Coded Kitchen Knife Set (Prime Day price $13.56, save 25%)
This 12-piece color-coded knife set with 6 knives with matching knife covers includes a paring knife, utility knife, Santoku knife, carving knife, chef’s knife, and bread knife and is a great starter set for her to use in college and beyond.
Amazon Basics 3 Piece NonStick Frying Pan Set (Prime Day price $19.12, save $14)
This set includes a 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch fry pan. Made of Aluminum, the frying pans have a non-stick coating for easy cooking and cleaning and soft-touch handles that stay cool during use.
Nonstick Heat Resistant Silicone Spatula Set (Prime Day price $11.99, save $10)
This set includes 1 small spatula, 1 large spatula, 1 jar spatula, 1 small spoon spatula, 1 large spoon spatula, and 1 basting brush.
Also be on the lookout for steep discounts on stick vacuums over the next couple days. I’ve heard a Bissel Stick Model vacuum will be on sale but haven’t been able to verify the model and price but can update this post when I find it.