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According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school and back-to-college spending is expected to reach $82.8 Billion this year. Our very own PebblePost interns will be heading back to campus in a few weeks, so we asked them to share their plans and offer insight into current seasonal trends. In Part 1 of our series, we introduced you to four of our awesome interns — now, meet four more! Find out how Paola, Raven, Zach, and Milly are preparing for the fall semester.

Paola

Paola
Loyola Marymount University
Class of 2019
Sales & Account Strategy Intern


When do you plan to start back-to-school shopping?
I plan to start and finish back-to-school shopping in August and early September.

What are the top items on your back-to-school shopping list?
My top back-to-school items this year aside from the basic notebooks, pens, pencils, and textbooks are actually household items and furniture. This upcoming year I am moving into a house off-campus so I'll need to get typical kitchen household items, such as pots and pans, and also bedroom furniture.

How important are sales and discounts for back-to-school shopping?
Sales and discounts are great when going back-to-school shopping, I love a good deal! I definitely wait for coupons, offers, or promotions and will seek out sales, especially this time around.

Raven

Raven
Pace University
Class of 2019
Sales Intern
*Raven has been a PebblePost intern since 2016!

When do you plan to start back-to-school shopping?
I plan on starting and ending in late-August

What are the top items on your back-to-school shopping list?
Jeans are at the top of my shopping list.

How important are sales and discounts for back-to-school shopping?
Very important. Because sales are so common at that time, I'll wait to shop until I see one.

Zachary

Zachary
Harvard College
Class of 2019
Sales Intern


When do you plan to start back-to-school shopping?
I’d say that most of my back-to-school shopping takes place on an ad-hoc basis – like, realizing the day before class that I need a new notebook, or some new pens, or some sticky flags etc.
In all, I’ll likely start when I arrive on campus and try to wrap up two weeks into the semester.

What are the top items on your back-to-school shopping list?
Primarily books and school supplies. I might get some new clothes or a new pair of shoes, but unlike a work environment, college doesn’t really have a dress code so I don’t feel pressed. For my apartment, I’ll use décor that I have collected over the years, unless something really catches my eye in the city. But those are definitely impulsive buys.

How important are sales and discounts for back-to-school shopping?
I do not look for coupons, discounts, or promotions, mainly because my purchases are pretty small and often time-sensitive — needing a notebook for class, for example. Sometimes, if a favorite brand is having a Labor Day sale, I will try to grab a nice deal before school, but these purchases are near the bottom of the shopping list.

Milly

Milly
Baruch College
Class of 2018
Product Intern


When do you plan to start back-to-school shopping?
I usually start pretty late — sometime during the first week of school! Since I go to school in the city, my usual stores are just a short walk from campus and it's easier to simply pick up all my supplies in one go after class.

What are the top items on your back-to-school shopping list?
My shopping list is relatively simple. I love Muji, so I'll buy notebooks and pens from there if I'm running low. For my math classes, I'll get Five Star spiral notebooks and correctional tape from Staples. I don't really buy clothes specifically for going back to school as I usually disperse clothing shopping throughout the year. I also go to a commuter school so I don't ever need to buy anything for housing. So the few supplies I get are pretty much it!

How important are sales and discounts for back-to-school shopping?
Not important. I don't spend that much to begin with so I don't wait for any deals before shopping.

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