Parents spend 18 years prepping for this big moment: College move-in day.
It's exciting for students, but nerve wracking for their families.
"The National Retail Federation says college students spend about $1,000 before they go to school, so it really can add up," said Natalie Reid, the couponing expert behind ModMomTV.
And every penny counts.
Retail experts say to save money, space and time, students should create a college registry.
Target allows its shoppers to create an account and select their favorite items online. It's a great way for students to manage their college checklist. Like other registries, friends and relatives can buy some of the items on the list, taking off some financial stress for mom and dad.
Plus, Target let's you save 15 percent on anything that was left on your registry.
Bed, Bath and Beyond offers its "Pack and Hold" option.
The process is quick. Scan all the items you want to buy and organize a pick-up date at the nearest store in your college town.
"You don't have to worry about packing your car, but you can still get great savings," Reid said.
Want even bigger savings? Then bundle! Roomify and Dormco let you buy packages — everything you need in one box from bedding, to storage, lights, fans. They take the guess work out of what to bring to college.
And of course, there's Amazon.
"Go online and just knock it all out in one fell swoop. Have it shipped directly to the school and it's there waiting for you," said Reid.
Also consider taking advantage of your college's bundle packages. Many schools team up with retailers and offer solid deals to get your kids off to a great start.