With less than a month until the fall semester begins, parents and college students are checking off their back-to-school lists in anticipation of the new school year.
For first-year, on-campus students, finding the balance between being prepared and having too much stuff can be difficult as families struggle to ensure that their new student can survive alone.
But saving money on items that students won't need could help families lower their college expenses. On average, families are expected to spend $866.83 on clothes, electronics and dorm supplies for the 2013 school year, for a total of $45.8 billion on back-to-college essentials, according to the National Retail Federation.
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While schools frequently offer comprehensive lists of what freshmen can bring to campus, discovering what's actually needed often comes from experience and advice.
We polled our U.S. News Education Twitter followers and Facebook fans for their suggestions on items that first-year students should leave at home.