10 Tricks to Make Back to School Easier for Everyone

It’s back-to-school time! In this post, we discuss tips and tricks to make back-to-school time easier, including tips for school lunches, dorms, saving money, and driving to college.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
2-minute read
Episode #8

Back to School Tips and Tricks

Road-Tripping to College?

When to Buy Gas

Buy gas on Monday or Tuesday. People fuel up on Thursdays and Fridays for weekend trips, so most gas stations up the price before a big travel weekend on Wednesdays. Also, you should know that you can buy gas at Costco even if you’re not a member!

Bag Packing Tip

If you’re staying overnight at a hotel, pack a bag that has each person’s necessities for that night only like pajamas and a change of clothes. Then, when you get there, you’ll only need to unpack that single bag.

Get the “Waze” App

Waze is a free traffic app that’s better than the map apps, because when you’re planning your route for the day at 7 a.m., it doesn’t matter what the current traffic is. Waze keeps you updated on road work so you can avoid it before it gets trafficky.

Dorm Hacks

What to Do If You Spill a Drink on Your Keyboard

If you spilled soda or any other drink on your computer keyboard like Who Knew? editor Jen did, work fast. Blot any excess with towels. Place in a bag of rice. If you can, pop the keys off first. Wait at least twelve hours. If your computer is still sticking check out these ways to clean your computer keyboard.

Get Stickers off Dorm Room Walls

Have old stickers on furniture or doors in your dorm room? Use a hair dryer to soften the adhesive, then get a credit card under the edge and peel up. If it’s still stubborn, saturate it with oil like olive oil or furniture polish.

Pro Tip for Small Fridges

If you keep milk or other dairy products in your tiny dorm fridge, make sure to store it in the back of the refrigerator, not on the door. Why? All dairy products are super perishable. The optimal refrigeration temperature is actually just over 32°F; however, few small refrigerators can even get that low and stay there. Keeping dairy in the back of the fridge rather than the door means fewer temperature fluctuations, which will keep it lasting longer.

More Dorm Hacks

To find out how to remove mold from a shower caddy, get drinks cold without a fridge, keep a dorm from getting smelly, and make a DIY dry shampoo, check out our article on must-know dorm hacks.

Back-to-School Tips for Grade School and Beyond

Freshen a Smelly Lunchbox

Take out last year’s lunchbox and it has a weird funk? Wet a piece of bread with white vinegar and stick it in the lunchbox overnight. It won’t smell in the morning. This also works for water bottles!

Keep an Apple Fresh with a Rubber Band

After cutting an apple, wrap a rubberband around it to keep it from browning

Save Money on School Supplies

To save money on notebooks, backpacks, and more, check out our tips on saving money on back-to-school supplies.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.