Tuesday

College students' first aid kit: 25 key items to include



As college and university students prepare to move into dormitories and off-campus apartments, many are making packing lists.

A first aid kit is one must-have item for any college or university student. Sure, a student can visit the campus health center or drop-in clinic, but it’s more convenient (and maybe cost-effective) to have basic first aid supplies on hand.

What are the most essential components of a well-stocked first aid kit for a young adult?

  1. Acetaminophen
  2. Adhesive bandages – in various shapes and sizes
  3. Adhesive bandaging tape
  4. Alcohol pads or wipes
  5. Allergy medicine
  6. Aloe vera gel
  7. Antacids
  8. Antibiotic cream or ointment
  9. Cotton balls and swabs
  10. Cough drops
  11. Diarrhea medication
  12. Disposable gloves
  13. Elastic bandage roll or vet wrap
  14. Eye drops
  15. Hand sanitizer
  16. Hot pack – microwaveable
  17. Hydrogen peroxide
  18. Ibuprofen
  19. Ice pack
  20. Non-stick gauze pads
  21. Rubbing alcohol
  22. Safety pins
  23. Scissors
  24. Thermometer
  25. Tweezers

Basic first aid kits may be purchased online or in stores. Many families choose to make their own, however, storing all of the components in a sealed plastic container or even a sturdy lunch box.

Certainly, any prescription medications should be included, with these drugs still stored in their original labeled pharmacy containers. Vitamins the student regularly takes may be added as well.

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Friday

Back-to-school shoppers: Catch this 15% off Barnes and Noble coupon through Aug 17




School starts soon. Who needs textbooks or supplies?

Why not save and print this in-store coupon, or use the online code, and save 15% (on one item) at Barnes and Noble this weekend?

Don’t need books or writing papers? Choose a DVD or video game for weekend play. Or grab a new CD from your favorite performer.

Hey, you might even pick one of MY books!


Pick up the 15% off coupon Blow it up, and print it. Copy the code (M6LEUWAEBX37P), and use it on the bookseller’s website or at the checkout counter. Right-click, and save it to your own computer for printing. Shoot it with your smart phone, and use it at the store checkout. Just don’t miss the deal.

It’s good through Sunday, August 17th. Who needs something to read?



NOTE:  This blogger has no affiliation with the merchant mentioned in this post and received no remuneration for this post, except for potential royalties from sales of books she has authored.

Please be sure to c’mon back to Practically at Home with a comment, letting us know about your sweet book deal with the Barnes & Noble discount coupon.

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Tuesday

Best bargains: DIY personalized gift ideas for birthdays and holidays




Looking for creative, but not costly, personalized gift ideas for special people?

Why not choose a favorite poem, quotation, or Scripture verse and put it on a do-it-yourself gift?

Here are a few personalized DIY gift possibilities:



  • Bible memory cards – Print several favorite Scripture verses on heavy cardstock. Cut them into stacks, and tie them with string or ribbon.
  • Monogrammed note cards – Create personalized stationary, either folded notes or full sheets. Place the recipient’s initials or name on the papers. Or type a suitable saying. Print the papers out, and parcel them with matching envelopes.
  • Poetry magnet – Pick a poem, and print it on sturdy paper. Cut it out, and glue a magnet on the back.
  • Quotation bookmark – Select a fitting quote. Print it on pretty paper. (Or print several to a sheet, and make a whole set of bookmarks.) Punch a hole at one end, and slip a piece of yarn through it.


These do-it-yourself personalized gifts are extra special and durable, if they are laminated. As a more economical option, you might cover each one neatly (on both sides) with clear wide packing tape.

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Sunday

Frugal family fun: We zoom to the zoo for summer outings



City zoos offer wildly interesting and entertaining excursions for family – and often for a song. For years, our crew has carried season passes to the local zoo, enjoying significant savings on this family recreation choice.

Actually, our local zoo offered free admission for decades, but they underwent a huge overhaul several years ago and began charging a fee. But we found the changes worthwhile, as they added lots more animals and attractions.

The family pass (which includes access for four adults, multiple kids, and even occasional guests) costs about $100. At first, that may sound like a hefty sum, but taking a couple of grownups and a slew of kids to the zoo, the movies, or an amusement park can easily cost that much - especially if a return trip is in the works.

Included with membership are gift shop and snack bar discounts (with no need for keeping codes or coupons). We also get a colorful zoo magazine, free zoo concert /picnic tickets, and summer zoo camp discounts (although we don’t use the camp program).

Best of all, as members, we flash the pass and enter the zoo gates without waiting in line.

What’s more, our local zoo membership brings us free (or discounted) entry to approximately 150 other American Zoo Association locations nationwide, through an AZA reciprocity agreement. We’ve even stumbled upon other zoos and walked in free without presenting our passes, as they were able to look up our memberships online.

That’s a wild, screaming deal for summer family fun.

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