What to Buy With All of Your High School Graduation Money

If you're graduating from high school this year, first of all, major congratulations!

That's an amazing accomplishment and something you should be very proud of. And if you plan on celebrating with friends and family, chances are, you're going to be getting a lot of money thrown your way. If you'd rather not blow it on something random before you head off to college, continue below to get a look at what to buy with all of your high school graduation money.

1. Laptop

If you're lucky enough to have a working laptop already, you don't need to worry about this. However, if you don't have a laptop or have one that's super slow and old, it's about time to upgrade. And no, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars. In fact, Best Buy and Apple have amazing deals for college students!


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2. Speakers

Dorm life is all sorts of fun, and we think one of the best ways to embrace living in close quarters with your soon-to-be besties is by blaring music! Get your hands on some speakers and we guarantee your dorm will be the place everyone gathers to study and even get ready for fun nights out on the town.


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3. Phone

Chances are you already have a phone, but if you're in major need of an upgrade, now is the perfect time to do it. And sure, you can get your hands on an Android, but trust us when we say virtually every single person on your college campus will have an iPhone. It will just make life easier if you have one, too!


4. Fitness Membership

The first few months of college can be overwhelming, and lots of people forgo working out. However, if you have a fitness membership you've already pre-paid for, it's the perfect motivation to get off your butt and get your body moving. Whether it's for a gym, pilates studio or even Classpass, investing in your health should come before anything else.


5. Coffee Maker

College students live on coffee—it's a known fact! And if you'd rather not spend hundreds of dollars every month at Starbucks or your local university coffee shop, you definitely need to get your hands on a coffee maker. Go for something like a Keurig so that it's easy to clean and quick to brew.


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6. AirPods

AirPods are definitely more of a luxury, but if you're willing to make the investment, we couldn't recommend them more Since there are no wires, you don't need to worry about tangles or finding the right adapter. Instead, they connect to Bluetooth and are perfect for listening to music, your favorite podcasts and FaceTimeing friends from your hometown.


7. Tote Bag or Backpack

College campuses are much larger than your high school, meaning you'll be walking a lot more than you're used to in between classes. For this reason, a small purse or backpack simply won't do. Instead, get a decent-sized tote bag or heavy-duty backpack—something strong enough to hold a laptop and a few books.


8. Tablet

College is a time to learn, and if you want to take your studies up to the next notch, a tablet is something you should consider buying. Tablets are great for note-taking and using as study tools in all sorts of classes. Plus, tablets are smaller than laptops and easier to transport across campus.


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9. Amazon Prime Membership

If you don't plan on bringing a car with you to college, getting across town to run errands won't be super easy. That's why we think investing in an Amazon Prime Membership is such a great idea. You get free and fast delivery on all of your favorite products without having to leave the comfort of your dorm.


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10. Luggage

Last but not least on our list of things to buy with your graduation money is luggage. College is a time of lots of travel, road trips and fun spring breaking. Plus, traveling back and forth between home and college means you'll need some strong, sturdy luggage. If you're looking for something affordable, we highly suggest checking out the offerings that Kohl's has.


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