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How to Spoil Your New Little Without Going Broke

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So you're getting a little this semester? Exciting! Right now you're probably focused on finding the perfect addition to your tree, but what you might not be thinking is how expensive bringing a little into a sorority is. There are so many things you're expected to pay for--not to mention that you WANT to shower her with gifts. But how are you supposed to do that when you have a full course load and a little part time job? Something Greek has some tips.

1) Start early.

I started buying crafts the summer before I thought I might be getting a little. I also started crafting some of them that summer because not only will you be short on cash, you'll also be strapped for time.

2) Take advantage of sales or introductory pricing.

At Something Greek, we often offer new items at lower prices, and be sure to take a peek at the top bar on our website for current sales. You can save money on some of our most popular items by purchasing them in packages. Check out our package deal specials on everything from two t-shirts, to a t-shirt and sweatshirt, to a long sleeve and sweatpants. In terms of crafts, your craft store of choice probably does weekly sales on categories like scrapbooking materials, picture frames, or wooden crafts.

3) Embrace the dollar store.

You know those wooden letters everyone gets to spell out their little's name from Michael's or A.C. Moore? Before you buy them there, check your local dollar store. You might be able to get them there for much cheaper. Dollar stores are also a great place to get picture frames, wine glasses, or beer steins to decorate.

4) Make a list.

Go to the store with a list in hand and stick to it. Some preplanning will help you save money in two ways. First, you'll be less likely to impulse buy if you have a plan. Also, you're less likely to forget something essential to build your crafts, like glue, if you have a list. Not having to take trip back to the store to pick up something you forgot will save you time and gas money.

 5) Don't waste your money on useless crafts.

The best crafts are the ones that are useful. Pick things like picture frames, jewelry boxes, a pin box, or other useful things. Your little doesn't need a piggy bank or a random heart that you painted.

6) Look for quantity discounts.

Can you get together with a group of bigs to buy things like your littles' jackets? Something Greek offers a quantity discount if you order together.

What are you doing to spoil your little without breaking the bank? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

-Michelle Giuseffi

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