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20 Things Under $10 All College Students Will Want For Their Dorm Room

Save your money for more important things, like, you know, your tuition.

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1. A microwave cleaner that looks an awful lot like how your own mother will look if you tell her you don't clean the microwave in your dorm room.

Promising Review: "Angry Mama makes cleaning the microwave fun. Yes, you could just put a bowl of vinegar water in there, and get the same effect but what fun is that? Cleaning is a chore that HAS to be done, so you might as well get a chuckle out of it if you can! I gave one to my family and friends for Christmas, and they all laughed, and said they'd have more fun cleaning the microwave now!" —Auntie LouGet it from Amazon for $4.50.
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Promising Review: "Angry Mama makes cleaning the microwave fun. Yes, you could just put a bowl of vinegar water in there, and get the same effect but what fun is that? Cleaning is a chore that HAS to be done, so you might as well get a chuckle out of it if you can! I gave one to my family and friends for Christmas, and they all laughed, and said they'd have more fun cleaning the microwave now!" —Auntie Lou

Get it from Amazon for $4.50.

2. Laundry balls to help scrub your clothes to the cleanest they can be. Yes, they will definitely get the scent of last night's beer spills out.

Promising Review: "These washing balls are amazing. Living on a farm and having a toddler, we have some pretty hardcore laundry. I was happy to find these balls!" —AndreaGet a six-pack from Amazon for $7.99.
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Promising Review: "These washing balls are amazing. Living on a farm and having a toddler, we have some pretty hardcore laundry. I was happy to find these balls!" —Andrea

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

3. Foldable clothes hangers that are easy to transport to and from school, and store when not in use, which is super important when you don't have a ton of space.

Promising Review: "These are great, lightweight hangers, perfect for the bottom of your suitcase. I will always have one or two in my suitcase from now on!" —James PlourdeGet a six-pack from Amazon for $6.99.
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Promising Review: "These are great, lightweight hangers, perfect for the bottom of your suitcase. I will always have one or two in my suitcase from now on!" —James Plourde

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

4. A folder organizer that'll come in handy for storing papers, exams, and other random college-related documents that you know are important to keep, but don't want to carry around with you at all times.

Promising Review: "I use this for my college classes, since I take lots of paper notes. These are sturdy and cute!" —Lee BoBaeGet it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight colors).
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Promising Review: "I use this for my college classes, since I take lots of paper notes. These are sturdy and cute!" —Lee BoBae

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight colors).

5. An adulting note pad, because college is just one step away from the real world, and the perfect time to work on those "adulting" skills.

Get it from Amazon for $4.87.
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Get it from Amazon for $4.87.

6. A fan small enough to keep on your nightstand or desk, but powerful enough to keep you cool in AC-less dorms.

Promising Review: "I love this little fan. Perfect for my desktop. It can plug into the wall outlet or into my computer USB." —LINDAGet it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.
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Promising Review: "I love this little fan. Perfect for my desktop. It can plug into the wall outlet or into my computer USB." —LINDA

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.

7. A foam roller to easily store in a small space and use when you need a little stress relief.

Promising Review: "A good, cheaper alternative to the rollers out there. The name-brand prices are insane, it's a piece of foam. This is really high-density, and is a great tool for workouts and sore muscles. For this price, you can't miss!" —B-BearGet it from Amazon for $9.89 (available in six colors, and four sizes).
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Promising Review: "A good, cheaper alternative to the rollers out there. The name-brand prices are insane, it's a piece of foam. This is really high-density, and is a great tool for workouts and sore muscles. For this price, you can't miss!" —B-Bear

Get it from Amazon for $9.89 (available in six colors, and four sizes).

8. Animal bag clips so you can properly seal those late-night munchies in the cutest way possible.

Promising Review: "When you're in the market for chip clips, why not buy adorable ones? These were a very reasonable price, and I was squealing with delight when I opened them (because they are so cute)." —Danielle AlexanderGet a six-pack from Amazon for $3.99.
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Promising Review: "When you're in the market for chip clips, why not buy adorable ones? These were a very reasonable price, and I was squealing with delight when I opened them (because they are so cute)." —Danielle Alexander

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

9. Bed sheet grippers because TBH dorm beds can be a bit of a pain and these little guys ensure your sheets slipping off won't become a problem.

Promising Review: "Product did exactly what I needed it to do, (hold sheets on dorm bed that had a thick, memory foam mattress topper on it), and was easy to use, and fit well." —Christine CalkwoodGet a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.
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Promising Review: "Product did exactly what I needed it to do, (hold sheets on dorm bed that had a thick, memory foam mattress topper on it), and was easy to use, and fit well." —Christine Calkwood

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

10. A dry-erase weekly planner so when you wake up in the morning, all your due dates, club meetings, and social activities are right there for you.

Promising Review: "I love it! I am using it as my agenda in the classroom, it helps me stay on track, and it keeps students informed." —MELI02Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.
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Promising Review: "I love it! I am using it as my agenda in the classroom, it helps me stay on track, and it keeps students informed." —MELI02

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.

11. A microwave soup mug for those cold nights when walking to the dining hall for dinner just isn't gonna happen.

Promising Review: "Wonderful for making tea and soups, especially when living in the dorms!" —JadeGet it from Amazon for $4.99+ (sizes S-L).
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Promising Review: "Wonderful for making tea and soups, especially when living in the dorms!" —Jade

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (sizes S-L).

12. A mesh shower caddy because most dorm buildings have communal bathrooms, and how else are you going to transport all your things?

Promising Review: "Bought for my daughter for dorm life. She seems to love it, it works great, and fits all her essentials." —gail maherGet it from Amazon for $8.89 (available in three colors).
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Promising Review: "Bought for my daughter for dorm life. She seems to love it, it works great, and fits all her essentials." —gail maher

Get it from Amazon for $8.89 (available in three colors).

13. A toothbrush holder to maximize space on suite-style bathroom counters, or for easy grab-and-go on the way to a communal restroom.

Plus, it's adorable. Promising Review: "So cute, and does exactly as advertised with my regular-sized toothbrush. Adheres well to wall, and has yet to fall down, despite the fact that I'm not always gentle." —StephanieGet it from Amazon for $5+ (available in five styles).
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Plus, it's adorable.

Promising Review: "So cute, and does exactly as advertised with my regular-sized toothbrush. Adheres well to wall, and has yet to fall down, despite the fact that I'm not always gentle." —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $5+ (available in five styles).

14. A microwave egg cooker. Let's be real, you're a college student. You don't want to wake up early to trek to the dining hall for food, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you shouldn't miss out on it.

Promising Review: "Great quick way to have fluffy eggs. Add ham, cheese, or anything you want to the egg. Enjoy on a bagel, English muffin, or on a plate. Delicious." —JACKIE15Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $6.99.
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Promising Review: "Great quick way to have fluffy eggs. Add ham, cheese, or anything you want to the egg. Enjoy on a bagel, English muffin, or on a plate. Delicious." —JACKIE15

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $6.99.

15. A coloring book for the student whose language is colorful, and would enjoy unwinding with coloring.

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Promising Review: "My mom is big into adult coloring books. She is also big into swearing. Got this for her as a stocking stuffer, and she loved it! She has already colored and framed a few for her office." —Apachecow

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

16. A clip-on lamp that'll be useful on nights when you just wanna brush up on last-minute study material or decompress with your favorite book before bed.

Promising Review: "I wanted a light near my computer, so this was ideal, I was able to clip it on a shelf above my computer." —SAHARAGet it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.
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Promising Review: "I wanted a light near my computer, so this was ideal, I was able to clip it on a shelf above my computer." —SAHARA

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.

17. A fitted mattress protector—a must for all college dorm beds. Not to freak you out or anything, but lots of people spent years sleeping in that bed before you. Do yourself a favor and protect yourself from the germs.

Promising Review: "I like it a lot. I finally found a mattress protector that seems sturdy enough, and not flimsy that tears when it's tugged on to slip over the mattress." —ANGIEGet it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.99+ (available in five sizes).
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Promising Review: "I like it a lot. I finally found a mattress protector that seems sturdy enough, and not flimsy that tears when it's tugged on to slip over the mattress." —ANGIE

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.99+ (available in five sizes).

18. Headphones—a staple for any college student — listen to your favorite music on the walk to class, while studying in the library, and please, be courteous to your roommates, and use them while you're watching Netflix.

Promising Review: "For the price, these can't be beat. Great sound quality, stays in ears easily, and cancels out other noises. I use these for when I'm working on homework, or watching movies. Keeps me focused, even while living on a dorm floor. Great quality overall!" —B. BagwellGet them from Amazon for $9.17.
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Promising Review: "For the price, these can't be beat. Great sound quality, stays in ears easily, and cancels out other noises. I use these for when I'm working on homework, or watching movies. Keeps me focused, even while living on a dorm floor. Great quality overall!" —B. Bagwell

Get them from Amazon for $9.17.

19. A coffee press because nothing says "I'm a college student" like chugging a lifetime supply of caffeine in a single study sesh.

Promising Review: "Our entire family loves this coffee press, and it's a GREAT deal!" —LINDAGet it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.
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Promising Review: "Our entire family loves this coffee press, and it's a GREAT deal!" —LINDA

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.

20. And a set of bed lifts for creating some extra, much-needed space for under-bed storage.

Promising Review: "Great for the price, and long enough for a dorm bed." —LOISGet four from Bed Bath & Beyond for $8.99.
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Promising Review: "Great for the price, and long enough for a dorm bed." —LOIS

Get four from Bed Bath & Beyond for $8.99.