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College Shopping List: Cool, Convenient, Inexpensive

Appliances, Electronics, Supplies for Students fit the bill at BJ's Wholesale Club

July 28, 2009 8:10 AM EDT

NATICK, Mass., July 28, 2009 -- College dorm decorating is all about cool convenience this year. Students are snapping up space-saving appliances -- for cooking, chilling and personal care -- that'll make dorm life easier and more like home. And the personal touch is never passe.

Students and their parents spend billions of dollars each year to make dorm rooms home and to buy other necessities for college life. In 2009, back-to-college spending is expected to reach about $30.1 billion, or $618.12 per family, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

Students won't go hungry with the world's smallest microwave, combined with a desk top refrigerator. And even while they decorate for independence, they can always be reminded of home with a variety of comforts that are all their very own.

"College-bound children need the conveniences of home. But at the same time, the environment must reflect their newly found freedom and their youthful spirit," said Chris Neppl, Executive Vice President of Merchandising at BJ's Wholesale Club. "From electronics and game systems to kitchen appliances, bedding and plants, we offer a wide range of dorm room decor that respects children's tastes as well as their parents' wallets."

Below are BJ's recommendations for equipping any dorm room. Not a BJ's member? A BJ's gift of membership for $45 is a great resource for those college-bound to purchase groceries, apparel and accessories all under one roof.

Mix it up. Stay healthy and happy with protein shakes, smoothies and more with Back to Basics Single Serve Blender. This blender, with a powerful 350 watt motor, mixes beverages right in a travel mug. ($24.99) (Also available at

Coffee break. Keurig Mini Single Serve Coffeemaker Plus 24 Bonus K Cups is a quick, single-serve brewing system for gourmet coffee or tea with no messy grinding or clean up. Includes 34 free K cups. ($84.99) (Also available at

Mini meal-maker. Dorm room chefs will appreciate iWavecube's claim as the world's smallest microwave -- with maximum convenience at minimum size. It fits on a desktop. ($89.99) (Also available at

More chilling options. The Haier Desktop Refrigerator fits easily on your desk and gives you the convenience of lunch on the go since its portable. (29.99)

Cool message center. Nothing like a low-tech message center that lets you communicate with roomies or to use for laughs -- and it freezes ice cream sandwiches, too. You can write notes, lists and scribble directly on the door of the Haier Dry Erase Refrigerator with Freezer, then wipe it off. ($99.99) (Also available at

Study in style. Looking good at college isn't difficult, or expensive with Conair Mini Pro Hair Dryer, Hair Straightener or Steamer. And keep clothing wrinkle-free with the Conair Steamer. ($14.99-$16.99)

Fanfare. Late night studying might feel suffocating. So keep the breezes blowing with a miniature fan. ($14.99)

Mesh-merizing. Focus with a flair by putting to use a Mesh 5-piece Organizer, which comes with paper tray, trash can, envelope holder, memo holder and pen. The heavy duty steel mesh construction is the color of gun metal to match anything. ($14.99)

Productivity meets mobility. The Acer 10.1" Netbook is lightweight, portable and stylish -- making it a simple solution for surfing the web, instant messaging and much more. The Netbook contains 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, Windows XP operating system, wireless internet adapter, Intel Atom(TM) N270 processor and integrated webcam. It has a three-cell battery that supports up to four hours of battery life and includes a two-year manufacturer's warranty. ($299.00) (Also available on

Playing it Safe. A laptop is essential to making the grade at college, so guard yours with a laptop safe. The Honeywell Deluxe Laptop Digital Security Box is anti-theft with a heavy duty steel double wall, tamper-resistant latch assembly and digital lock. It secures laptops up to 17", iPods, cameras and other valuables. ($37.99)

Laptop lux. A trendy denim Laptop Pillow is bright and comfy, providing its user with a portable heat shielding surface. It's designed to fit most laptop sizes and its soft and lightweight foam filling offers an alternative to hard-edge laptop desks or cases. It even has a zippered, washable outer shell. ($12.99)

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About BJ's Wholesale Club

BJ's Wholesale Club is dedicated to providing its members with high-quality, brand name merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than the prices found at supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores. BJ's offers low BJ's Member Pricing on a huge selection of groceries, top-brand apparel and accessories, small appliances, consumer electronics, fine jewelry, and other quality merchandise.

Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The Company currently operates 182 clubs and 103 gas stations in 15 eastern states. Learn more about BJ's Wholesale Club or shop online at


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