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Lilli Dellheim '25 M.A., Special to the Hawk • July 13, 2024

10 College Must-Haves Under $10

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Graphic by Kaitlyn Patterson ’20.

Picks from Amazon Prime


Amazon is a hotspot for the deals college students incessantly crave. The only thing better than the original deals on Amazon is Amazon Prime, which guarantees shipping on most products in two business days. Here are 10 must-have items for success in college and all of them under $10.

1. Microwave Omelet Maker – $9.45

The Norpro 930 Silicone Omelet Maker is a red, half-moon-like contraption that you can fill with eggs and any other omelet contents of your choice. The whole device is microwaveable, so it makes breakfast easy and enjoyable for anyone restricted to the limited appliances of a dorm room. The omelet maker requires a bit of experimentation in order to get your desired results, but the outcome is worth it.

2. Bedside Caddy – $7.55

In college, many students have their beds boosted up on bed-raisers or on bunk beds in order to hide the endless junk. Constantly having to get  in and out of bed to grab a tissue or the remote can become tiresome. The INTBUYING 6 Pocket Bedside Storage Caddy is the perfect carry-all for your necessities and will keep you in bed for as long as you wish.

3. HDMI Cord – $9.99

SecurOMax offers a cord that connects laptops with TVs if they are compatible. For Mac computers, there’s another convertor needed, which can also be purchased for under $10. With an HDMI cord, you can play music using the TV as a speaker or watch a movie with all your friends instead of crowding around a laptop.

4. Drying Rack – $8.99

Everyone is well aware of the unfortunate and unavoidable faultiness of laundry services. Whether it’s a washing machine filled with suds or a broken dryer, sometimes your clothes are just left lukewarm and damp. If you get a Greenco 3 Tier Over the Door Drying Rack, you can hang it right over your wardrobe and allow any important items to air out if need be.

5. ID Holder – $8.59

Students always have unique ways of carrying around ID cards. Some prefer the rubber pocket that sticks to a cell phone while others use a trusty wallet. Yuhan Pretty on Amazon offers “wallet purses” for men and women that can carry a HawkCard, license, credit cards, and money. It also hangs around your neck, which prevents misplacing your most-valued items.

6. Pepper Spray – $6.99

Luckily for us, we live on a safe campus with great students and surrounding neighbors, so there truly isn’t much to worry about, but the world can’t always be trusted. It’s better to be safe and act as your own security with a mini pepper spray keychain. SABRE has a wide range of defense sprays, but the compact ones are the best for easy access.

7. Tapestry

If you’re tired of coming home to the same, drab walls of your residence hall and you want to switch up your environment, then invest in a tapestry. On Amazon, there are thousands of color combos and intricate designs for under $10. Find what suits you, and improve the aesthetic of your room.

8. Sleep Mask – $9.99

Roommates can be best friends, but still not totally compatible because everyone has a different schedule, bed time and set alarm. Sometimes lights flicker on and off when you’re in your deepest sleep and sometimes the sun just decides to rise right in your face. Whatever it is, it can be prevented with the Lonfrote Star Moon Deep Molded Sleep Mask.

9. Shower Shoes

This is not merely a freshmen phenomenon; the need for shower shoes lives on through college. If a shower is shared by many bodies, not regularly cleaned, or not well ventilated, then mold and bacteria will colonize. It’s safer to use porous shoes so water can run through while still maintaining a barrier from the funk. Chazzi on Amazon has “Cheese Style” Thong Beach Sandal Flipflops that are perfect for deflecting shower funk.

10. “College Hacks” by Keith Bradford – $4.75

For under $5, you can get a whole book of college tips to further enhance your expertise and lead you to success here at Saint Joseph’s University. Plus, Prime members can read it for free online. How can you beat that?

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