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Affordable Dorm Decor Shopping

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Returning to school is not always easy after a fun-filled summer, but it’s safe to say one of the best things about going back is the excitement that comes with decorating your dorm in a fresh new way. Decorating does not have to take a toll on your wallet. Here are a few affordable places to look for your next wall art or comfy pillow!

1. Target

Who doesn’t love Target? Their Back to College line of affordable decorations will have you piling the shopping cart full of goodies. You even have the option of decorating in your university’s colors!

Target Back To College Dorm Room Shopping Supplies

Photo © Target

2. Urban Outfitters

Patterned curtains to block the sun when you have a late class, a comfy rug to form a study circle on, or a soft comforter for your bed. Whatever you need, Urban Outfitters has it at an affordable price.

Urban Outfitters Back To College Dorm Apartment Room Shopping Supplies

Photo © Urban Outfitters

3. Bed Bath & Beyond

I could spend hours in this store getting lost in their selections of wall decals, bedding, and storage units, which are especially important in small spaces. All of their products are extremely affordable, even the things that you might expect to be expensive, such as air purifiers or tasteful desk lamps.

Bed Bath And Beyond Back To College Dorm Apartment Room Shopping Supplies

Photo © Bed Bath And Beyond

4. Anthropologie

Their sale section has some great deals on picture frames, pillows, bathroom towels, and kitchenware.

Anthropologie Back To College Dorm Apartment Room Shopping Supplies Whale Book Ends

Photo © Anthropologie

If you have extra time to shop around, be sure to check TJ Maxx or Ross, both known for chic, inexpensive, but durable home goods. Craigslist is always an option too, but be careful. Don’t buy bedding with a questionable history or anything that looks badly stained.

Room to splurge? Check out Pier 1 Imports or World Market for those one-of-a-kind items that will add that extra special touch to your home away from home.

Happy shopping!

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5 Affordable Gift Ideas

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There is still time to shop for any gifts you might want to pick up for your friends and family this holiday season. If you’re on a budget this year, don’t worry – there are plenty of cool gifts to choose!

For The Tea Drinker

This yellow tea submarine is perfect not only for a Beatles fan, but also for those who crave tea. It is a fun and creative way to enjoy any cup of tea.

Yellow Tea Submarine Bag Holder

Photo © Gifts.com

For The Movie Lover

Have a friend who sees at least one or two movies a week? Get them this awesome ticket stub diary so they can remember which ones were thumbs up, and which ones were not so great.

Movie Ticket Stub Diary Collection

Photo © UncommonGoods.com

For The Wine Specialist

It’s not Monopoly, but Wine-opoly. Players “buy favorite wins, collect bunches of grapes, and trade them in for decanters.” Perfect for those Friday night dinner parties.

Wine-opoly Game Board

Photo © ToysRUs

For The Sports Buff

Choose their favorite NFL team to print on delicious chocolate m&ms. Perfect snack for when they are watching the game!

M&M NFL Customized Chocolate Candy

Photo © Mymms.com

For The Baker

Who doesn’t love owls? With these owl measuring cups, baking can be done in style and add a bit of pizzaz to the kitchen.

Cute Owl Measuring Cups for Baking

Photo © Boston Warehouse

For The Music Lover

The most influential pop albums from 1955 through 2003 are listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery; it’s a must-read for any music lover.

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die Book

Photo © Robert Dimery

For The Travel Enthusiast

This scratch off map has got to be the coolest map I’ve seen. This map can be scratched off for each place traveled! Gives a whole new meaning to wall art!

Scratch Off World Travel Map

Photo © Urban Outfitters

When it all comes down to it, no gift is a “bad” gift (unless it’s an ugly Christmas sweater), it’s all about the thought you put into it. Happy Holidays!

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5 Healthy Foods to Keep in Your Dorm / Apartment

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When you go grocery shopping every few weeks, which foods do you find yourself buying the most of? If it’s chips, sugary cereals, or lunchables, you might want to reconsider where you’re spending your money. They may taste good, but they’re not the best thing to put into your body. Splurge on a treat once a week if you must, but the rest of the time, focus on the “good stuff.”

Take a look at the list below to see five healthy foods that should always be in your dorm room or apartment.

1. Soup

A well-known comfort food. Soup is cheap, takes little effort and time to prepare, and pairs well with grilled cheese sandwiches, a side salad, or even just crackers. Eat it at home, or fill a thermos for when you’re on your way to class.

Hot Bowl of Soup

Photo © dmarkj22

2. Greek Yogurt

You may have heard rumors that Greek yogurt tastes bad, but try it for yourself. I recommend Oikos and my personal favorite, Chobani. Greek yogurt can have twice as much protein as regular yogurt, which means you’ll feel fuller and more satisfied longer. It also works in smoothies, desserts, and with fresh fruit mixed in.

Delicious Greek Yogurt and Fruit

Photo © raylynntexas

3. Brown Rice

Nowadays, cancer is a huge cause of death, but studies have shown the more fiber you have in your diet, the less risk you have for getting it. Brown rice, oatmeal, and most kinds of beans will help you get this fiber in each day.

Hot Bowl of Brown Rice

Photo © musicpb

4. Fruit

Switch it up and keep a few bananas, kiwi, pears, pomegranates and/or peaches around. Buy them in bulk or ready-to-eat. It might be more expensive, but at least you’ll reach for it first if it’s already cut up.

Bananas and Peaches, Fruit

Photo © Annalisa-

5. Almonds

They reduce bad cholesterol and help you lose weight, what more could we ask for? They’re also a great in-between-classes snack, giving you that extra boost of energy you may need to get through your last class. Also try: walnuts, pecans, or cashews.

Bowl and Bag of Almonds

Photo © Nutsinbulk

Unless you shop when you’re hungry (which is a big universal no-no) it should be easy to shop healthy with a list like this in hand to guide you.

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Back to School Shopping: The Coolest Backpacks Ever!

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From wearable art to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fantasy, we’ve found something for everyone.

by Guest Blogger Serena Piper

We all know that high school and college are times when what everyone else is doing or wearing has an influence on what you do or wear, even when it comes to backpacks, of all things. The North Face backpacks and stereotypical leather messenger bags are popular choices, but if you’re looking for something more unique, here are the coolest ones I’ve found.

If they seem a little out of your price range, then enter our Summer Snap-off today for a chance to win a $1,000 Back to School shopping spree! Submit up to three of your favorite summer photos, and one of these backpacks could be yours.

1. Buzz Backpacks

If you appreciate design and wearable art, you need to check out the Buzz backpack. These are by far among the nicest looking backpacks around. Shoulder-slung to distribute the weight evenly across your back, they’re made of silk – silk! – and boast plenty of zippered pockets and hidden compartments for pens or a cell phone. They’ll also work for the yoga-goer needing to store a change of clothes, or even as a carry-on for that summer trip to Cancun.

$60 on Athleta.

2. The Meiosis Backpack

via Yanko Design

This unique backpack was designed by Davidi Gilad of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv. Made of mesh fabric overlaid by a grid system of three-dimensional polygons, the Meiosis (in biology, a type of cell division) is perfect for heavy toting and might just satisfy the secret fantasy you still harbor – come on, you can’t hide from us – of being a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. There isn’t an official release date for this bag, unfortunately, but if you’re really interested, keep your eye out!

3. Voltaic Switch Solar Bag

If you’re a total techie and like to carry around your laptop – or your Kindle, your smartphone, whatever – this bad boy might be your match made in heaven. It will charge all of your electronic gadgets using two solar panels that generate power in sunlight. For example, one hour in sunlight will fully charge your cell phone. Can you say eco-friendly?

$129 at Voltaic Systems.

4. Built NY Large Laptop Backpack

Specifically designed to hold any 12–17 inch laptop, the Built NY Laptop Backpack is both water- and stain-resistant. Don’t worry, there’s extra room for a textbook or notebook.

$30 at Amazon.

5. iPhone Wallet

A friend of mine bought one of these when she got her iPhone and she gets compliments on it all the time. The wallet has slots for all your credit cards and cash, and snaps closed so you know everything in it is safe and secure. A lot of different stores have these available and they come in a variety of different colors. Check out Amazon first for the best deals.

Happy Hunting, and enter the Summer Snap-off today!

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Summer Snap-off Is Here!

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How time flies! It’s already back to school season, and here at BookRenter we are rushing around preparing all sorts of cool stuff for you guys. First up is the Summer Snap-off. Upload your favorite summer photos, and you could be the lucky winner of a $1,000 shopping spree. Spice up your closet. Show off your snapshots. Enter today!

The contest runs from July 18 to August 1 at 9:00am. Voting will then begin on August 1 and last until August 12. We can’t wait to see everything you guys have been up to. Enter your photos now for a chance to win a Back to School wardrobe!

…And we’re joining in! Throughout the promotion, we’ll be posting a snapshot of something fun from around the office. Visit often, and guess what it is!

Post what you think it is below to be entered to win a BookRenter t-shirt. Check back at the end of the day for the answer!

Update: Congratulations Mayra you are our first t-shirt winner!

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