Buy early and save big (up to 40%) so you can enjoy the rest of your summer

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Put some color in your kitchenette. (Photos: Bed Bath and Beyond)

Designing a college dorm is a kind of art. Each item must be compact, functional, affordable and durable enough to be used by each roommate who wishes to borrow it. Getting a head start on shopping is a business move, made even smarter with Bed Bath & Beyond’s College Education Savings Passwhich offers students 20% off every purchase by September 30.

Smarter still, they offer an ingenious service called Pack and hold, which allows you to shop at your local store or online and then pick up your items at the store closest to campus within 60 days of move-in. That means you can plan ahead, take advantage of deep summer discounts, and bypass the part where you store an entire dorm in the garage.

From cooking to cleaning, showering to vacuuming, here are five fabulous products to make dorm life a little more comfortable — most are on sale now.

Save $30 on a Ninja Foodi Smoothie Bowl

Ninja with 3 smoothie cups in different stages of preparation

Make your student addicted to fruits and vegetables. (Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond)

The fastest and easiest way to get your daily serving of fruits and vegetables is to blend them into a delicious, nutritious smoothie. This Ninja Foodi Smoothie Bowl Maker is specially designed to power the toughest frozen fruits and thickest nut butters, and turn them into the kind of smoothie bowl people are lining up for. Stock the dorm freezer with berries, bananas and greens, and whip up foolproof breakfasts that are easy on the go – just remove the cup or bowl from the stand, put on a storage lid and go with you.

$90 $120 to the bed bath and beyond

Get 40% off this Sharper Image Shower Caddy

Shower head with attached 3 tier caddy full of products

A spacious shelf for each roommate. (Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond)

Sharing a shower is a rite of passage in a college dorm, but it doesn’t have to be chaotic. Enter the SpaStudio shower holder. Designed with versatility in mind, the shelves are adjustable to accommodate a wide range of product heights and wide enough to keep everything grouped and tidy. The shelves also have drain holes to eliminate standing water, and the entire unit is rustproof. Charmed by its practical design, modern style and durability, reviewers are impressed across the board: “This is hands down the best shower caddy money can buy.”

$48 $80 to the bed bath and beyond

Save 20% on Stasher Silicone Reusable Snack Bags

small lime green Stasher bag

Choose from five fun shades. (Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond)

You will achieve these Stasher Reusable Bags again and again, then ask yourself how you ever lived without them. According to a recent convert, the bags are “waterproof, mostly indestructible, dishwasher safe, and saved me from my plastic bag habit.” Should you put away half an avocado? Fancy a fruit salad on the go? Need a pocket for pens and note cards? These bags are endlessly convenient, easy to clean, and reduce a ton of plastic waste.

$8 $10 to the bed bath and beyond

Get $60 Off This Shark Wandvac Ultra-Lightweight Stick Vacuum

Shark vacuum shown in full stick mode, storage mode and with 3 accompanying attachments

Sleek, powerful and worth its weight in (rose) gold. (Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond)

How to vacuum a student? Get them a lightweight, cordless stick vacuum. Without the bulky weight and hassle of plugging in, they can take out the vacuum and tidy up between classes, meals and visitors. This elegant model has a built-in handheld vacuum for cleaning the car or getting into tight spaces, and a self-cleaning rotating brush that makes cutting hair a thing of the past. One reviewer confirms our theory: “So easy to grab the WandVac and clean up the mess, sometimes multiple times a day!”

$200 $260 to the bed bath and beyond

Relax in comfort with the UGG Devon Garment Washed Double XL Sheet

Stack of sheets of assorted colors/patterns

Ever wanted to sleep in your UGGs? Now is your chance. (Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond)

UGG, the brand that brought us the softest slippers on the planet, has gotten into the bedding game. The company’s obsession with comfort translates beautifully into these “softest ever” sheets, which are cozy, breathable and stylish. (They come in six soothing colors.) Need a few extra bedding basics to get you through the school year?

$40 at Bed Bath & Beyond

The reviews quoted above reflect the most current versions at the time of publication.

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Laura J. Boyer