While the back to school sales are still going on, it’s the perfect time to head down to your local office supply store and stock up on those all-important essential office supplies that you will require throughout the year. Before you head straight for the store, make sure you make a list of what items you will need to see you through the following academic year. If you don’t sit down and make a list of the office supplies that you need, you could find yourself browsing the aisles for hours. Ten minutes making that list could save you 30 minutes in the store, so here is a little help to get you started. Here is my list of the best 10 office supply items to keep in stock:
1. Spiral notebooks
Spiral notebooks are an absolute must for most people, not just in school, so why not throw in a few extra for around the house? You can always store them and us them next year if necessary.
2. Notebook paper
Notebook paper is a definite buy. It is usually best to get lined notebook paper instead of blank paper for easier writing.
Everyone needs pencils, so why not check out how much a whole box will cost you rather than just two or three? If you buy a whole box, it will save you having to go back for more in a few weeks when you have either lost them or chewed them to bits.
Glue is not always needed, but is something that is good to have in stock ready for when it is necessary. Buy one or two, but don’t get too many or they may sit in the cupboard for a while and dry. I like to buy the glue sticks but always make sure I have a bottle or two as well.
5. Portfolio folders
The price of portfolio folders can vary quite a bit, so make sure you’re getting a good deal before you buy and if so, throw in a couple of extras.
6. Colored pencils or crayons
Colored pencils or crayons are usually needed. Don’t just go for the cheapest colored pencils. I find that paying a little extra for a good quality colored pencil is definitely worth it. The quality and color of such pencils are much greater than those of cheap ones.
7. Colored pens
Colored pens can be useful for a variety of office needs. Just yesterday at Target I was able to score a great deal on packs of red pens.
Rulers are a good item to have on hand. I usually buy them in a pack 5 or more, as they often get snapped or lost.
You can never have enough staples. My rule of thumb has been to buy one more box than I think I will need.
10. Invisible tape
Invisible tape is a must have, as everyone has a use for it. It always comes in handy at birthdays and Christmas if there is any left! I do have to hide it from the kids because they’ll use it all up in a day if they find my hidden supply.
When it comes to back-to-school supplies, buying a few of these items in bulk can save you a lot of money in the long run!