Best 10 Office Supplies to Stock Up On During Back To School Sales

Save MoneyWhile 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.

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.

3. Pencils
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.

4. Glue
Glue is not always needed, but is something that is good to have in stock ready for when it is necessary; so 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 on hand 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, as 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.

8. Rulers
Rulers are a good item to have on hand and I usually buy them in a pack 5 or more, as they often get snapped or lost.

9. Staples
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; and it always comes in handy at birthdays and Christmas if there is any left! I do have to hide it from the kids, though, 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!

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Three Key Ways to Motivate Yourself to Cook at Home

Sandwiches with salami and smoked salmonCooking at home always seems like a good idea when you’re charting out your monthly budget. You know that cooking at home is cheaper than eating out, and you probably even like the idea of sitting down to a family meal together. The problem comes into play when it’s 6 PM, and you haven’t even started dinner yet. How do you resist that temptation to just gather everyone up and shuttle them off to McDonald’s or Applebee’s?

Have A Plan
The first key to keeping up your motivation to cook at home is to have a plan. The worst question to be stuck with on your way home from work is “What am I going to fix for dinner?” You can avoid this dilemma by creating a menu plan for the entire week all at once. Create your plan on Sunday (or whatever works for your family’s schedule). Then, shop for the entire plan. Now, it will be easier for you to go home and cook dinner than it is to start all over again and decide where you’ll go out to eat.

Prep In The Morning
The next key to motivating yourself to cook at home is to prep as much of your dinner as you can in the morning before you leave for work. No one wants to work eight hours and then come home to prepare a meal that will take two hours to cook. However, if you know you already put that casserole together and that all you have to do is pop it into the oven, cooking dinner at home seems much more hassle-free.

Remove the Temptation
Finally, one other key to staying motivated to cook at home is to remove the temptation to spend extra money on eating out. Once you decide what your allowance for food is for that week, place that amount of cash into an envelope. Take that envelope with you and use that money when you purchase your week’s groceries. Now, whenever you’re stricken with the temptation to eat out that week you can simply look into the envelope and see if there’s enough money to eat out there. If there’s not, you know you can’t eat out.

Often, many people choose to eat out because it just seems so much easier than cooking at home. However, if you plan and prepare you meals, you can remove, or at least minimize, a lot of the obstacles to cooking at home. In no time at all, you’ll wonder why you ever preferred to eat out.