School supplies for Back to School 2018

Whether it’s your first day at school or you’re going back after the summer holidays, you’re bound to need lots new supplies. From primary school right up to university there is a list of back to school essentials that you’ll need to prepare every year.

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School Stationary

School stationery

Shopping for school stationery is one of the most fun back to school activities. There is so much choice in stores today. We recommend purchasing good quality stationery that will last for the whole school year. You will need the following:

  • Pens and pencils, rubber and sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Coloured pens and highlighters
  • Maths equipment such as a compass and protractor.
  • Folders and dividers – Ring binders are the most popular type of folder for schoolwork and you’ll need dividers to go inside.
  • Paper or notebooks
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School equipment

You’ll need to buy some other items before you start the new school year. Depending on your school, the equipment you need may include the following:

  • School uniform
  • Outerwear such as a winter coat
  • School shoes
  • PE kit and a bag to keep it in
  • School bag
  • A pencil case – This could be any shape, size or colour, from a metal tin to a zip-up pouch.
  • Lunch box if you’ll be bringing packed lunches to school

Educational supplies

So you’ve got all your basic kit sorted but what else do you need for school? You probably need some educational supplies. Here are some educational supplies that you should think about getting for the new school year:

  • Textbooks – Your school will recommend or suggest textbooks. Look out for secondhand sales of these books, which can be expensive to purchase new.
  • Reading books – Depending on your year group, you may need to buy some books for learning to read or for studying literature.
  • Calculator – Secondary school students will need a scientific calculator.
  • Translator/electronic dictionary – If English isn’t your first language you my be allowed to use an electronic translator or dictionary in class.
  • Laptop or tablet – Some schools expect students to have their own laptops or tablets for doing school work.

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School stationery

How much should you spend on school stationery? Here is a guide to the range of prices for different stationery items, so you can plan your shopping budget more effectively.

  • Pens – from 20p to £2.50
  • Pack of 10 HB rencils – £3.00 – £4.00
  • Pack of 5 rubbers – £3.00 – £4.00
  • Sharpener – less than £1.00
  • Ruler – £1.00 – £2.50
  • Set of Highlighters – £3.00 – £5.00
  • Set of 20 coloured ballpoint pens – £6.00 – £10.00
  • Helix maths equipment set – £3.00 – £5.00
  • A4 Folders – £1.00 – £5.00
  • A4 Dividers – £2.00 – £3.00
  • Paper and notebooks – £1.00 – £10.00

Bags and cases

You’ll need to buy a school bag and some other bags for the new school year. Here’s the range of prices we’ve found so you will know how much to spend.

  • School bags – £10.00 – £35.00
  • Lunch box – £5.00 – £12.00
  • Pencil case – £2.00 – £15.00
  • PE Kit bag – £5.00 – £10.00

School uniform

Your school uniform is an important part of your back to school kit. You’ll need to budget for the following items with approximate prices.

  • Pack of 2 Shirts – £5.00
  • Trousers and skirts – £10.00
  • Shoes – £15.00 – £30.00
  • Childrens’ Winter Coats – £15.00 – £35.00

Technology and electronics

You’ll need to save some money to buy electronic items for school. Here are some examples of items with their prices:

  • Laptop computer – £200.00 – £350.00
  • Tablet – £50.00 – £300.00
  • Scientific calculator – £10.00
  • Electronic translator/dictionary – £12.00 – £45.00

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Shopping for school supplies online

You could spend days trawling the shops to buy everything you need for the new school year. But who wants to spend their summer like that? We recommend buying all your back to school supplies online, because:

  • You can compare prices easily and aren’t tied to one store. When you go to the shops it’s all too easy to buy as much as possible in one shop, in order to finish your shopping more quickly. It’s far easier to shop around when you do it online. You can read all about the best Back to School sales and offers here.
  • You can get a discount on most of your shopping when you shop online. This is impossible when you shop in stores. Look on the CupoNation website for online voucher codes and coupons that offer discounts and special deals. You can use them for all your back to school purchases.
  • Avoid the rush in stores. As we approach September, everyone is going to be shopping for school. The shops can get busy at this time of year, and occasionally even run out of stock for popular products. You can avoid all of this hassle by shopping online.
  • Choose your payment options. Many websites offer PayPal payment or even delayed payment when you open a credit account. These payment methods are often not available when you shop in store.
  • Subscribe to the newsletter and hear about all the latest deals. You’ll find out exactly where to buy the best school items at the lowest prices and how to save money shopping online.
  • Take advantage of free delivery. There’s no need to lug all of your purchases home from the shops. With online shopping the retailers bring your purchases to you. And better still, most retailers now offer free returns so it doesn’t matter if you buy the wrong size or colour.

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How to buy cheap school supplies

There are many ways to save money on your school supplies. By following these tips you could spend less and still be ready for school this September.

  1. Plan your budget carefully. It’s easy to be tempted by pretty designs on the stationery or the latest branded bags. But it’s really important that you don’t spend more than you can afford. Make a budget and decide roughly how much you can afford to spend on each category. Then divide your category budgets by item. Don’t forget to have your budget by your side when you start shopping.
  2. Research prices and stores carefully. This is why it’s better to shop online. Once you’ve found a product you like, have a look and see where it’s for sale at the lowest possible price.
  3. Buy in bulk. You’re probably going to need many of the same school items over and over again for years. It’s often cheaper to buy larger quantities of a product. This is definitely the case for stationery and sometimes for uniforms. Look for multipacks where possible.
  4. Sell your used school supplies. Old textbooks and uniforms can sell easily on apps like Shpock and websites like eBay and Facebook Marketplace. You can use the extra money you make to buy new school supplies for this year.
  5. Buy your school supplies online. It’s often cheaper than buying in stores. Online only retailers such as Amazon stock a wide range of products at really low prices. Even retailers with a high street presence sometimes have deals that are only available online.

Are you up for school supplies DIY?

Check here for amazing DIY suggestion for school supplies

If you want to jazz up your school supplies and really make them into your own style, perhaps you should consider making your own DIY school supplies. There are many tutorials for cute school supplies online. YouTube has lots of amazing videos on this subject, such as this one. It has 15 epic DIY projects for back to school including bags, pencil cases, folders and notebooks. Or check out this blog post which has loads of ideas including DIY pen pots, pencil topper and notebooks.

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