We’ve just finished the first week back at school and hopefully, all of you survived! It was certainly an adjustment being back, because I took a year off from College to work and earn some more money to help out with rising costs. So naturally, when it came time to do my school supply shopping, I was look for any way possible that I could cut a few corners and save a few dollars wherever I could. For most of us, we’ve already done the bulk of our shopping, but for those of us who need to spend a week at school, feeling out what we would actually need, there is still some shopping to be done, and that means that there’s still some saving that can be done also!
What do you need?
Sit down and figure out what it is that you exactly need. How many subjects will you be studying? And then ask yourself what it’s going to take to keep you organized for the duration of your semester. For me, I’m studying six subjects, so I need six notebooks, dividers, labels and binders. I also needed an agenda to write down all of my assignments and keep track of any important dates, especially holidays!
Set a budget
Before you head out to shop for anything, you have to set a budget. As a college student, you’re probably not the wealthiest person in the world, and it’s important to save money anywhere you can. So after you’ve carefully created a list of what you need for supplies, cost everything out individually, and then see if you can’t challenge yourself to cut it by 25%. I know that sounds really difficult, but it’s definitely possible.
Reuse anything that you have leftover
Sure, we all love new, but we’re on a budget! So if at all possible, reuse anything you possibly can. College is not a fashion show, despite what we all think, and if you’re walking around with a backpack that’s from the previous year, trust me, no one is going to notice, or care! Any notebooks that you used from the previous year can also be reused. If they have important notes in them, rip the notes out, staple them and file them away. Paper is precious, and expensive, so don’t waste it.
Shop the coupon booklets
Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, and Save-on-Foods are all stores that regularly send out coupon flyers in the mail up here in Canada, so go through those thoroughly to see what you can find. I guarantee you that you’ll be able to find things like pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, agenda’s, rules and just about anything else stationary wise in those booklets.
Shop the dollar stores
These stores can be your best friend when it comes to school supplies. And if I think about it, there probably isn’t anything that you can’t buy at the dollar store. Plus, at these shops, they often sell things in multiples, which saves you even more money.
So hopefully I’ve given you some decent pointers, and if you’re still trying to scoop up those last minute items for class, this list will help you save a few bucks!