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Budgeting for School Supplies

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Being a student can be expensive enough without overpaying for supplies you need. In 2022, we are looking at a global economic crisis as well, with the cost of living soaring, so it’s more important than ever to ensure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck. 

This article will look at some of the ways you can make your money go further when buying supplies for school. 

Budgeting for school supplies can be hard in threse tough times. I love these ideas!

Buy In Bulk

For things you know you’re going to use a lot of, it’s a good idea to buy items in bulk. This includes things like printer paper, ink cartridges, pens, and other consumable items. You can purchase these in bulk from wholesale stationers. If you want to save even more money, you can order from China for great discounts. 

Sites like AliExpress are perfect for getting trade prices for bulk items, the only downside is they can take longer to be delivered, so it is worth ensuring you order well in advance. You also want to ensure you check reviews for items before purchasing, as you are unable to view them in person before buying as you would in a store. 

Use Coupon And Discount Sites

Couponing used to be very labor intensive, trawling through papers for buy-one-get-one-free offers and clipping them out. However, in 2022, couponing has become so much easier! 

Not only are there hundreds of coupon and daily deals sites online, but there are also apps you can attach to your browser, which will automatically scour the web for the best codes for you! This makes finding great deals so much easier. 

You can also save on education materials and services by accessing offers directly from brands using sites that have collated a list of companies offering great deals on educational supplies. 

Buy Used

If you are struggling to afford larger items such as furniture or computer equipment, purchasing used could be a good option for you. 

There are many sites where you can purchase people’s preloved items. They are usually at a fraction of the cost they would be new. 

Facebook Marketplace is a great place to start. You can also utilize selling sites such as Craigslist to grab some great bargains!

Wait For Deal Days

Wait for big discount days such as Amazon Prime Day or Black Friday. This is a fantastic way to make large savings on new items, especially expensive items such as TVs and Computers. 

Black Friday is a shopping day in November. Most stores heavily reduce prices on a large range of items, and there are plenty of bargains to be nabbed. Also, many stores have now extended this ‘sale day’ to Cyber Monday. They add discounts to their online stores the following Monday. 

Ask For Student Discount

Many stores will offer a student discount and advertise the fact. If this is the case, all you have to do is ask for it to be applied to your purchase. Many stores offer discounts to students but don’t promote the fact , so do your homework before going shopping. 

Whenever you make a purchase it’s worth enquiring at the checkouts whether they have a discount program.


By utilizing these 5 tips, you can save yourself a significant sum of money. Just remember, these things don’t only need to be applied to school supplies.

Anything you purchase as a student, whether it be clothes, meals, or cinema tickets can potentially be bought cheaper using these handy tips.

Budgeting for school supplies can be hard in threse tough times. I love these ideas!