STI Diaries 02: Tips on How to Save Money on Buying School Supplies

You don’t need lavish or unique school supplies to study. You don’t need to use all your savings just to buy branded stuffs. Change your mentality that you blend-in well when you have the coolest items in your backpack. Yes, you cannot study without materials to use, but you can study without branded school supplies. Motivation to study doesn’t come from the brands you carry inside your bag, but what you want to achieve in life. It’s not about being the trendiest in school, it’s about how competitive you are. Start changing the way you think so you feel motivated to wake up for school every day.


Tips on How to Save Money on Buying School Supplies:

  • Clean Before Buying. You must have scattered or hidden supplies somewhere in your house that are still in good condition or haven’t been used, so shop inside your house first before paying at the counter of bookstores.
  • List The Supplies You Need. From sweeping your cabinets, drawers and study table of excess or usable school supplies, you will notice that you still have some stuff that you can use to save money. The key in saving here is to only buy what you seriously need.
  • Check The Sales Section First. You may find the sales section friendly when it’s back-to-school season, so better check what they have on that table before roaming around the store.
  • Bulk Buy Then Divide. You can save from buying bulk items and the quantity is far greater compared to buying in singles. So if you have a close schoolmate, family member, cousins or even neighbors who‘s attending the same level, you can ask if you guys can just split divide the items and expenses amongst yourselves.
  • Stock Up If Possible. Most school supplies are disposable, so it’s best to take advantage on the sales section for back up supplies while the offer is still hot. At least you won’t be rushing to visit the bookstore when you suddenly run out of supplies in the middle of the school year or in the middle of a busy day.
  • Buy Second-Hand Books. You can find new and used books at Recto and you can even sell your old textbooks. Another tip is to buy or ask if you can borrow the used books of higher batch students in your course.
  • Avoid The Small Items. This is easier said than done, especially for the ladies, but please try to avoid buying items just because it’s cute or it’s your favorite color, when you know that you won’t be using it and it’s just for your eye’s pleasure.


Shop Quality on These Items:

You will wear and use this the whole year! It has to survive!

  • School Bag
  • Black Shoes
  • Notebooks
  • Pencil Case
  • Socks
  • E Shoes
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Lunch Kit
  • Water Jug
  • Umbrella
  • Raincoat
  • Rain Boots

Shop Quantity on These Items:

You will surely lose these items by accident!

  • Ball Pens
  • Different Sizes of Pad Papers
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Sticky Notes
  • Scissors
  • Pencils (Depending on Your Course)
  • Rulers (Depending on Your Course)
  • Coloring and Art Materials (Depending on Your Course)

Note: For students who attends universities that doesn’t require them to wear school uniform, create your own school uniform to save money from weekly shopping. By means of creating, it means buying clothes and shoes that you will wear only for school. Be creative on your pairing and in buying accessories. You can always wear something new when you go out to an event or hang out with friends, so don’t feel bad on wearing the same thing in school days.


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