How to Buy School Supplies

Schools starting, and many families will be heading to the store for their annual school supply trip. Looking to save some time and money? Read on.


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    Contact your school and ask them if they have a supply list. Many teachers have a set list of supplies which they expect every student to come prepared with.
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    Remember that common school supplies include the following:
    • One folder and one single subject notebook, which is usually given to you by the teacher, for each class you are taking, unless you are told otherwise. If you know that there will be a lot of handouts and worksheets, a looseleaf binder may work better than a folder. Make sure you have different colors; nothing would be worse than bringing the wrong binder to class.

    • A high quality pencil bag or box, as these last longer than plastic. Fill it with the following:
    • 10 pencils of your choice and one big eraser. Include a sharpener if you choose normal pencils and lead if you choose mechanical pencils.

    • Highlighters, colored pencils and markers.
    • A few black and red pens are optional, but highly useful.
    • A fountain pen is a good thing to have with you.
    • Ink cartridges if you have a fountain pen
    • A small pair of scissors- not too sharp otherwise they might poke a hole in your pencil case
    • A glue stick
    • Lined paper
    • Notebook(pick one you like)
    • Ring binder (any width)
    • Calculator
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    Get a sturdy backpack or book bag to carry your notebooks, binders, pencil bag and personal supplies in. Some common personal items are:
    • Tissues, Band-aids, gum/mints, or feminine supplies if you are a girl. It is also useful to help carry a few locker shelves, a small mirror or magnets to school on your first day to organize your "at school" storage area with.


  • Plastic folders last longer than paper folders
  • You could color code your supplies so that you can grab them quickly between classes. Example: English=Yellow, History=Black/Purple, Science=Green, Religion=Blue, Math=Red, etc.
  • Number Two pencils are fabulous, most teachers approve.
  • Some schools have large lists of expensive items ,try to make a recent list of stuff that you generally buy each time ,so you know what to expect.
  • Get small provisions for the classroom ,having extra is good for unplanned events.
  • Keep small stuff in your pockets for quick uses, pens are best


  • Make sure that you're careful with your especially sharp school supplies so you don't get a hole poked in your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencils/Pens
  • Pencil case
  • Glue stick
  • Notebook for revision
  • Big backpack, sports shops sell good ones
  • Coloring pencils/Felt tips/Highlighters
  • Ring binder
  • Maths Set
  • Calculator
  • Binder ( may need a few)
  • Loose Leaf paper

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