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What Back To School Supplies Do I Need

That time has come, summer is over and out. Now getting ready for heading back to school can be hard. Having to plan what you are going to wear, if you have a uniform how can you make it your own, don’t worry we’ve all done it. You even have to think about things like ‘what back to school supplies do I need’. Heading back to school can also be daunting in regards to your classes, are you with your friends? Have you started a new school? Will you make the sports club you want? Whilst we can’t help with everything on that list we can help compartmentalise some of that information. Here is our guide for the best school supplies to stock up on.

Clear Out Time…

There is nothing more frustrating than that ‘rubbish’ draw that’s filled to the brim with pens that no longer work, scrap paper and broken stationary. So the first step before we head out to the shops is to spend an hour testing pens, highlighters, anything and everything in that draw. This way we are reducing our waste on school supplies, plus there is no point in getting that 20 pack of biros if you have 19 working ones at home. I do find that highlighters seem to always been dried out though. Whilst scrap paper has it’s uses it’s important to remember that it doesn’t replace a notepad. Once you’re sure you’ve been resourceful and recycled what you can it’s time to check what you have got. Then shop from there.

What Back To School Supplies Do You REALLY Need

When it comes to picking your school supplies it might seem more obvious than it actually is. Everyone knows that you need a pen, pencil and pencil case. But in actual fact most schools will give you a list to run through when you’re shopping for school supplies. The additional aspect is picking the style that you like most, I’m pretty boring and go for the all brown standard note pad and pens.

What You Need To Look For Are As Followed:

  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Colour Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Case
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Calculator (Scientific if required)
  • Post-it Notes
  • Paperclips
  • Paper Clamps
  • Notepad
  • Paper
  • Folder
  • Any books they ask you to have

Not Required But Are Handy To Have

  • Glue
  • Tip-ex
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hole Puncher
  • Index Card

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have it all when you start, but school life does seem to run a bit smoother when you have the school supplies that you need.

Where To Shop

I remember heading out shopping and dragging my parents to WHSmith’s where I would look at all their items, before we would head to the likes of B&M or Home Bargains. I’d end up with almost the exact same stuff for a fraction of the price. Going in with a plan means that you don’t just buy things for the sake of it. It also means that you can check everything off that you need!

If you are looking to keep the costs down, because year on year it can add up, then check out Preloved’s Stationary here.

Keep an eye out as some people put listings as bundles, meaning you could get more for less.

As it’s Second-hand September, why not do your bit and look for Second Hand School Supplies!

If you want to look at what other schools items Preloved have click here.



Lucy Roberts

Lucy Roberts

Marketing Executive

Lucy works on all things Marketing in the Preloved Team. Not only does she love all things puppy related but she also enjoys trying her hand at any and all DIY's.