PART of getting our kids ready for the new academic year involves kitting them out with back to school clothing, shoes, and school supplies.
Popular stationery supplies stores for kids like Paperchase, Smiggle and Tinc have school supplies that look fantastic but cost a hefty sum.
We’ve rounded up the best cheap stationery supplies to get your kids ready for school on a budget.
School supplies are another expense parents seem to constantly be shelling out for.
They’re easy for kids to lose and wear through with daily use so need frequent replacing.
School supplies have become another way for kids to accessorise and show off their personal style – especially when they wear uniforms to school daily.
The paper, pencils and composition books we used in years past have been swept away in a sea of sparkly pencil cases, sequinned notebooks and rubbers shaped like hippos, avocados and unicorns.
There are some specialised cheap-as-chips stationery suppliers like The Works, where you can find regular deals on school supplies. You can also find bargains at supermarkets like ASDA and Aldi.
From pencils to paper, files to folders, these are the places to check out for cheap school supplies. Write on!
1. Cheap permanent markers
- Hobby Craft Permanent Markers, £4.50 for a 20-pack at Hobby Craft – buy here
Hobby Craft's selection of school supplies will ramp up at the start of the academic year, but you can find some amazing deals online year-round.
There's a 2 for £8 deal on these markers at the moment, so mix and match with other supplies or stock up on these, it's up to you.
2. Cheap rubbers for school
- Helix rubbers, 80p for two at ASDA – buy here
ASDA has a comprehensive selection of cheap school supplies to appeal to both younger kids (a sequinned A4 notebook for £5) and older students.
If you want rubbers that actually rub things out properly, these are great value at 40p an eraser.
3. Cheap stationery essentials
T. Stationery essentials in drawstring bag, £6 at Tesco – buy here
Tesco has a vast selection of own-brand and name-brand cheap school supplies.
We'd especially recommend it for when you're looking for hassle-free buys.
For example, bargain versions of school supply sets, like this backpack with glue sticks, writing set, sticky tape, sticky notes, scissors, notebook and ruler.
You can also find a four-piece geometry set (with 6" ruler, 45 & 60° set squares and 180° protractor, for £1.75) and a Midnight Garden stationery box (£6) for your desk at home.
4. Cheap ring binders
- A4 Fashion Ring Binder, £1.49 at B&M – buy here
B&M has a large selection of kids' stationery and school supplies, including branded sets from beloved characters like My Little Pony and Harry Potter – sure to be a hit with youngsters.
Older kids can stock up on a variety of back-to-school essentials, including colourful ring binders for £1 and these printed designs for £1.49.
5. Cheap B5 Notebooks
- B5 Notebooks – 5 pack, Coloured, Lined Paper, £3.95 for a 5-pack at MUJI – buy here
MUJI's stationery designs and school supplies are simple, streamlined and stylish.
They're also really well-priced for designer gear.
5. Cheap exercise books
- Rhino A5 exercise books, £6.78 for a 10-pack at Amazon – buy here
Amazon has plenty of cheap school supplies on offer.
The biggest savings comes from buying in bulk, like this 10-pack of notebooks or Q-Connect's document wallets, which cost £8.52 for 50.
6. Cheap pencil case
- Glitter pencil case, £2 at The Works – buy here
The Works is a dedicated supplier of all things crafts and stationery, and you'll be able to stock up on bundles of cheap school supplies here, or individual bits and bobs, to suit kids of all ages.
We've got our eyes on the charming selection of pencil cases for under a fiver (half the price of premium brands) – and they look just as smart.
7. Cheap sticky tape
- Clear sticky tape, £2.99 for a pack of eight at Baker Ross – buy here
Another online destination to stock up on cheap school supplies and arts and crafts materials, Baker Ross is all about the bulk-buy.
These tapes cost less than 40p individually – compare that with a branded roll at £3+ a pop.
8. Cheap lever arch file
- Lever arch file, £1.75 at Wilko – buy here
Wilko's selection of cheap school supplies is comprehensive, and this is a good site for stocking up on items for older school kids and even uni students.
You'll find geometry sets, revision books, cheap calculators and an impressive selection of binders, folders and organisers.
Better still, the products get top reviews from fans for their superior looks and quality, despite the affordable price point.
Once you've got your cheap school supplies, your child will need somewhere to store them – which is why we've looked at best value school bags too.
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