Back to School Stationary Haul 2016

Sometime in late August last year I posted a blog post detailing everything I’d bought in preparation for my first year of college. Since then, almost everyone I’ve spoken to about my blog with in real life has mentioned that post, and their most common queries refer to how much I ended up buying, and whether I actually used everything I bought.

Although I did end up using the vast majority of what I bought in the end, I did give away a few things and bought things throughout the year that I hadn’t factored in originally. It was this that made me realize there was no harm in being more sensible and careful about the things I was buying in future to make sure I wasn’t spending money unnecessarily.

This year I’m going into my second year of college and I decided it was a perfect opportunity to put my realization into practice. Although I’ve since been told I need more than I originally bought, I’ve decided to wait to buy those. Without them, my back-to-school shop totaled around £20, which is impressive when compared to last year.

I know a lot of people have already got their back-to-school shopping out of the way and are returning to school in the next few days, but I thought I’d share my haul with you anyway.

Here goes…

A4 10 project notebook, Paperchase, £8 | Coloured Fine Liners, Paperchase, £4 | Black Ink Pens, Paperchase, £4

I’ll admit, these three items were expensive—the most expensive out of everything I’ve bought this year. However, the 10 subject notebook is perfect as I’m doing nine units this year, and the 3-for-2 deal Paperchase were running at the time meant I got all three items for £12 instead of £16.

Report/assignment folders

On the course I was on last year, assignment folders were a MUST—most of my lecturers didn’t accept assignments unless they were presented in this manner. The ones in this photo are actually ones I had left over from last year, which I purchased from Home Bargains (five for 50p), but I know they’re also pretty cheap in supermarkets.

A5 notebook, Wilkinson’s, £2.50

A5 notebooks are handy for college for those days when you barely have anything on and want to take a smaller bag. I bought mine with the intention of using it for my induction day, although, as I found last year, they actually come in handy for a variety of reasons throughout the year.

Lollipop pencil case, Sainsbury’s, £3

Although I may have the exterior of an almost eighteen-year-old young adult, there’s still the child inside me who loves novelty items—especially pencil cases. It’s also the perfect size to fit everything I need for college inside comfortably, which is a bonus!

Bic eco-revolution pencils, Wilkinson’s, £1 | Thin highlighters, Wilkinson’s, 75p | Prit Stick, Wilkinson’s, £1.50 | Screw Sharpener, Wilkinson’s, 35p | Ruler, Wilkinson’s, 25p | Food erasers, The Works, £1

Honestly, if you’re looking for the smaller items to fill your pencil case, I’d definitely recommend a trip to Wilkinson’s. Not only do they sell pretty much any small item you can think of, they’re also at amazingly reasonable prices which could end up saving you more for other things.


So that’s about everything that I’ve got stationary-wise for the year ahead.

Good luck to those of you who are going back to school or college in the next few days or weeks, and I hope that those of you who have already gone back are enjoying yourselves.

Until next time,


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  1. Sophie Samantha

    11/09/2016 at 8:58 PM

    I’ve started my first year of college last week, and apart from notebook and a pen I didn’t really have anything else. I was just kind of waiting to see what else I needed. I loved all this stuff though, much more organised than me.

    I’d appreciate it if you checked out my post

    1. rebekahgillian

      11/09/2016 at 11:06 PM

      That’s definitely the best way to go about things! I found out a few more things I needed when I went for my college induction day, but you won’t need much more than a notebook and pen if you’re starting out on a Level 2 course. I’m not sure about A-levels, but on Level 3 courses you tend to need a few more things! X Of course I’ll check out your post. 🙂

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