Back to School Stationary Haul 2016

back to school stationary haul

I guess the title is slightly misleading. At the time of writing this post, I’m 17, and going into my second year of college. I did the same with a post last year, but due to formatting issues, I’ve had to take that blog post down.

However, even though I’ve taken down that blog post, most of the people I’ve spoken to about my blog in real life mention these blog posts as their favourite. Even college friends, who don’t normally pay much interest to my blog, ask me questions about the things I’ve bought.

To be completely truthful with you, I just really like these posts myself. I’m a stationary hoarder, so I probably go slightly overboard, but I can’t help myself. I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

Something I noted from my first year of college is that, although I did end up using most of what I bought, there were still unnecessary purchases I could’ve forgone to save money. With that in mind, this haul is far more sensible than my previous one, though I still had fun, and managed to save money at the same time!

I decided to challenge myself, with my previous realisation in mind. I’ve since been told there are a few items I didn’t account for, but without those, my entire back-to-school shop totalled around £20. That’s at least half of what I’d spent last year.

Another thing worth mentioning is that my back-to-school posts are always fashionably late. A lot of people have already gotten their shopping out of the way at this point, but I thought I’d share this with you anyway. Hopefully this can still benefit some people.

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fineliners and pens

A4 10 project notebook |  Coloured Fine Liners | Black Ink Pens

These were the first things I bought towards my back to school shop, on a visit to a city with my mum. Admittedly the most expensive of my purchases, I wanted to splash out and buy products that would last all year. My theory is that these won’t need to be replaced very often, though how long I’ll be able to resist buying anything new is another question. The 10 Project Notebook also saves me from buying several different notebooks every year, as it has just enough subject dividers to account for all the units I do as part of my course.

Report/assignment folders

You’re likely to understand this one if you’ve ever handed in an assignment in college. Assignment folders are expensive, at least in my college’s shop, so I much prefer buying them online in bulk to save myself some money. My lecturers wouldn’t accept assignments unless they were presented neatly in assignment folders last year, and I know it’s going to be much the same this year. In my years of being at college, I’ve purchased these items from various outlets. It’s worth shopping around, or you can use my link above, which I’ve tried to make as cheap as possible for you.

A5 notebook

I initially bought an A5 notebook for my college induction day, though it’s also come in handy for jotting down assignment notes. When it gets towards the end of the year and I don’t want to carry such a big notebook in my bag, this is a perfect alternative to my usual, heavy A4 notebook. I’d definitely recommend investing in one of these if you’re buying stationary for college, no matter which year.

Lollipop pencil case

I may appear to be a sensible eighteen-year-old on the outside, but on the inside, I’m a childish lover of all things novelty. We all have that part of us that wants to revel in our childish dreams, and I’m not ready to let it die yet. So, to remain my childish self, I’ve gone with a novelty lollipop pencil case for the year ahead. Would you believe my fellow college friends compliment my out-there choices instead of criticise them?

Bic eco-revolution pencils | Thin highlighters | Prit Stick | Screw Sharpener | Ruler | Food erasers 

These are just the smaller things I’ve used to fill out my pencil case and make sure I have everything I need for the year ahead. I’ve left links you can visit if you’re looking for something particular, but taking a trip to any of your local shops is just as good.

What is your must-have stationary item for the new school year? Is it something I’ve mentioned here, or something I haven’t? Share it with me in the comments below.


Thanks for reading, and until next time,


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0 thoughts on “Back to School Stationary Haul 2016

    1. 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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