Top 10 saving tips on classroom stationery
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Top 10 saving tips on classroom stationery

04 April 2022 By The YPO Team

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Stationery is a staple in the classroom, but with stocks needing topping up frequently, the costs can quickly add up. Explore our top tips to help you save money on your stationery purchases.

Read our quick ways you can save money on your classroom stationery supplies, without compromising on quality.

Look out for our promotions

To save yourself extra pennies make sure to keep an eye out for promotions, such as our very own Budget Stretcher as there’ll be some great, hard to miss deals up for grabs. It’s the perfect time to get stocked up and organised.

Switch to own-brand products

One of the first things you could do is swap from buying branded products, to buying ‘own brand’ products for necessities such pens, pencils and rulers. Prices are often more affordable and you don’t need to skimp on quality.

Replace caps on colouring and whiteboard pens

It can be annoying to see pens scattered around the classroom with their lids missing, and it’s also quite wasteful. Tell children to make sure they replace the caps on pens after using them and store whiteboard pens horizontally so the ink doesn’t dry out.

When sharpening pencils, only turn twice

Turning a sharpener too many times can easily break pencil lead. Be sure to sharpen with care to not waste pencils.

Buy a heavy-duty sharpener

Instead of buying many small sharpeners, invest in one big one that you can place at the front of the class for everyone to use. It’ll stop sharpeners from being misplaced and will save money as you won’t need to buy new ones.

Cover all books with film

It’s not uncommon for children to damage workbooks, meaning they need new ones! By covering all class books in book covering film, you will reduce the chance of books being ripped and broken.

Buy large packs of stationery

Just by viewing the price, it may appear that its more expensive to buy stationery in bulk. However, this is not the case. Buying large packs of stationery will not only save school budget money, it will also save time as you wouldn’t need to stock up as often.

Clean out the cupboards

Without a doubt, there’ll be missing stationery hiding in drawers and cupboards. Have a classroom audit and go on the hunt to see what you can find.

Use your vouchers from loyalty schemes

If you receive loyalty vouchers, such as YPO’s ‘Share of the Profits Loyalty Scheme’ make sure to make the most out of them. You can use them to stock up on classroom stationery supplies.

Use social media and enter competitions

Follow your favourite stationery supplier’s Twitter page or Facebook. For example, you can follow us at @ypoinfo for the latest news, offers and competitions. You never know, you could be the winner!


Explore our Budget Stretcher offers for the latest discounts on top brands and products.


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Categories: Education , Early Years

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