School Supplies: Splurge or Save Edition


Since the end of August is fast approaching, I figured it was time for me to do a school supplies post… especially since some people start way sooner than I do! I’ve decided to put together a (hopefully) different post than most other bloggers are doing: showing inexpensive options that can replace the more expensive supplies that some have on their school supplies “wish list”.

I’ll say it if no one else will: yes, we all want those Kate Spade sticky notes, but do we really want to spend $16 dollars on them? (note: if you do want to spend this much on basic school supplies, I recommend buying it directly from shopbop – at smaller boutiques I’ve seen these priced at $25!) And can we all afford to spend $20 on each notebook we get for our classes? (And if you do have $20 to spend on each notebook, I’m thinking you should take that money and spend it on clothes instead!)

Note: I may be a bit of a hypocrite because I did buy a Lilly Pulitzer planner, but beyond that, I aim to buy more reasonable (but cute!) school supplies.

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 8.52.34 AMPens / Write Dudes vs. Jonathan Adler

I will in no way pretend these are the same – since Jonathan Adler is an actual designer, he really caters toward the look of his pens. But these Write Dudes pens are cute too, and just as functional for $2.

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Binders / Teen Vogue x Staples vs. Lilly Pulitzer Templates & White Binder

This is a weird battle because both options are very affordable! However, the Teen Vogue x Staples line only has a few different prints, so if you don’t like them, a fun idea is to buy a plain binder with a view pocket ($2), and print out one of these Lilly Pulitzer printable binder covers for free! Either option will make looking at your binder for even your least favorite subject fun.

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.13.31 PMNotebooks / Kate Spade vs. Five Star

The Kate Spade notebooks are cute, but at $14 dollars, it seems to be a bit of a waste knowing how trashed it might get when you keep throwing it into your backpack. Cheaper options include the Five Star notebooks, which are a decent combination of fun prints and durability. Sure, it’s not a designer brand, but it will still look cute in your backpack and will definitely withstand any wear and tear.

What school supplies are you buying this year? Whether they are splurges or “saves”, I want to know! I haven’t bought my supplies yet so leave me a comment so I can get some ideas!

xoxo, Jamie

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9 Responses to School Supplies: Splurge or Save Edition

  1. Carrie says:

    Oh thank goodness someone finally said it!! I mean all those supplies are super cute, but I really can’t/don’t want to spend $20 dollars on one supply.

  2. Laura says:

    I love this!! Very different from what most other people are posting and so useful!!

  3. Anu says:

    Kate Spade things are so tempting, I got an ipad for school and was drooling over ipad cover from Kate Spade, but the truth is they are just way to expensive for a poor student like me. I love those boxes though. I just watched a youtube video on how to make one myself. I might try that.

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Let me know if you do!! DIYs scare me but if someone else has tried it first, I’d be more willing to give it a shot!! xo

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  5. I really like the brand Yoobi! It is a one for one brand which means for every notebook/pen/whatever else you buy from them, they donate one to a child in need. All my school supplies are from there this year!

    ♥, Brooke

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