It’s not just businesses who need to save money on office supplies. There’s people who work from home, families with school children and people who love just plain old love stationery (like me) who could also do with saving some money too.
If you’re thrifty and know where to look, you can find good savings and still get quality items when the moment strikes. To help out anyone who needs to pinch some pennies, here are some tips on not breaking the bank when buying office supplies.
Avoid big name brands
This is an obvious one but an important one to mention!
If you walk down any aisle at a supermarket, you’ll see all the brands that advertise on the TV and on billboards across the country. But if you keep going, you’ll find that nearly every item – be it cornflakes, chocolate bars, or frozen pizza – has a generic supermarket brand that’s far cheaper. Of course, quality can be suspect at times, but it’s often the case that the generic item is much better.
This applies to stationery and office supplies too! For example, a pack of 10 own brand ballpoint pens can be bought for a third of the price of the branded ones and the quality is just as good if you ask me.
Supermarket stationery aisles are filled with some super pretty, super practical office supplies for a fraction of the price of the things you can buy in office supply stores.
Shop online whenever possible
I’m a huge advocate of supporting local businesses but honestly, you could save a fortune if you search online for the things you need. And don’t forget, Amazon isn’t the only company that sells on the Internet! There are plenty of small businesses that earn their keep online, so have a good search online and see if you can find yourself a good deal.
Also, don’t forget that whenever you can buy in bulk, do it! You usually get a cheaper deal when companies can ship a large number of items at once.
Try for recycled printer cartridges
On average, recycled toner cartridges for printers are often 30% cheaper than brand new ones but I can tell you from experience that they provide exactly the same quality.
Saving some cash and preventing your old cartridges from ending up in a landfill is a win-wins then it’s definitely a good idea to go online and get cartridges this way. Don’t forget too that, ideally, you should also be using recycled paper and printing double-sided whenever the need arises!
I know that furniture doesn’t really count as office supplies but if you find that yourself in need of a new desk, chair, filing cabinet then you should try and source pre-loved items before shelling out for brand new things.
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