I just bought my latest batch of office stationery for my home office; nothing fancy or copious, just a number of items for my own modest work space. I set up an office at home for my publicity business. So I got one office desk and chair for myself and an extra desk and chair for when I would need an assistant to come in and help me if I have too many collateral items that need to be done right away. When business is good and I have a number of clients lined up, an assistant would usually come in at least twice a week.
That, for my office supplies list, would mean usage of several reams of paper, some paper clips, staple wires, pens, a few pencils, plastic tapes, hole punches on some occasions, sticky notes and sticky tapes, notepads, and labels. Afterwards, we would need to file a number of items so I also need some archiving and filing supplies such as markers, labels, and several document containers on hand.
Two things immediately became clear when it comes to my office supplies:
1. I need to make sure that I always have enough of the items that we need to use. I don’t want to go running to the nearest store for a box of staple wires.
2. I need to make sure that I don’t overspend. I want to find ways to save on office supply costs. I don’t want to wake up one day and realize that I spend almost half of what I earn on paper, printer ink, pins, and all those other little items.
So I need to have a plan and not just a list of items that are running low and need to be replenished or replaced. I drew inspiration from two friends who have two different approaches to shopping for office stationery.
Eco-Friendly and Budget-Friendly Ways to Shop for Office Stationery
One friend, who has two school-age kids that use up more than half of her office stationery items at home, is primarily focused on saving as much as she can and cutting down on office supply costs.
Small, inexpensive items such as paper, printer ink, notebooks, paper clips, index tabs, rulers, scissors, rubber bands, tacks, staplers, staple removers, glues, drawing pins, tape dispensers, ink stamp inks, ink stamp pads, page markers, guillotines or cutters, magnifying glasses, treasury tags, trimmers, drawing tools, organizers or diaries, and calendars have costs that add up and can seriously affect your budget. That’s why it makes sense to constantly cut down on costs as well as find inexpensive office items.
Friend No. 2, on the other hand, has eco-friendly products and practices as his top priorities when choosing and using office supplies. I like those two main concerns – being budget-friendly and eco-friendly – so I opted to combine them as the goals for my shopping plan.
A combination of the two priorities would have these goals:
* Finding ways to save on office supplycosts during shopping and after shopping
* Constantly looking for cost-effective brands that offer quality and reasonable prices
* Always looking for eco-friendly brands that are reasonably priced
* Consciously working towards extending the use of office supplies
* Thinking of eco-friendly ways to use, reuse, and recycle these items
* Look for a reliable office supplies vendor to make regular shopping for high quality and affordable products possible
The last goal brought me straight to checking out several office stationery vendors. There are two main choices when it comes to the kind of store – you can opt to buy from a brick and mortar store or you can go for an online store. Other considerations include: the prices, products, and brands that the store offers. Always choose the office supply vendor that can give you more choices and better prices.
Office Stationery Shopping: First, Have a Plan