Skip To Content

    28 School Supplies Under $10 That Are Actually Worth Your Money

    You won't have to ~study~ these long to know they'll help make your school year great.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A set of divider sticker notes that'll be a real upgrade from Post-Its; they'll help you find chapter summaries at a glance.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These babies are pretty sturdy and they make putting notes in a book, planner, magazine, or whatever a complete breeze. I use them in my textbooks to summarize my notes on a chapter or in novels as bookmarks, so I can jot down key things. I am glad these exist." —Delaney

    Get a pack of 60 notes from Amazon for $3.71.

    2. Or some classic neon tabs for when you just need to hold your place or remind yourself of important text.

    amazon.com

    They also come in three different widths!

    Promising review: "I use a lot of flags, mostly because I hate using dividers, and I like the fact that I can re-stick these in other places, much like the Post-It brand products that these are knock off of. Do they do their job? Totally. Do you get a ton more for the money? Yes. And you get extra wide, wide, and thin flag options. There's enough for me to work with for a semester." —Annie W.

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $7.59 or a 12-pack for $9.99.

    3. A marbled tiny white board you can use to write reminders, quick ideas, and update your schedule without getting your phone out and distracting you while you work.

    amazon.com

    Or you can use it to solve quick math/science problems or language practice (yay repetition!) so you don't burn through throngs of paper on the reg.

    Promising review: "I use this for doing math, chemistry, and biology problems without going through a bunch of paper. It is the perfect size for working out most problems without having to erase for space.." —Jade

    Get it from Amazon for $5.39.

    4. A desk caddy for people who just wanna drop everything and go — this way you can do that and still have everything in one (almost) organized place!

    walmart.com

    Get it from Walmart for $7.99 or get a similar one from Amazon for $9.59 (available in three colors).

    5. Or an elephant pen holder, which seems tiny, but it'll hold a ~trunk~ load of stuff (and perhaps more importantly, your cell phone).

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This little guy was a gift for an elephant loving administrative assistant and it was perfect. It was easy to put together, sturdy enough for a phone and some desk supplies, and so cute. It came just as pictured." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.39.

    6. A portable staple-free stapler you can carry with you wherever you go. Believe us, this is sure to be a school supply ~staple.~

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great little tool. So much easier on the environment, fingers, etc. Yeah, only does five sheets but really, how often are you stapling more than five sheets? No metal staples to remove before recycling, no staple punctures into your fingers, and no hanging up on other papers in your files." —Lyremlkcir

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six colors).

    7. A pair of needlepoint black ink pens with a silky smooth result that'll make your notes look ~sew~ very nice.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have been using the Pilot Precise pens for a few years and they are my favorite. I like the extra fine point and am impressed that it still creates a strong, uninterrupted line without requiring the user to use extra pressure. I don't feel like the thin tip will bend or break, which has happened to me with other pens. This pen doesn't skip and dries very quickly so smudging isn't an issue either. I simply cannot think of a negative thing to say about these!" —Just Me 123

    Get them from Amazon for $5.13.

    8. A set of four chic canvas pouches to help avoid backpack clutter.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are so pretty and practical. They hold a lot of pencils, stylus pens, clips, and anything tiny that gets lost on your desk easily!" —Gram2three

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in seven colors) or get a plain version for $8.99.

    9. A weekly/monthly planner designed to fit under your keyboard as a wrist rest, for those of us who know an organized schedule is a successful schedule.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this! The prints are so fun and I find it is the only calendar that I use on a regular basis and keep up with. I keep this on my desk in front of my keyboard to quickly jot down dates and meetings that I read in my emails. Will be re-buying when it runs out." —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.94 (also available in a daily to-do list format).

    10. Or a more detailed time management planner for people who always wish there were more hours in the day.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've tried out many different styles of planners throughout my life, from simple to elaborate. Somehow I always end up going back to using this one. It's a simple layout with plenty of room for notes, and it's not dated so you have a lot of freedom. It's sturdy with hard backing so I can write in it on my lap, it's small enough to fit in my purse, and you get a good amount of pages for the price. I know it's cutesy and meant for children, but I use it as an adult with a busy schedule and it works great. I put stickers on the cover anyway. I love this planner so much that I'm buying three more, so I have extra in case they stop selling it!" —Bri

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    11. A pack of 10 multicolored pens so you can color code your notes to your heart's content.

    amazon.com

    Plus, these are really great for bullet journaling!

    Promising review: "Very, very fine tip. Perfect for planners as they really don't bleed (and my planner's paper is cheap, but still no bleeding) but still have a lot of vibrancy and color." —Allyn Rasmusen

    Get a them from Amazon for $5.95.

    12. A set of happy file folders to encourage even the least organized of us that keeping things in their proper place is something worth smiling about.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've been using this folder for nearly three months, and I'm a college student with a lot of papers to carry. I was looking for something cute, easy to carry, that fits manila folders, and overall keeps folders from getting crinkly. This DID IT. I can't express how much I love this; I got a second one that is coming very soon!" —Alexa Viz

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight colors).

    13. A computer case that'll make your friends ~marble~ at how cool (and safe) your laptop is.

    amazon.com

    This is compatable with the 13-inch MacBook Air.

    Promising review: "I love this case! It fits perfectly! The case itself feels great, it has a almost rubberized feel to it and looks matte — absolutely gorgeous. This is extremely affordable and I would definitely recommend it!!" —Anna T

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 17 colors).

    14. A magnetic planner so you can put your school to-do list somewhere you know you'll check every day (especially at snack time).

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I was looking for! My husband and I needed to get organized. Most of the white boards I saw came pre-labeled with days of the week but we wanted something where we could list things that needed to be done today, this week, this month, etc. This works for our purposes. It has really helped me stay on top of things." —Lolla Belle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.65.

    15. A wall pocket organizer to keep your homework organized at home, helping you stay on track with every class... even when you aren't there.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I will be using this folder pocket holder for my classes. The number of pockets is more than enough to fit my six classes plus other important stuff." —Judith

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. An adorable clip-on reading light and a compact reading light so you can read at night without your roommate complaining about your night-owl study habits.

    walmart.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It works spectacularly and it solves my young voracious reader's every need! I no longer need to have to explain why driving with the interior light is not advisable. Instead, I can let her read and not worry whether she has sufficient lighting. It's also great for bedside reading without disrupting anyone else, and for air travel." —RPMomof2

    Get the first one from Walmart for $5.01 (available in four colors) and the second from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    17. A fruit-infusing water bottle, because staying hydrated can keep you awake and focused. And making it fruity can convince you to not binge-eat treats to get you through a study sesh.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This item is very sturdy. I am very clumsy and I have already dropped this bottle twice on tile floor. It's still in perfect condition. The water bottle sleeve is one of my favorite parts. It seems to keep my drink cold for several hours. The sleeve also prevents condensation, so I don't have to worry about putting it down somewhere and accidentally damage my wood furniture. This is the best water infuser I have tried, it works wonderfully. It's helped me adapt to a healthier lifestyle. I decided a couple months ago I wanted to make changes to my diet and one of those changes was to stop drinking soda — this product has made this SO MUCH easier to do. I think this is the best water infuser on the market. This was an overall amazing purchase and transaction." —Shellabrated

    Get it from Amazon (available in nine colors).

    18. A keyboard cover that'll keep your keys from sticking while you snack during research (or while you research snacks).

    amazon.com

    This particular cover is compatible with the 13-inch MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch, but you can easily find covers for any type of laptop, like Dell Inspirons, etc.

    Promising review: "I have a tendency to eat while I'm working on the computer, so I'm constantly cleaning off my keyboard due to crumbs and oil stains. It grips the keyboard securely and lays smoothly over the keys, so I don't have to constantly realign it with the keys and it slides off easily for quick cleanup." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 22 designs).

    19. A structured notebook because — take note — structured notes will be the easiest to study from when the time comes (not that the smiley face doodles from your previous notes weren't super fun).

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I use it to brainstorm and then write outlines for my papers. Nice thick pages and ink doesn't bleed through. It's actually the best as far as note-taking systems goes. Bite the bullet and buy it. With the amount I've spent on subpar notebooks (just because they were less expensive), I'd probably have three of these by now." —Ava A.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes).

    20. Or a spiral-bound option if you're organized enough on your own and prefer regular lined notebooks.

    amazon.com

    Promising review (for the Unni notebook): "The Unni has thicker, sturdier pages and overall better quality at a lower price. I'm sorry, Moleskine. Really, I am. We had a good thing, but I'm gonna ride with Unni from now on." —Luna Soledad

    Get the first one from Amazon for $9.35 and the second one for $9.95.

    21. A cool silicone mousepad to keep your wrist comfy while you type — everyone around you is gonna be ~jelly.~

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm a writer. This was recommend to me by an author friend for use on my laptop. It has made a huge difference in not only my typing but also the pain I was getting in my wrist. They are cute, they look like big cushy jelly beans, and are the perfect size for laptop use." —Myra View

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in seven colors).

    22. A pack of colorful highlighters, because the grades you'll get when you study with these will be the ~highlight~ of your educational career.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is such a great product! I keep them at work, in the home office, and in the kitchen (for the family calendar and for the kids for school). I love that they don't smudge and can write over other colors. They are very vibrant colors and the variety of colors is great!! They are great for backpacks and work bags since they click and don't need caps. The thin chisel tip is great for writing and highlighting. I will continue to purchase this product and recommend it to others." —OKCMomma

    Get a pack of eight from from Amazon for $7.55.

    23. A pack of cable clips so you're not always grappling to find your phone or laptop charger.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is one of those items you purchase on a whim and then wonder how you ever survived without them." —Renee

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    24. A drawer storage unit to keep your desk free of clutter (i.e. distractions).

    target.com

    Promising review: "I am a teacher and just entered a new classroom that was heavily in need of organization! There is an open square on top that can store small items like paper clips and sticky notes. There are also three pull-out drawers to store what little things you need. It's the perfect size to sit on a desk. " —Ellen

    Get it from Target for $7.99.

    25. A pack of four correction tape tools you can pull out, stick on, and write over whenever you find a mistake on an already printed assignment.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Tombow has the best-engineered correction tapes — effortless and precise usage compared to all the others." —Johndolph

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.48.

    26. A soft protective computer sleeve because your whole life is on that thing and you can't risk a slip.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have no words but compliments for this item. The inside is very soft and snug. The zipper does not look cheap at all. Plus, there's a protection between the zipper and my laptop... a very important detail for me. I also like that stitches are not very visible. I feel like this is a steal for the price. This is a very good sleeve." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    27. A pack of colorful mechanical or wooden pencils that'll let you enjoy the bright side of graphite.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review (for the tie-dye pencils): "Take note that these pencils lead the crusade to creativity!" —Amanda McCary

    Get the mechanical ones from Amazon for $4.85 or the wooden ones for $5.30.

    28. And finally, basic backpack sure to basically fit a freshman's whole life in it for the next four years.

    amazon.com

    Each bag's dimensions are 11 inches by 5 inches by 15 inches.

    Promising review: "I bought this backpack for college books and my laptop. It fits everything I need perfectly. I really like that this bag is cheap and doesn't use leather. I don't have any complaints." —raindrop15

    Get it from Amazon for $9.64+ (available in 39 colors).

    Now that you have all your supplies, all you have to do is actually open your textbook.

    Disney

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!

    BuzzFeed

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form